COME AND TRY OUT YOUR NEW WORK ON US!
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.
Charlie Newman was born in Newark, NJ, 5.17.43. Started writing poetry in ‘56. First published in ’63, Punk and industrial damage bands since ‘79. 4 books. 1 chapbook. 4 CDs. Various publications and collections. Has read in Chicago, NYC, London, etc. with David Amram, the Viking Hillbilly Apocalypse Review, Mouth and Hands, and ZOOTSUITBEATNICK! Hosted a radio show and 2 venues in Chicago. Now writes and reads and reads and writes.
Topic: Burn Grammar. For many writers, the desire to write rationally and meaningfully results in work that is stunted emotionally. Like it or not, our brains and psyches don’t follow the rules. Somewhere between following all the rules—grammar and others—we’ve been taught and jettisoning the whole shooting match is the domain of emotionally powerful poetry in which meaning shows itself in unexpected ways.
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.
Open Mike 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Featured Poets 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
500 Main St.
Ruth Goring‘s Yellow Doors was published by WordFarm (2004); her poems have appeared recently, or will soon, in CALYX, Pilgrimage, Comstock Review, RHINO, New Madrid, Off the Coast, Ginosko, Naugatuck River Review, Verse Wisconsin, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She edits books at the University of Chicago Press and is finishing up a second manuscript, a collection of poems set in Colombia, where she grew up.
Esteban Colon is a writer from Chicago Heights. A founding member of the Waiting 4 the Bus Poetry Collective, he co-hosts the 1st and 3rd Monday Night Open mics as well as their 1st Friday show. His work has found print in varied publications including Rhino Magazine, and has been collected in the chap books Between Blue Lines and Edgar Avenue. He is the Editor in Chief of Exact Change Only and the devious mind behind The Poetry Bomb.
This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.