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spacer.gif   Cool September Chicago Poetry News (Updated Sept 5)
Posted by : cj on Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 05:34 PM
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Hey Chicago poetry fans, now that the weather promises to cool down it's about time for some cool Chicago poetry news. And you know if the real ChicagoPoetry recommends it, it's cooler than cool.

Click here to listen to "Women In Print" on WBEZ Chicago Amplified as performed at Woman Made Gallery.

Vox Ferus After Dark is a dynamic writing workshop designed to build a community of writers and performers interested in improving their own craft by investing in and exploring the work of others as well as their own. Each workshop includes analysis, critique, and development of new writing. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Workshops take place in various locations, usually on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, and are facilitated by Marty McConnell and occasional guest poets. Donations are requested, on a pay-what-you-will basis. To RSVP or for more information, please email voxferus (at) gmail (dot) com. The next workshop is on Friday, September 10.

Poetry falling from the sky? How cool. Click here to learn about a Chilean poetry bomb.

Winning money is cool. Try to win $1000 by clicking here.

New poetry venue alert! Pressure Billiards and Cafe, at 6318 North Clark St, is launching an open mic every third Thursday, welcoming poetry, short stories, musicians and comedians, with a focus on supporting the poets and writers of Chicago with a safe, fun environment to perform in. It starts around 8:30 PM, with no cover. They will operate in two rounds with one to two poems per performance, so poets will have the opportunity to perform up to four poems throughout the evening. Pretty cool, huh?

The Good Evening Reading Series presents Holly Amos and Nate Slawson on Friday, September 17, with open mic, from 7 to 8 PM, at Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave, BYOB.

The FINAL Real Talk show to happen at someone's house at 4520 N Monticello Ave will take place on Friday, September 17 from 7 PM until Midnight, featuring Krista Frankling, The Gringo Choir and Angela Davis Fegan. It's $5 at the door and you must be 18 or over. Psst. There will be an open mic.

Vito Carli will be hosting his second event at Café Mestizo, 1738 W. 18th Street on Saturday, September 18 from 6 to 8 PM, this time featuring Tom Roby and Jenene Ravesloot with an open mic.

Also on Saturday, September 18, at 7:30 PM, Women & Children First at 5233 N. Clark St. will present Sappho's Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions featuring Nikki Patin, Sissy Van Dyke, and DJ SpinNikki; There is a $7-$10 sliding scale donation that includes food and wine. Other upcoming W&CF events include: Wednesday, September 24, at 7:30 PM, "two authors whose latest releases cleverly and inventively ponder the banality of contemporary American life," Danielle Dutton (S P R A W L) and Kate Zambreno (O Fallen Angel); and Thursday, September 30, 7:30 PM, "Ordinary Women: Extraordinary Heroines - A New Paradigm for the Modern Heroin" (a reading sponsored by that cool website She Writes) featuring Audrey Niffenegger, Zoe Zolbrod, Teri Coyne, and others.

The After Hours Magazine 10th Anniversary Contributors Open Mic will happen on Wednesday, September 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western Ave. Free and open to the public.

Also on Wednesday, September 22, the place to be from 6 to 8 PM is the Bezazian Branch Library, 1226 W. Ainslie, for the release reading of "This City Bus" edition of Journal of Ordinary Thought. Come out to hear Chicago writers read their personal narratives on reflection, communication and change. Free copies of "This City Bus" will be available.

On Friday, October 1, there will be an AREA #10 Release Party at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. Click here to learn about all the coolness AREA Chicago has to offer.

Heads up. One of the coolest art galleries in Chicago, Woman Made Gallery, 685 North Milwaukee Ave, will be hosting a poetry reading called "Myths, She-roes and Revolutionaries" featuring Jenny Priego, Ching-In Chen, Maureen Flannery, Susan Slaviero and Kristine Uyeda on Sunday, October 3, from 1 to 3 PM.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 5811 South Ellis Avenue, presents poetry and fiction readings for the fall 2010 exhibition season, including (all events at 2 PM in Swift Hall Room 106 directly east of the gallery): poetry by Joanna Fuhrman and Suzanne Buffam on Sunday, November 14; poetry by Kim Rosenfield and Karen Weiser on Sunday, November 21; fiction by Alissa Nutting on Sunday, December 5; and fiction by Bhanu Kapil on Sunday, December 12.

Oh, by the way, I'm not going to do a Poetry Cram at Cafe Ballou in September, because the second Saturday falls on September 11 so instead I'm going to offer a moment of silence in honor of all the victims of the wars that resulted from what a handful of uncool idiots did.

Cool? Cool.

CJ Laity

Are you a fan of Whitman? Can you act? Can you recite poetry in your birthday suit? WTF? Auditions for a completely naked version of Leaves of Grass directed by Jeremy Bloom (to be presented at Links Hall on October 1) will take place on Monday, September 6, from 7 to 10 PM at About Face Theatre Administrative Offices (not affiliated), 1222 W. Wilson Ave, 2nd Floor West. This fleshy poetry show is seeking diverse actors to speak and embody poetry, people who are comfortable with their bodies and movement while nude, and those who are capable of speaking poetic language. Bring headshot/photo and a memorized poem 2 minutes in length (Walt Whitman preferred). Email Cara Clifford at leavesofgrass.links@gmail.com for more information.

And speaking of naked, join host Marvin Tate (cool photos huh?) for "The Naked Truth," a talk / variety show at The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave, on Monday, September 13 at 7 PM.

On Tuesday, September 7, at 7:30 PM, the Tuesday Funk series will present a cool show featuring Gina Frangello, Shannon Morley Milliken and Zoe Zolbrod, with new host Sara Ross, at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark.

You also might want to check out Elizabeth's (Harper's) Crazy Little Thing at Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 W Division, on Tuesday, September 7, starting around 10 PM with open mic! That's crazy cool.

On Friday, September 10, from 7 to 9 PM, there will be a "Lyrical Tribute To Dr. Margaret Burroughs" at Ames Auditorium, Dusable Museum of African and American History, 740 East 56th Place, featuring poets who will present their poetry inspired by the artwork and writing of Dr. Burroughs, including Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, Quraysh Ali Lansana and Kevin Coval. I was at Kent Foreman's oh so cool tribute at Jazz Showcase recently and I told Kevin to his face, I said, man, you are the hardest working poet in Chicago, and I meant it. That cool cat is everywhere.

Also on Friday, September 10, 7 PM, Myopic Bookstore, 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Fl, will present a free reading featuring Catherine Wagner & Dana Ward.

Red Rover Series Experiment #39 (I Will Be Not Here) will happen on September 11 at 7 PM at Outer Space Studio, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave and will feature Kevin Kilroy, Amanda Marbais and Andrew K. Peterson.

Did you know Robbie Q Telfer will be the feature for Molly Malone's at 7652 Madison St in Forest Park on Monday, September 13? Well ya do now and ya heard it from thee source. It's a $3 to $5 cover, with an open mic, from 7 to 9:30 PM.

On Tuesday, September 14, from 7:30 to 10 PM, The Innertown Pub at 1935 W Thomas will play host to this month's QUICKIES! reading series that spotlights very short prose, this time featuring Kyle Beachy, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Scott Stealey, Zach Dodson, Kathryn Scanlon, Jac Jemc, Margaret Chapman, Matt Trupia, Brandon Will and Tobias Amadon Bengelsdorf.

Note: Click here to listen to "Women In Print" on WBEZ Chicago Amplified as performed at Woman Made Gallery.

Vox Ferus After Dark is a dynamic writing workshop designed to build a community of writers and performers interested in improving their own craft by investing in and exploring the work of others as well as their own. Each workshop includes analysis, critique, and development of new writing. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Workshops take place in various locations, usually on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, and are facilitated by Marty McConnell and occasional guest poets. Donations are requested, on a pay-what-you-will basis. To RSVP or for more information, please email voxferus (at) gmail (dot) com. The next workshop is on Friday, September 10.

Poetry falling from the sky? How cool. Click here to learn about a Chilean poetry bomb.

Winning money is cool. Try to win $1000 by clicking here.

 
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