Poetry Forum Workshop with Jenene Ravesloot and Tom Roby IV 5-17-15




Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Note that this is the third Sunday of the month instead of the usual fourth, to coincide with the Evanston Literary Festival.

Jenene Ravesloot, member of The Poets’ Club of Chicago,Illinois State Poetry Society, Poets & Patrons, and the TallGrass Writers Guild, has three poetry books: Loot: Stolen Memories & Tales Out of School, The Chronicles of Scarbo, and FloatingWorlds. Her publications include The Poetry Storehouse and Pool, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Packingtown Review, The Miscreant, After Hours Press, Exact Change Only, Sam Smith’s The Journal in the UK, THIS Literary Magazine, Poetry Fish, and Frog Pond.

Tom Roby IV publishes and performs his poetry and leads workshops. He is a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society, Poets & Patrons, and the TallGrass Writers Guild. Tom is president of The Poets’ Club of Chicago and developer of The Poetry Wheel and The Omniphonic Poetry Trio with Jenene Ravesloot and Lem Roby. His publications include Packingtown Review, After Hours, Exact Change Only, The Poetry Storehouse and Pool, Poetry Fish, and Frog Pond. Hismost recent collection is Pressure Points.

Tom’s and Jenene’s readings and video poems are on YouTube.  An Omniphonic Poetry Trio CD, a poetry and music band, features the poetry of Tom Roby, Jenene Ravesloot with music by Lem Roby.

Topic: The Haibun & its Variations:  Narrative and Imagery in a Two Part Poem
The haibun, a compact Japanese linked form invented by Matsuo Basho in the 17th century, is best exemplified in The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches. In a haibun, a narrative prose poem alternates with a more imagistic and lyrical haiku, in order to express our relationship with the natural world and our transitory journey through it.  Take the journey with us.


Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.  *$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.


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