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On Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27,, The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce, and The Society of Professional Journalists will continue the long held Chicago tradition of holding a big poetry fest on the last weekend of August. This year's poetry fest includes more than fifty poetry readings at two separate venues. Some of the most talented poets in the City of Chicago will be participating. This year the poetry fest is free and open to the public; no tickets required! Here is the schedule for this year's monumental event.



Saturday, August 26, 1 - 4 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive
In Conjunction with the 2006 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference.

Saturday, August 26, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive
Bonnie T. Summers, Dan Scurek, Mars, gordon cc liao, Jared Smith


Bonnie T. Summers’ writing has been published in After Hours, Moon Journal Magazine, Door County’s Peninsula Pulse, and is forthcoming in the Journal of Religion and Abuse, Haworth Press. A regular participant in local poetry and prose readings, she has been a featured reader at DvA Gallery, Guild Complex, the Midwest Institute for Somatic Psychotherapy’s Annual Conference, and Woman Made Gallery. She is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, a licensed social worker and visual artist. Bonnie Summers was awarded a 2004 Individual Artist Grant in non-fiction from the Money for Women / Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for her work-in-progress, a collection of personal essays. One of her poems will be in the 2007 Her Mark calendar


Dan Scurek holds a Bachelor’s Degree in theatre with a focus on literature.

In 1991 Dan Scurek won second place in the free verse category of Poets & Patrons annual contest. He has been published in various literary magazines such as Hammers, Tomorrow Magazine, Poetry Motel, tight, Words on Paper and Psychopoetica (out of England).

His work appears online at and he has been a featured poet in previous Chicago Poetry Fests.


Swirling word and song with rhythms, electronic and acoustic, Mars delivers news, dreams, social analysis, and blueprints for change. Her performance roots include childhood violin, high school madrigal, and Chicago’s poetry slam scene. She has performed spoken word at Amnesty International’s Regional Conference 1999; several Insight Arts Women’s Performance Jams; UIC’s Center For Youth and Society; University Of Chicago's Sexual Violence Prevention Month Kick-off 2002; Douglas Ewart’s Crepuscule, Woman Made Gallery; and at numerous political benefits, high schools and poetry readings. Mars also founded She Laughs, a female interdisciplinary improvisational poetry / music mob

gordon cc liao

Asian American poet gordon cc liao is a spoken word performer and also a playwright.

He has been a featured poet for several performances, including the DVD opening for the film “Better Luck Tomorrow”, the city of Boston's tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr, the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair, the Chicago Asian American film festival, as a finalist at the Guild Complex's Gwendolyn Brooks open mic awards, and at several poetry performances.


Jared Smith's work has been compared by critics to that of Carl Sandberg, Walt Whitman, and Pablo Neruda. He is the author of five volumes of poetry, including Lake Michigan And Other Poems (Puddin'head Press, 2005) and Walking The Perimeters of the Plate Glass Window Factory (Birch Brook Press, 2001). His poetry, essays, and literary criticism have appeared hundreds of times in literary journals over the past 30 years, as well as on nationally syndicated National Public Radio. His work has also been adapted to stage in New York and Chicago. A CD of his work, Seven Minutes Before The Bombs Drop, debuted this spring at Number 11 on's top 200 list for Spoken Word. Jared Smith is a Member of the Advisory Board of The New York Quarterly Literary Foundation, Poetry Editor of Colorado's Trail & Timberline magazine, immediate past President of Poets & Patrons, and a member of The Academy of American Poets, and Illinois State Poetry Society.

Saturday, August 26, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive
Esteban Colon , Stephany Rose, Andi Kauth, J. J. Tindall, Aqua Moon


Esteban Colon is a young Puerto Rican college student from the south suburbs of Chicago.

He has been published in The Mainstreet Rag, Love's Chance, Things that Go Bump in the Night and the Best of Chicago Poetry: Collector's Edition.

Colon has been a featured reader at the Chicago Tribune Printer's Row Book Fair, Vito Carli's Friday Night Mercury Cafe Show, as well as National Poetry Month Celebration.


Wordsmith Stephany Rose is the author of Stilettoed Roses Bleed, a collection of poetry that focuses on issues of Africans throughout the Diaspora. Currently she is completing a doctoral program in American Studies at Purdue University.

As an activist / scholar, Stephany Rose is a coordinator for the Chicago Local Organizing Committee of the 2006 National Hip Hop Political Convention. She is also the publisher and editor of the newly released anthology The Lion Speaks: An Anthology for Hurricane Katrina.


Andi Kauth is the Slam Master of the Palatine Poetry Slam and Coach of the 2005 Palatine National Poetry Slam team. She is also a member of the 2006 Palatine Slam Team which will be going to the National Poetry Slam at the beginning of August.

Kauth mentors kids in the art of spoken word, and has also been invited into high school classes to help introduce the writing and performing of spoken word.

Andi has been published in the Celebration of Young Poets, The Viking Logue and The Daily Herald. More about her work can be found at


J.J. Tindall is an internationally-acclaimed, Chicago-based poet, musician and recording artist, with a particular interest in the merging of poetry and technology. Tindall is the author of the poetry collection Joe The Dream, now available at and Barnes &

Tindall also provides the poetry and voice for the CD of poems set to music A Foggy Oasis, and he has two full-length CDs of rock music. In the last year, he has given readings in England, Belgium and the Netherlands, and was featured at the Seattle Poetry Festival and Chicago's prestigious Printer's Row Book Fair.


AquaMoon is the poetry duo of Camillia Williams and Veronica Bohanan. They are a Chicago-based, youth and women-centered writing, performance, and artistic team.

Recently they were featured in the Mission to Mercury show at the Mercury Cafe.

AquaMoon upholds its motto, "Dismantling the Culture of Silence", by helping to bridge the gap between the streets, hip hop feminism, performance activism, and academia.

Saturday, August 26, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive
Kim Berez, Dave Gecic, Buddha309, Francesco Levato, Janet Kuypers


Kim Berez is the editor of StarWallpaper, a poetry annual anthology of Chicagoland middle-school and highschool students that is now in its fifteenth year of publishing. Berez has also worked as an art therapist at the highschool level.

Kim Berez is a widely published poet who has been active on the Chicago scene for over two decades. Her work appears in antholgies such as Power Lines (Tia Chucha Press), Naming The Daytime Moon, and Best of Chicago Poetry. One of her poems was adapted for the stage by the Steppenwolf Theater Company. She recently was a featured poet for the Chicago Blues Festival.


Dave Gecic is the Publisher of Puddin'head Press, one of Chicago's longest surviving publishers of poetry. He has been an active supporter of Chicago area poets for over two decades.

Gecic has been a featured poet at various venues over the years, including the Cafe in Lincoln Square. His work appears in Best of Chicago Poetry, among other publications.

Dave Gecic hosts a poetry open mic for young adults at the Oak Park Library.


Buddha309 (Dave Hargarten) was a member of the Hoxie's poetry slam team.

He is a co-author of the Finite Machine, a poetry zine, and he is also co-founder of the Finite Machine e-zine.

Buddha309 is presently the host of Waiting 4 The Bus, a popular Chicago poetry open mic.

He recently featured for the Mercury Cafe Friday night reading series.


Francesco Levato is the founding editor of the literary journal Ink & Ashes :: A Journal of the Senses.

Some of his work has appeared in Witness: Anthology of Poetry (Serengeti Press); Out of Line; Poets Against the War; Voices in Wartime; Snow Monkey; Poems Niederngasse; and After Hours. His new book Marginal State was recently released by Fractal Edge Press.

Francesco Levato was a recipient of a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.


Janet Kuypers is the founder of Scars Publications, which publishes literary magazines, anthologies and audio CDs of poetry.

She has performed her spoken word across the country, including at the Albuquerque Spoken Word Festival.

Janet Kuypers also runs a monthly poetry PodCast and a poetry internet radio station.

She has hosted a weekly poetry and music open mike called "Sing Your Life."

(The following is the Day Two schedule for the Chicago Poetry Fest. We are still working on this portion of the schedule, so please excuse any typos or missing information. This page will be updated again after July 21.)


Sunday, August 27, 2 - 8 pm, at Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave.
Co-sponsored by the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, August 27, At Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lorraine Harrell, Yazmenna, Dina Stengel,
LaRaie Zimm, UniverSouLove, DaShelle T. Frazier


Lorraine Harrell is a poet, writer, playwright, essayist, former Chicago Tribune Journalist for TempoWoman, and a community activist. She received an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Frieda Stein Fenster Memorial Awards poetry contest, the Grand Prize of the McDonald's Literary Achievement Award in poetry, a 2005 Illinois Arts Council grant, a 2005 Soul Mountain Retreat writer's fellowship, and she is also a winner in the 2004 Poetry Center of Chicago Juried Reading.

Lorraine Harrell's work appears in such publications as Essence Magazine, Southern California Anthology, Nommo 2, Feminist Writer's Guild, Chicago Renaissance, and Sunbury 10. She has been featured at venues such as the Guild Complex at Chopin Theatre, Harold Washington Library, Woodson Library, Englewood Library, and the Mercury Cafe. Ms. Harrell holds a MFA in playwrighting and anthropology.


Kimberly Lightfoot has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.

She grew up on the South Side of Chicago and presently lives in Oak Park.

Inspired by the work of Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rita Dove, Edgar Allen Poe, Dr. Maya Angelo and Nikki Giovanni, Lightfoot advocates on the behalf of current and former Chicago Housing Authority residents who are seeking housing and employment opportunities.

This will be Kimberly Lightfoot's first featured performance.


Known in the Chicago Poetry Scene as Poetry Princess, Dina Stengel has had several poems published on the web and in literary magazines. Stengel ran poetry workshops at Barnes and Noble. She has been the recipient of the Howard Wilcox Award for excellence in literature through the City Colleges of Chicago. Stengel is currently compiling a collection of poems and photos depicting her experiences living in a homeless shelter.


LaRaie Zimm recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in poetry.

Zimm is also a singer / songwriter and has been performing music and poetry at local venues for over 10 years.

LaRaie Zimm's work appears in such publications as Columbia Poetry Review and South Loop Review.


Christopher Sims, a.k.a. UniverSouLove, lives in Rockford. He is a poet, spoken-word artist, MC and educator. He has performed one-man poetry and spoken word shows, presentations, and workshops in Washington, DC, and Toronto, Canada.

Christopher Sims is a member of the poetry troupe Poetic Justice League 4
America and he currently serves as an Artist in Residence with the Rockford Area Arts Council.

He has also performed poetry at the Green Mill, in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Contest, and in the Cinco De Mayo Celebration.


DaShelle T. Frazier is a recent alum of Roosevelt University.

Her work, “The Calling,” was selected by Dr. Charles Middleton, President of Roosevelt University, to appear in the summer 2005 alumni journal.

Frazier has recorded three of her works on a soon to be released album entitled, “The Learning Tree” by Paris Delane’s Tye Dye Sky.

This will be DaShelle Frazier's first feature for a event.

Sunday, August 27, At Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave.
Vito Carli, Margie Mack, Sarah Said, Tom Roby,
Marilyn Peretti, Aaron James Ottinger, Stella Radulescu


Vittorio Carli teaches film, literature, and humanities at Richard J. Daley College and Moraine Valley Community College.

His poems have been published in Best of Chicago Poetry, Online! the Chicago Poetry Renaissance, Café Review, Rambunctious Review, Polvo, The American Dissident, Dissent, Struggle: The Journal of Revolutionary Literature, Mind in Motion, Alphabeat Press, Alternative Press, Poems of the World, Religious Humanism, The World Salad Anthology, and The Anti Mensch.

Vito Carli hosts a poetry open mic at Mercury Cafe at 1505 W Chicago on the third and last friday of each month from 7-9 p.m. He writes film reviews for www.reelmoviecritic and The Star newspapers. Many of his film reviews and interviews are collected on


Margie Mack's poems have been published in the Daily Herald and in American Open Mike.

She is the author of "The House That Jack Built", a book that includes poetry as well as a memoir.

Mack is the winner of the Sunset Screenwriters competition for best screenplay.

She recently completed a chapbook of poetry and was read excerpts of it on Loyola University's radio station.


Sarah Said was born and raised in the suburbs southwest of Chicago.

She has a B.A. in English Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing an M.Ed in Literacy, Language, and Culture.

Said currently teaches English at Richards High School in Oak Lawn and is the director of educational affairs for Spirit: A Magazine Designed for the Diverse Woman. She is the author of the book "Focus".


Tom Roby is the inventor of The Poetry Wheel and the President of the Poets' Club of Chicago, runnning their annual sonnet contest. As a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, he has published, taught Humanities through the Arts, and organized conferences on classroom discussion. Smoke and Mirror Productions selected his poems about the adventures of George, Judy, and Grin Reaper for performances at the Loop Theater in April 2004. Tom was chosen Poet of the Month for National Poetry Month, April 2006, by He is a member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy and is the author of Griever's Circuit, poems on the death of his wife. He and his multi-instrumentalist son, Lem, comprise Omniphonic, a duo that performs "The Sounds of Poems, the Poetry of Sound."


Marilyn Peretti lives in the western suburbs of Chicago. She has been involved with ISPS, the Arbor Hill Gang, and the Arlington Poetry Project,

Peretti's work appears in such publications as Seeding the Snow, Christian Science Monitor, Rockford Review, Black Bear Review, California Quarterly,, and in other journals. Her work also appears in the anthologies The Dire Elegies and Beyond Katrina.

Peretti's chapbook of crane poems has been stocked at the International Crane
Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. She has also exhibited watercolors of
cranes there. included her second book about cranes in the search for the Seven Poetry Wonders of the World.


Aaron James Ottinger grew up in St. Louis, MO.

He attended North Central College in Naperville.

Besides work, he plays in the musical performance groups, The Buddy System and Win a Date With Galactic Heartthrob.

Aaron James Ottinger studies reading books through DePaul's MA program. He is the author of the book Dancing with Poor Posture, and is currently working on a second.


Stella Radulescu was born in Romania where she rceived a Ph.D. in French; she presently is a lecturer in French at Northwestern University. Her work appears in literary magazines in Romania, France and in the United States, including Seneca Review, California Quarterly, Visions, Sulphur River Review, Plainsongs, Louisville Review, Poésie sur Seine, Comme en Poésie, and Poème et Cahiers de Poésie. Radulescu has published several collections of poetry in Romania and four books in the United States, including My Dream Has Red Fingers (Sterling House, 2000), From Heaven with Love (Pudding House, 2003), Self Portrait in Blue and Last Call (March Street Press, 2004-2005). She has appeared for such venues as The Poetry Center of Chicago, Around the Coyote, Myopic Books, Green Mill, Guild Complex and was a featured poet in the Poets Against the War reading.

Sunday, August 27, At Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave.
Pam Osbey, PEACE Tree D, Sondra Morin,
Jacqueline N. Harris, Dave Donovan, Maureen Flannery


Pam Osbey has been published in many anthologies including Songs of Hope, 100 Words of Wisdom for Women, and Check Da Rhyme.

She is a poet / educator affiliated with the Poetry Center of Chicago, the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Pam Osbey released her ninth book of poetry, Tears of a Woman: The Light Within, this past spring. She is planning to release her first novel, Cause I Can, in the Spring of 2007.

This is her second appearance for a Chicago Poetry Fest.


Peace Tree D was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.

He is a graduated of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science.

Peace Tree D has performed spoken word at such venues as Club Alphonse, Funky Budda Lounge, Spokenword Cafe, East of the Ryan, What's Up in Lansing, Pheonix Fest in Pheonix, IL, Y2K in Racine, WI, Patty's Place in Kenosha,WI, Mr. Park's Place in Milwaukee, Club Bleu in Detroit, and Cee Bee Gee Bee's in New York City.


Sondra Morin has been active in various poetry scenes since 2001, when she attended a Master Class in Poetry at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Chicago, IL—Latina poet, Pat Mora, directed the class. In 2003, she hosted “Word-on-Wednesday,” a poetry open-mic then held in Amherst, MA.

In 2004, she received an Honorable Mention and publication from the Springfield City Library Poetry Contest in Springfield, MA. In addition, she worked with award-winning poet, Peter Gizzi, on the completion of her senior thesis, a thirty-page manuscript called Montague Sign. Prose and poetry have appeared in the following anthologies: Word on Wednesday: Anthology 7, Instance, and Word Less. Sondra Morin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and currently resides in the city of Chicago.


Jacqueline N. Harris is a writer of poetry and fiction.

She graduated from Shimer College in Waukegan, IL in 1999 with a BA in Humanities.

Harris has been involved in several poetry projects including open mics in the Waukegan area, and she also worked on a cable television show, The Live Poet's Society.

This will be Harris' first feature for a event.


Dave Donovan is a 44 year-old Chicago poet and musician, originally from Peoria.

His work appears in "Cesium" (University of Northern Iowa).

Some of his work can be found at the Chicago-based website


Maureen Tolman Flannery's latest book, Ancestors in the Landscape: Poems of a Rancher’s Daughter, was nominated for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. Some of Flannery's poems were performed by Smoke and Mirror productions in their Loop Theatre production of “The Ives of March and Poetry Show” and her poems were the text of the theatre musical The Fine Line: A Woman Versifies Her Life, produced for Evanston Arts Week. Flannery holds a MA in English Literature from Creighton University. She’s been heard on “Dial-A-Poem, Chicago,” WBEZ’s “Metropolis,” and at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Fair. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Atlanta Review, After Hours, Conscious Choice, Rambunctious Review, Apocalypse, American Poetry Monthly, and Meridians. Her poems have also appeared in anthologies such as Poetry for Peace III, Poetic Voices Without Borders, Sacred Fire, Split Verse: Poems from Divorce, Great American Poetry Show, and Intensive Care. Maureen Flannery has received a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council and is a two-time grand prize winner of the Sparrowgrass’ Award, and she was the first place winner in the Outrider Press contest.

Sunday, August 27, At Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave.
Danette T.M. Velez, Ruan Wright, Tasha Jones,
Martina Menendez, Lara Unnerstall


Danette T.M. Vélez, a native from Chicago, Illinois, studied ethic/multicultural American history and literature at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. During her post-graduate tenure, Danette developed, organized, and researched oral history projects for The Historical Society of Washington, DC, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Shaw Heritage Museum (Washington, DC). She earned her Master's of Science in Education at Lehman College-City University of New York.

While living in the Bronx, Danette read at the "Respect the Mic"-Bowery Poetry Club, "Poetically Incorrect"-Cornelia Street Café, Ascentos-sponsored by Bronx Council for the Arts, and "Word is Bond"-sponsored by the Welfare Poets at Carlitos Café & Gallery.

Currently, Danette is a freelance writer and educator working with the Underground Diaspora in Logan Square. The Underground Diaspora hosts "Uplift the Underground", a monthly community poetry event at the Atlas Café in Logan Square the last Monday of the month.


Born and raised in the UK, Ruan Wright has lived in the US since 1996.

Her work appears in publications in America, Europe and, most recently, India, including Radix, Art Times, Rosebud, The Taj Mahal Review, and WinderHover.

Wright is currently working on a collection of Yoga poems, short stories, and a fantasy novel for 11 to 15 year olds.

She also serves as the co-Chair of the Naperville Writers Group.


Mocha is the MC / Hostess of the Neo Soul Café held at Miss Camille’s Variety Club in Joliet, IL.

She has performed in numerous venues in Chicago and surrounding areas. These performances include a debut at Giovanni’s in Dolton, IL, the 2005 Chicago Poetry Festival, and the hit play “Diary of a Full Figured Sista” which raised funds for AIDS Awareness.

A member of Verbal Balance since its birth, Mocha sees writing and performing poetry as her way of changing negativity in the black community by raising awareness through expression and teaching with words.


Martina Menendez is a Columbia College alumni.

She received several awards from The World of Poetry.

Her work has been published in The Ozone: A literary Art Zine.

Menendez is also the author of the book "It Was You And All the Secret Places."


Lara Unnerstall (aka, Lara Rabe) is a Chicago-area poet majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

One of's "eX-treme 66" poets, Unnerstall was featured in the "Mission to Mercury" poetry reading that the Chicago Sun Times wrote about in an article about National Poetry Month.

Lara Unnerstall also produces short fiction & screenplays.

She plays music in the band The Lusty Revel Wenches.

Sunday, August 27, At Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave.
Pamela Miller, Carol Anderson, Sandy Goldsmith,
Laurel Graham, Donna Pecore, Cathleen Schandelmeier


Pamela Miller was the winner of the 2004 Frieda Stein Fenster Memorial Award for poetry.

She is the author of the poetry books Mysterious Coleslaw and Recipe For Disaster.

Her work has appeared in After Hours, Ink & Ashes and Rambunctious Review, among many, many other publications.

She has been a featured poet at many Chicago area venues, including the Guild Complex, WomanMade Gallery, and the Cafe in Lincoln Square.


Carol Anderson has lived in the Chicago area all her life. Once her non-fiction writing won her family a five day / four night vacation at the Palmer House from the Chicago Tourism Council and Economist newspapers. She has been published in Guideposts, Grit, StreetWise and in numerous small press magazines, including The Aurorean, Red Owl Magazine, Capper's, Tucumcari Literary Review and others Her first book of poetry -- called "Ordinary" -- was published in July of 2005 by Puddin'head Press.

Carol Anderson is currently working on a new book of poetry while earning her living as an accountant and keeping track of 18 grandchildren (4 currently in the United States Armed Forces) and six great granchildren.


Sandy Goldsmith's poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines nation-wide as well as local journals, including Rhino and Rambuntious Review.

She has won prizes in several poetry competitions and has been featured poet at The Cafe and DvA Gallery.

Goldsmith recently participated in the Chicago Poetry Showcase at Printers Row Book Fair.

Sandy Goldsmith is also a long-time member of Poets' Club of Chicago.


Laurel Graham has an English degree and is currently a librarian. She has read her poetry in coffee shops.

She considers herself a "romantic misanthrop."

Graham has lived in Chicago for nine years. This is her first time featuring for a event.


Donna Pecore is a Senior at Columbia College, majoring in Poetry, having returned to school after raising three children.

She is the author of four chapbooks.

Donna was a featured poet at the 2006 ChicagoPoetry National Poetry Month Celebration "Mission To Mercury" which TimeOut Chicago called a "poetry bonanza." She was one of the winners in the third annual Frieda Stein Fenster Memorial Awards for poetry and she placed first in The Columbia College Elma Stuckey Award.


Cathleen Schandelmeier is best known as the host of the Beach Poets at Loyola Park, which has over the years been featured on Wild Chicago, in The Sun Times as well as The Chicago Tribune. She has also hosted such venues as School Street Cafe and the televised poetry talk show, Venue. Some of her books include Tattoo Screams of Love, Scream and I'll Believe You, and Suck on My Toes and I'll Follow You Anywhere. She has performed one woman shows at Cafe Voltaire and Mary Arrchie. Cathleen Schandelmeier has written numerous children's plays which have been performed on such stages as Organic Theater and The Chicago Cultural Center. Schandelmeier won a Certificate of Leadership in Racial Justice from the YWCA, was awarded the title "Outstanding Leader in Peace" from the Peace Museum, and was an Adade Wheeler Award Nominee for Significant Contributions to Women's History.

Sunday, August 27, At Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave.
Poet-P, Charlie Rossiter, Rusty Russell,
Joe Eldridge, Jacqueline Wolk, Larry O. Dean


Poet-P is an average-joe who began writing poetry after discovering he had a fatal liver disease.

He has read his poetry at Weeds and at the Cafe in Lincoln Square.

On May 10, 2006, Operation Liver Of Life was launched and's own publisher, C. J. Laity, donated over half of his liver to save the life of Poet-P.

Poet-P is recovering rapidly and is scheduled to read some of his new work at the 2006 Chicago Poetry Fest.


Charlie Rossiter has a popular poetry / audio website called which features poets such as Robert Bly, Jimmy Santiago Baca and Ted Kooser.

Rossiter is half of the performance poetry duo AvantRetro, which recently came out with their first CD, and the co-author of Back Beat, which was recently put into a second edition by Fractal Edge Press. Charlie Rossiter is one third of Three Guys From Albany.

Charlie Rossiter has performed for too many venues to mention here, but one of them was the City of Chicago's annual Blues Festival.


Rusty Russell is the coordinator and MC of the CheapAtAnyPrice / Poets Without Borders in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the leader of the Madison National Poetry Slam Teams in 1992-1994, and an individual competitor in the National Poetry Slam in 1995 & 1996. His short fiction and poetry have been published in various literary magazines, and his poetry included in the anthologies, Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry, and From Page to Stage and Back Again. In 2005 he won first place in The Writer/Rosebud New Discovery Poetry Contest. He has published a spoken word stereo cassette tape, “Jungle of Roses”, funded by a Wisconsin Arts Board Literary Grant, and a chapbook, Witness. Rusty Russell has taught workshops at various Midwest high schools, the University of Wisconsin, the National Poetry Slam, the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Mexico, and participated in the Semanas de Poesia de San Miguel de Allende , 2003 - 2006.


Joe Eldridge is a black belt in Seido karate and he's been published in The Gay & Lesbian Review.

He recently had a poem published in the literary supplement in the current Pride issue of "The Windy City Times.

This fall, Eldridge will begin work on his MFA in Poetry at Columbia College.

Joe Eldridge has been a finalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic. Awards and was featured in the 2005 Chicago Poetry Fest.


Jacqui Wolk has a thirteen-plus year long history of performing original poetry, spoken word and monologues in the Chicagoland area, include features at a range of venues in Chicago’s thriving performance poetry scene, including: the Hot House, Lower Links, Café Voltaire, the Skokie Public Library, and the Guild Complex. Her open mic and featured performer series, The New Liquid Poetry Show, ran at the Logan Beach Coffeehouse, the Kill the Poets and Too Far West cafes throughout the early to mid-1990s. The numerous group shows in which Jacqui Wolk's poetry has been highlighted include: Thax After Dark, Around the Coyote, the Bucktown Arts Festival, Crossroads at the South Shore Cultural Center, the Chicago Public Library, Beach Poets, Night of the Living Poets, Poets Against the War, and Puddin’Head Press. Her work has been published in several local independent publications including the Lumpen Times, Hammers, and Strong Coffee.


Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He has worked with Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Michael Moore; has been widely published in the alternative press; and he also worked as a cartoonist. He attended the University of Michigan, during which time he won three Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing. Dean is the author of numerous chapbooks, including I Am Spam (2004), a series of poems "inspired" by spam email. In addition to writing, he is a singer-songwriter. Dean was a 2004 recipient
of the Hands on Stanzas Gwendolyn Brooks Award, presented by the Poetry Center of Chicago. Learn more at

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