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  Poet Laureate avery r. young draws inspiration from West Side upbringing

By Michelle Zacarias

North Austin native and multi-dimensional poet avery r. young made history in April after being selected as Chicago's inaugural Poet Laureate. The announcement came as no surprise to those who follow young's career as an award-winning ...


  City of Chicago names inaugural Chicago Poet Laureate avery r. young

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, in partnership with the Chicago Public Library (CPL), the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and the Poetry Foundation, proudly named avery r. young as the inaugural ...


  Next OUTspoken event taking place June 1

OUTspoken will provide four tales of fun and fortune from an LGBTQ+ perspective on Tuesday, June 1, starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This program is free. Interested parties can go to Facebook, log on to ...


  Next virtual OUTspoken on April 6

The next OUTspoken storytelling event will take place Tuesday, April 6, starting at 7 p.m., on Zoom. Speakers will include a writer/storyteller, a teacher, a professional photographer and a caregiver. Joy Wright is a nominated Best-of-the-Net ...


  POETRY E'mon Lauren Black talks queerness, podcast, Black mobility

Even though she's only in her early 20s, E'mon Lauren Black has accomplished so much. Not only was Black named Chicago's first youth poet laureate in 2016 (an honor from Young Chicago Authors, in partnership with ...


  Chicago native named as state's fifth poet laureate

Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker announced Angela Jackson as the next poet laureate for the state. Jackson, a Chicago native, is the fifth Illinoisan to hold the title, an honorary position selected by a committee of ...


  'One Poem: A Protest Reading in Support of Black Lives' Aug. 18

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., the Poetry Coalition—a network of 25+ literary organizations that includes Lambda Literary and Young Chicago Authors—will present "One Poem: A Protest Reading in Support of Black Lives." In this ...


  BOOKS Yvonne Zipter: Looking at Chicagoan's life, poetry collection

Writer Yvonne Zipter nurtures nature and other ideas in her new book of poetry Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound. Zipter grew up in Milwaukee and lived there until she was 24. She earned a ...


  South Side Open Mic, Writing Workshop Series planned for survivors of sexual harm

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation is producing two south side programs for survivors of sexual harm. The monthly writing workshop and the monthly open mic are intended to give survivors a brave space to work on ...


  Poetry block party July 27 in Pilsen

The Chicago Poetry Block Party (CPBP)—a free, all-ages celebration of poetry, music and creativity—returns to the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. on Saturday, July 27, 3-8 p.m. Presented by the Poetry Foundation ...


  POETRY e nina jay aims to help women shed shame

e nina jay wants women to stop feeling shame. "I think about how much we, as girls and women, waste being ashamed," the Black lesbian poet said via phone. "How many conversations don't happen and how ...


  Penny Arcade at City Winery on June 25

After a five-decade-long career in performance, New York legend Penny Arcade will make her Chicago debut at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., on Tuesday, June 25, at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) In ...


  Artist fuses video, poetry to inspire psychedelic experience

Poet, new media and sound artist Sara Naomi Goodman will perform "Deep Dream: An Evening of Poetry and Video Synthesis" followed by a Q&A at Slate Arts and Performance Tuesday, June 25. The piece combines a ...


  BOOKS Inclusive anthology 'Halal' launches at Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation was packed the night of April 11 for the book launch of Halal If You Hear Me, a collection of poems and essays by Muslims who are women, queer, genderqueer, non-binary or trans. ...


  BOOKS Inclusive anthology 'Halal' launches at Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation was packed the night of April 11 for the book launch of Halal If You Hear Me, a collection of poems and essays by Muslims who are women, queer, genderqueer, non-binary or trans. ...


  Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin in Evanston March 7

Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin will be in town March 7 for a rare performance. Chin is a Jamaican-born lesbian poet, writer, political activist, performance artist, & Mother to 7 year old Zuri. On Thursday, ...


  POETRY Morgan Green merging language, technology for live performances

Morgan Green is one of five resident artists at the Mana New Media Program, a collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) that supports work focused on the intersection of art and ...


  Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies

Poet Mary Oliver—who wrote of nature and won a Pulitzer Prize—died at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida, from lymphoma, according to She was 83. Oliver authored more than 15 poetry and essay collections, focused ...


  OUTspoken! monthly LGBTQ storytelling series Jan. 8

The January edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ monthly storytelleing series takes place Tuesday, January 8, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. Every month new storytellers, stories from the ...


  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers

The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, December 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See for more info. —Emma Alamo grew ...


  Nia & Ness use dance, poetry to tell story, analyze identity

Brooklyn-based dancer-poet duo Nia & Ness will bring their unique storytelling experience, run., to Chicago in four shows during the first week of December. The intersections of identity play a key element in run., as Nia ...


  Cole Escola, from Craigslist to the Park West

The home page of Cole Escola's website features an irreverent commercial parody. Decked out in a brunette wig, pink lipstick and a sensible pastel plaid button-down, Escola plays a stay-at-home mom who breezily describes her devotion ...


  Chicago poets bear witness to LGBTQ-lived experiences in four new collections

Chicago is famous for a lot of things, but one of its best-kept secrets is a thriving community of some of the country's most innovative poets. They can be found hosting and performing at reading series ...


  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series, October's featured storytellers

The September edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, October 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See for more info. —Anna DeShawn is ...


  Birth, rebirth and reinvention, Goddess Warrior The Poet

After more than a year of hideout and hiatus, Dianna Tyler, aka Goddess Warrior The Poet, came out strong with her first spoken-word album More Than a Woman, which is due to be released Saturday, Sept. ...


  Poetry in the air, Chicago poetry events Fall 2018

This fall, "local author" shelves of Chicago's indie bookstores will be flooded with titles that "disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed," as the old adage says art should. In almost all of these new works, ...


  Blythe Baird, young and hungry

Blythe Baird, a "mostly lesbian" author, spoken word performer and unstoppable creative force, is the poster child for successful, young artists. Originally from Palatine, a northwestern suburb of Chicago, Baird is currently living in St. Paul ...


  Writer/performer R.C. Riley on queer identity, #MeToo

Writer and performer R. C. Riley's journey toward full acceptance of her queer woman identity has gone through many stages and now she is embracing that label in a big way. That journey was painful for ...


  David Cale unearths tragedy, secrets in 'Short Time'

Imagine the worst thing that could possibly happen to you as a child. Now, imagine something worse. For groundbreaking multi-hyphenate David Cale (singer-composer-actor-writer), there's no "imagine" in the exercise. Growing ...


  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series names September's featured storytellers

The September edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, September 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See for more info. —Molly Brennan is ...


  TRUST, CAIR hosting storytelling event

TRUST Collective-Chicago and CAIR-Chicago will host a storytelling event Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at CAIR-chicago, 17 N. State St., 15th floor. CAIR-Chicago—the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and ...


  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: August's featured storytellers

The August edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, August 1, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See for more info . Melvyna Gaynor ...


  Our Miss Brooks 100 to celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks at the Art Institute of Chicago

An evening of poetry celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks will include all five living African-American Pulitzer Prize-winning poets - Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey, Tracy K. Smith, and Gregory Pardlo - reading their ...


  OUTspoken features variety of storytellers Oct. 4

The monthly OUTspoken LGBTQ storytelling series at Sidetrack, held the first Tuesday of each month, always features an eclectic mix of voices, and the Oct. 4 program is no different. The event is free, located at ...


  2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Winners Announced

From a press release

CHICAGO The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine are pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships: Kaveh Akbar, Jos Charles, Angel Nafis, Alison C. Rollins, and ...


  Alfre Woodard talks 'State of Affairs' before local benefit

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Entering into its 15th season, the Louder Than a Bomb poetry festival is holding a benefit and celebration this March. Bringing in big names to raise awareness of one of the largest youth culture gatherings in ...


  LGBT HISTORY MONTH Oscar Wilde in Chicago

Part One

Introduction: The original manuscript for "Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall" included three chapters that never made it into the final book because of cost concerns. This is one of them. "In every ...


  Poetry Foundation fall events include LGBTs

From a press release

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation's fall event season embraces poetry in an array of offerings that range from an experimental oratorio to an audio installation of a Parisian soundscape to a special evening with superstar soprano ...


  Outspoken LGBTQ storytelling series launches at Sidetrack

Kim L. Hunt and Art Johnston hosted the inaugural edition of Outspoken LGBTQ Storytelling at Sidetrack on Aug. 5. The first show featured storytellers Jim Bennett, Tracy Baim, Patrick Gill, Katie Prout, Kareem Khubchandani and Kim ...


  'Queer As Art' concert series kicks off

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

With Windy City Media Group sponsoring along with Lake View nightspot Sidetrack, which also provided the location, the "Queer As Art" concert series came out loud and proud on April 9. Comedian Dana Austin hosted and ...


  Ed Sanders 1960s magazine exhibit in NYC

From a Press Release

Opening Party - Thursday February 16th - 6p.m.-9p.m. - RSVP Closes Thursday March 8 - Open everyday 11-6 Boo-Hooray is exhibiting a comprehensive collection of publications from Ed Sanders' F*ck You Press, including a complete run ...


  Essay Fiesta reading series kicks off new season

From a news release

Chicago, Ill. — Jan. 3, 2012 — Essay Fiesta, a free monthly reading series, is ringing in the New Year with a big bang. On Jan. 16 at 7 p.m., hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker will welcome another group of ...


  Buzz: A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power, storytelling with Chenoweth

From a News Release, posted Nov. 4, 2010



  Submissions sought for WCT supplement

Poetry and prose items are being accepted for Windy City Times' sixth annual literary supplement, which will run in the Pride Issue, out June 24. This year's theme is "Stonewall 40: Looking Out." Submissions should ...


  'Milkweed' at Links Hall and NU'Milkweed' at Links Hall and NU

Milkweed—a solo play fusing poetry and theatre that examines three African-American female survivors of gender-based violence—will run May 8-9 at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; and May 28-29 at Northwestern University, Annie Mae Swift Hall, ...


  Nikki Patin's body language

Nikki Patin is a Chicago-born performance artist and activist, who has appeared on HBO's Def Jam. Her work combines burlesque, spoken word and music to address the themes of body image, race and class. Patin will ...


  Local zine seeks submissions

Bound to Struggle Volume 3, a local zine of works by those who practice kink and radical politics, is seeking submissions. Personal essays, comics, poetry and theoretical works about word play, the queering of words ...


  Calendar Notes

Sun., Feb. 3: The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church will be at the LGBT-inclusive St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 1072 Ridge, Elk Grove. Tues., Feb.5: Spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin will be ...


  Golden Gate

Transgression: Windy City Times Fourth Annual Literary Supplement

By Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán Would take you into my mouth? But it is not safe here. I feel safe with you, your skin the color of this night—medianoche—but I am concerned for you, worried. Does the ...



The Pow Wow Poetry Slam during Gay Games VII. Photos by Ron Favors ...


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