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spacer.gif   NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2011
Posted by : cj on Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 05:26 PM
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Note: Here it is, the complete schedule of 2011 National Poetry Month Events in Chicago and the suburbs.

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On Thursday, May 6, at 7 PM, there will be a Fifth Wednesday Journal Reading at The Book Cellar, 4736 North Lincoln Ave, featuring Reginald Gibbons and Susanna Lang. And then on Friday, May 7, 7 PM, at the same venue, there there will be a reading from "100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days". Also at The Book Cellar, Columbia College workshop students present their work on Thursday, May 13, at 7 PM.

On Friday, May 7, at 8 PM, the very last poetry open mic at Borders Books & Music, 595 Central Avenue, Highland Park, will take place, where copies of the 2010 Poetry Challenge Chapbook will be available for $3. On Friday, June 11th, Highland Park Poetry launches their new venue at The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Road.

On Wednesday, May 12, the Danny's Reading Series, 1951 W. Dickens, will present Jeff Clark and Geoffrey G. O’Brien at 7:30 PM.

On Friday, May 14, Quimby's, 1854 West North Ave, will present readings by Michael Bernstein, Lewis Freedman, and Andy Gricevich.

The truth is the Myopic Book Series at 1564 North Milwaukee Ave has been doing so many great things it's simply hard to keep up. Why not just go directly to the source by clicking here to check it out.

And there will be an Orange Alert reading at The Whistler, 2421 North Milwaukee Ave, on Sunday, May 16, 6 PM.

On Saturday, May 23, at 4 PM, The Parlor's 2nd Annual Emerging Writer's Festival at The Green Lantern, 1511 N. Milwaukee, will take place: 4 PM, Sarah Terez Rosenblum (Where She Is); 4:30, Jeanie Chung (Cuts and Folds); 5, Peter Anderson (One Son Resists); 5:45, J.D.K. Goodman (Another Places Another Time); 6:15, Jessie Morrison (The Queens of the Northwest Side). It's been pointed out that the 23rd is actually a Sunday but that's what it says here, so I'll correct this info. when I can.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 07:40 PM
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Posted by : cj on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 02:04 PM
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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 02:53 PM
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Night of Sights and Sounds with Saul Williams
At Kinetic Playground
A Lethal Poetry Production
Review and Photos by CJ Laity


I got invited to A Night of Sights and Sounds with Saul Williams, a poetry themed event that took place on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at a place called Kinetic Playground, 1113 W. Lawrence, right across the street from the Aragon Ballroom, so I went to check it out. Here are my thoughts about the evening.

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Uptown is just as mad-crazy as it ever is on a Saturday night, perhaps more-so because Stone Temple Pilots is playing at the Riviera right around the corner. The Sights and Sounds poetry show is produced by Lethal Poetry, a fairly new company that is also the brains behind the monthly Words That Kill spoken word performances. Lethal Poetry is also in the process of resurrecting the idea of a Chicago Poetry Festival with something called Outspoken that will take place later this year.

I have been meaning to check out a Lethal Poetry event for a long time, ever since I got a taste of what they are capable of at last year's Humboldt Park Art Fest. They've been making all the right connections, are completely optimistic and energetic in the pursuit of their goals, and they are, well, simply nice people. So this Night of Sight and Sound seems to be the perfect opportunity to witness Lethal Poetry take on its most ambitious project yet.

I arrive early and am surprised to see a group of people who are already outside the venue waiting for the doors to open.



This mega-show received fantastic press coverage from just about every publication in town, something that is nearly unheard of in the world of poetry. And good thing too, because Lethal Poetry is taking a huge gamble, literally putting it all on the line, having booked some of the top spoken-word artists around and also promising to give a portion of the proceeds to the charity Rock For Kids. They certainly need as much encouragement and press as they can get, if they are going to pull this thing off. I have to admire the spirit but I also know there are no guarantees in the poetry world.

As soon as I walk through the door I know it is going to be a wild night.



The energy in the joint is amazing. Music is already playing and people are already dancing. I recognize a bunch of familiar poetry faces and the schmoozing begins.



I'm already having a good time, but I still have to wonder if the energy alone is going to be enough to sustain this daring six hour presentation that promises to present poetry as if it is a huge concert event. My skepticism diminishes as Kinetic Playground becomes packed with people as the night progresses.



From the very beginning I suspect that this is going to be one of the coolest poetry experiences of all time. Many forms of art are being presented at A Night of Sight and Sounds, including a body painter . . .



. . . and live artist



It becomes apparent that this evening is very professionally thought out. It moves along smoothly with hardly a glitch. It's as if Lethal Poetry thought of everything. For example, DJ Itch 13 keeps things grooving in between the poets and bands so that there is never a dull moment.



One of the delights of the night is watching Luis Tubens host the event. He doesn't lose an ounce of energy throughout the entire night. This is the first time I'm experiencing Tubens on stage. I really enjoy hearing his own poetry, much of it about Puerta Rican food, that he recites whenever there is some dead air time. He also does a wonderful rendition of Carl Sandburg's "Chicago" poem by memory.



The show begins with a demonstration of movement as expression. The B-Boy Battle involves six break dancers who give it their all for twenty minutes. Judges then eliminate three of them and the remaining three dance for another ten minutes, until the winner, PI-88, is announced.



A poet named Brando opens up the microphone with some political poetry. His poetry is original and well-written and his performance of it is captivating. If this is the opening act, I wonder what else this evening has in store for me.



Next, a spoken-word / jazz fusion band called Organic Flow does a set for the crowd.



The unofficial theme for the evening is the connection between music and poetry, and even though Hip Hop is a huge part of this ongoing theme, including a set by D-Nick The Microphone Misfit, the evening's entertainment is not limited to rappers.



One of the highlights of the night is a raunchy, hilarious, good old fashioned blues performance by BB King's daughter Shirley King.



After a couple of hours of watching non-stop performances on the stage, I figure I will give myself a little break, but there is no escaping the sights and the sounds. Performers are stationed in the most unexpected places.



The festivities even pour out onto the street. This "mini-festival of the arts" is quickly proving itself to be not so "mini" after all.



Once I'm back inside, I'm happy to see that performance poetry is being given the attention it deserves. Too often, when poetry is mixed with music, the music tends to become the dominate aspect of the show. Often, in poetry open mics for example, musicians are given ten minutes while poets are only given three minutes. It seems that Lethal Poetry is determined not to allow this to be the case tonight, because poetry remains the dominant force while the music serves only to compliment it. The music and other art forms force us to think about poetry on a whole new level.

Besides Gregory Pickett encouraging us not to worry about what is "left wing or right wing" but instead to think about what is the "right thing," the stage is also graced by Billy Tuggle. . .



and John Paul Davis.



The Mojdeh Project takes to the stage and, wow! They use found objects, including a satellite dish, a chain, a gas tank, a big piece of sheet metal and a thick spring as musical instruments to compliment their off the wall, punk-rock poetry performance art. When I think of Mojdeh performing her poetry into a bullhorn I think of a female Jello Biafra. The Mojdeh Project has come a long way since I saw them debut at the Poetry Fest at Mercury Cafe a few years ago.



Next, Aja Monet proves with her performance that she is one of the most insightful and wisely sensitive poets performing in today's thriving spoken word arena.



What would a big show like this be without a few poems from Kevin Coval, who is the founder of the Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry festival. With three poems, including one about Chicago as a really tough woman, Coval keeps his performance respectfully brief and concise, as there are still plenty of poets scheduled to grace the stage after him.



It's already about ten o'clock and I have been here since the beginning. My throat is dry and my old 45-year-old bones are aching from standing around and bopping to the beats. So I figure, things are going well, I have plenty of photos already, I'm my own boss, time for a nice stiff drink to get me through the next two hours. Since it's my first drink of the evening on an empty stomach I get pretty toasted pretty damn quickly, as intended.

Just then Mojdeh of Lethal Poetry approaches and she asks, "Do you want to interview Malik Yusef?" Well, sure. "Follow me," she says, and she begins walking toward the backstage area. I follow. Now I'm thinking, how cool is this person anyway, she's got a million things on her mind running this show and she still has time to show me such respect. But then I'm thinking, oh shit, I'm about to interview a Grammy award winning artist and I'm undeniably buzzed.

Next thing I know I'm in a room and Malik is sitting there looking a little gruff, being interviewed by some guy from Gaper's Block. It seems to me like the Gaper's Block guy isn't getting very far so I sit down and butt in. Now Malik and I are talking about the old days of the Chicago poetry scene, about long gone venues such as Spices and Lit X, about an old poetry band called the Funky Wordsmiths, about Quraysh Ali Lansana and Keith Kelly and Oscar Brown Jr , and Malik Yusef tells me about how he's from the "Wild Hundreds" on the Southside and how he's actually dyslexic, and about how he did his first poetry performance at the Green Mill in 1993 when he was 20 years old, and Malik Yusef gives me a free copy of his new CD and he poses for a photo.



And then I get the sudden urge to hug him as if he's an old pal but luckily I think to myself hey I'm pretty buzzed, I better not hug the dude or I might get socked on the jaw, so I shake his hand three different ways and thank him and I get up and split the scene, but not before giving Shirley King a big wet kiss on her cheek.

I'm back out in the bar and I'm thinking that went pretty well.

Then moments later Malik Yusef comes out onto the stage with his friend JV and he does a great set, performing some of his classics, including his award winning "crack music / black music" song and an extremely entertaining spoken-word song that uses the word "come" in many suggestive and not-so suggestive ways.



After Malik's performance a DJ, a VJ and an electronic music artist combine their talents for a session of experimental music.



And then Precise jumps up on stage. I've been wanting to see this dude ever since he e-mailed me a copy of his "Wild, Wild" song a few years ago. He's been a myspace friend of mine for years and I've been hearing his name popping up all over the place. So I think it is totally cool that I am finally getting a chance to see him perform. I am not disappointed. His hip-hop-pop is very inspiring and contains the positive message of accepting responsibility for our own actions. His music and words are reflective of what hip hop once was before gansta rap took over.



Of course, by the time Saul Williams comes to stage, it is really crowded and the fog machine is working full blast, so I can't get any really good photos with my little camera.

Saul is the perfect headliner for this awesome night of Sights and Sounds. It is very fitting that the final act is a poet reciting poetry with no musical accompaniment. Something happens as I listen to Saul Williams. I know right away that this is an important moment in my life and that this man represents truth. His performance is the embodiment of everything that has happened so far tonight. It all gets wrapped up by Saul's words of hope.

Words are music and music is alchemy



In conclusion, what I think about my night with Lethal Poetry at Kinetic Playground can be summed up by the following two words: GO MOJDEH!



But ya gotta do it more like: GO MOJDEH! GO MOJDEH! GO MOJDEH! GO MOJDEH!

(smile)

This is CJ Laity, signing out . . .


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Posted by : cj on Monday, March 22, 2010 - 01:53 PM
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On Tuesday, April 27, from 5 to 6 PM, Roosevelt University's Gage Gallery at 18 S. Michigan Avenue will present a reading by Mary Jo Bang.

Bang is the author of six collections of poems, including Louise in Love, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon and Elegy. Her poetry has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Paris Review and in three volumes of Best American Poetry, among many other publications. Bang has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bakeless Prize and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Gage Gallery Reading Series is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at Roosevelt University, Oyez Review and the Department of Literature and Languages.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 03:51 PM
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A Release Reading for "Whistle Talk," the Winter 2010 issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought

When: Wed., March 31, 6 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room
Loop 400 S. State St.

IT'S TIME! Announcing a release reading for "Whistle Talk," the Winter 2010 issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought the event is FREE and includes a copy of the journal!


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Posted by : cj on Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 03:51 PM
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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 11:07 AM
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On Saturday, April 17, Charlie Rossiter and the Unity Temple, 835 W. Lake St. in downtown Oak Park, will present two special events featuring Poet, Publisher, Translator, and Founder of Poets Against the War, Sam Hamill. This will be a rare opportunity to spend time with one of the major poets and cultural forces of our time. Sam Hamill is the author of more than forty books, including fifteen volumes of original poetry (most recently Measured by Stone and Almost Paradise: New & Selected Poems & Translations); four collections of literary essays; and some of the most distinguished translations of ancient Chinese and Japanese classics of the last half-century. Hamill co-founded, and for thirty-two years was editor, at Copper Canyon Press. He taught in prisons for fourteen years and has worked extensively with battered women and children. Mr. Hamill also inspired tens of thousands of poets across the country and across the world to protest the war in Iraq, after a White House poetry symposium was cancelled for fear that anti-war poetry would be read.

"The Practice of Poetry," an intimate workshop and discussion with Mr. Hamill (limited to 20 participants) will take place at the Temple from 2 to 4 PM. And then, "An Evening of Poetry with Sam Hamill," a special 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse event, will take place at 8 PM. Tickets for these events will become available starting February 1. Tickets for the workshop have been sold out but tickets for the reading can be purchased for $9 by clicking here or can be purchased at the door if any are left.

Please note there will be no open mic. for the evening reading. These events are funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. and the Social Mission Committee of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation. For more information please contact 708-660-9376.

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spacer.gif   October 30: La Pocha Nostra presents Corpo Illicioto at Columbia College
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La Pocha Nostra Performance and Artist Residency

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE:
Corpo Illicito: The Post-Human Society #69
Friday, October 30, 2009. 7:00pm. FREE.
Columbia College Chicago, 618 S. Michigan, 2nd Floor

Join us for a debut performance by members of La Pocha Nostra, the acclaimed Mexican-American “trans-disciplinary organization” and 2009-2010 Critical Encounters Artists-in-Residence. “Corpo Illicito” is the third in the group’s Mapa-Corpo series and will feature Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Violeta Luna and Roberto Sifuentes. The new piece tackles this historic moment of reinvention by looking into the past and attempting to prognosticate a possible future without resorting to quick fixes and false hopes. Using performance bodies as sites for political reinvention and poetic prophesying, La Pocha Nostra explores both the legacy of fear of the Other, the criminalization of the brown body inherited by the Bush administration, and the emerging culture of hope, imagination and faith that has developed in response to the former world order.

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spacer.gif   November 4: Encyclopedia Show Presents "The Zodiac" at Chopin Theatre
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Posted by : cj on Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 12:39 PM
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Posted by : cj on Friday, October 23, 2009 - 10:58 AM
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Posted by : cj on Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 05:30 PM
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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 11:41 AM
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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 12:11 AM
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Note: Sit on the stage in Millennium Park and enjoy the poetry of Carl Sandburg.

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Friday, October 30, 2009
Brothers K, 500 Main St, Evanston
Al Degenova & Judith Valente
Open Mike 6:00 - 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 - 7:30

For more information about the authors:

Read the review of Al DeGenova’s book.

Check out Judith Valente’s website.

To order RHINO 2009, use PayPal, via our website:
www.rhinopoetry.org

Photo of Al borrowed from WoodlandPattern.org

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Posted by : cj on Friday, October 16, 2009 - 05:17 PM
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Note: Why doesn't CJ Laity just report the poetry news like a good boy; why does he always have to inject his opinions into the mix? Because it's like that, and that's the way it is.WARNING! Do not click on the above headline if you don't want to witness a Chicagoan acting like a Chicagoan.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 12:25 PM
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Note: Performance artist Sebastian Alvarez will perform for this event.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 11:29 AM
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Note: New series of poet's talks sponsored by Chicago Poetry Project.

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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 11:06 AM
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Note: Don't miss this book release party for the new Chicago school of poetry's favorite poet / humorist. Also a peek at the upcoming Mental Graffiti show.

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Posted by : cj on Monday, October 12, 2009 - 08:16 PM
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Note: The mission is to create a high-quality literary magazine written, edited, and published by high school students.

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Posted by : cj on Monday, October 12, 2009 - 03:04 PM
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Note: Share you work at this wonderful monthly open mic.

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Posted by : cj on Monday, October 12, 2009 - 02:47 PM
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Note: Here's your chance to show off your dangerous writing to possibly win $50.

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Posted by : cj on Monday, October 12, 2009 - 02:26 PM
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Note: Tony Trigilio will be leading the October Rhino Poetry Forum

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Here are four more October events that come highly recommended by ChicagoPoetry.com.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 6 PM, The Hideout, 1352 W. Wabansia, Requited Journal Reading Series, featuring Mike Zapata, Heather Momyer, Nicholas Hayes, Ira S. Murfin, Kathy Regina, Laura Krughoff, Amanda Marbais and Kevin Kilroy, check out www.requitedjournal.com

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Thursday, October 15, 2009, 6 PM, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, South Shore 7558 S. South Chicago, 773-752-3955, Useni Eugene Perkins presents the anthology Poetry From the Masters: The Black Arts Movement.

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Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16, 2009, Poem Present: Jennifer Moxley. Reading from her work October 15, 4:30 PM, Social Sciences Tea Room and then Discussion on Poetics October 16, 1:00 PM, Social Sciences Tea Room. For more information, http://poempresent.uchicago.edu, katesoto@uchicago.edu, 773-834-8524, and maps.uchicago.edu. Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public

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Thursday, October 22, 6 PM, 2009, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Ave. Helen Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard, discusses the poet Robert Lowell at the end of his career, when he viewed great American modernists Pound, Eliot, Frost, Tate, Crane, and Williams no longer as intimidating predecessors but as fellow human beings. A booksigning follows the talk. Sponsored by The Poetry Foundation and the Art Institute of Chicago. Free admission

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Posted by : cj on Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 10:32 AM
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Note: Get ready to be scared at the River Forest Library

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Posted by : cj on Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 10:18 AM
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Note: Guild Complex at Decima Musa

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Posted by : cj on Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 11:11 AM
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Note: There is a "new Chicago school of poetics" emerging that consists of poets who write in a highly energized, socially conscious, politically informed narrative style. Check out a sampling of the new Chicago poetry at these events.

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Posted by : cj on Friday, October 09, 2009 - 11:49 AM
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Note: Women and Children First Bookstore presents three lesbian readings in October.

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Posted by : cj on Friday, October 09, 2009 - 10:45 AM
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Note: Danny's continues its 8 year long readings series in Bucktown.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, October 08, 2009 - 10:34 AM
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Note: What do you wear during an Orange Alert? Poetry, of course!

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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 11:24 AM
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Click on an event below for detailed information.
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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 10:22 AM
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Nature Writing Group meets once a month at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Ave, from 11 AM to 1 PM. They are a small group of people who are interested in nature and writing, who walk outside in the preserve and then write on what they encounter. For more info contact Elaine Wagner at 847-864-3898.

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Story Club
Uncommon Ground
3800 N Clark St
773-929-3680
Free
Dana Norris hosts an open mike for fiction writers.
Sign-up begins at 8pm; the readings start at 8:30,
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**Caffeine and Rhyme Schemes, a poetry open mic at Cafe Ballou.The address is 939 N. Western Ave. Signup is at 6:30pm, with poetry starting at seven. We're doing this every first, third, and fifth Sunday.

**Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 773-878-5552, Uptown Poetry Slam, open mic with features and slam, Sundays from 7 to 10 PM, $6.

**Negro League Cafe, 301 E. 43rd, 773-536-7000, open mic poetry on Sundays at 10 PM, $5.

**Funky Buddha Lounge, 728 W. Grand, 312-666-1695, Supa Soul Sunday open mic 10-ish PM, $10

**Beach Poets, Greenleaf and the lake, just south of the Heartland's stand, look for the tent on Sundays from 4 to 6 PM thru the end of August.

**4rth Sunday of every month at Evanston Public Library at Church & Orrington from 1:30 to 4:30 PM in Room 108 Rhino Poetry Forum workshop, free but donations are appreciated.

**Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor, 7 PM, featured readers, no open mic, free. Check out our review.



The Illinois State Poetry Society and the Westmont Area Friends of the Arts welcome you to last Sunday of the Month poetry readings at Brewed Awakening, 19 W. Quincy, Westmont (just off Cass Avenue, across from the Westmont Train Station). The readings are held the last Sunday of each month. There is music at noon, with poetry from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Open mic included. There is a cover charge of $5.00, for which you will get coffee or tea and a muffin, bagel, or cookie.




Rituals Open-Mic Poetry every Sunday @ The Negro League Cafe"

301 E 43rd St. (2 blocks west of King Dr.) Live Band "Dawi & Friends, Soul

tunes by DJ.Inc, Hosted by Junejun & Phenom.

8pm-12:30am Admission: ($5 to speak) ($10 for a seat)

Vendors on site and vending space available.

East Wind Productions Rituals Rhythms
@ Kitas every Sunday 4310 S Prairie (across from Negro League Cafe)
Doors open 8pm12:30am . Kitchen & Bar available, Live Music
Hosted by JunJune.

More info...773-727-8635



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Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 08:52 AM
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SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
POETRY CRAM OPEN MIC
CAFE BALLOU, 939 N. WESTERN AVE
7 TO 9 PM
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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**Urban Roots Culture Shop, 709 S. Western, 312-226-5977, open mic on Saturdays at 8:30 PM, pass the hat

**3rd Saturday Coffeehouse at Unity Temple, 875 Lake in Oak Park, 708-660-9376, open mic and features hosted by Charlie Rossiter on the third Saturday of the month at 8 PM, $3-$5 donation.

**African American Images, 1909 W. 95th, 773-445-0322, adult poetry slam on second Saturday of the month at 3 PM

**Second Saturday Coffeehouse of the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie (at Howard -attached and street parking). 847 677-3334, open mic and features hosted by Vicki Elberfeld on the second Saturday of the month at 8pm. $5 donation. 8 minutes max. for open mic.



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Vox Ferus After Dark is a dynamic writing workshop designed to build a community of writers and performers interested in improving their own craft by investing in and exploring the work of others as well as their own. Each workshop includes analysis, critique, and development of new writing. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Workshops take place in various locations on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, and are facilitated by Marty McConnell and occasional guest poets. Donations are requested, on a pay-what-you-will basis. To RSVP or for more information, please email voxferus@gmail.com

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**House of Culture, 618 E. 71st, spoken word open mic on Fridays at 9 PM, $5.

**Da Book Joint, 9527 S. Jeffery, 773-978-3555, spoken word session on Fridays at 8 PM, $5, $4 for poets.

**Coffee Chicago, 5256 N. Broadway, 773-784-1305, poetry open mic with John Starrs, Fridays at 7:30 PM. (I don't think this happens every week, call to make sure.)

**Blue Moon Coffeehouse, 1742 W. 99th, 773-840-3618, poetry open mic on Fridays from 7 to 10 PM

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Chris Green has turned over his terrific monthly poetry reading series at Bros K to RHINO. We’ll be following the same format Chris established, 30 minutes of open mike followed by two featured poets.

RHINO Reads!
A Monthly Poetry Series

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FRIDAY

Open Mike 6:00 - 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 - 7:30

Brothers K
500 Main St.
Evanston, IL

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MERCURY CAFE

Third and last Friday of the month
7 to 9 PM
The Mercury Café
1505 W. Chicago Avenue
Poetry Open Mic with feature
Hosted by Vito Carli
Includes an open mike
sometimes pass the hat
not the best sound system in town

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Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 08:44 AM
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Check out "Without A Mic," a free, all ages open mic that happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at Let Them Eat Chocolate, 5306 N Damen Ave. The next one is September 23 from 6:30 to 9 PM.




New poetry venue alert! Pressure Billiards and Cafe, at 6318 North Clark St, is launching an open mic every third Thursday, welcoming poetry, short stories, musicians and comedians, with a focus on supporting the poets and writers of Chicago with a safe, fun environment to perform in. It starts around 8:30 PM, with no cover. They will operate in two rounds with one to two poems per performance, so poets will have the opportunity to perform up to four poems throughout the evening. Pretty cool, huh?




Off Campus Writers Workshop (OCWW) hosts a speaker on some topic of writing every Thursday from 9:30-noon at the Winnetka Community House at 620 Lincoln in Winnetka, IL. OCWW is a 64 year old group with almost 200 members and we cover a broad spectrum of topics from poetry to fiction to literary agents, freelance and much more.

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WORDS THAT KILL - every 3rd Thursday
@ Lilly's Bar (2513 N. Lincoln Ave. Walk east from Red Line Fullerton to Lincoln, then a few blocks north on Lincoln)

Show begins at 7 PM
7:00 - Poetry/Comedy Showcase (Host, Brian Babylon)
8:00 - Slam (Host, Gregory Pickett)
Cover: $5 OR free with canned goods donation. 21+

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**Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King, 773-373-3390, poetry and variety show on Thursdays at 9 PM, $5, 21 and over, proper attire

**Tea Essence, 1913 N. Milwaukee, 773-276-2727, spoken word open mic on Thursdays from 8 to 10 PM.

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Prose, Poetry and Pints is a gay / lesbian literary open mic held at Wild Pug, 4810 N Broadway (at Lawrence Ave) in Andersonville, 773-784-4811. It is free and open to the public.

Features for Thursday, September 10, 2009 include:
Stephanie Kuehnert (Ballads of Suburbia) and Robert McDonald (A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago).

Prose, Poetry and Pints is hosted by "Tavern Boy Craig" and Drew Ferguson (The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second).

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**Chinaski's, 1935 N. Damen, 773-489-2353, literary open mic on Wednesdays at 8 PM.

**Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood, 773-465-8005, presents In One Ear open mic with featured poets on Wednesdays at 10 PM, register at 9, $3, 18 and over.

**Spoken Word Cafe, 4655 S. King Drive, 773-817-3031, Spoken Rhythm open mic with Frank Pete, Wednesdays at 7 PM, $10, $5 for participants.

**Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen, Reconstruction Room Readings on first and third Wednesday of the month, 8 PM.

**Borders Books and Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park, 708-386-6927, open mic on first Wednesday of the month, 8 PM.

**Danny's Tavern, 1951 W. Dickens, usually the third Wednesday at 7:30 PM, featured readers, no open mic. Check out our review.



The Palos Park Public Library holds a monthly Open Mic Night the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. The program is open to all writers, poets, and fans of the written word. The first part of the program is the open mic followed by a featured reader.

The Palos Park Public Library is located at 12330 Forest Glen Blvd., Palos Park ,IL. (Southwest suburbs.) These programs are free and open to the public.



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A new spoken word open mic. series has started up at a place called Dee's Place at 2114 W. Division Street. The soul food restaurant hosts poets every Tuesday, starting around 6:30 PM.
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P.O.W.W.O.W. Tuesdays presents "new Chicago school of poetics" events.

P.O.W.W.O.W. Tuesdays take place every Tuesday night at Jeffrey Pub, located at 7041 S. Jeffrey Blvd., right off the the #14 and #15 buses with plenty of street parking.

The Pre-POWWOW workshops take place twice a month at 7pm and P.O.W.W.O.W. starts promptly at 8:30pm. The list opens at 8pm. Suggested donation is $5 and P.O.W.W.O.W. Tuesdays are always 21+.

P.O.W.W.O.W. Inc. provides a weekly performance space for women artists to present, create, develop and implement artistic performances and writing, as well as mentorship to young women and teen girls who seek to become full time artists. P.O.W.W.O.W. Inc. also creates allies with men who support women's social justice issues and women artists and develops training programs for women and teen girls to help create economically sustainable careers in the arts. P.O.W.W.O.W. Inc. also supports women and teen girls re-entering society from traumatic, domestic or penile systems with art based educational programs that empower them to pursue careers in the arts and provides arts-based literacy programs in schools that address the social, gender and economic issues of women and girls.

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Hello Chicago Poetry calendar listings -

I host a weekly open mic at Uncommon Ground on Devon, every Tuesday evening. While this open mic has traditionally trucked in music performance (primarily acoustic), I'd like to open our doors and extend a welcome to area poets, who might have interest in reciting at this renowned venue. We have a great stage, and cash prizes weekly. So, please list the info as you are able, and please contact me if you require any additional information or details.

Thanks!
Scott Schaefer
773-480-1418

Weekly open mic, welcome poets!
EVERY TUESDAY
Uncommon Ground - Devon
1401 W. Devon / 773-465-9801 / www.uncommonground.com
Sign up 7pm - 8pm. Open mic from 8pm - 10pm.

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SAFE SMILES IS BACK AT TRACE EVERY TUESDAY

Well, it was lovely being at The Spot, but like Dorothy says, "There's no place like home," and "Scarecrow, I think I'm going to miss you most of all."

PolyRhythmic presents "Safe Smiles"
THE NEW AND IMPROVED TRACE
3714 N Clark
CHICAGO
sign-up @ 10 pm
21 and over please

Wordplay

WordPlay is one of the longest running youth open mics. The event is free to the public and previous featured guests have included: Geoff and Emily Kagan-Trenchard; Karen Finneyfrock; Gary Glazner and other top-notch touring performance poets and writers. Come create and play with words!

WordPlay
Every Tuesday (September through the 2nd week in June)
Workshop - 6pm
Open Mic - 7pm
Feature - 8:30pm
Cost - FREE
At the YCA Offices - 1180 North Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor.




Check out Quickies!




**Tallgrass Writers Guild at Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullterton, open mic with features, fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM, $5.

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HOMOLATTE is a bi-monthly, all-ages, queer music and spoken word series in Chicago. It happens on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at Big Chicks / Tweet at 5024 N Sheridan, 773-728-5511 Enter through Big Chicks - performance in Tweet space. Free parking in back (through alley). Free admission / pass the hat for the artists. Curated and hosted by Scott Free.

Upcoming Performances

• Tuesday September 15, 2009 7:30pm COYOTE GRACE / ROSIE BURGESS special guest LYNNEE BREEDLOVE

• Tuesday October 6, 2009 7:30pm Q Review release party with Gregg Shapiro and Karen Lee Osborne

• Tuesday October 20, 2009 7:30pm Brian Kirst / DALLAS/MARIE

• Tuesday November 3, 2009 7:30pm Mike Burke / ANNE-MARIE AKIN

HOMOLATTE is Chicago's premier queer music and spoken word series.

Homolatte is a gay community event created to give opportunities for LGBTI writers and musicians to gain exposure and showcase their talents.

Performers are from the LGBTI community, but the event is open to everyone! Stop in for our kind of latte!!

Homolatte is curated and hosted by Scott Free.

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The Cafe, 5115 N. Lincoln, Tuesdays, open mic with feature, sometimes a round robin workshop style, 8 PM, $2 cover plus pass the hat for feature plus one drink minimum depending on who is bartending

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Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 08:36 AM
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**Spoken Word Cafe, 4655 s. King Drive, 773-817-3031, Make It Count spoken word, Mondays at 8 PM, $10, $5 for participants.

**Weeds, 1555 N. Dayton, 312-943-7815, open mic with Gregorio Gomez, 9:30 PM (yeah right, more like 10-ish), every Monday for about 20 years straight. This venue has not changed, Sergio is still pouring the tequila and Gregorio is always in rare form. Adults only and not for the timid.

**Fix Cafe, 736 W. Irving Park, 773-248-1422. Storytelling on the third Monday of the month, 8PM

**Butterfly Social Club, 728 W Grand Ave # 1, (312) 666-1695, Mental Graffiti open mic with feature, third Monday of the month, 8 PM, $5, 21 and over. Check out our review.

**Kaffein, 1621 Chicago, Evanston, 847-491-1621, open mic at 8:30 PM on Mondays.

**Molly Malone's, 7652 W. Madison Street, Forest Park, 2nd Monday of the month, open mic with feature, 7:30 PM, $5.

Twilight Tales
Every Monday Night at 7:30
Now located at the Bourgeois Pig
738 West Fullerton Parkway
Come on out, listen to our featured readers, share a story of your own, and enjoy drinks and food at reasonable prices at the Mystic Celt.

**Waiting 4 The Bus
see http://waiting4thebus.com/



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Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 08:24 AM
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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS FOR MARCH THRU JUNE 2006
This calendar only highlights a few of the poetry readings happening in Chicago. Please explore all the links on our homepage. Everything you could possibly want to know about poetry in Chicago will be found there.



Hi, due to Operation Liver Of Life, our special events calendar has not been updated in a while. Please look at our home page Best Bets section for some special events listings, and we'll get this page up and operating ASAP.

--cj

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