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Posted by : cj on Saturday, September 03, 2005 - 12:03 PM
Poetry Gossip: Click On Headlines .

The word is out. Kenneth Clarke will be resigning as the Executive Director of the Poetry Center of Chicago. In an official statement mailed to the center’s list, Clarke says: “After more than five years of working for The Poetry Center, I have accepted a new position with The Ohio State University. I am staying in Chicago, so for those of you I know, I'll see you around. The Poetry Center Board of Directors, lead by Board President David Fink, is in the process of finding my replacement.”


Sunday September 11th, 8:30 to 9:30 PM
Subterranean Lounge 2011 West North Ave
The performance aspect of Around the Coyote is proud to bring some of the city best spoken word performers to the stage.

4 poets and No Waiting featuring: C. J. Laity, Wayne Allan Jones, Larry O. Dean and Charlie Newman

C. J. Laity is the publisher of and the founder of The Chicago Poetry Fest. He has been published in numerous anthologies, including Power Lines (Tia Chucha Press), After Hours Magazine and Things That Go Bump in the Night (Outrider Press).

Wayne Allen Jones, of Chicago , has a PhD in English and American literature from Harvard and has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago , the University of Miami , and Roosevelt University . He is the publisher of Fractal Edge Press, and has published 20 volumes of Chicago poetry.

Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint , Michigan . He has worked with Academy Award-winning film maker, Michael Moore, been widely published in the alternative press and also worked as a cartoonist. In 2004, he was recipient of the Poetry Center 's Hands on Stanzas Gwendolyn Brooks Award.

Charlie Newman was born in Newark , NJ in 1943. He started writing poetry in 1956. He's had 5 books and 3 CDs released. His most-recent is “deadmachinecity” a book/cd available from FractalEdge Press. He was named 1 of Top 15 in The Chicago Poetry Scene by Third Coast Press.

For the complete poetry and theater schedule go to

Third Coast Press is now online. Check it out here.


Illume: An Alchemy of Text and Image on September 17th, 2005,

A selection of poetry videos created by both emerging and established
artists, will be screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago at 164 North State Street on Saturday,
September 17th beginning at 11:30 a.m through 2:30 p.m. The event
entitled, "Illume: An Alchemy of Text and Image," will feature both
classic and current work which highlights the hybrid genre of
cinepoetry or poetry video.

The event will be hosted by Chicago artist Kurt Heintz, a leader in
the field of poetry video, who will be showcasing his hallmark video,
"Passage," a collaboration with poet Quyarash Ali Lansana. "Poetry
video is the public's first step beyond," according to Heintz. "Even
in its most essential form, it demolishes the old assumption that page
and poem are one. We now know poetry is where you find it, in the
expressions the world offers."

In addition to Heintz, author Heather Haley, who initiated the
enormously successful Edgewise Poetry Video Festival in Vancouver
B.C., will also feature recent work. Haley will be traveling in from
her home in Canada to be a guest panelist after the screening to
discuss the evolution of the genre and her own "Visible Verse" project
which showcases poetry video in Canada and as a worldwide traveling

Other featured artists include Paul Hettel, a renowned filmmaker and
professor at Columbia College in Chicago, Mark Saba, an author based
at Yale University, and the collaborative team of Chicago poet Gerard
Wozek, visual artist Mary Russell, and sound composer D. Edward Davis.

Sponsored by the School of Art and Design and the Division of Cultural
Connections at Robert Morris College, the event will also feature a
new poetry video completed by Robert Morris student Jonathan
Synowiec--a project finalized as part of coursework in Mary Russell's
video course held over the summer at the college.

The event which is free and open to the public, will conclude with a
lively discussion with the featured film artists and poets led by
Heintz on the emerging genre of poetry video.


Please be aware of venue and time change for this event. Discrete is no
longer @ 3030


presents.....Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop......

Friday, Sept. 16 *7PM* / 2416 W. North Ave. / $5 suggested donation

**This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it
has received from an anonymous donor**

Keith Waldrop co-edits, with Rosmarie Waldrop, the small press Burning Deck,
founded in 1961 while they were graduate students at the University of
Michigan; he has taught at Brown University since 1968. His first book, A
Windmill Near Cavalry, was nominated for the National Book Award. The
Silhouette of the Bridge, part of a trilogy published by Avec, won the 1997
Americas Award for Poetry. His translations of contemporary French poetry
have been supported by two NEA translation fellowships and the government of
France has awarded him the rank of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.

Rosmarie Waldrop is the author of more than three dozen books of poetry,
fiction, and criticism, and is the prize-winning translator of the work of
Edmond Jabes and Friederike Mayrocker, among many others. With her husband,
Keith Waldrop, she is the publisher of Burning Deck Press.

The Discrete Series presents an event of poetry or other text-driven
performance on the second Friday of each month. For more information about
this or upcoming events email

The SpareRoom is a time-arts collective dedicated to providing rehearsal,
exhibition, and performance space for collective members and the
interdisciplinary artworks they produce. For more information go to

Saturday, October 22, 8 pm
Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois

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 1990 book Iron John, which explored myth and folklore in relation to the men's movement. He was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam war and he opposes the current war in Iraq as his new book, The Insanity of Empire: A Book of Poems Against the Iraq War eloquently attests.

Join us at 8 pm at Unity Temple for this extraordinary event. Doors open at 7:30 pm with general seating.


Ticket donation is $12. Tickets will be available first at Unity Temple during coffee hour after the 9:30 and 11:15 services on Sunday, Sept. 4th, and Sept. 11th. After Sept. 4th, tickets will be available to the general public by mail. Checks should be made out to Charlie Rossiter; please write "Bly tickets" on the subject line. Mail to: Charlie Rossiter, 705 S. Gunderson, Oak Park, IL 60304. All requests must be postmarked by October 10th; tickets will be mailed back. We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate credit cards, phone reservations or holding tickets at the door. Tickets are non-refundable. We expect that seating will be limited, so get your tickets early!

For more information, contact Charlie Rossiter at


Unity Temple is at 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60301.
From Chicago take the I-290 exit at Austin, go north to Lake Street and west to
Kenilworth (a few blocks west of Oak Park Avenue but east of Harlem)
From the West take the I-290 exit at Harlem Ave, go north to Lake and east
to Kenilworth

With the el, exit the Green Line at Oak Park Ave, go north to Lake Street;
west to Kenilworth

You may find street parking. Otherwise there is parking at:
-- meters on North Boulevard (adjacent to train tracks) between Kenilworth and Oak Park
--a Village Parking Garage at North Boulevard just east of Oak Park
--a Village Parking Garage at Lake Street and Forest (the next light west of Unity Temple on Lake)
Please do not park in areas reserved for permit parking, you may get a ticket.

Carlos Cortez Honored at T-shirt Art Harvest Fest

For Immediate Release 8/15/05 Contact: Chris Drew (day) 773/561-7676 (Evening) 773/973-1863 e-mail

Chicago’s own internationally known Wobbley (IWW) poet, labor movement columnist, visual artist, political activist, a founding member of MARCH, Movimiento Artístico Chicano and philosopher – Carlos Cortez - passed away this year. His art and activism cut across cultural barriers. The Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center, UM-CAC, will celebrate his life at its T-shirt Art Harvest Festival, September 16-18.

The public is invited to add their Carlos related items to an ofrenda, a memorial alter, in remembrance of Carlos Cortez. Items may be dropped off before or placed during the exhibit. At the opening potluck dinner on Friday (9/16) 6-10pm, those who knew Carlos will be invited to remember him for all to share his creative spirit. Artists will be invited to sell their art for free all weekend.

The 16th annual T-shirt Art Harvest Fest theme, "Don’t Mourn – Organize," – reflects themes in the art and life of Carlos Cortez. He is one of UM-CAC’s founders and a longtime Board Member. Artists are invited to display art on
t-shirts with any theme but all other art submitted must reflect the artist’s concept of "Don’t Mourn – Organize." Fitting this theme, UM-CAC will announce a "T-shirt Art Flyer Exhibit" drive to allow artists to sell their art freely along the lakefront public parks. This is proposed as an alternative to costly street and art fairs that help too few emerging artists. This Carlos Cortez inspired idea on how to improve Chicago’s cultural environment is our hundred-and-forth suggestion to be added to Mayor Washington’s "Chicago Cultural Plan".

The "Art of the T-shirt" is a grass-roots art adventure. See hand-painted T’s (not sold) donated by artists over 15 years of exhibits mixed with many artists’ prints on T’s for sale at affordable prices from 13 years of our Screen Print Workshop for Artists. Art by Carlos Cortez will be available on T-shirts. Eat a free potluck dinner at the Friday (9/16) night opening. Come and celebrate the life of Carlos Cortez. Artists organize! Let’s claim the lakefront for creativity!


T-shirt Art Flyer Exhibit

The "T-shirt Art Flyer Exhibit is small flyers - each with one of forty-four different images on the flyer front by a mix of Chicago and international artists passed out as a public display of art. On the back of each flyer is a promotional message.

It is a promotion for, the website of the Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center (UM-CAC). It is also an organizing tool to promote UM-CAC’s art activities and a better environment for the arts in Chicago. The "T-shirt Art Flyer Exhibit" has evolved from attempts in the early 1990's to promote the many artists exhibiting in UM-CAC's "Art of the T-shirt" exhibit series each summer in north-side public libraries. When re-showing these 1993 library exhibits at the Chicago Cultural Center, UM-CAC posted fliers, each with one of 24 different black & white t-shirt designs from their Screen Print Workshop for Artists which was only one year old at that time. In the mid-1990's Chicago made posting flyers illegal in Chicago. This forum is no longer allowed citizens. UM-CAC has found a solution in its T-shirt Art Flyer Exhibit.

This time around, UM-CAC has increased the number of works of art on flyers. Twenty-eight of the present Flyer Art works come from ART-ACT - a pro-diversity, theme exhibit that is building a mountain of visual evidence in support of diversity with artists from around the world continuously contributing art. UM-CAC's free Screen Print Workshop for Artists, now 13 years old, provides the other 16 images. Blink and the number of images contributed by both sources will rise.
Volunteers are being organized to pass-out the T-shirt Art Flyer Exhibit at art and music festivals. These humble T-shirt Art Flyers all point back to where more art awaits the viewer. On the website you can read about the experiences of artists and volunteers presenting the T-shirt Art Flyer Exhibit in public by subscribing to the T-shirt Art Flyer Exhibit Newsletter.

Chicago Cultural Plan

The "Chicago Cultural Plan is a document produced with extensive grass-roots input from thousands of Chicagoans during Mayor Harold Washington’s administration. It is a shining example of a City exploring "cultural democracy." After taking testimony from people in all walks of life a committee of cultural leaders summarized these many statements into 103 practical suggestions on how the City could better encourage the arts for all its citizens.

From the Plans Statement of Principles

The individual artist is at the foundation of our cultural heritage. The ability of artists to pursue the arts as a career and earn a living wage is basic to the growth and stability of our cultural diversity…

Cultural activities should be accessible to the disabled, the elderly and low-income people, both as audience and participants.

Cultural vitality is important to our economy and community development. The cultural sector employs thousands; cultural organizations bring identity to downtown and the neighborhoods; and our cultural diversity helps business maintain a quality workforce that wants to live in Chicago...

City resources available for cultural support should be distributed on a fair and equitable basis, both among diverse cultures and between citywide and neighborhood-based cultural institutions…

Fred Fine wrote in the introduction to the Plan:

The Chicago Cultural Plan is without precedent in its scope and the grassroots process by which it was crafted. It took shape from the recommendations and observations of thousands of Chicago citizens as well as hundreds of cultural, civic and community groups. It goes to the heart of the rationale for establishing the Department of Cultural Affairs, which grew out of a recommendation by Mayor Washington's 1983 Transition Team Report…

This plan is not a finished document. In our rapidly changing urban environment, it must be viewed as a thoughtful beginning ... a dynamic plan that will continue to respond to fluctuating circumstances and ongoing funding requirements.
One very important task has already been achieved by the Plan - and that is the very process….

Perhaps most importantly, our meetings were attended not only by artists and arts administrators but also by many who for the first time talked about what art and culture could do for their community and their personal lives.

This summary of the plan will be supplemented with ongoing policy papers and expanded treatment of many concerns barely touched upon here…

View the entire Chicago Cultural Plan at


Contact: Chris Drew (day) 773/561-7676 (evening) 773/973-1863 e-mail -


Featuring 16 years of t-shirt art and Celebrating the life of Carlos Cortez
at the American Indian Center -- 1630 West Wilson Avenue

FRIDAY, September 16th
6-10 pm -- View 16 years of T-shirt Art
6-8 pm -- Potluck Dinner
8-9 pm – Spontaneous testimony on the Life of Carlos Cortez

SATURDAY, September 17th
11:00 - 5 pm -- Viewing of "Art of the T-shirt"
11:00 - 5 pm -- Artists market in front on Wilson and Paulina Streets
5:00 – 8 pm -- Princess Committee Fundraising Dinner only $5
(Support young Native American women and Native culture)

SUNDAY, September 18th
12:00 - 5 pm -- Viewing of "Art of the T-shirt"
12:00 - 5 pm -- Artists market in front on Wilson and Paulina Streets

Everyone who knew Carlos Cortez is invited to add a Carlos related item to our alter by dropping your item off at the American Indian Center or by attending the Opening Friday, 9/16 from 6-10pm at 1630 W. Wilson (American Indian Center).

As most of you know by now Maggie and I have parted. As a result there is an unusual financial strain put on in this immediate moment. I am going to organize a benefit in the near future so that can survive. For the time being, donations of any size will be greatly appreciated. You can make a credit card donation by CLICKING HERE or you can mail a check or money order made out to the order of CJ Laity--mail it to my new address:

CJ Laity
4823 N. Sawyer Apt. #2
Chicago, IL 60625

Thank you. I appreciate your help.


Note: I'm all moved into my new crash palace and ready to rock and roll. Here's some gossip about Carlos Cortez, Robert Bly and Kenneth Clarke. RECENTLY ADDED: THE SCOOP ON KURT HEINTZ and Discrete's move to Spareroom and the infamous September 11 poetry show!

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