Now let's check out what's going on in the Chicago Poetry Scene.
Heya poets. I got wooed by some summer weather and I dropped off the radar for a bit, but here I am, once again delivering the poetry gossip for ya! Psyche!
Did you hear the news? Tony Trigilio is the featured poet in the 30th anniversary issue of Mid-American Review. The special section, titled "I'm Going to Bust This Case Wide Open," includes sixteen poems from his new collection Historic Diary (forthcoming from BlazeVOX). Way to go Tony!
Psst. You can check out an interview with Brenda Cárdenas at Sampsonia Way by clicking here, and while you are there browse around for all sorts of cool stuff.
Whitney Scott has been published in the inaugural issue of Sliver of Stone so check it out by clicking here.
Judith Wiker wants you to click on this link to check out her YouTube channel.
PoetryPoetry.com has an interview with the new Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin.
Does your poetry move? If you are one of the winners of the Poetry That Moves Contest your poetry will be displayed on a bus in Highland Park. Last year many of the winners heard about this contest through ChicagoPoetry.com. The deadline is October 1. Click here to learn all about it. And speaking of Highland Park, check out East On Central by by clicking here.
Charlie Rossiter has a poem published in Beltway, click here.
The Poetry Foundation has a pretty hot line-up of events planned for the fall, including (all events are free and start at 6 PM): Valerie Martínez and Silvia Curbelo (co-sponsored with the Guild Complex and Letras Latinas) at Jazz Showcase, 806 South Plymouth Court, on Wednesday, September 15; Franz Wright at Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Ave on Thursday, September 30; Frank Bidart at Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library, 400 South State St on Thursday, October 14; John Balaban and Le Pham Le at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton St on Thursday, October 28; and Naomi Shihab Nye at Fullerton Hall, 111 South Michigan Ave on Thursday, November 4. Also, on Sunday, November 14, at 4 PM, Thomas Lynch at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Ave for $5.
The Humboldt Park Boathouse will be hosting some upcoming events, including a reading by Erika Mikkalo on Friday, October 8, at 7 PM (with Open mic starting at 7:15), and a game of "Prairie Prose" an all ages event in which participants write Haiku on Saturday, September 4th at 1 PM. Click here to learn more about the boathouse.
Finally, the Nature Writing Group meets once a month at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Ave, from 11 AM to 1 PM. They are a small group of people who are interested in nature and writing, who walk outside in the preserve and then write on what they encounter. For more info contact Elaine Wagner at 847-864-3898.
Th-th-th-that's all folks!
And if that ain't hot enough, Tina M. Howell and the Fellas will present a night of "Hot Buttered Indie Soul" at Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State St, on Saturday, September 11 starting at 9 PM. It's seven bucks and 21 and over.
On Friday, September 17, 7 PM it's time again for the Spelling Bee for Adults at Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, hosted by Stacey Ballis and featuring celebrity judges Elizabeth Taylor, Lindsay Hunter and Robbie Q. Telfer. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners-up. Sign up at the Book Cellar or call (773) 293-2665.
On Wednesday, September 22, from 7:30 to 9 PM, La Voz del Barrio (the voice of the neighborhood) -- a fusion of Chicago's Latino spoken word artist's and musicians -- will take place at Chicago Center of Performing Arts, 777 N. Green St, and will feature Esteban "EL Maestro" Montalvo, Desire Lii, Cafe con Milk and Isis Rose. It's five bucks with a cash bar.
Tuesday, August 24, 5 PM, Jazz Showcase, at the side of Dearborn Station, 806 S. Plymouth Ct, a tribute to Kent Foreman, featuring Roger Bonair-Agard, Regie Gibson and Marty McConnell. Just be there.
On Wednesday, August 25, at 7 PM, the Gerber/Hart Library at 1127 W. Granville will present "Hot Sticky Poetry" featuring Chelsey Clammer, Dede DeLynn, Jolie Du Pre, LeVan D. Hawkins, Gregg Shapiro, and Avery R. Young.
Check this out! On Thursday, August 26, at 7:30 PM, Haki Madhubuti and Kevin Coval will read at Unity Temple at 875 Lake Street in Oak Park. It's five bucks cheap. I could go on telling you all about these two cats but if you don't know who they are, you ain't been payin' attention. Well, okay, if you really haven't heard of Kevin Coval, click here for New City's big ass story about him.
The final Beast Women show of the season will be on Saturday, August 28, and it will feature Nikki Patin. Click here to reserve a seat.
It's being called the "Sexiest Room" in Chicago. It's the The Real Talk House at 4520 N. Monticello Ave. Check it out on Friday, August 27, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM featuring poetry and comedy. It's 18 and over with an open mic that "fills up fast."
Vito Carli is once again playing musical venues. Check out his new show on Saturday, August 28, from 6 to 8 PM, at Cafe Mestizo, 1738 W. 18th St.
Poetry and Music will happen on Sunday, August 29, from Noon until 2, at Brewed Awakening, 19 W. Quincy St., Westmont, featuring Mary Ann Eiler of Oak Park and Patricia Gangas of Oak Brook. with open mic, $5.
Lisa Hemminger will be in Chicago and will perform at the Looseleaf Lounge, 2915 N Broadway, on Monday, August 30 at 7:30 PM.
Lindsay Hunter is having a book release party for her new title, Daddy's. It happens at The Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia, on Monday, August 30, at 7:30 PM, and will also feature Blake Butler, Amelia Gray, Aaron Burch, Mary Hamilton, Jac Jemc and John Jodzio, hosted by featherproofer Zach Dodson. Ten bucks gets you in and gets you a copy of the book.
On Wednesday, September 1, from 8 to 11 PM, Black Rock Bar, 3614 N. Damen Ave, will host another Rec Room Series reading, this time curated by Luis Humberto Valadez. "Writing Movement Desensitization and Reproduction" will draw a parallel between the process of writing through traumatic history/herstory and the form of psychotherapy know as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reproduction (EMDR). OK. Well, with a line up like this, how can it go wrong? Features include Adrienne Dodt, LeAnne Ray, Jamie Kazay, Erin Hellweg, Jason McDaniel, Anndell Quintero, Miki Howald, Allison Gruber, Erin Teegarden, Carlos Cumpian and some dude named David Trinidad.
On Thursday, September 2, at 7 PM, Dana Lisa Young, Jen Tynes, and Seth Young will appear for Series A at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Ave.