RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Poets Tony Trigilio and Jakob VanLammeren 1-28-11

Open Mike           6:00 – 6:30

Featured Poets       6:45 – 7:30

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


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.

JAKOB VANLAMMEREN earned his B.A. in English from the University of Vermont, and an MFA in poetry from Bennington College. He facilitates RAWR, a creative writing group at the Broadway Youth Center; is a co-founder and collective member of the Write to Win Collective, a pen-pal project for transgender and gender non-conforming people surviving inside Illinois prisons; and is a collective member of the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois. Jakob’s poems have appeared in diode, Pebble Lake Review, QueerZineLit.com and Hanging Loose magazine. In June 2010 he was featured in Windy City Times‘  “30 under 30 to be honored.”

Poetry Forum: Led by Cin Salach – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 1-23-11


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.

cin salach has collaborated with musicians, video artists, dancers and photographers for over 20 years in such groups as The Loofah Method, Betty’s Mouth and ten tongues. Her first book, Looking for a Soft Place to Land, was published by Tia Chucha Press. She has been widely published in journals and anthologies, most recently, Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days, Iowa Press. An Illinois Arts Council recipient and four-time Ragdale fellow, cin is also co-founder of Words@Play, a joint project with the Chicago Park District and the Children’s Humanities Festival. A recent Emmy nominee for her voice-over and on-screen narration of the PBS documentary “From Schoolboy to Showgirl,” cin is living happily ever after in Andersonville, memorizing the works of Dr. Seuss and performing them for her young son, Leo.

Topic: How to be a singer of your own work

It’s not “spoken word.” It’s not “slam.” It’s your heart. Out loud. Whether you are reading one poem to a friend, or putting together a longer set for an audience, there are ways to make sure everyone hears the essence of your work — to make your poems come to life off the page once you’ve polished them on the page.  I’ll share some ideas about the use of music, body language, and the ways of some poets…..

Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council.