Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award July 23
From a press release
2014-07-11

This article shared 5477 times since Fri Jul 11, 2014
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO—21 years ago, renowned Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks and the Guild Literary Complex started a $500 poetry award given to Illinois poets for a written work read aloud. This year, the Guild continues this tradition at the 21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award taking place on July 23, 7:00—9:00 p.m. at the Chopin Theatre ( 1543 West Division St. ). In the tradition of a good time, a cash bar, door prizes, and a special raffle will be presented.

More a party than a reading, the evening will celebrate the robust poetry community of written and spoken word and will commemorate Brooks' legacy in cultivating emerging voices. Following a lively reading, the $500 poetry prize will be awarded—based upon an audience vote—to one of 20 poets who submitted through an open call. Preliminary Judge J.W. Basilo selected these 20 finalists from over 70 submissions.

This year's 20 finalists, who will read their works aloud, are: Chirskira Caillouet, Samy Lang, Jacob Victorine, Miles Clark, Charles "Charley" Reynard, Fatimah Asghar, Livia Regina Harkow, Dylan James Weir, Cameron McGill, Erin Watson, Rachel Lena Slotnick, Olivia Cole, Jamila Woods, Irene Savine, Sharon L. Powell, Kelly Reuter Raymundo, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Mojdeh Stoakley, Andy Karol, and Ele Matelan.

Past winners include Sename Amagashie, Tara Betts, C.C. Carter, Stephanie Gentry-Fernandez, Marian Hayes, Langston Kerman, Sage Morgan-Hubbard, Nate Marshall, Stephanie Rose Perez, Tristan Silverman, Dan "Sully" Sullivan, and Mark Turcotte, among others.

Nate Marshall, poet, activist, and the 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award winner states, "Winning was such a vital confirmation of the work that I've been doing these past few years. I love the award's structure because it lives at the intersection of a poem's literary merit and its ability to be rendered convincingly through oral recitation. That intersection is, for me, the most exciting place for poetry to exist."

The event will be emceed by Toni Asante Lightfoot, and will feature a special appearance by Gwendolyn Brooks' daughter Nora Brooks Blakely, along with Aurora Performance Group and Marian Hayes, who will read her poem "The Blues" that won her the $500 prize 20 years ago.

Tickets to the event are $8 general admission/$6 students and seniors, and are available at the door.

The 21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF RACE, POLITICS, AND CULTURE

From its inception in 1994, faculty, students, and staff who have been involved with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture have been committed to establishing a new type of research institute devoted to the study of race and ethnicity, one that seeks to expand the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm while exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities. Scholars affiliated with the Center have also endeavored to make race and ethnicity central topics of intellectual investigation at the University of Chicago by fostering interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public debate among students and faculty. Fundamentally, the Center is committed to producing engaged scholarship that rejects the false dichotomy between rigorous intellectual work and community activism. They seek, instead, to contribute intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that can help people transform their thinking and their lives.

ABOUT THE SPECIAL GUEST JUDGE

J.W. Basilo is a writer, performer, comedian, and educator from Chicago. He is a National and World Poetry Slam finalist, a PushCart Prize Nominee, Executive Director of Chicago Slam Works, one half of Poetry/Comedy duo Beard Fight, and a company member with Red Theater Chicago. His work has appeared on NPR, CNN, CBS, WGN, in the Chicago Tribune, and in hundreds of live venues. Currently, you can catch him every Sunday in Chicago at the Green Mill, where he co-hosts The Uptown Poetry Slam, and Mondays at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, where he serves as curator and host of The LitMash.

ABOUT THE GUILD LITERARY COMPLEX

Founded in 1989, the Guild Literary Complex ( the Guild ) is a Chicago-based literary organization that present and supports diverse, divergent, and emerging voices through innovative programs, performances, and readings. Actively working with individuals and organizations from Chicago's many neighborhoods, the Guild seeks to connect people, groups, and geographies through literature—bringing unexpected writers, programs, and audiences together. The Guild believes that vibrant literature contributes to society and community, and that all people should have access to dynamic, engaging juxtaposition of voices. The Guild's programming includes Palabra Pura ( bilingual poetry ); the Poetry Performance Incubator ( collaborative theatre and poetry ); and open-submission writing contests such as the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award and Prose Awards for short fiction and non-fiction. Since its formation, the Guild has established itself, in the words of the Illinois Arts Council, as "Chicago's premier literary center." The Guild has been twice selected as a model literary center by the National Endowment for the Arts.


This article shared 5477 times since Fri Jul 11, 2014
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

FILM REVIEW Chastain mesmerizes in 'Tammy Faye,' but bio offers few surprises
2021-09-20
Televangelists featured in some of the of the most spectacular falls from grace in the '80s. Television preachers who'd spent the better part of the '70s and the '80s insinuating themselves into pocketbooks, not to mention ...


Gay News

BOOKS 'Mission Possible' released before 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' anniversary
2021-09-20
C. Dixon Osburn, co-founder and former CEO of the Servicmembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), has written Mission Possible: The Story of the Repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell. This is the inside story of SLDN, which was ...


Gay News

THEATER Steppenwolf presenting three Tracy Letts virtual works Sept. 29-Oct. 24
2021-09-18
Leading up to ensemble member Tracy Letts' production Bug returning this November to Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theater, the company is bringing audiences a sampler of the playwright's voice to their homes with a trio of new virtual ...


Gay News

Frank Ferrante to return as 'Groucho' for one night
2021-09-15
Actor/director Frank Ferrante returns to his internationally heralded stage performance for one night only in "An Evening With Groucho" on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Spiegeltent ZaZou, on the 14th floor of the Cambria Hotel Chicago ...


Gay News

THEATER Out actor Dan Butler to be in 'When Harry Met Rehab'
2021-09-15
Don Clark, a Chicago-based film/theater producer as well as co-owner of the Chicago Magic Lounge, will present the world premiere of When Harry Met Rehab—a comedy that takes sobriety seriously and is based loosely on the ...


Gay News

Students urged to apply for Musical Theatre Awards
2021-09-14
Broadway in Chicago is inviting high schools across Illinois to participate in the 11th Annual Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in high school theater throughout the state. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 16, ...


Gay News

First Floor Theater announces 2021-22 season
2021-09-13
--From a press release - CHICAGO, IL (Sept. 13, 2021) — First Floor Theater is excited to announce their ninth live-production season, featuring one world premiere and one Chicago premiere, along with a second round of The Blueprint Commission, it' new ...


Gay News

AstonRep Theatre Company announces 2021-22 season:
2021-09-13
--From a press release - CHICAGO (Sept. 13, 2021) — AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to welcome back live audiences this fall, kicking off with a revival of Yasmina Reza's frenetic dark comedy God of Carnage, translated by Christopher Hampton and ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Teachers, GLAAD talks HRC, 9/11 items, Dr. Rachel Levine
2021-09-12
In North Carolina, a former teacher won a lawsuit against Charlotte Catholic High School and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte after he lost his job following an announcement on Facebook that he planned to marry ...


Gay News

Women & Children First hosting virtual event with Anita Hill on Sept. 29
2021-09-11
Anita Hill—the University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's and Gender Studies at Brandeis University who played a major role in the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas—will be part ...


Gay News

THEATER 'Dear Mom, I'm Gay!' on Oct. 1-2
2021-09-11
Dear Mom, I'm Gay!—a workshop of a new musical by David Dilsizian—is running at The Jarvis Square Theater, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave. It will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1; and 2 and ...


Gay News

Saint Sebastian Players to perform four shows during 40th season
2021-09-10
--From a press release - The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) announce the company is resuming live, in-person production with an expanded 40th Anniversary Season. The four-play lineup celebrates genres that have been popular with SSP ...


Gay News

Victory Gardens Theater announces plans for 2021-22 season
2021-09-10
--From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater announces their 2021/2022 Season, which will be presented in-person at the Biograph Theater in Lincoln Park. The season will feature three mainstage productions: Queen of the Night by travis tate, the ...


Gay News

Broken Nose Theatre presenting Black LGBTQ drama 'Kingdom' Oct. 4-24
2021-09-10
Broken Nose Theatre is launching its tenth season with an audio adaptation of its hit 2018 play Kingdom, written by resident playwright Michael Allen Harris and directed by Manny Buckley. Kingdom features ensemble members RjW Mays ...


Gay News

DANCE Ensemble Espanol to open Auditorium Theatre season Oct. 16
2021-09-10
Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, will return to the Auditorium Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The company will mark the finale performance of its 45th-anniversary "Zafiro Flamenco ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.