RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Poets Judith Valente and Albert DeGenova 10-30-09

Open Mike           6:00 – 6:30

Featured Poets       6:45 – 7:30

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Judith Valente is an on air correspondent for national PBS-TV, Chicago Public Radio and NPR.  She is the author of the poetry chapbook,  Inventing an Alphabet, selected by Mary Oliver for the 2004 Aldrich Poetry Prize.  She is the winner of an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Award and the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Prize.  Valente is co-editor with her husband Charles Reynard, of “Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul,” an anthology of poems and reflections on finding the sacred in the everyday.  The book won an Eric Hoffer Book Award citation last year.  Her first full-length collection, Discovering Moons, is just out from Virtual Artists Collective/Chicago.

Albert DeGenova is the author of two collections of poetry, The Blueing Hours and Back Beat (co-authored with Charles Rossiter).  His poetry has appeared widely in journals and anthologies as well. From 1978-1980 he was an editor of the Oyez Review (published by Roosevelt University); in June of 2000 he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor.  DeGenova is half of the performance poetry duo AvantRetro which appears throughout the Midwest and greater Chicago area. DeGenova received his MFA in Writing from Spalding University, Louisville.  He is a blues saxophonist and one-time contributing editor to Down Beat magazine.

Poetry Forum: Led by Tony Trigillio – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 10-25-09

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.

Tony Trigilio is the author of the poetry collection, The Lama’s English Lessons (Three Candles Press, 2006); the chapbooks, With the Memory, Which is Enormous (Main Street Rag Press, 2009) and Make a Joke and I Will Sigh and You Will Laugh and I Will Cry (e-chap, Scantily Clad Press, 2008); and two books of criticism, Allen Ginsberg’s Buddhist Poetics (Southern Illinois University Press, 2007) and Strange Prophecies Anew (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000).  With Tim Prchal, he co-edited Visions and Divisions: American Immigration Literature, 1870-1930 (Rutgers University Press, 2008).  He teaches at Columbia College Chicago, where he also co-edits the poetry journal Court Green.

Tony’s topic: Documentary Poetics

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

*$5 donation appreciated

This project has been partially supported by a grant from Poets & Writers.