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Posted by : cj on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 12:46 PM
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Caffeine Theatre presents the world premiere of Caridad Svich’s new translation of Federico García Lorca’s Dońa Rosita, or The Language of Flowers, directed by Jennifer Shook. Click here for more details.

The Her Mark poetry calendar is now available through Woman Made Gallery. Makes a great gift for the holidays.

The Illinois State Poetry Society is pleased to announce the winners of its 12th annual contest.

Category 1, FREE VERSE:

1st Prize – Nina Corwin (IL) for Irregulars;

2nd Prize – Cheryl Loetscher (CO) for At the Window, Dancing;

3rd Prize – Margarete Cantrall (IL) for The Right Word;

First HM – Ryan G. Van Cleave (SC) for Willow Herb;

Second HM – Marvin Lurie (OR) for A Book of World Poetry;

Third HM – Kolette Montague (UT) for Choosing a Casket.

There were over 200 entries in this category. The judge found many powerful and moving lines throughout. So much so, that it was requested we award a further HM. Thus, Fourth HM goes to Alice E. Gross (CT) for Cleansing.

Category 2, FORMAL VERSE:

1st Prize – Glenna Holloway (IL) for Emissary;

2nd Prize – Mary Blinn (IL) for The Woman Who Couldn’t Leave the House;

3rd Prize – Glenna Holloway (IL) for The Ignis Fatuus;

First HM – Maureen Cannon (NJ) for Visit Home;

Second HM – Jill Williams (BC) for The Way it Was;

Third HM – Constance Vogel (IL) for Vengeance.


1st Prize – Edna Carpenter Booker(IA) for A Symbol of Hope;

2nd Prize – John Wolf (IL) for Even So;

3rd Prize – George David Miller (IL) for Shalom;

First HM – Michael E. Strosahl (IN) for The Treasure;

Second HM – Kathryn Spurgeon (OK) for A Prison Cell;

Third HM – Catharine Moran (AR) for Facing the Moment.

Best of the Best goes to Glenna Holloway (IL). Congratulations to all our winners. There were 206 entries in the Free Verse category, 85 in the Formal Verse category, and 94 entries in the Religious Verse category. All very fine, the judges enjoyed reading every one of them. We thank everyone for entering and hope you will look for our 13th Annual contest in 2006.


The Chicago Premiere
15 Years of Educating, Organizing, and Performing of
Hip-Hop Infused with Bomba y Plena, Latin Jazz and other rhythms.

Saturday, November 5th
Doors Open at 6:30pm

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
1632 N. Milwaukee
(Damen/North/Milwaukee — Blue line to Damen Ave.)
$5 donation — Call 773.235.3988

The Welfare Poets are a collective of activists, educators, and artists together since 1990. Through teaching residencies and workshops, through activism around community struggles and through sharp-edged performances of music that incorporates Hip Hop, Bomba y Plena, Latin Jazz and other rhythms, the Welfare Poets bring information and inspiration to those facing oppression and those fighting for liberation.

3 Guys from Albany Kick Off Upper Midwest Tour by Featuring at the
Green Mill, Sunday, November 6.

Poetry performance group 3 Guys from Albany, (Charlie Rossiter, Dan Wilcox & Tom Nattell) will be in Chicago as part of their grand plan to read their poetry in each of the Albanys in the U.S. (They're on their way to #11, Albany, MN). 3 Guys are friends who share the idea that poetry should be a part of society rather than apart from it. Their poems address social issues such as the homeless, peace and war, and the environment, as well as joyful celebrations of art, love and life. They have toured the United States since 1993 and so far they have read in 10 of the 18 Albanys in the USA. They have released a 60-minute cassette tape of their poetry performance, available at their readings or by mail.

Although Tom Nattell died of cancer in January, 2005, Charlie & Dan are continuing the project, along with the ever-present nudging from the spirit of Tom. Charlie Rossiter lives here now, but used to live in Albany. He's a recipient of an NEA fellowship for his poetry and is the host of Dan Wilcox hosts the Third Thursday open mic at the Lark St. Bookshop in Albany, NY & has the world's largest collection of photos of unknown poets. He read at the 2004 Chicago Poetry Fest. Tom Nattell was an international mail artist, environmentalist and peace activist who wrote the "Simple Life" column for Metroland, Albany's entertainment weekly.

For more information about 3 Guys from Albany


Mon Nov 14: Ana Castillo & Carlos Cumpian read for Poetry Center, SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 6:30 PM, $10 / free for members. Check out for more information.

Carlos Cortez Honored at Day of the Dead Exhibition
Report written by Charlie Rossiter

Carlos Cortez at one of his final appearances at Guild Complex, photo by C. J. LaityThis year, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum's Day of the Dead exhibition includes a major two-room tribute to Carlos Cortez. The Cortez section is at the entrance, just to the left of the desk. The rest of the exhibition is in the rear where temporary exhibitions are typically mounted. One room houses artistic tributes to Cortez. The most striking of which is a close-up portrait that covers an entire wall. The second room features an installation that uses Cortez' own possessions, his small wooden desk with manual typewriter, book shelves with his books on them, crates of old vinyl records with music cataloged by country. A sampling of Cortez work is also included. There are some great things here. Any poet interested in the history of poetry in Chicago, or the U.S. for that matter, will be interested in this exhibit. The museum is located at 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago. The exhibition will be up until December 11,

--Charlie Rossiter

Words from the President, Voltaire Davis, DePaul University BSU

Calling All Social Conscious and Powerful Voices!

The Black Student Union’s origin is rooted in activism. However, over the years the level of activism has diminished in Black Student Organization, and they have seemingly turned into Black Social Clubs.

My vision is to rekindle and expand the spirit of activism not only within DePaul’s Black Student Union, but through other Black organizations. This will be accomplished through events that educate and entertain.

Projects and programs that provide solutions will be done from a Black Nationalist prospective. Black Nationalism in this context means Black self-help and accountability.

Voltaire Davis

President, BSU (Black Student Union)

Poetry Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Soul

Music by DJ Aquil & Jaidot

Monday October 31

$5.00 Before 11:30 p.m.

$8.00 After 11:30 p.m.

Co-Sponsored by RHC & Resident Education

Vetern & Amatuer Artists Invited for OPEN MIC. All Colleges, Universites and non-students are invited. This platform is for all voices. Bring it on!!!

The Wild Hare 3530 N.Clark (773)327-4273 Chicago, Illinois, 60657 October 31, 2005 8:00PM-closing


Note: Here's the scoop on Dońa Rosita, The Welfare Poets, 3 Guys From Albany, Ana Castillo and Carlos Cumpian, A Carlos Cortez tribute, Poetry at the Wild Hare, and the Illinois State Poetry Society contest winners.

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