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Sep 27 2018

Words That Matter: A Literary Salon featuring Aaron Coleman & Parneshia Jones

Join Aaron Coleman and Parneshia Jones for an evening of poetry at the historic Colvin House in Chicago, Illinois, on September 27, 2018, 7 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Creative Coworking and Literature for All of Us.
Aaron Coleman is a poet and beloved former Literature for All of Us book group leader. Aaron will be reading from his book Threat Come Close, in which he explores his identity as a young black man. Aaron is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, judged by Adrian Matejka, and his first full-length collection, Threat Come Close. He is the winner of the Tupelo Quarterly TQ5 Poetry Contest, The Cincinnati Review Schiff Award, and the American Literary Translator Association’s 2017 Jansen Memorial Fellow. With a donation of $30 or more you can reserve a copy of Threat Come Close. Aaron will be available to sign your copy at the event!
Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions), winner of the Midwest Book Award. Named one of the “25 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Complex and one of “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago” by Newcity Magazine, her work has been anthologized in She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney; and featured on PBS Newshour, the Academy of American Poets, and espnW.
Colvin House is conveniently located 2 blocks east of the Thorndale el stop (red line).
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Colvin House
5940 North Sheridan Road
60660 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 23 2018

A Celebration of Helen Degen Cohen’s My Life on Film

Helen Degen Cohen, a founding editor of Rhino Poetry, was a central figure in the Chicago area poetry community. When she died in 2015, she left behind an almost finished manuscript of poems obsessed with film. "The world viewed through the lens of filmmakers is the focus of Helen Degen Cohen's poetry collection My Life on Film, creating marvelous, haunting landscapes where the narrators serve as guide," says Sam Rasnake, author of Cinéma Vérité and Inside a Broken Clock. For this event, a selection of her poems will be read by friends and fellow writers including Ruth Goring, Ralph Hamilton, Susanna Lang, Faisal Mohyuddin, Pablo Otavalo, Andrea Witzke Slot and Bill Yarrow. Andrew Calhoun will offer his music. Free admission; refreshments will be served, and the book will be available for purchase. If you cannot attend, you can purchase the book directly from Glass Lyre Press at www.glasslyrepress.com or from Amazon.

Facets Cinémathèque
Facets Cinémathèque
60614 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 26 2018

Poetry off the Shelf: Grady Chambers & Henri Cole

Join us for a reading with Grady Chambers from his debut collection, North American Stadiums, selected as the winner of the inaugural Milkweed Editions Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. Chambers was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Henri Cole, who judged the prize, is the author of numerous collections, including Touch: Poems, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems 1982–2007, and Pulitzer Prize finalist and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Middle Earth.
Cosponsored with Milkweed Editions.
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 26 2018

A Reading by Peter Gizzi

Peter Gizzi is an internationally recognized poet and the author of several collections of poetry, including Archeophonics (Finalist for the National Book Award, Wesleyan, 2016), In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011 (Wesleyan, 2014), Threshold Songs (Wesleyan, 2011), The Outernationale (Wesleyan, 2007), Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003), Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998), and Periplum (Avec Books, 1992).
He has been the poetry editor for The Nation, co-founded and edited o·blēk: a journal of language arts, and since 2003 has served as contributing editor to the journal Conjunctions. Other editorial projects include The Exact Change Yearbook (Exact Change/Carcanet, 1995), The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998), and with Kevin Killian, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 2008).
A professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Gizzi has also taught for Brown University, the University of California, Santa Cruz, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Program at Naropa, the University of New Orleans Summer Program in Madrid, Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, and Cambridge University.
His honors include the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets (1994) and fellowships in poetry from the Fund for Poetry (1993), the Rex Foundation (1993), Howard Foundation (1998), the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1999), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2005). In 2011, he was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University.
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 E. Locust Street
53212 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sep 27 2018

Poetry Off the Shelf: AKRILICA Reading

Creativity and collaboration meet in this showcase of AKRILICA Series poets. AKRILICA, a co-publishing venture between Noemi Press and Letras Latinas, showcases innovative Latinx writing.
Carolina Ebeid is a poetry editor at the Rumpus and the author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior. Her poems have appeared widely in journals such as AGNI, Gulf Coast, jubilat, the Kenyon Review, and Poetry.
Manuel Paul López’s books include These Days of Candy, The Yearning Feed, 1984, and Death of a Mexican and Other Poems; he also coedited Reclaiming Our Stories.
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian, winner of a John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters and featured as a best-of book at the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, BOMB, Literary Hub, Bustle, and Entropy.
Cosponsored with Noemi Press and Letras Latinas at the University of Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois




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Only name the day, and we'll fly away
	In the face of old traditions,
To a sheltered spot, by the world forgot,
	Where we'll park our inhibitions.
Come and gaze in eyes where the lovelight lies
	As it psychoanalyzes,
And when once you glean what your fantasies mean
	Life will hold no more surprises.
When you've
I left you in the morning, 
And in the morning glow,
You walked a way beside me
To make me sad to go.
Do you know me in the gloaming,
Gaunt and dusty grey with roaming?
Are you dumb because you know me not,
Or dumb because you know?

All for me? And not a question
For the faded flowers gay
That could take me from