Local poet Wayne Allen Jones, publisher of Fractal Edge Press, has been working hard to publish some of the poets who share the open mic. stages with us at the various Chicago poetry scene venues. The books he publishes just keep looking better and better. Please attend one or more of these important book release parties for some of Wayne's Fractal Edge Press authors.
Fractal Edge recently released "The Urban Poems" by David Hernandez (a large collection of David's work spanning several years) as well as "The Suburban Poems" by John Starrs. David and John will be appearing together Friday, May 20, at Coffee Chicago, at the corner of Berwyn and Broadway, starting at 7:30 PM. There will be an open mic.
Recently, ChicagoPoetry.com joined forces with Fractal Edge Press to publish Southside poet Kwame Lynn Pitts' title, "Dancing With The Ancestors." Mrs. Pitts will be appearing for her first reading since the title was released. The reading will take place Tuesday, May 24, at 8 PM, at The Cafe, 5115 N. Lincoln Ave. There will be an open mic.
AND THEN COMES THE BIG ONE! MARK YOUR CALENDARS. On Friday, June 3, at 8 PM, Fractal Edge Press will host a party including readings from several of its authors. This gigantic event will be held at the DvA Gallery, 2568 N. Lincoln Ave. The event will also be broadcast live on the internet through Ink and Ashes. Featured Fractal Edge Press authors will include Charlie Newman (author of "Words"), Larry O. Dean (author of "I Am Spam"), Beyond the MC (author of "Black on White"), Tom Roby (author of "Grievers Circuit"), Maureen Tolman Flannery (author of "A Fine Line"), Billy Tuggle (author of "Warning: Conscience Under Pressure"), Dan Cleary (author of "Elegy For James Gerard"), C. J. Laity (co-publisher of "Dancing With the Ancestors" by Kwame Lynn Pitts), as well as Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Beatriz Badikian Gartler, Michael Brownstein, Jim Coppoc, Robert Karimi, Members of the PolyRhythmic Collective, and many other Fractal Edge Press poets. This will be a great opportunity to come out to support the publication of small press poetry titles.
Announcing the release of COURT GREEN #2, featuring Elaine Equi, Robyn Schiff, Wislawa Szymborska, Srikanth Reddy, Robin Becker, Maureen Seaton, Ed Roberson, Keith Waldrop, Rosmarie Waldrop, Lyn Hejinian, and many others. Their "Dossier: Tribute to Lorine Niedecker" includes poets such as C.D. Wright, Anne Waldman, Theodore Enslin, Elizabeth Treadwell, Lisa Fishman, Maureen Owen, Jonathan Williams, Stephanie Strickland, Eleni Sikelianos, Susan Wheeler, Dan Beachy-Quick, and others. COURT GREEN is a poetry journal published annually in association with the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, and is edited by Arielle Greenberg, Tony Trigilio, and David Trinidad. Each issue features a dossier on a special topic or theme. The first issue, published in 2004, featured a dossier on poetry and film. The dossier for issue #3 (Spring 2006), will be a collection of bout-rimes sonnets. Copies are available for $10 each through the address below. Please make checks payable to Columbia College Chicago.
COURT GREEN, Columbia College Chicago, English Department, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605.
Here's an important message about an open mic for poets and storytellers. 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse happens at Unity Temple's Gale House, 875 Lake Street, in Oak Park, and as the name suggests is always the 3rd Saturday of the month On May 21st there will be a return of guitarist John Hasbrouck who is said to have a highly personal fingerstyle and plays a bottleneck guitar with inspirations in the traditional, roots, and contemporary American and world musics. After the open mic. he will be performing songs from his two CDs, Some These Days, and Ice Cream, which was cited by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the top CDs of 2002.
Doors open for sign-up at 7:30; open mic is at 8; and John Hasbrouck plays at at 9, with Charlie Rossiter as host. $3-5. Need more info: 708-660-9376; or email@example.com
Poet Gary Soto will be appearing on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 PM at the Ballroom of the School of the Art institute of Chicago, 112 S. Michigan Ave.. There is a $10 cover but the event is free for members of the Poetry Center of Chicago.
Gary Soto was born and educated in California, where he worked as a migrant laborer before attending Fresno State. The grandson of Mexican immigrants, Soto began writing poetry in college. He is one of the youngest poets to appear in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Soto has written ten poetry collections, including One Kind of Faith, Junior College and 1995's New And Selected Poems. He was a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. Soto has also won the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Tomás Rivera Prize. In addition to poetry, Soto has written novels, children's books and a memoir. Having taught in both English and Chicano studies departments, Soto is currently the Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UC Riverside.
Did you know the Guild Complex's Executive Director Ellen Wadey has been working on a novel manuscript for 22 years? Though she's given readings in Pittsburgh, she's generally kept her "private art" under wraps here in Chicago. She explains that there is "No particular reason except the fear of reading in front of people that I know and respect." Fear be damned, the time has come. Ellen Wadey has been been invited to read at the Reconstruction Room series on Wednesday, June 1, at 8:00 p.m. The reading will be held at Black Rock, a pub at Damen and Addison
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