Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-05-13
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Poetry in the air, Chicago poetry events Fall 2018
by Kelsey Hoff

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

This fall, "local author" shelves of Chicago's indie bookstores will be flooded with titles that "disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed," as the old adage says art should.

In almost all of these new works, lived experiences are taken apart and examined to complicate notions of gender, sexuality, race, class and immigration, concerned with both identity and politics, often finding them inseparable.

September brings three new collections from Chicago press Haymarket Books, including On My Way To Liberation by H. Melt, Black Queer Hoe by Britteney Black Rose Kapri and Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez. Kapri and Olivarez will read from their new books at Women & Children First Friday, Oct. 5. Chicago Poet Julian Randall won the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize with his collection Refuse, which he will discuss with Tara Betts at Seminary Co-op Friday, Sept. 21. Jacob Saenz will be joined by Fred Sasaki and Krista Franklin at his launch and reading for Throwing the Crown; Franklin also has a forthcoming title, Under the Knife, from Chicago's Candor Arts. Poets Tara Betts, T. Clutch Fleischmann and Kenyatta Rogers will read with Ruben Quesada Thursday, Nov. 15 at his launch of Revelations at Unabridged Bookstore.

Poetry is not limited to the page: events, exhibits and performances bring verse to surprising locations all over the city. Fall's largest poetry event by far, 10,000 Poets for Change, takes over literary spaces nationwide with readings promoting peace, sustainability and justice. A searchable database on the 100TPC blog contains information on local events. Though it's not usually a competitive sport, The Book Cellar will host a Poetry Pentathlon Saturday, Sept. 22 with five events including "The Signature Poem" and "The Rant."

Dancers put poetry in motion in the annual Body Passages Series at Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble. This year, 11 poets and dancers selected for the 10-month Artist-in-Residency program were paired into five groups to collaborate and develop their own artist-led project centered around the theme of "activation." The culminating performances will take place Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13.

A new exhibit opens at The Poetry Foundation Friday, Sept. 28; visual artist and poet Krista Franklin's "… to take root among the stars" maps Afrofuturist and AfroSurrealist thought on handmade paper. Franklin will perform at the opening along with Aricka Foreman, Kara Jackson and Jamila Woods, with music by DJ Rae Chardonnay. The exhibit will be open through Friday, Dec. 21.

At the Lit & Luz Festival Oct. 13-20, poets, writers and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico City collaborate in cultural exchange and conversation with readings, discussions, artist talks and performances. The Poetry Foundation will host an event during the festival Wednesday, Oct. 17, and MAKE Literary Productions will host a bilingual conversation between the two featured Mexican authors Fernanda Melchor and JuliÃín Herbert at The Hideout Friday, Oct. 19. Other events will be posted on the Lit & Luz website.

This November, the American Writers Museum will open a temporary exhibit all about a famous singer/songwriter to whom many American poets trace their lyrical sensibilities. The Bob Dylan exhibit will focus on his enduring influence on American culture, music and writing, as well as his selection for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. A Fender electric guitar that Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 will be on display, and a series of intimate events featuring current singer/songwriters in genres from hip-hop to folk begins in September.

Some special readings this fall provide rare chances to see visiting poets. The Poetry Foundation is hosting three exciting Poetry Off the Shelf readings during the Chicago Humanities Festival in November, beginning with Kazim Ali at Gallery Guichard Friday, Nov. 2 and Jos Charles at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Saturday, Nov. 3. United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey reads the next weekend Saturday, Nov. 10 at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Rupi Kaur will perform at The Chicago Theater Monday, Oct. 1.

Book festivals give Chicago readers another opportunity to mingle with their favorite poets and presses. Lit Crawl Chicago always features great poetry readings at Andersonville hot spots; this year's crawl takes place Saturday, Sept. 22. Chicago-area small presses congregate at the Chicago Book Expo at Columbia College Monday, Oct. 1.

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Trans Day of Resilience Art, Poetry Uplift Black Trans Power and Liberation 2019-11-20 - November 20, 2019 — Ten trans and non-binary visual artists and poets of color from across the country, including Chicagoan Benji Hart, have ...

Gay News

South Side Open Mic, Writing Workshop Series planned for survivors of sexual harm 2019-09-04 - Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation is producing two south side programs for survivors of sexual harm. The monthly writing workshop and the monthly ...

Gay News

Author Toni Morrison dies at 88 2019-08-06 - Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died at 88. Morrison was the first Black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded ...

Gay News

Poetry block party July 27 in Pilsen 2019-07-22 - The Chicago Poetry Block Party ( CPBP )—a free, all-ages celebration of poetry, music and creativity—returns to the National Museum of Mexican Art, ...

Gay News

POETRY e nina jay aims to help women shed shame 2019-06-26 - e nina jay wants women to stop feeling shame. "I think about how much we, as girls and women, waste being ashamed," the ...

Gay News

Artist fuses video, poetry to inspire psychedelic experience 2019-06-23 - Poet, new media and sound artist Sara Naomi Goodman will perform "Deep Dream: An Evening of Poetry and Video Synthesis" followed by a ...

Gay News

Pride poetry-slam competition June 12 2019-05-22 - In honor of Chicago's Pride Month, The Blackstone, Center on Halsted and StoryStudio Chicago invite the community to celebrate all things love this ...

Gay News

BOOKS Inclusive anthology 'Halal' launches at Poetry Foundation 2019-04-24 - The Poetry Foundation was packed the night of April 11 for the book launch of Halal If You Hear Me, a collection of ...

Gay News

BOOKS Inclusive anthology 'Halal' launches at Poetry Foundation 2019-04-14 - The Poetry Foundation was packed the night of April 11 for the book launch of Halal If You Hear Me, a collection of ...

Gay News

Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin in Evanston March 7 2019-03-01 - Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin will be in town March 7 for a rare performance. Chin is a Jamaican-born lesbian poet, ...


Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.