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spacer.gif   THE 12TH ANNUAL GWENDOLYN BROOKS OPEN MIC. AWARDS
Posted by : cj on Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 01:42 AM
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On Wednesday, June 29, the Guild Complex returned to the Chopin Theater to host the 12th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic. Awards. Twenty-five of Chicago's most talented poets competed in five heats, and the audience did the judging to determine who should win $500. Captions refer to the poets, from left to right; all photos and captions by C. J. Laity.

HEAT ONE



Quraysh Ali Lansana hosts the event, reading the work of Gwendolyn Brooks between the heats; Raymond Berry begins the competition with his wonderful poetry; Lauren Mathews reads about a four leaf clover; Barbara Perry wants us to pretend we are stoned; and Jacqui Wolk makes it to the final round with her new poem about child-birth.



HEAT TWO



Bob Cicoine reads about how death sneaks up upon us; Kim Ransom makes it to the final round with her poem about desperation; Denise Ruiz declares "I AM . . ."; Erin Teegarden offers one of the best metaphors of the evening: "not much upstairs / but what a staircase"; and Edward Waszak reads his cynical poem about the path America is taking.



HEAT THREE



Kay Barrett makes it to the final round with a taste of the Phillipine; Priscilla Doolittle wonders if all skin really bleeds the same color; gordon cc liao is not your "typical" poet; Stephany Rose struts her performance style; and Suzannah Vallejo knows "the only thing constant is change."



HEAT FOUR



Kimberly Dixon describes an encounter with a truck in an alley; Veronica Sebastian Jenifer describes a mother watching the makings of a fine young black man; Daniel Johnson inspires laughter with his panty poem; Carol Kanter tries to breed a poodle in three parts; and Langston Kerman makes it to the final round with his interracial peach poem.



HEAT FIVE



Nissa Holtkamp ponders the colors; Francesco Levato fills the room with metaphors with his corpse poem; Toni Asante Lightfoot makes it to the final round with her combination of song and poetry; Emilio Maldonado welcomes us to New York; and Kelly Marie takes us into her aunty's plastic covered living room.



THE WINNER



Toni Asante Lightfoot collects her check and wins the 12th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic. Awards. Congrats Toni !!!



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