Open Mike 6:00 – 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 – 7:30
500 Main St.
Allan Johnston (not pictured) has appeared in over 60 journals, including Poetry, Poetry East, Rattle, Softblow and Jabberwock Review. His first book, Tasks of Survival (Mellen Poetry Press) came out in 1996. Among his honors, Johnston received a fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council. Originally from California, he now lives near Chicago, and teaches writing and literature at Columbia College and DePaul University. His new book, Northport, is published by Finishing Line Press.
Alice George‘s first collection of poetry, This Must Be The Place, was published in 2008 by Mayapple Press. Her poetry and prose has appeared places like Field, Bellingham Review, Sentence, Denver Quarterly, Another Chicago Magazine, Quarter After Eight, New Orleans Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. She teaches poetry to kids and adults in rich and various locales.
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: Mike Puican
Mike Puican has had poems published in the US and in Canada in journals such as: Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, The Bloomsbury Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Crab Orchard Review and Malahat Review. He won the 2004 Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, 30 Seconds. He recently completed his MFA at Warren Wilson College. Mike was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team.
Mike’s topic: A poem’s lines can either reinforce the meaning or fight it; create tension or resolve it. They can be the difference between a so-so poem and one that sings. We will look closely at a couple of poems and do some exercises.
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.