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Thursday, Nov. 14: TELEPHONE at the Book Cellar!

Join me at the Book Cellar--4736 N. Lincoln, Chicago--on Thursday Nov. 14 at 7pm. I will read from Telephone and indulge your curiousity about how the book came about--or whatever you want to ask me.  There will be plenty of copies available for sale, and I'll be signing some of them!  Come on over, have a drink or a coffee, and share the fragmented, static-ridden, miscommunicatin' poetic love!

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"City Structures" Release Party with Grimes, Woods and Besemer

Join me for a Damask Press release event this Sunday, July 7 at 7pm.  It's at Images Gallery Cooperative,1823 W. Wilson Ave. I'll be reading from some forthcoming books, most especially Aster to Daylily, which Damask will be publishing late this year!

 Here's the link to the facebook event for people who want to rsvp that way:
Feel free to re-publicize! 

Reading at the Book Cellar this Thursday, April 25

Join me this Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm as I do another poetry reading with my friends Richard Fox and Robert McDonald!  As part of Chicago indie bookstore The Book Cellar's poetry month program, Robert, Richard and I have been invited to share the store's area-in-front-of-the-magazines (it's not exactly a stage).  I'll be reading from my forthcoming collection Telephone. The reading is free, but be sure to allow yourself time to browse and buy books!   The Book Cellar, 4736-8 North Lincoln Ave. 60625 773-293-2665.

TRIPLE PLAY: Join me and my friends for a reading at City Lit Books!

Triple Play!  Join Jen Besemer,  Richard Fox and Robert McDonald for a free reading at City Lit Books (2523 North Kedzie Blvd.) Thursday March 21 at 6:30 p.m.  Contact City Lit at 773-235-2523 with questions.  Did we mention it's FREE? 

Black Took Collective: Three Great Chicago Events!

Black Took Collective: 
Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, Ronaldo V. Wilson

3 Chicago events in 3 neighborhoods! 
All open to the public. No tickets or registration needed. 

Black Took Collective is a group of Black post-theorists who perform and write in hybrid experimental forms, embracing radical poetics and cutting-edge critical theory about race, gender, and sexuality.

*Thursday, February 21 @ 6:30pm
Workshop at Columbia College
33 E. Congress Pkwy (Room 101, Downtown)
free admission

Between Reading at Mess Hall Chicago: This Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 pm

Come up (or down, or over) to Rogers Park's own Mess Hall this Friday for the Between Reading! 

The Between Reading presents texts based on the creative reading of and response to Nicholas Alexander Hayes's first novel Between. The source text examines perception and identity in a decaying American town. True to the shifting planes of perception in the book, writers and poets were invited to respond to the work through whatever modes they preferred. Their responses have been compiled in the Between Compendium.

Chicago Calling This Saturday Oct. 6 at Elastic--Jen Besemer collaborative performance and a host of other amazing things!

As part of the Seventh Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival (click here for full programming info),  I will be presenting a collaborative poetic performance entitled "Surrogates."  I'll be offering poems written in collaboration with j/j hastain, inviting the audience to become involved as performers or prompters.  Check the attached press release for more details--it should be a great evening  of exciting improvisational and genre-blurring performance!

Borderbend Arts Collective Fundraiser at Reversible Eye + Chicago Calling Arts Festival!

Borderbend Arts Collective Fundraiser at Reversible Eye Gallery
Saturday, September 22 (8-11 p.m.)

Reversible Eye
1103 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL  60622

The Borderbend Arts Collective is having a fundraiser at Reversible Eye on Saturday, September 22nd -- a party with poetry readings, musical performances, refreshments and more. Hope to see you there! 


The Seventh Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival happens September 27-October 13, with “Bicycles and the Arts” at Working Bikes Cooperative, “

Brooklyn Arts Press to publish my poetry collection TELEPHONE in 2013

I am very pleased to announce that my full-length poetry collection Telephone has been accepted for publication by Brooklyn Arts Press for their 2013 series!  I've been invited to do the cover, too, which is quite a luxury. I am deeply honored to be included in B.A.P.'s author lineup.

For those interested in purchasing a copy once it's available, you'll be able to do so (and to pre-order) online through B.A.P.'s website, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.  The book will also be handled in the U.
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