Poetry Forum: Led by Steven Schroeder – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 7-26-09

Evanston Public Library

Church & Orrington

1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics.  Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Steven Schroeder is the co-founder, with composer Clarice Assad, of the Virtual Artists Collective (a “virtual” gathering of musicians, poets, and visual artists – vacpoetry.org) that has published five poetry collections each year since it began in 2004. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in After Hours, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Concho River Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Cresset, Druskininkai Poetic Fall 2005, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Macao Closer, Mid-America Poetry Review, Poetry East, Poetry Macao, Rhino, Shichao, Sichuan Literature, Texas Review, TriQuarterly, Wichita Falls Literature & Art Review, and other literary journals. He has published two chapbooks, Theory of Cats and Revolutionary Patience, and three full-length collections, Fallen Prose, The Imperfection of the Eye, and Six Stops South. On Not Founding Rome, a philosophical meditation on the virtue of hesitation, is forthcoming from Cascade Books. He teaches at the University of Chicago in Asian Classics and the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults and at Shenzhen University in China.

TOPIC & OPPORTUNITY from Steve: For the July RHINO poetry workshop, I’d like to play a bit with the politics of call and response in poetry (keeping in mind that “politics” is about the cities we make for ourselves and others to live in). I have in mind my response to your poems, but I’m also open to your responses in your poems to other poems (and other calls). I invite you to send your poems (following the usual forum guidelines, one poem, no more than two pages) to me so I can respond not just with critique but also with poetry .You can send them by email or “regular” mail to reach me any time before 19 July:
schroeder@uchicago.edu or         5710 S. Kimbark #3, Chicago, IL 60637-1615
We’ll do the usual reading and critique around the circle–and this is an invitation, not a requirement. I’ll use what I get as a basis for the short presentation at the beginning of the forum. Looking forward to seeing you next month… Thanks!

Bring 15 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued.

*$5-$10 donation appreciated

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Readers Sarah Carson and Helen Degen Cohen 7-24-09

Open Mike           6:00 – 6:30

Featured Poets       6:45 – 7:30

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Sarah Carson teaches writing and filmmaking at Westwood College and East West University.  She is the author of the “Being a Screenwriter” series of books for children. She is currently finishing her MFA in creative writing at National Univ. in La Jolla, California and is an editor at Rhino.

Helen Degen Cohen (Halina Degenfisz) writes about (1) The War, and (2) Everything Else.  Her major awards include the NEA in poetry, First Prize in British Stand Magazine’s fiction competition, and 3 Illinois Arts Council awards.  A former Artist-In-Education and instructor for Roosevelt University, she co-edits Rhino.  Widely published, she has had two collections published in 2009, Habry, and On A Good Day One Discovers Another Poet, as well as another novel excerpt in Where We Find Ourselves (SUNY).