Poetry Forum: Led by Michael Meyerhofer – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 2-28-10

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:  Michael Meyerhofer

Michael Meyerhofer’s second book, Blue Collar Eulogies, was published by Steel Toe Books.  His first, Leaving Iowa, won the Liam Rector First Book Award.  He has also published four chapbooks.  His recent honors include the Marjorie J. Wilson Poetry Award, the James Wright Poetry Award, the Laureate Prize, and the Annie Finch Prize.  For more information and sample poems, please visit www.troublewithhammers.com.

Michael’s topic: Even in contemporary free verse, scansion can be a simple, quick way to diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of a line by comparing the number of stressed versus unstressed syllables, a kind of diagnostic EKG machine for poetry.  We’ll discuss some basic strategies for packing more punch into each line of verse.

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 Linda Kelsey, Jennifer Jou Kwong/Jian Ping, Sylvia Shirley Malinton, Steven Schroeder, Angela Narcisco Torres 2-26-10

Jennifer Hou Kwong/Jian Ping

Open Mike           6:00 – 6:30

Featured Poets       6:40 – 8:00

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

INTERCHANGE: Poetry in Translation

Indonesian, Tagalog, Arabic, Chinese

Linda Kelsey (not pictured) was born and raised in Jordan and Lebanon where she developed a love of Arab culture.  She now works with Arabic speaking families in the Chicago Public Schools.

Jennifer Hou Kwong/Jian Ping is a graduate student at the U of C, a translator, an experienced business consultant specializing in bridging cultural difference between East & West, and author of Mulberry Child, about her family’s struggle to survive China’s Cultural Revolution.

Sylvia Shirley Malinton was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her first book of poems, Bunga Anggrek untuk Mama is in its 7th printing.  Among many honors, her poetry is part of Indonesia’s national curriculum for elementary school children.  She works for the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago. 

Steven Schroeder is a professor at the U of C, and cofounder of Virtual Artists Collective (vacpoetry.org).  His most recent book of poems is Six Stops South from Cherry Grove Collections.

Angela Narciso Torres grew up in Manila, Philippines.  A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program, her poems appear in many journals, including the Filipina anthology Going Home to a Landscape.