Open Mike 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Featured Readers 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Brothers K Coffeehouse
500 Main St., Evanston, IL
Serious Play: Poetry Workshops for Ardent Experts & Amateurs
Since the summer of 2011, Alice George has been offering a continuing workshop open to all seriously playful poets. Each evening begins with 20-30 minutes examining a poet, poetic topic or craft issue. Topics explored this past year included the uses of anger, and dialogue, how to craft effective starts, and stops, of poems, elegies, managing tone, epistles and prose poems, lineation and observation. Poets of interest to date have included Marianne Boruch, Kay Ryan, Anne Carson, Louis Gluck, Tony Hoagland, Matthew Dickman, and Mark Doty.
Patrice Boyer Claeys holds a certificate in poetry from The Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago. She enjoys Monday nights as a member of Serious Play, Alice George’s poetry workshop in Evanston. Her work has appeared in The Found Poetry Review, The Avocet, Blue Heron Review, Ardor and the Mom Egg Review, where she served as a reader for Volume 14.
Catharine J. Jones is both poet and artist. She attended the Iowa Writer’s workshop working with poets, D. Goetsch and Juliet Paterson. She is a member of Serious Play, Alice George’s poetry workshop in Evanston. Her poems have appeared in Journal of Modern Poetry and Poetry Cram.
Gail Goepfert is a Midwest teacher, poet, and nature photographer. She is a poet-in-residence in schools and an associate editor for Rhino Magazine. Her story spans the Midwest in locations between the Mississippi River and northern Ohio. She has been published in a number of anthologies and journals including Avocet, After Hours, caesura, and Florida English, The Examined Life Journal, Room Magazine, and Crab Orchard Review. Online publications include: Blue Lyra Review, The Prose-Poem Project, Brevity Review, and Ardor Literary Journal. Twice she’s received a Pushcart nomination. She is schooled by the wisdom of nature and poetry.
Marcia J. Pradzinski, an award-winning poet, lives in Skokie, Illinois. Her poetry has appeared in print journals, anthologies, and online. Her most recent publications have been in RHINO 2015, the Winter/2016 issue of Blue Heron Review, and in The Chronicles of Eve anthology of Paper Swans Press, U.K. Another poem is forthcoming in the Summer/2016 issue of Blue Heron Review. Her first chapbook of poems, Left Behind, was published by Finishing Line Press in December, 2015.