Poetry Forum: Led by Francesco Levato – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 11-28-10


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.

Poet, translator, and filmmaker Francesco Levato is the author of three books of poetry: Elegy for Dead LanguagesWar Rug, a book length documentary poem; and Marginal State. He has translated into English the books of Italian poets Tiziano Fratus, Creaturing, and Fabiano Alborghetti, The Opposite Shore. His work has been published internationally in journals and anthologies, both in print and online, including Drunken BoatThe ProgressiveVersal, and many others. His cinépoetry has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere.

Topic: Cinépoetry

While writing about the New Criticism in the introduction to American Hybrid Cole Swensen commented on its “demand that the poem be a worked object of art.” The comment was in reference to a hybridity of poetic forms and intended mainly for the poem as it exists on the page, but what of a poem that exists elsewhere, and whose form is subject to the digital space it inhabits? In this workshop we will be exploring one of those forms, cinépoetry. Also known as videopoems, or poetry films, cinépoetry explores the intersection of cinematic and poetic expression through the marriage of spoken and written texts, audio effects and music, and animation and film.

Bring 20 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 grant from Poets & Writers, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Writers Anthony Madrid and Chad Sweeney 11-19-10

Open Mike           6:00 – 6:30

Featured Poets       6:45 – 7:30

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


ANTHONY MADRID lives in Chicago.  His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI OnlineBoston ReviewIowa ReviewLITNow Culture, Forklift Ohio, Poetry6X6, The Cincinnati Review, and WEB CONJUNCTIONS.  His manuscript is called THE 580 STROPHES.

CHAD SWEENEY is the author of three books of poetry, Parable of Hide and Seek (2010), Arranging the Blaze (2009) and An Architecture (2007), and five chapbooks, most recently The Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney (2010).  He is co-translator, from the Farsi, of the Selected Poems of H.E. Sayeh (2011).  Sweeney’s poems have appeared widely, including in Best American Poetry 2008, Verse Daily, New American Writing, Colorado Review, Black Warrior, Verse, Volt and American Poetry Review.  He is coeditor of Parthenon West Review and editor of the anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds (2009).  Chad is a PhD candidate at Western Michigan University where he teaches poetry and serves as assistant editor of New Issues Press.  He lives with his wife, poet Jennifer K. Sweeney and their son, Liam.

No December reading: The RHINO Reads! series resumes January 28, 2011