AWP Conference

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The What, When, Where, Why, and (of course) How Much…

What: If you haven’t heard the buzz already, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) is putting on their annual conference in Chicago! The conference attracts more than 9,000 attendees and more than 550 publishers. 

When/Where: From February 29-March 3, over  400 presentations: readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums plus hundreds of book signings, receptions, dances, and informal gatherings will take place at the Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton.

Why: Here’s your chance to sit at the feet of award-winning poets and authors (Ha Jin, Nikki Giovanni, C.K. Williams, Margaret Atwood); get more information on the nation’s foremost literary journals (River Teeth) and creative writing programs (Northwestern University, University of Illinois); and, last but not least, improve your writing with workshop topics that run the gamut (Writing for Children and Adults, Publishing Flash Fiction).

How Much: As a student, if you register before January 23, then you’ll only pay $40 (after that, it’s $60). For a full list of prices, check out their website.

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