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Posted by : cj on Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 04:55 PM
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Illinois State Poetry Society - 12th Annual Contest. Categories; 1) free verse, 2) formal verse, 3) religious poem. Prizes $50, $35, $15, 3HM. Maximum length: each poem one page. Submit two copies of each poem; first copy with ID (name/address/e-mail) and category in upper left hand corner, second copy of poem without ID but category. Each poem on separate paper. Entry fee: $5 for up to 3 poems, $1 for each additional poem. ISPS members get free entry for first 3 poems, pay $5 for next set of three. Accepting simultaneous submissions, and previously published work. Poems not returned. Submissions sent postal mail to

Ruan Wright,
494 Kingsbrooke Crossing,
Bolingbrook, IL 60440.

Winnersí names posted on ISPS website, Deadline: must be postmarked September 1st.

Best of the Best: a prize of $50 will be given for the person with the most winning poems in the contest, including Honorable Mentions.

Beach Poets, the only performance poetry in the world to be hosted on
the beach will begin this July 3 with a bang! Larry Winfield! Out of
town for a number of years to live in L.A. Larry will be returning this
weekend ONLY for a gig with the Beach Poets!

If you love poetry - you'll love Larry Winfield, and the Beach Poets,
where we always have a feature, and it's always free!

Please come to Loyola Beach, Greenleaf and the lake, just south of the
Heartland's stand in the sand, look for the Beach Poets tent on Sunday,
July 3 from 4-6 pm. You can take the red line el stop to Morse, walk
East four blocks to the lake, then north two blocks to the Beach Poets!
or contact your host Cathleen Schandelmeier at
for more info.



EbonyEnergy Spoken-Word artists are gracing the stage Grant Park (near Columbus and Jackson) at the 25th annual Taste of Chicago. Come enjoy spoken-word, books, music and fantastic food. An EbonyEnergy Showcase is the most positive place that you can be. We entertain and promote literacy! We publish and showcase Real Voices by Real People! Meet us in Grant Park 235 S Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60603 at The Illinois Lottery Taste Stage 3:30 P.M. - 4:45 P.M. on Friday, July 1st.

Meet 'N Greet Miles, the host, at the Taste and get your autographed copy of Verbal Fruit and CD! Charles Miles, aka Miles, is our reknowned host. He is a Jimi Hendrix, Bootsy Collins, James Brown and Denzel Washington rolled up in a Rasta drenched in soul, emotion and passion. Miles, leader and founder of EarCandy that host a show every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month at the South Side Community Arts Center is a rock and roll poet god and author of Verbal Fruit.



I would like to turn to you for some help in this latest episode of WZRD's moves against me. Now, after the indefinite suspension was put into place for a while, their effort is to have me permanently thrown out. My opponents seize on certain elements which they do not like in CJ's Indymedia article. Basically they were further pissed off by the appearance of the article and seized on things in there which supposedly justify negative views of me. Now I'm not trying to nitpick at CJ's writing, I appreciate his interest in my situation, but his story has become part of the story, if you dig my meaning.

They seized on CJ's writing something to the effect that 'Yahale's name is synonymous witht WZRD in many circles.' For my critics this somehow translated into my violating the WZRD policy against not saying one's name on the air. I never heard of this policy meaning that WZRD people were to never make their name known off-air to long-time associates and repeat guests like CJ . How could you know someone for several years and not disclose your name?

Then they seized on the whole idea of CJ pointing out the existence of the monthly poetry show as a violation of some real or imagined rule. Well, previous managers and others had known about this and been fine with it, even encouraged it.

So they slam this whole thing of several years, since about 1997, which has brought so many poets to WZRD listeners, and attempted to do so within WZRD norms.

Gentlemen, I would appreciate it if you could help gather some testimonials from some of the past guests and poetry listeners who have felt that this programming has had value, and that it should not be rejected out of hand because of some vendetta against me or because of anger at seeing CJ's piece.

You can feel free to contact me at

Thank you for your kind consideration.


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