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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 10:26 AM
Poetry Gossip: Click On Headlines .
Maria Mazziotti GillanNew Jersey poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be reading in Oak Park on Saturday, June 18th at 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse Open Mic Night. Maria is one of America's foremost experts on multi-cultural poetry. Her poetry that speaks from her Italian-American heritage. Maria has published eight books of poetry, including Where I Come From, Things My Mother Told Me, and her latest book, Italian Women in Black Dresses.. With her daughter Jennifer, she has co-edited three anthologies exploring ethnic identity in America. She is the editor of the award-winning Paterson Literary Review, and the founder of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ. The reading will take place at Unity Temple's Gale House, 124 N. Kenilworth Ave (it's a house behind the Unity Temple just off Lake Street). They do a open mic. and feature there on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Doors open for sign-up at 7:30; Open Mic at 8; Feature at 9 (5-minute time limit regardless of genre). Host Charlie Rossiter. Donation: $3-5. Inexpensive refreshments available.

Mark this advanced warning on your calendars. On October 22 there will be "An Evening with ROBERT BLY" at the Gale House. As a poet, critic, translator, and publisher, Mr. Bly has been a leading force in the world of poetry for more than 50 years. He is well known for his books and lectures on the men's movement. He will read from his recent works including his latest book, The Insanity of Empire: A Book of Poems Against the Iraq War. Tickets will be available in early September. This special event will be held the 4th Saturday of the month---no Open Mic on the 3rd Saturday in Oct.

Need more info: 708-660-9376;

Welcome to Poetry World Radio. Click on the link at the right sidebar of this page in order to listen, and if you need a free radio, there is a link where you can get free software to listen. Right now the program is just a five hour loop, but we are adding to it every day, and we will soon have special features and even live programming. There may be some downtime as we work on the station in the early weeks, so try back later if you find that we're down for repairs. I will let you know when we're up full blast.

If you would like your work considered for inclusion on Poetry World Radio, send a quality CD to: C. J. Laity, 5018 N. Lincoln Ave. #2, Chicago, IL 60625.

Did you know The Cafe at 5115 N. Lincoln Ave. hosts a poetry show every Tuesday night at 8 Pm with an open mic. and a feature? Did you know they have the entire year booked? Check out Charlie Newman's line up of upcoming poets featured at The Cafe: June 14: Larry O. Dean; June 21: Katia Zalkind; June 28: Tony Trigilio; July 5: Dina Stengel; July 12: POETRY CRAM; July 19: Emily Rose; July 26: Wayne Allen Jones; Aug 2: Michelle Taransky; Aug 9: Ruan Wright; Aug 16: Maggie Rubin Birthday Bash; Aug 23: Nathan Martin; Aug 30: Kristy Bowen; Sept 6: Lauren Mathews; Sept 13: Whitney Scott & The TallGrass Poets; Sept 20: Francesco Levato; Sept 27: Larry & Lina Present...Milk Mag Marathon II; Oct 4: Jared Smith; Oct 11: Joe Roarty; Oct 18: Vito Carli; Oct 25: Gregorio Gomez; Nov 1: Janet Kuypers; Nov 8: Shelley Nation; Nov 15: Nina Corwin; Nov 29: Terry Lucas Birthday Bash; Dec 6: Bonnie Summers; Dec 13: Larry O. Dean

I leave you with some images from the weekend of June 11 - 12, 2005.

Tom Roby and his son Lem feature for the Mirror Ball (benefit for poetic theater company Smoke and Mirror) at Acme Artworks on Saturday, June 11. The event was a huge success and raised money for this grassroots theater company.

The Mirror Ball ended with some "fire"works.

Poets (Todd Heldt, Larry O. Dean and Charlie Newman) mingle at the Printers Row Book Fair Chicago Poetry Showcase, sponsored by

Lorraine Harrell's debut performance at the University Center on Sunday, June 12.

gordon cc liao received thunderous applause for his performance pieces at the showcase.

There was a lot of love at the Printers Row Book Fair (C. J. Laity and Beatriz Badikian).

Note: Here is the latest juicy gossip, including news on New Jersey's Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Poetry World Radio, The Cafe, and images from the Mirror Ball and the Printers Row Book Fair.

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