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June 2019

Poetry Reading: avery r. young, neckbone

June 8, 2019 from 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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avery r. young is the author of neckbone: visual verses. He is also an award-winning teaching artist who mentors youth in creative writing and theater. He has been an Arts and Public Life Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department.

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EmceeSkool Open Mic hosted by Phenom

June 8, 2019 from 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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  Teh’Ray “PHENOM” Hale, Founder/CEO of the award winning POETREE CHICAGO and EMCEESKOOL, is certified by The City Of Chicago as a Youth Development Practitioner and has dedicated his life to empowering communities. After winning, His mission is to educate, motivate, and elevate youth through Hip Hop for long-term positive change

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“Celebrating The Eloquent Poem” with Elise Paschen, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh and Tony Trigilio

June 8, 2019 from 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Please join us to celebrate the publication of The Eloquent Poem: 128 Contemporary Poems and Their Making with the anthology editor Elise Paschen and contributors Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh and Tony Trigilio. The Eloquent Poem is a ground-breaking anthology of 128 never-before-published poems by more than 100 contemporary poets, divided into fourteen chapters by poetic approach and including illuminating micro-essays on the genesis of each poem. Elise Paschen is the author of The Nightlife, Bestiary, and Infidelities (Roerich Prize). Her…

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Chicago Quarterly Review

June 8, 2019 from 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Robert Kerwin’s celebrity profiles, essays, short stories, and travel and op-ed pieces have appeared in Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Travel & Leisure, Ellipsis, So It Goes, Chicago Quarterly Review, Catamaran,  The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune Magazine, and Los Angeles Times Calendar, among others. Born in Chicago, he now lives in northern California, and most re­cently has been working on a memoir,  Another World, Another Time. Linda Downing Miller leads creative writing classes at Chicago’s Newberry Library and the Center for Life and…

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TallGrass Writers Guild

June 9, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Selected local and national contributors to LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds will present cuttings from their poetry, fiction and nonfiction in this 24th in the 'black-and-White series of annual anthologies. Grand prizes of $500 each will be presented to the winner in the poetry and prose categories.

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Eve L. Ewing, 1919 in conversation with Carey Cranston presented by American Writers Museum

June 9, 2019 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of 1919, Ghosts in the Schoolyard, and Electric Arches. She also writes the Ironheart series for Marvel Comics. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.   Carey is President of the American Writers Museum. Before that Carey worked in education administration and public relations. He has master’s degrees in literature and library science and has…

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Poets with Class Poetry Slam & Open Mic

June 9, 2019 from 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Poets with Class is a teaching and touring ensemble from Chicago Poetry Center. They enter classrooms and grace festival stages alike with slam poetry inspired workshops and interactive performances!  To celebrate Chicago's legacy of being the birthplace of slam poetry, Poets with Class will host a Chicago-style poetry slam and open mic at 2019 Printers Row Lit Fest! Get involved! Arrive before the start time to sign up.

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September 2021

Elise Paschen, The Nightlife

September 11 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Elise Paschen, an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, is the author of The Nightlife, Bestiary, Infidelities, and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker and Poetry, among other anthologies and magazines. She has edited numerous anthologies, including, most recently, The Eloquent Poem. Paschen teaches in the Writing Program at SAIC.

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Anne K. Ream

September 11 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Anne K. Ream is a Chicago-based activist and writer and the founder of The Voices and Faces Project, an award-winning global storytelling initiative. Her critically praised book, Lived Through This -  a memoir of her multi-year, multi-country journey spent listening to the stories of survivors of gender-based violence - has now been adapted for the theatre under the direction of Ann Filmer. Anne is a founding board member of Art Works for Change and a the founding Co-Chair of World…

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Ann Filmer

September 11 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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ANN FILMER is a director, adaptor and producer of new plays based in Chicago. As founder/Artistic Director of 16th Street Theater (2007), she has developed/produced over sixty new plays including directing the premiere of Rohina Mailk’s Yasmina’s Necklace, which subsequently was produced under her direction at Goodman Theatre. Recent 16th Street credits include directing the rolling world premiere of Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster, Kathleen Cahill’s Harbur Gate (joint premiere with Salt Lake Acting Company), Aline Lathrop’s The Hero’s Wife (with Miguel…

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Aimee Noffsinger

September 11 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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As a founding member of The Voices and Faces Project with a “step up wherever I’m needed” mindset, Aimee has supported The Voices and Faces Project in a variety of ways and places over the years. A rare creative person who is also a detail-oriented administrator, Aimee has helped with organizational outreach, fundraising, grant development, digital design and event planning, among other things. Put another way: Aimee always does what it takes to help our organization excel and grow. Currently,…

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Nikki Patin

September 11 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Featured in The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, HBO's Def Poetry Jam and on international television and radio, writer, producer, designer and survivor Nikki Patin has been advocating, performing and educating for over 20 years. She has performed at the National Black Theater in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, Links Hall, Black Artists Retreat, EXPO Chicago and many other spaces throughout the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. In 2014, she made history when she addressed the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of…

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Ona Wang

September 11 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Ona Wang is a writer, social practice artist, and restorative justice practitioner from Chicago. Ona uses narrative as a tool for healing and building solidarity. Ona holds leadership roles with Surviving the Mic and grassroots community-based organizations.

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Kate Spence Black

September 11 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Since graduating college, Kate has made Chicago her home and has been featured in countless plays, dozens of shorts, commercials, web series, and films. She frequently works in storefront theatres and touts the Tracy Letts quote, "We are the ones who say it to their faces."

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Saunte Harden-Tate

September 11 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Saunte Harden-Tate is a Black American Chicago Westside Native & creative writer w/ an affinity for uplifting struggles that disproportionately affect the black community.

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Mojdeh Stoakley

September 11 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Mojdeh Stoakley (Reader/Performer): Mojdeh Stoakley is an award-winning writer, performer, and trauma-informed educator. They've performed/taught all over the US, UK, Europe, and Turkey, and featured the BBC, Button Poetry, Warner Bros, WBEZ, and SlamFind. 2019+2021 nominee for “Best Spoken Word Artist” at the Chicago Music Awards, and named a Writer to Watch by Guild Literary Complex. For more info mojdehstoakley.com or @themojdeh

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Faisal Mohyuddin, The Displaced Children of Displaced Children

September 11 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear, 2018) and The Riddle of Longing (Backbone, 2017). He teaches at Highland Park High School in Illinois and at the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University; he also serves as a master practitioner with the global not-for-profit Narrative 4.

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Philip J. Metres, Shrapnel Maps

September 12 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Philip Metres was born in San Diego and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He earned a BA from Holy Cross College and both an MFA and PhD from Indiana University. Metres is the author of the poetry collections To See the Earth (2008), A Concordance of Leaves (2013), which won the Arab American Book Award, Sand Opera (2015), Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), and Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). He's also the author of numerous chapbooks, has edited the anthology Come Together: Imagine Peace (2008), and he has translated…

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Aviya Kushner, The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible

September 12 from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
AWM/Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Stage, 47 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Aviya Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking home in New York. She is the author of The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible (Spiegel & Grau / Penguin Random House), which was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Finalist, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Religion Stories of the year, as well as the poetry chapbook Eve and All the Wrong Men (Dancing Girl Press,…

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Rebecca Morgan Frank

September 12 from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
AWM/Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Stage, 47 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of four poetry collections: Oh You Robot Saints!, Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country; and The Spokes of Venus, all from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry), finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems, essays, and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Poetry Ireland, Crazyhorse, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The Slowdown podcast, and elsewhere. Her collaborations with composers have been performed and exhibited across the country. She is the recipient of the Poetry…

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Carrie Olivia Adams

September 12 from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
AWM/Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Stage, 47 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago where she is the Promotions and Marketing Communications Director for the University of Chicago Press and the co-founder and poetry editor for the indie press Black Ocean. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Be the thing of memory (Tolsun Books  2021); Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015); Forty-One Jane Doe's (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013); and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009) in addition to the chapbooks  "Proficiency Badges" (Meeking Press 2020); "Grapple" (above/ground press 2017);…

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