Before we get to the big news about who will be competing in this year's Juried Reading sponsored by The Poetry Center of Chicago, here are a few very important April Poetry Announcements:
In case some of you can't come to my reading/talk on Saturday, April 9 for the Young Chicago Authors event at the Old Town School of Folk Music (7 PM til 9PM, 909 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL 60614). I will also be at Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum on Friday, April 8 at 6:30 PM. A book signing will follow. The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum is located on 19th Street, east of Damen in the Pilsen neighborhood.
I hope to see some of you at either event.
April's DvA Quadruple Poetry Feature on Friday, April Fools Day (1st) is no joke. It will hapen at 2568 N. Lincoln Ave. from 8 PM until 9:30 PM and will feature Gene Tanta, Tom Roby, Janet Kuypers and Fractal Edge Press Publisher Wayen Allen Jones. Psst. It's free.
On Sunday, April 3rd, there will be a poet studded event for the book release of magnificent poet Lee Kitzis. ---- Here is a link to all the details; you don't want to miss it.
Kevin Stein, Illinois Poet Laureate will be reading on Thursday, April 28, 6:00PM in the Columbia College Concert Hall, 1014 South Michigan Avenue. Kevin Stein is the author of nine books of poetry and literary criticism. Notable among these are the recently published American Ghost Roses, as well as the collections Chance Ransom and Bruised Paradise. He is Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University. Presented by the Columbia College Chicago Library and English Department.
POETRY AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
Experience this continuing series of renowned poets sponsored by Saint Xavier University’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse. The Need to Hold Still, An evening with Lisel Mueller. Saint Xavier University is proud to host Lisel Mueller as she reads from and discusses The Need to Hold Still (National Book Award for Poetry 1981) and Alive Together New and Selected Poems (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1997). In addition to the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets, Mueller was also the recipient of the 1990 Carl Sandburg Award and the Emily Clark Balch Prize. Current Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein calls Mueller “arguably our state’s most honored living poet.”
Wednesday, April 6, 2005, 7 p.m.
McGuire Hall, 3700 West 103rd Street, Chicago, IL
Admission is free and open to the public.
A book signing and reception follows the reading.
NEXT IN THE SERIES W.S. Merwin Pulitzer Prize winning poet and winner of the 2004 Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award Tuesday, May 3, 2005 The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street Chicago, IL Tickets are $10 and will go on sale in April
And now . . .
The Finalist for the 11th Annual Juried Reading sponsored by the Poetry Center of Chicago have been selected. According to the Poetry Center's official website, the finalists are:
Colleen Abel of Lake Forest, Illinois
Colleen Abel writes, "I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and have studied literature and writing at numerous institutions throughout the US and England. I received an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and am currently pursuing a doctorate at Loyola University Chicago. My work has appeared in journals such as Bluesap Magazine, Branches Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review and in the anthology Best of Branches 2002. I live in Lake Forest with my husband and our hairless cat."
Garrett J. Brown of Chicago, Illinois
Garrett J. Brown's poems have appeared in various journals including The Ledge, Pif Magazine and the Midwest Poetry Review. In 2000, he won a Creative Writing Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing. His book-length manuscript, Manna Sifting, was runner-up in the 2003 Maryland Emerging Voices competition. He is currently teaching writing at University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is pursuing his PhD. Garrett's chapbook, Panning the Sky, is available from Pudding House Publications
Andrew Grace of Champaign, Illinois
Andrew Grace was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. He did his undergraduate work at Kenyon College and is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis. His first book of poetry, A Belonging Field, was published by Salt Publishing. His poems have appeared in Poetry, TriQuarterly, Boston Review and Iowa Review. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poet's Prize and the Southern Poetry Review's 2003 Guy Owen Prize. He is currently at work on his second collection of poems.
Daniel Johnson of Chicago, Illinois
Daniel Johnson is a poet, photographer, & grass roots educator, who was born in Ohio's Steel Valley. Currently, he is finishing his first manuscript of poems How to Catch a Falling Knife-- a collection that states, "To catch a falling knife / you have to double-doubt / the knife." He was selected by Campbell McGrath as a finalist in the Poetry Center of Chicago's 2004 Juried Reading, and his poetry has been featured in American Letters & Commentary, 88: a Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, and also appears in the anthology I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio.
Sharon Kubasak of North Olmsted, Ohio
Sharon Kubasak's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of magazines, including Field, Verse, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. She is currently completing a poetry manuscript and revising a prose work, Alone with the Lyric: Descriptions Toward a Poetics of Solitude. She teaches creative writing and contemporary literature at Baldwin-Wallace College where she is an assistant professor.
Caryl Pagel of Chicago, Illinois
Caryl Pagel will complete her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago this spring. She currently works at the Illinois Arts Council and is a reader for Another Chicago Magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Elixir, DIAGRAM, and Octopus Magazine.
Catherine Pierce of Columbia, Missouri
Catherine Pierce is the author of Animals of Habit (Kent State University Press, 2004), a winner of the Wick Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Slate, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, Bellingham Review, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She is currently a PhD candidate/Creative Writing fellow at the University of Missouri, and holds the MFA from the Ohio State University.
Young Smith of Lexington, Kentucky
Young Smith completed a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston in 2003, where he received the James Michener Fellowship in poetry, a Krakow Poetry Seminar Scholarship, and a Donald Barthelme Fellowship for fiction. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Iowa Review, Pleiades, American Literary Review, Arts & Letters, Atlanta Review, The Midwest Quarterly, The New Orleans Review, and other publications. He is an assistant professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University.
These eight poets will read in the following events:
11th Annual Juried Reading & Awards
@ the Chicago Public Library's Poetry Fest
Saturday, April 30, 2005, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State Street
Where $2,000 in Prizes will be awarded
and then again in the following event:
11th Annual Juried Reading by the Finalists
Evanson Public Library
1703 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Saturday, May 7, 2005, 2:00 p.m.
2005 Final Judge Jorie Graham
2005 Final Judge Jorie Graham is the author of many poetry collections, including Never ; Swarm ; The Errancy ; The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Materialism ; Region of Unlikeness ; The End of Beauty ; Erosion ; and Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts. She has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990.
2005 Blind Jury: Kristy Bowen, Larry O. Dean and James Shea
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