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MAKING A NAME: THE ART OF PROMOTING POETRY
Saturday, April 27, 11:30 AM
Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., Multipurpose Room B


If you read your poem and no one is around to hear it, is it really a poem? If you want to make a name, it's not enough just to write poetry—you need to get your poetry into the hands and the ears of the public. The Chicago poetry scene is a window of opportunity offering a variety of ways to promote your poetry. Whether it is print or online publishing, the poetry slam, the open mic scene or being on the air, there is something for every motivated poet to take advantage of here in Chicago.

Moderator CJ Laity, who has twenty-five years of experience promoting poetry himself, brings together four of the top experts in their respective fields for a lively, informative panel discussion: Emily Calvo is a founding member of Chicago Slam Works and has been a core planning committee member for the National Poetry Slam; Gregorio Gomez is host of Monday nights at Weeds, Chicago's longest running venue dedicated primarily to open mic. poetry; Chicago poet, educator, activist and radio chat show host, Mario is the host of News From the Service Entrance on WHPK 88.5FM (whpk.org); and Victor David Giron is the publisher, editor-in-chief and publicist for one of today's leading Chicago-area publishers, Curbside Splendor.

(Please see the update regarding the panelists below.)

Please join us for the definitive discussion about the secrets of promoting your poetry. A question and answer session will follow. Click Here for the full Poetry Fest schedule of events.



UPDATE ABOUT THE PANELISTS

The Panelists

Emily Thorton Calvo is a freelance Chicago writer, poet and artist who is a founding board member of Chicago Slam Works, has served as marketing / public relations director for the National Poetry Slam and has served as a poet-in-residence through the Poetry Center of Chicago's educational program. As a painter, Calvo has incorporated her poetry into watercolor paintings, which have been exhibited at August House Gallery and at Around the Coyote. Besides appearing in publications such as Colere, After Hours, and Oyez Review, Calvo has been reading her work at many of Chicago's galleries, libraries and festivals, as well as in France, since she first performed in a poetry slam in 1993.

Over the past decades Gregorio Gomez has been the Managing Director of the Latino Chicago Theater Company and executive director for the work of filmmaker Juan A. Ramirez. He has collaborated with Flamenco guitarist Don Tómas De Utrera and has been a featured poet at countless venues along with countless other poets including Carlos Cortes, Luis Rodriguez and Patricia Smith. Gomez has appeared for panel discussions, symposiums, conferences, and art exhibits and he also has been widely published. Gregorio Gomez is best known as the host of Chicago's longest running venue dedicated primarily to open mic. poetry, Monday Night at Weeds, 1555 N. Dayton.

Chicago poet, educator, activist and radio chat show host, Mario has been performing in the Chicagoland area and the US for over 20 years. He currently hosts News From the Service Entrance on WHPK 88.5FM/ whpk.org / iTunes. Mario has written essays for Chicago's public radio affiliate WBEZ, appeared on Voice of America, provided Election Night 2008 analysis for BBC Devon, and has performed his poetry at DePaul University, University of Chicago, Traffic Series at Steppenwolf Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, United Nations Dialogue Among Civilizations, Old Town School of Folk Music, Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Sitting in for Victor David Giron today is Jacob S. Knabb, the Senior Editor (focusing on book acquisition, event planning and editorial) of Curbside Splendor Publishing, which publishes stories and poems online, makes books, presents poetry and fiction readings and cohosts the Pop Up Book Fair with the Chicago Writer’s House. Knabb is also Senior Editor of Curbside's imprint Another Chicago Magazine. His own writing has been published in Another Chicago Magazine, The Collagist, KneeJerk, Everyday Genius, THE2NDHAND and in many other publications.

The Moderator

CJ Laity is publisher of Chicago Poetry Press at ChicagoPoetry.com and has been organizing and promoting poetry readings in Chicago for 25 years. Laity currently serves as editor for JOMP (Journal of Modern Poetry) at PoetryAward.org



 
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