Celebrating Poetry East’s 100th Issue & 40th Anniversary

Founded in 1980, the internationally acclaimed literary magazine Poetry East is celebrating National Poetry Month in April with two milestones—its 40th anniversary and its 100th issue. Poetry East has been edited from the start by the noted poet and DePaul professor Richard Jones, who reminds us that poetry should be accessible to anyone who reads it and is enthralled with language and ideas. 

Coming up on April 21 at 6pm is a public celebration of the Poetry East double anniversary—40 years of operation and 100 issues—sponsored by the Chicago Public Library:


Jones will be in conversation with Miles Harvey, director of the DePaul Publishing Institute and author of The King of Confidence.

Newsline recently featured a piece on the fortieth anniversary of Poetry East, a wonderful tribute to Richard’s hard work in creating and maintaining this preeminent literary journal. 

Learn more about the journal online​ and order your copy.

Student Review: 4/18 Undergraduate Poetry Month Reading

Student Review: DePaul Students’ National Poetry Month Reading 04.18.13
by Anne Malina

On Thursday evening, a group of DePaul seniors were invited to read their poetry to an intimate audience at the John T. Richardson library in the Lincoln Park Campus in honor of the 17th annual National Poetry Month. National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry that lasts for the entire month of April which was established by the Academy of American Poets. The idea behind it is to expand the attention of people and the media to include poetry as a more appreciated art form. The Academy of American Poets aims to increase the prominence and accessibility of poetry in our culture through this expansion.

There were about 60 people in attendance at DePaul’s National Poetry Month reading—more than twice the amount of previous years. The presentation began with a musical performance by Cameron Shenassa who shared some pieces from his original rock opera which he is currently working on. The poets who read were as follows: Marie Conlan, Emma Cushmanwood, Sergio Garcia, Rachel Harthcock, Al Prexta, Cameron Rizzardini and Katie White. Each poet read for about 5 minutes and each one captivated the audience within that short span of time. Although poetry is not as popular in its most basic form these days, usually passed over for its musical counterpart, these young writers proved that words do not need melodies to fully express raw emotion. They truly captured the essence of National Poetry Month and provided a delightful and entertaining evening for all those who attended.


About the Writer:
Anne Malina is a freshman at DePaul, double majoring in English & French, from Berwyn, IL.

Mid-April reminders and upcoming events

The Underground is bringing you more DePaul reminders and events as
your spring quarter kicks off this April!

It’s coming up quickly…reminder: April 14th, this Sunday, is the last day to drop classes for the spring quarter.


Interested in Student Essay Contest? Have some time to write this weekend?
Consider submitting your work to the MLK, jr. Essay Contest. Submissions are due this Monday, April 15th. There is a $500 prize for the best undergraduate paper. See http://las.depaul.edu/int/Events/StudentEssayContest/index.asp for submission guidelines. Check out the flyer below for more information.



Join your friends and classmates with at the Aloud! Student Reading this upcoming Tuesday, April 16th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Student Center. The event will be hosted by the University Center for Writing-based Learning.  Current graduate students Maria HlohowskyjDavid MathewsJillian Merrifield, and Raul Palma, alum Matthew Fledderjohann, and undergraduate students Elizabeth KerperRichard RodriguezAnnie Baldwin are appearing along with others. Be sure to check out this on-campus event!

The DePaul Activities Board invites you to Brownstone’s Cafe on Wednesday, April 17th, at 6:00pm for an event that showcases Award-Winning Spoken Word Poet, Andrea Gibson. Her work covers topics ranging from love, war, class, sexuality, and spirituality. Come and experience spoken words!


On Thursday, April 18th from 6:00-7:30pm, please join fellow undergraduates and faculty for the National Poetry Month Undergraduate Reading in Richardson 115 with readings by undergraduate writers. The event will open with a brief musical performance, and each poet will read for 5-7 minutes. Come support your classmates and friends!


More upcoming events and reminders to come your way!

Chicago Poet: Li-Young Lee

The Gift

To pull the metal splinter from my palm
my father recited a story in a low voice.
I watched his lovely face and not the blade.
Before the story ended, he’d removed
the iron sliver I thought I’d die from.

I can’t remember the tale,
but hear his voice still, a well
of dark water, a prayer.
And I recall his hands,
two measures of tenderness
he laid against my face,
the flames of discipline
he raised above my head.

Had you entered that afternoon
you would have thought you saw a man
planting something in a boy’s palm,
a silver tear, a tiny flame.
Had you followed that boy
you would have arrived here,
where I bend over my wife’s right hand.

Look how I shave her thumbnail down
so carefully she feels no pain.
Watch as I lift the splinter out.
I was seven when my father
took my hand like this,
and I did not hold that shard
between my fingers and think,
Metal that will bury me,
christen it Little Assassin,
Ore Going Deep for My Heart.
And I did not lift up my wound and cry,
Death visited here!
I did what a child does
when he’s given something to keep.
I kissed my father.

Lee, Li-Young. 1986. Rose  (Brockport, NY: BOA Editions, Ltd.)

National Poetry Month-We Hardly Knew Ye (Part 1)

We’ve reached the end of National Poetry Month (3 scant days left) and if you’re like me, you haven’t done much celebrating this month. Don’t worry, there are still a number of poetry events you can attend in and around the city , year-round poetry organizations that you can join, and, of course, a host of local bookstores that you can visit.

Poetry Events:

Poetry Fest

April 30, 2011 10:00-4:30pm

Price: Free!!

Where: Harold Washington Library

400 S. State St.

Chicago, IL 60605

Come on out for poetry workshops, readings, open mics, and a special reading by Nikki Giovanni (2:00-3:00). All events are free and open to the public, but seating is first come, first served. For more information and a complete listing of times, click here.


National Poetry Month Cram

April 30, 2011  7-9pm

Price: Free!!

                                Where: Café Ballou

939 N. Western Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622

Join the creators and editors of Cram as they celebrate the release of their 11th volume. Poets included in the edition will be reading and everyone who attends will receive at least one free copy of the volume.  

“In One Ear” poetry night

Wednesdays 10:00pm

Price $3  

Where: Heartland Café (Neighborhood: Rogers Park)

7000 N. Glenwood Ave.

Chicago, IL 60626


Five-minute performances range from spoken word and poetry to music and visual art. Pete Wolf hosts. Performances are videotaped unless otherwise requested. Food available for purchase.

Tuesday Funk

Every 1st Tuesday of the Month 7:30pm

Price: Free!!

Where:  Hopleaf (Neighborhood: Andersonville)

5148 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60640


Hear fiction, poetry and essays from featured local writers.

For more poetry and literature events happening in and around the city check out Metromix or Poets.org.