Open Mike 6:00 – 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 – 7:30
500 Main St.
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.”