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Four Tips for Working with Editors
I am guest-editing a special issue of NERVE LANTERN with Joel Allegretti!
Register for My Four-Week Poetry Class at Spudnik Press; In Conjunction with Printer's Ball 2015 PUSH & PULL !
New Interview up at Rain Taxi (and a review I wrote, too)
David London's Magic Outside The Box in Chicago - April 22, 2014!


"silicone" vs. "silicon"
Absinthe & Zygote Series
adrienne dodt
All Movies Love the Moon
alternative markets
Andrew J. Robinson
Ann Liv Young
AnySquared Projects
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art practice: issues and challenges
Aster to Daylily
Black Took Collective
Borderbend Arts Collective
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Chicago Calling Arts Festival 2012
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City Structures
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Damask Press
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double exposure
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Duriel E. Harris
Etc. Gallery
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Galen Beebe
Gary Clean Water Celebration 2013
gary, indiana
getting involved
gregory robinson
history of literature
Images Gallery Collective
Impossible Project
j/j hastain
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jen besemer
jen besemer, david london
joel allegretti
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Kiss List
lake michigan shore
Laura Goldstein
lew welch
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lincoln square
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magic chicago
magus magnus
mess hall
Michael Anichini
michelle naka pierce
Miguel Gutierrez
my books
Myopic Poetry Series
Nathan Hoks
Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature
nicholas alexander hayes
Object With Man's Face
Outlaw Production Collective
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Polaroid Big Swinger
Polaroid Spectra
Printer's Ball 2015
process notes
Pyriform Press
Rain Taxi
Rain Taxi Ohm Editions
Red Rover Series
reviews of jen besemer
richard fox
robert mcdonald
Ronaldo V. Wilson
Rose Metal Press
Russ Woods
seventh annual chicago calling arts festival
Small Press Distribution
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SPD Recommends
spudnik annex
spudnik press cooperative
Stage 773
studio visit
the book cellar
The Next Big Thing project
The Querist of Forms
Toby Altman
Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics
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video poems
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works in progress
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Mike Check!

Yesterday I joined a group of fellow poets for the first Human Micropoem event in support ofOccupy Chicago. The idea is a variation of the Human Microphone method of passing important information along to large groups of people without the use of electronic or mechanical amplification.  To be a human microphone, you listen and speak--listen to the information spoken by the Microphones ahead of you, and repeat the information in your strongest voice for the people behind you.  The person or people beginning the process calls out, "Mike check!

That Hometown Feeling

Paraphrased and image-quoted from Larry Sawyer's blog:

The Chicago School of Poetics is now enrolling for its first series of classes, beginning January 2012!  

Visit the site to get all the necessary information on course offerings, types, cost and payment options.  

The School "seeks to offer an alternative to, and a community beyond, the Creative Writing MFA." 


Garfield Park Conservatory Quick Update: Benefit at Lincoln Hall Aug. 18!

Some areas of the Conservatory have reopened to the public, and repairs are slowly underway.  Funds are still being raised to help pay the insurance deductible, so donations are still a good way to help.  But if you really want to have some fun at a great Chicago event that will also help the Conservatory, get your tickets now!  Here's the place to be and how to do it.  Fun raffle, great bands, and mac-n-cheese!

Help the Garfield Park Conservatory

When I posted the link to the Conservatory yesterday, I was unaware of the desperate situation they are currently in.  In the aftermath of the severe storm that swept through the area on June 30--bringing hail of golf-ball size and gusts to over 90mph--the Conservatory sustained massive and catastrophic damage to its roofs and gardens.  The plant and animal life within the Conservatory rooms and greenhouses are in great danger and the facility itself is heartbreakingly imperiled.  
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