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Posted by : cj on Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 06:35 PM
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An Afternoon Of After Hours

Al DeGenova has now conistantly put out 10 issues of After Hours, a journal of Chicago writing and art, and I gotta tell ya, this new issue is the most beautiful issue to date. I'm not just saying that. With its masterfully designed color cover featuring work by Hagen Dost and Greg Kuepfer, and its 66 pages of the best sampling of contemporary Chicago poetry this side of eternity, it's worth $12 easy but the price has yet to come up from $7. There are nine original poems, yes poems, written by Stuart Dybek. The poetry also includes new offerings by Michael H. Brownstein, Jared Smith, Terry Lucas, Mary Blinn, Contance Vogel, Lynn Fitzgerald, and many more dynamic talents. DeGenova said he might not be able to afford another color cover for the next issue, but if we all buy up these Winter issues or even become Patrons, he might have a shot. Spread the word. By God, when you see this issue you'll wish you would have submitted earlier!

Emily Rose, seen in the above photo with Al, was one of the poets featured to read during a release celebration at the Red Lion, 2446 N. Lincoln. She's also going to be featured in an upcoming DvA event, first Friday of March. Emily is the author of "Cigarette Love Songs and Nicotine Kisses" (Cross + Roads Press). Emily has a style reminiscent of the old Saloon poetry days of Bop Shop and Borderline. I hear she always carries seven copies of her book with her whenever she does a reading, so track her down and make her day.

Gary Copeland Lilley (above, right), has been working hard in the short time he's popped onto the scene, including a Valentine's Day feature at Molly Malone's. It's great to see all these new names making the rounds. I don't think the scene has enjoyed such vitality since the early nineties. There is a real movement toward the literary that has maintained its Saloon poetry energy in Chicago. And Lilley's mark in After Hours stands as a testament that his work, which has a beat poetry flavor at the mic., stands up just as strong on the page. Here's a few lines from After Hours:

'cause I had nothing else but window and wall.
She knows, I like the small homicide of Friday night.
But it's funny, when some people see you down once
they never can see you as anything but.

Oh, yeah. That other guy (above, left). He goes by the handle of Lee Kitzis. Let me gossip about him! Hmmmm. He had his first book published when he was, like, twelve years old or something. He's grown a beard. And he's always smiling (I wonder what that means). He even came to read for this event even though he's not even in the current issue, even. He even brought along his sidekick, Dave Gecic. Now we're even.

The legendary Marvin Tate came out on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon to share his poetry with a delightful audience. Marvin's delivery has changed over the years to a much more subtle thinking man's poetry. He usually sits on a chair or a stool and gently reads his work without lifting his eyes from the page. What I always find amazing about Marvin's work is that I can hear his voice clearly in my mind when I read it off the page. You might think that's an obvious statement, but it takes real talent and originality to do that, and I think only a few of the lucky ones ever develop a style unique enough where that can be said about them.

The moral of this story is: get a copy of the new After Hours. To find out how, click here.

With love,

C. J. Laity

Dear CJ,

I guess I'm writing to say a public thank you for your continuing
support of After Hours magazine. It is truly gratifying to have
someone like you recognize in the public forum of your web site what it
takes to continually produce a quality literary journal. I also
appreciate that you credit us and our role in the literary/art world of
Chicago. As you know, it is truly a labor of love.

Which leads me to a point I need to make clear to your
much as I am the publisher of After Hours, I am only one of two very
equal editors. My co-editor Pat Hertel, who prefers to take a
behind-the-scenes role with the magazine, is an essential, indeed,
cornerstone of After Hours. She and I launched the magazine together
and I couldn't continue doing this without her. In many ways, where I
am the public face of After Hours, Pat is truly the backbone.

Yours truly,
Al DeGenova
Publisher/Editor After Hours magazine

**We hope you found the information on this page useful. needs your help. We are holding a fundraising drive in order to stay online. There are two ways that you can help:
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Note: On Sunday, February 13, 2005, After Hours celebrated the release of its tenth issue. Click the headline for Letter eX's coverage. Now includes a letter from Al DeGenova.

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