Here’s a few poetry related events going on this weekend as well as a future favorite poem reading . Unfortunately two of the events are at the same time.
Sat., Oct. 26–Scare Tactics: A Fundraiser for the NATO 3
October 10, 2013•by nato5support• in Events & Actions, Solidarity. •
Scare Tactics: A Fundraiser for the NATO 3
* What: Super awesome fundraiser!
* When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30pm-midnight
* Where: The Orphanage, 643 West 31st Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616
* $5 suggested donation at the door.
Scare tactics are used all over the world to control the population, such as during the Chicago NATO summit in May 2012. In the lead up to this summit, we saw the arrest of five anti-NATO activists after undercover cops infiltrated the Occupy movement. Co-defendants Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, and Brian Church were 3 of these activists who were charged with 11 felonies, some of which were brought under the Illinois state terrorism statutes. Their attorneys challenged the terrorism statute as unconstitutional on its face and as applied to this case, but the judge denied their motion to dismiss the terrorism charges on March 27, 2013. The judge has since denied other motions to dismiss some or all of the charges, so the defendants continue to fight these politically motivated charges. Their joint trial is currently scheduled for early January 2014.
These young men need support and solidarity, so please join us for a night of food, games, music, burlesque, and poetry! Show up in your scariest costume for our costume contest. The winner of the contest will receive super awesome NATO 3 gear.
* When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30pm-midnight
* Where: The Orphanage, 643 West 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60616
$5 suggested donation at the door.
You can also donate online at https://www.wepay.com/donations/nato-5-defense.
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Saturday at Myopic Books in Chicago from 7:00PM TO 8:30PM
Myopic Poetry Series and Chicago School of Poetics present a reading by featured poet Sharon Mesmer, along with fellow CSoP faculty members Francesco Levato, Larry Sawyer, Lina ramona Vitkauskas, and Barbara Barg. Native Chicagoan Sharon Mesmer returns to her hometown to perform a reading of her poetry at the Myopic Poetry Series. Mesmer is an award-winning poet, member of the influential Flarf poetry movement, and an instructor at the Chicago School of Poetics; an outsider institution dedicated to avant-garde poetics. Held at Myopic Books, one of Chicago’s oldest and largest used bookstores, the Myopic Poetry Series, curated by Larry Sawyer, is a fixture of the Wicker Park arts scene and has featured innovative writers from Chicago and around the world.
After reading event: Tzara’s Hat
In the Dadaist tradition of questioning authorship the readers and audience will collaborate on a group poem using the surrealist chance operation Tzara’s Hat. Each audience member is asked to bring one line of poetry, written or printed on a strip of paper. These lines will be collected in a hat and then selected at random to form the final poem, which will then be read at the event and also published on the Chicago School of Poetics website. The event will take place following the reading on 10/26/2013.
Be sure to bring one line of poetry (written or printed on a strip of paper).
Myopic Books at 1564 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
Chicagoland Residents Are Invited to Share Their Favorite Poems*
CHICAGO — The Favorite Poem Project and Chicago’s own Poetry Foundation
are seeking to document the role of poetry in the lives of Chicagoans.
Residents of the city and suburbs are invited to submit their favorite
poems to *Favorite Poem Project: Chicago*. Five Chicagoans and their
favorite poems will be featured in videos that will launch during National
Poetry Month in April 2014.
With *Favorite Poem Project: Chicago*, the Poetry Foundation brings poet
Robert Pinsky’s original initiative as U.S. Poet Laureate (1997–2000) home.
Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project celebrates poetry as a vocal art.
“A favorite poem can be a talisman or mantra, a clue, exemplar, landmark or
guiding star, and dwells deep down in our psyches,” said Poetry Foundation
president Robert Polito. “The readings on the videos will be investigative,
probing, revelatory, and ultimately autobiographical and moving. Chicago
possesses a rich poetry tradition, so we are expecting a lot here from our
*Favorite Poem Project: Chicago* is eager to receive Chicagoans’ favorite
poems from across the city and the suburbs. To be considered for inclusion,
Chicago-area residents can submit favorite poems online at
Include the title and author of the chosen poem and a few sentences about
why this poem resonates. Five poems will be featured in a series of videos
that will launch during National Poetry Month in April 2014.
*Entries from Chicago-area residents only will be considered. *
Postmark entries no later than November 30, 2013. For more information and
to submit your favorite poem, visit
*About the Poetry Foundation*
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of *Poetry *magazine, is an independent
literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our
culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place
it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be
a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new
audiences, creating new avenues for delivery and encouraging new kinds of
poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more
information, please visit
*About the Favorite Poem Project*
The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and
encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet
Laureate of the United
founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress
appointed him to the post in 1997. During the one-year open call for
submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote to the project volunteering to share
their favorite poems — Americans from ages 5 to 97, from every state, of
diverse occupations and backgrounds. From those letters emerged several
enduring collections: three anthologies and fifty mini-documentaries, which
are available for viewing at
Follow the Poetry Foundation and *Poetry* on Facebook at
Come join us on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Powell's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, Chicago, for a fun afternoon of poetry. The open mic will run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each poet will get at least 5 - 10 minutes of time to read, plus a chance to sell books.
The event is free and sponsored by Poets and Patrons of Chicago. We had a similar reading at Powell's back in May and it was a real success, so please come join us again! Or for the first time.
If you are interested, please RSVP to Caroline Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.