Poetry Forum: Led by Martha Vertreace-Doody – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 11-22-09

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.

Leader: Martha Vertreace-Doody

A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody is Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kennedy-King College, Chicago, IL.  She received her MFA at Vermont College.  Her several books include Second House from the Corner, Under a Cat’s-Eye Moon, Oracle Bones, Cinnabar, Smokeless Flame, Kelly in the Mirror, Maafa: When Night Becomes a Lion, Dragon Lady:Tsukimi., and Glacier Fire. Light Caught Bending and Second Mourning, published by Diehard Publishers, Edinburgh, won Scottish Arts Council Grants.  Named the Glendora Review Poet, Lagos, Nigeria, she was twice a Fellow at the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat in Scotland.  Eastern Washington University chose her as Poetry Fellow, in residence at the Writers Center, Dublin, Ireland.  She was a Fellow at St. Deiniol’s Library, Hawarden, Wales, on a bursary. She has poems in Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry (University of Illinois Press, 2001) and Poets of the New Century (David R. Godine Publisher, 2001).  Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein published her poem, “Walking Under Night Sky” in his cassette “Bread & Steel: Illinois Poets Reading from Their Works.” She lives in Chicago with her husband, Tim, and their cats, Fred and Patrick Samuel.

Martha’s topic: Poetry and History: Living Someone Else’s Life

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 a grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council.

RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Poets Susan Slaviero and Kathleen Kirk 11-20-09

Open Mike           6:00 – 6:30

Featured Poets       6:45 – 7:30

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Susan Slaviero is the author of two poetry chapbooks: An Introduction to the Archetypes (Shadowbox Press, 2008) and Apocrypha (Dancing Girl Press, 2009).  Her work has appeared in Flyway, RHINO, Fourteen Hills, Arsenic Lobster, Caffeine Destiny and other journals. She designs and edits the online literary journal blossombones.

Kathleen Kirk will be reading from Broken Sonnets, her new chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2009).  Finishing Line will also publish Living on the Earth in 2010, an honorable mention winner in their New Women’s Voices series.  Her work has also been published in The Common Review, After Hours, Another Chicago Magazine, Ekphrasis, Greensboro Review, Many Mountains Moving, Ninth Letter, and Spoon River Poetry Review Kathleen is a former editor of RHINO and former associate editor of Poetry East.