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Boston Cyberarts Fest

Don't waste time getting to the Boston Cyberarts Festival. It begins on 4 May. See for program details. The website contains a complete list of festival events, which can be searched by date, venue, location, and art form. The website also contains an online gallery, HyperArtSpace, and APropos, a database and registry for artists' proposals. For more information, call 617-524-8495 or contact by e-mail.

things get spooky in San Francisco between pop and politics proudly presents its first mash-up, an innovative series pairing newsmakers from the worlds of culture and public policy. This inaugural benefit event will feature a conversation on "The Future of Creativity in the Digital Age" with Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig and musician/artist/filmmaker Paul Miller, also known at DJ Spooky. It will be moderated by founder and multimedia journalist Farai Chideya. Admission to the event includes an after-party at which DJ Spooky will celebrate his new album "Drums of Death," featuring Chuck D and Dave Lombardo of Slayer.

Tuesday, 3 May. Conversations and dialogue at 7:00 to 8:30 PM, with an after-party from 8:30 to 11:00 PM. At the Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Price: $23 donation (for multiple tickets, make a donation of $46, $69, $92, etc.) Tickets are only available online at: Bring a printed receipt of your donation to the event for admission.

new issue of Triplopia online: issue 2: Time

As artists, we engage structures most fundamental to our sense of our own humanness, and among these structures, our sense of Time is primary. We create in the present -- yet the instant we put pen to paper, our work becomes the past. When we envision a character or contemplate a potential revision, we enter the future. And in this issue of Triplopia, contributors take on their own sense of time.

The issue's spotlight falls on novelist and political activist Lindsey Collen, two-time recipient of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa. Join us as she discusses the risks faced by any writer who dares to be honest.

Read more from Collen in our feature section as she offers up a nail-biting section of prose from her 2002 novel, "Mutiny". Also found in features: Assistant Editor Jenny Burdge helps us tie our stays in her essay on the history and form of the ghazal, Ambit Editor Christophe Casamassima dishes up some fantastic prose with "Sixteen Cages," and poet and novelist Tracy Koretsky announces the winners of Triplopia's Prose Poem Contest.

Returning poet Christopher T. George and fiction writer Tom Sheehan are joined in our poetry pages with Triplopia newcomers Bette Husted, Marie Lecrivain, Roger Pfingston, Tania van Schalkwyk, Karen Kowalski Singer and Robert Judge Woerheide. Join us as we travel through time -- poetry style.

In reviews, Paul Sonntag braves fatherhood, political alienation and a rat-infested car to provide us with three more biting site reviews -- drop by the Unk's porch to see who's good, who's bad, and who's ugly. And in this issue of Triplopia, Trip Picks inquires into time as a literary device.

Featured artwork includes pieces and photographs from Jeff Crouch, Barbara McGhee, Marjorie Manicke, Hugh Tuffen and A. D. Winans. Finally, Triplopia's problem child, the Barbaric Yawp, finds himself stuck with an English professor whose teaching methods might charitably be described as unorthodox. Bop on over to his corner of cyberspace to find out if he survives the course.

Would you like to make a little racket of your own? The theme of our third anniversary issue will be "Noise." Send poetry, prose, and artwork submissions between April 15th and June 1st. See the current issue for guidelines.

Gene Justice, Tara A. Elliott and Jenny Burdge are the editors of Triplopia.

source: Triplopia

Digital Arts & Cultures 2005

Call for papers:
2005 Digital Arts &l Cultures Conference
December 1-3, 2005
Copenhagen, Denmark
Hosted by the Department of Digital Aesthetics and Communication, IT University of Cophenhagen

The 6th DAC conference invites critical examinations of the field of digital arts and culture, which challenge existing paradigms. We call for papers which examine both theoretical and hands-on approaches to digital experiences and experience design. Since the inaugural DAC in 1998 much has happened, and research has matured from early investigations into the problematic nature of new media towards questions of emergent dynamics, user centered design and various forms of interactivity. At the same time, the realization has grown that users of digital media not only are active participants, but also have to be taken into account at all stages of the design and production of digital experiences

How do practitioners (programmers, artists, designers etc.) cater for this kind of active and demanding user? What kinds of experiences can we create? How can these experiences inform us? How do we as academics analyse and evaluate digital experiences? DAC has always been interested in exploring the ways in which digital media do things that traditional media cannot. We believe that the focus on `experience' in DAC 2005 will illuminate the possibilities of digital media beyond the functional perspectives of `usability'. What are the aesthetic and cultural implications of digital design as experience?

Possible topics:
We welcome papers which seek to understand and describe digital experiences in their many forms, be it from a theoretical or applied perspective. Possible topics could be, but are not restricted to:

  • the specific nature of digital experiences
  • cultural implications of digital experiences
  • characterizing the user experience in specific digital environments (i.e. computer games, online worlds, and ubiquitous computing environments)
  • experiencing emotions, affect and trust in digital environments emergent formations in digital media
  • methodologies for analysing digital experiences
  • aesthetic approaches to communication design and experience the design and experience of non-informational spaces (digital art, codework, literature, games etc.)
  • design experience documented (case studies and examples of actual design)

Note that a special afternoon track on the conference will be devoted especially to design matters. The track is organized in cooperation with Danmarks Designskole (The Danish School of Design) and is open for practitioners as well as research scholars who are actively involved with designing experiences for digital media.

The DAC Conference hopes to be able to chart some of the current developments in the broad field of digital arts, aestetics, culture and communication. Therefore, DAC welcomes submissions from researchers and artists in all cognate fields. Researchers within the humanities, social sciences, human-computer interaction and computer science studies, as well as those working both practically and theoretically in newer fields such as digital art, digital literature, game studies, online communities and new media studies are encouraged to submit proposals for papers. Only full papers will be accepted for review.

Submission of full paper proposals (long & short): August 8th
Submission of camera-ready papers: October 28th

Susana Tosca:
Lisbeth Klastrup


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Billy Lombardo in print:
The Logic of a Rose



While in recent years, he's stepped back from the limelight, Billy Lombardo is a well-known poet among the earliest of slammers in Chicago. Lombardo was the man who retired this writer in our competition for the top prize in the Poem for Osaka competition years ago. He's been an occasional feature at the Green Mill, and was fêted at a brunch last summer hosted by Marc Smith on the occasion of Lombardo winning the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and publication for his manuscripts. Now ready for the public as the book The Logic of a Rose: Chicago stories, Lombardo's writing will finally come back into full view.

While Lombardo exercised patience and care in writing and refining this book, he has never been a writer to go for fast, cheap thrills. Instead, he concentrates on the humble and often bittersweet details of domestic life. He is not out to shock or surprise, but will lead the reader to the worth and particulars of personal relationships. Lombardo's characters have illustrated this even since his early slam days, and they have drawn warmly from his own life. In many ways, Lombardo's early poems were descriptive narratives, precursors to the fiction that he is releasing this month in his new book.

Copies of The Logic of a Rose can be bought online through the author's website, On 20 May, join the release party, with readings, book signings, and live music by Dan Darrah, 6:30 PM at the Latin School of Chicago, 59 W North Ave at Clark Street (Old Town/Gold Coast neighborhood), Chicago, in the Wrigley Theater.

interviews illuminate how poets wrote in regular forms

When free verse and its many movements seemed to dominate poetry, other writers worked steadfastly, insistently, and majestically in traditional forms of rhyme and meter. Such poets as Anthony Hecht, Donald Justice, Derek Walcott, and Richard Wilbur utilized sonnets, villanelles, blank verse, and many other forms to create dazzling, lasting work. Their writing posed a counterpoint to free verse, sustained a tradition in English language verse, and eventually inspired the movement called New Formalism.

Fourteen on Form: Conversations with Poets collects interviews with some of the most influential poets of the last fifty years. William Baer, editor of the Formalist asks incisive questions that allow writers to discuss in detail a wide range of topics related to their work, methods of composition, and the contemporary poetry community.

Maxine Kumin reflects on being a woman poet during a period in which women were not encouraged to submit to journals. With clarity and passion, Walcott remembers the impetus of his famous “Eulogy to W. H. Auden.” British poet Wendy Cope talks about the differences between how her barbed poems are received in England and abroad. The conversations return continually to the serious matter of poetic craft, especially the potential power of form in poetry.

These conversations showcase poets discussing their creative lives with insight and candor. The sum total of their forthright opinions in Fourteen on Form not only elucidates the current situation of the art form, but it also serves as a primer for understanding the fundamental craft of poetics.

For more information on the book, click to the website. Fourteen on Form: Conversations with Poets is written by William Baer, and published by University Press of Mississippi, ISBN 1-57806-671-9. William Baer is a professor of English at the University of Evansville and the editor of The Formalist. He edited Elia Kazan: Interviews and Conversations with Derek Walcott (both published by University Press of Mississippi).

source: University Press of Mississippi

100 poems to celebrate the life of Ken Saro-Wiwa

Flipped Eye Publishing, as part of Remember Saro-Wiwa, is publishing an anthology of poems to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Ken Saro-Wiwa's execution on 10 November 1995. The anthology will be published on 10 November 2005.

"the writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society's weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved in shaping its present and its future."
- Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995).

Ken Saro-Wiwa's career spanned teaching, business, government administration, writing and political leadership. It was these last two for which he became renowned, and eventually murdered. His writings included satirical novels, newspaper columns, children's tales, folk tales and the popular television play Basi & Co. - a long-running series of over 150 episodes. For many Africans, he epitomised a freedom fighter.

From 1990, Ken Saro-Wiwa led a movement in Ogoni for social and ecological justice. He used his writing and his boundless energy to unite the Ogoni behind a call for greater autonomy within the Nigerian Federation, access to oil revenues for the development of Ogoni, the right to protect Ogoni from ecological devastation and the right to preserve the Ogoni language. In November 1990, the Ogoni Bill of Rights was signed by most Ogoni chiefs and leaders. The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) was also founded to pursue this agenda along the principles of non-violence. Throughout the early 1990s Ken campaigned vigorously for MOSOP as its President and travelled internationally to bring the cause to the attention of the United Nations and the international community. In 1994, the government arrested Saro-Wiwa and thirteen other Ogoni accusing them of the murder of four Ogoni chiefs during rioting in May 1994 even though the evidence suggested that Saro-Wiwa and others were many miles away from the scene of the crime.

On 30 October 1995, following a show trial denounced by international observers, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight of the accused were found guilty and sentenced to hang. Despite massive international outcry, the sentence was carried out on 10 November 1995. After their execution, they became known as The Ogoni 9 and the campaign to clear their name continues.

Themes of poems for the anthology are: Ken Saro-Wiwa: the Legacy
Freedom of expression; resistance (literary and otherwise);
non-violence; political oppression; leadership.
Social and Ecological Justice
Minority rights; exile/displacement/refugees; war, peace, poverty, justice;
equity; the death penalty; pollution; climate change; the right to appropriate/sustainable development; power (and the abuse thereof); capitalism and corporations.

Poets are encouraged to contribute under these topics as widely as possible, by considering people, place and power with both current and historical issues. We also want poems that consider positive and challenging futures in the light of these issues. Previously published poems must be accompanied by permission to reprint. Poems should not exceed 80 (two pages) lines including stanza breaks. Deadline: 30 June 2005. (Deadline will not be extended to ensure the book is published on due publications date of 10 November 2005). Poetry submissions should be submitted electronically. Poets may submit a maximum of three poems which must be embedded into the text of an e-mail. No attachments please. Attachments will be automatically deleted. Submissions should include your name, contact mailing address, email and telephone number and maximum 25-word bio. There is no payment for submissions. Royalties to go to The Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation. Co-editors: Nii Ayikwei-Parkes and Kadija Sesay. Foreword: Ken Wiwa. Editorial advisor: Jack Mapanje.

Send poetry submissions to:


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Kelly Tsai tours Chicago, NYC, DC & Minneapolis in May & June

An arresting artist with gravity and sensitivity, Kelly Tsai has demonstrated new turns in the Chicago school of performance poetry throughout her career. She's trekked from Illinois to New York and back, accumulating new stories and skills along the way. Chicago locals will remember her from Mental Graffiti and PolyRhythmic series readings. TV audiences will remember her from HBO's Def Poetry. New Yorkers will remember her as the new kid on the block with a heckuva left hook, metaphorically speaking. And if you haven't seen her yet, you'll remember her for a good long time after her set. Recommended!

Appearances in Chicago...

Monday, May 23, Mental Graffiti, Funky Buddha Lounge, 8:00 PM, 728 W. Grand St., $5 - The Last Year of My Life in 20 Minutes of Poetry...yup, that's pretty much it.

Saturday, May 28, Poetry & (R)evolution: Kelly Tsai, Tara Betts, & Kevin Coval, 2:00-4:00 PM, West Englewood Library Branch, 1745 W. 63rd St., Free + Pizza! -- All Political Vibes and Cool Talks.

Tuesday, May 31, Sigma Lambda Gamma with Melysha Sargis, DePaul University, TBA.

Sunday, June 5, Uptown Poetry Slam, 7:00 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, $6.00 - An off-beat set with some identity work and a persona piece or two.

Appearances elsewhere...

Minneapolis: Friday, June 10, REFUGEOGRAPHY: Bao Phi CD release party, 7:00 PM, Loft, 1011 Washington Ave. South, Free.

Washington D.C.: June 17, 'Creative Explosion III: The Spirit of API Feminism through Performance' with Yellow Rage, 7:00 PM, All Souls Church, Washington, D.C., $25.

New York: Wednesday, June 29, 3rd APIA Spoken Word Summit, NYC Fundraiser with Mango Tribe, Mahina Movement, Taiyo, Chirag Menon from Himalayan Project, Lisa Ascalon from Girlstory, and Mas Yamagata, 8:00-10:00 PM, Junno's, 64 Downing Street, New York, NY, $12-15 sliding scale, 1st drink on the house!

Discrete Series at 3030:
Anselm Hollo & Srikanth Reddy

Anselm Hollo is the author of more than thirty books, most recently Caws & Causeries: Around Poetry and Poets (La Alameda / University of New Mexico Press, 1999), rue Wilson Monday (La Alameda / University of New Mexico Press, 2000), Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000 (Coffee House Press, 2001), Braided River:New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 (Salt Publishing, 2005). His work has been widely translated into Finnish, French, German, Swedish and Hungarian. A native of Helsinki, Finland, he has lived in the United States since 1967, teaching poetics and translation at colleges and universities. He is Professor of Writing and Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, visual artist Jane Dalrymple-Hollo.

Srikanth Reddy's first collection of poetry, Facts for Visitors, was published by the University of California Press in Spring 2004. His work has appeared in various journals, including APR, Grand Street, Fence, jubilat, and Ploughshares. He currently teaches at the University of Chicago.

3030 is a former Pentecostal church located at 3030 W. Cortland Ave., Chicago (Humboldt Park area) one block south of Armitage between Humboldt Blvd. and Kedzie. Parking is easiest on Armitage. Reading is Friday, May 13 at 9:00 PM. $5 suggested donation. The Discrete Series presents an event of poetry, music, performance, and other original arts on the second Friday of each month. For more information about this or upcoming events, e-mail or call the venue at 773-862-3616, or click to the website. This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers through a grant it has received from an anonymous donor.

Coming up on June 10th, a release reading for 26 magazine: Elizabeth Robinson hosts an evening of poetry readings by Brian Strang, Suzanne Dyckman, Roberto Harrison, Stacy Szymaszek, Jesse Seldess and Kerri Sonnenberg.

on Wordslingers: Todd Heldt

On Sunday, 15 May Wordslingers features Todd Heldt. Todd's been writing poetry for about 15 years and has studied under poetry heavy weights William Wenth and Scott Cairn at Texas Tech. He has a chapbook titled The Science of Broken People. Todd Heldt has also published his first novel, Before You Were a Prophet, which is being serialized in The Hiss Quarterly. You can view it on

Wordslingers airs live on the first and third Sunday nights of the month, from 9:00 to 10:00 PM on WLUW, 88.7-FM, Chicago. People outside the broadcast range of WLUW can hear the streaming webcast on

Free Street: eternal return

"eternal return" tells the story of a group of girls who find themselves living in the eddies of time that ripple from the epicenter of a tragic event. The show incorporates movement, bluesy country-death vocals, video images and a structure that ebbs and flows like memory.

The program is directed by Ron Bieganski, with a cast including Araceli Arroyo, Samantha Bailey, Carmella Berthia, D'ana Hamilton, Andrea Long, Alexandra Mikros, Jackie Rodriguez, and Alicia Townsend. Music is by Karla Galva (violin), Alicia Townsend and D'ana Hamilton (vocals). Fight choreography is by Dawn "Sam" Alden and Libby Beyreis from Babes With Blades. Video is composed by Anita Evans.

Tickets are $10 general and $5 students... or pay what you can. The show opens on Friday, 6 May at 7:00 PM and runs thru May 21 at Free Street, 1419 W Blackhawk (East Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park), Chicago. Shows are on Fridays at 7:00 PM and Saturdays at 2:00 PM. Call Free Street at (773) 772-7248 to make reservations or to ask any questions, or explore more at

4th annual Walk for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine

Join together with Palestinians, Israelis, Christians, Jews, Muslims and secularists to affirm our solidarity with the Palestinians and Israelis who are working to establish a true and lasting peace based on justice.We are honored and pleased to welcome a fantastic line-up of speakers and performers to this yearˆs program:

Ali Abunimah, Eyas Alhoumouz Film Festival; Kevin Coval; Avner Efendowicz; Emily Hauser; Jimmy Johnson; Michael D. Levin; Mansour Aziz Mansour; Prexy Nesbitt.

Sunday, May 15, 2005, Beginning at noon at Ridgeland Commons Park, Lake St. at Scoville Ave., Oak Park, Illinois. For more information, call 312-427-2533x18 or e-mail.

Danny's Series for May 2005

Details are forthcoming about the May program for Danny's, but the expected writers are Ken Babstock, Suzanne Buffam, Peter Markus.

Ken Babstock was born in Newfoundland in 1970 and now lives in Toronto. He is the author of two critically acclaimed collections of poems, Mean (Anansi, 1999) and Days into Flatspin (Anansi, 2001). Babstock is an editor and free-lance writer who regularly reviews books for The Globe and Mail. His poems have been translated into Dutch, German, and Serbo-Croatian, and appeared most recently in the U.S. in, Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets (Persea Books).

Suzanne Buffam's poetry has appeared in various journals in the United States and Canada (including Saturday Night, Books in Canada, Poetry, The Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner and The Colorado Review) and in the anthologies Language Matters (Oxford University Press), Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets (Harbour Press), and Breaking the Surface (Sono Nis Press). Her book Past Imperfect is published by House of Anansi Press. She is the 2005 recipient of the Bridge International Arts Award and the 1998 recipient of the Canadian Literary Award for poetry.

Peter Markus is the author of a new story collection, The Singing Fish, as well as The Moon is a Lighthouse (New Michigan Press), Good, Brother (AWOL Press), and Still Lives with Whiskey Bottle (March Street Press). His stories and poems have appeared in a number of literary journals including Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, New Orleans Review, Third Coast and 3rd Bed and the recently published collection American Poetry: The Next Generation (Poets Under Forty), published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. He has received grants from ArtServe Michigan, and has served as a writer-in-residence for several years at InsideOut, the Interlachen Center for the Arts, and at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

The Danny’s Reading Series, Wednesday, May 11th, 7:30 PM (21 and over/please bring ID) at Danny’s Tavern, located at 1951 W. Dickens (near the intersection of Armitage and Damen). Phone 773-489-6457.

May 9 at Molly's: Erika Mikkalo

The May featured guest at Molly Malone's is Erika Mikkalo. Come out and enjoy poetry at a venue know for its strong writers and respectful open mic environment. Erika Mikkalo's prose received the Tobias Wolff Award for short fiction from The Bellingham Review and has appeared in journals and anthologies. Her verse won recognition in the finals of the Poetry Center of Chicago's Seventh Annual Juried Reading (2001), as well as receiving the Millenium Poetry Award from the Writers Publishing Cooperative (2001). 1/2 a book is available at More recent work appeared or is forthcoming in Nimrod International Journal, The Hawaii Review, The 2nd Hand, Exquisite Corpse, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Massachusetts Review, The Notre Dame Review and other publications.

At Molly Malone's Irish Pub, 7652 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL (near-west Chicago suburbs) Phone 708-366-8073. Donations accepted, $5 to $3 recommended. The evening's schedule is: 7:00, open mic sign-up begins; 7:30, open mic; 8:30, featured reader. Co-hosted by Nina Corwin and Al de Genova. Poetry/fiction at Molly's is the second Monday of every month. Coming up on June 13, Mike Puican.

Myopic Poetry Series for May 2005

Myopic Poetry is a weekly series of poetry, fiction, and occasional talks, convened at Myopic Books in Chicago, Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM. Myopic Books is at 1564 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago (Wicker Park). Readings are held on the second floor. This month:

May 8 - No reading this week.

May 15 - Tony Trigilio

May 22 - Nathalie Stephens, Mary Burger, and Lauren Gudath

May 29 - Mark Truscott and Luis Valadez

Coming this summer: Charles Blackstone, Gnoetry Demonstration with Eric Elshtain and Jon Trowbridge, Suzanne Hancock, Jessica Smucker Falcon, Christina Pugh, Norman Finkelstein, John Tipton and Geraldine Kim. Check the updated website for further info and featured artists in the months ahead.

Adam Mansbach in Chicago in May

Adam Mansbach, author of Angry Black White Boy, has appearances in Chicago the first week of May. He is on tour with his timely, important, biting, provocative and hilarious novel about race, hip-hop and identity. The San Francisco Chronicle says the book is, "A remarkably successful remix of the traditional race novel. Mansbach monkey-wrenches the formula of the angry black man in the white man's world and incisively cuts to the heart of the issue of race in America today." See the venues at the times below for in-person appearances, readings, and more.

Wednesday, 4 May, 6:00 PM:
A Writing Teachers Collective Gathering
Young Chicago Authors, 2049 W. Division
RSVP, please to Dove-Rock at 773-486-4331
Hip-Hop in The Classroom: Literature, Poetics and Pedagogy

Thursday, 5 May 5, 7:00 PM:
Reading at 57th Street Books (Hyde Park), Chicago

Friday, 6 May, 7:30 PM:
Black Water Cafe
at Acme Art Works, 1741 N. Western (Bucktown), Chicago
a performance & reading with Winners of Louder Than A Bomb, plus multi-talented MC/playwright Idris Goodwin with Mr. DJ Itch 13

Saturday, 7 May, 8:00 PM
Ché Cafe
1058 W. Taylor Street, (UIC/Little Italy), Chicago
A Round Table discussion on Hip-Hop Literature, including special guests. Phone 312-850-3618 for more info.

Adam Mansbach is the author of the novel Shackling Water (Doubleday, 2002) and the poetry collection genius b-boy cynics getting weeded in the garden of delights (Subway & Elevated, 2002). His new novel, Angry Black White Boy, or The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay, was published by Crown/Three Rivers Press in March 2005. It is also soon to be a motion picture from director Adam Bhala Lough. The author's website is

John Taggart coming to Chicago

John Taggart is coming to Chicago to give two poetry readings. Both are free and open to the public. Taggart is an exceptional reader, one of the best there is. He will read from his recently published book Pastorelles (Flood Editions, 2004), as well as from new work. Taggart is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including Loop (1991), Standing Wave (1993), and When the Saints (1999). He has also published two books of criticism, Remaining in Light: Ant Meditations on a Painting by Edward Hopper (1993) and Songs of Degrees: Essays on Contemporary Poetry & Poetics (1994). He lives in the Cumberland Valley of southern Pennsylvania.

Monday May 9, Noon Room 608, Michigan Building
112 S. Michigan Ave.
School of the Art Institute

Wednesday May 11, 6.30pm Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont St.
(Corner of Fremont & Fullerton)
DePaul University

WBEZ-FM & Stories on Stage

Time is running out, and the characters in these stories directed by Steve Scott know it. Scott is a founding member of the Stories on Stage directing team and has been associate producer at the Goodman Theatre since 1987. Recent directing credits include Dinner with Friends and Wit at the Goodman (After Dark Award); Big Time, Childe Byron, and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale for Eclipse Theatre (where he is a company member); Art; and the world premiere of The Gambit at the Theatre Building. Stories on Stage is WBEZ-FM's series of aural fiction, prose and drama, now in its thirteenth broadcast year.

Stories on Stage presents The Clock is Ticking on Tuesday, 19 May at 7:30 PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art. For full details, click to Chicago Public Radio.

Homolatté at a new venue beginning May 2005

Nice, new digs aren't easy to find, but the sometimes-wandering Homolatté series has done well for itself in finding a new, cozy place for the weekly audiences and artists. It's easy to reach by bus and CTA Brown line, and it's in a very unique little café, that's home to all kinds of Moroccan delicacies and drinks. The Homolatté juggernaut journeys onward! Here are this month's landmarks:

May 4th: prose and fiction by Yvonne Zipter / Martine Locke

May 11th: poetry Kamika / Katie Sawicki

May 18th: poetry by Columbia College's David Trinidad / Tom Yore

May 25th: Outmusic Outloud open-mic hosted by Lars VonKeitz

Homolatté queer words and music, Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM at Marrakech Expresso, 4747 N Damen Avenue (just south of Lawrence Avenue, Ravenswood neighborhood), Chicago. Phone 773-271-4541. Admission is free, though the host, Scott Free, invites guests to donate $5; all collections go the featured artists and only the artists. Full program listing is available at Click through to the greater world of queer music through Scott Free's, coming later in May.

Evanston Talk Arts addresses legal basics on 11 May

Talk Arts is a series of informational evenings for artists of all disciplines. A panel of experts share their knowledge and personal experiences in an informal and interactive exchange with others who are looking to further their understanding of what it takes to build a successful career in the arts.

May 11th panelists Andrea E. Friedman (attorney), Linda Forman (tax consultant), Shawn Murphy (Midwest Director of Membership for ASCAP), and William Rattner (Lawyers for the Creative Arts Executive Director), will address a variety of legal issues concerning the creative and performing arts. Moderators are Evanston Arts Council members Valerie Calloway and Brent Ritzel.

Discussion topics include protecting creative expressions under intellectual property laws, tax and accounting basics for artists, legal limits of marketing your creative expressions, publishing, leasing, performance, partnership, recording and distribution agreements.

Wednesday, 11 May, "Talk Arts: The Legalities of Art – Legal Basics" meets from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street – Room 106, Evanston, IL.

KuumbaLynx presents Phase III:
El Barrio Clocks Our Beats and Rhymes

Within the context of Hip-Hop’s consciousness, a movement is forging, shaping our current existence and the future of a generation torn by one of society’s most dangerous entities…media. From Planet Rock to 1-2 Step, youth search for a representational voice in Hip Hop. Explore the transitional journey of a young man named Balance on his quest to find self while struggling to unveil the true source of this universal battle for our minds. This interdisciplinary production aims at shedding some insight into some of life’s larger battles.

This program is recommended for audiences 12-years-old or older. The performance will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and is followed by a discussion. Performances are on:
Thursday May 12th, 10:00 AM
Friday May 13th, 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM
Saturday May 14th, 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM

More info is available online by clicking to KuumbaLynx online, or by calling 773-550-3849 or 773-550-4229. All events take place at Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Avenue, Novar Hall Theatre room 3426. Truman College is in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. Tickets are $10, or $5 for school matinees. Group Rates available.


Support and learn about The Neo-Futurists by experiencing the Chicago theatrical phenomenon Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind from the inside. What makes this unpredictable, unreproducable, unflinchingly honest, audience-interactive, artistically adventurous, 30-play-in-60-minute baby tick? The Neo-Futurists invite you to come and find out.

Be one of 30 Do-It-Yourself Neo-Futurist supporters to work with Too Much Light creator Greg Allen in preparing a special benefit performance in which you write, direct, and perform on the stage of The Neo-Futurarium!

how it works:

1. Reserve one of the 30 spots in line-up by contacting the Neo-Futurists. (See below.)

2. Then attend the D.I.Y. workshop on Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 PM at The Neo-Futurarium.

3. Over several rehearsals write and develop your own two-minute Too Much Light play under the guidance of Neo-Futurist Founder Greg Allen.

4. And then - invite your friends and family to see you and 29 others perform live onstage at The Neo-Futurarium on Saturday, June 4th at 8:00 PM.

The cost of this one-of-a-kind immersion inside the world of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is just $100. To participate in Do-It-Yourself Too Much Light, call 773-878-4557 or write to


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Our almost monthly offering of links that we hope will creatively distract you...

New Town Writers has a new online editor, Don Bapst, who is looking for fresh LGBT/Q poetry manuscripts... Go, Don!

Meanwhile, out at the recent Seattle Poetry Festival, Chicago's own J.J. Tindall has been blogging his experiences as a featured artist. Give them a read. The Seattle Fest bears considerable attention, because it also embarks on poetry video, and not just performance. Warren Etheredge led a workshop on creating poetry videos, and a separate screening introduced the audience to poetry on film.

While we're on the festival circuit, in Galilee there is the Ma'ar International Poetry Festival in the Arab village of Ma'ar.

Finally, in case you haven't noticed, we encourage you to look to the upper, left margin for a little link called, "poetry radio." Give it a click! You'll need RealPlayer to see and hear this special feature. Broadband (DSL or cable modem access) helps, too, but may not be necessary. is proud to re-launch poetry radio programming through this site after a hiatus of more than 2 years. With an even deeper library of spoken word in the Book of Voices compared to when first debuted poetry radio five years ago, we feel this format will serve our audience better than ever. Oh, and the pictures on our "radio" are clickable, too.

Thanks for taking a moment to read our update, and thanks also to those who keep it well-fed with news, announcements, leads, comments, and so forth.

- Kurt Heintz, founder
e-poets network, Chicago

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