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.
April 30, 2011 10:00-4:30pm
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.
April 30, 2011 7-9pm
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
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.
Every 1st Tuesday of the Month 7:30pm
Where: Hopleaf (Neighborhood: Andersonville)
5148 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Hear fiction, poetry and essays from featured local writers.