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Storytelling / Poetry

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  Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin in Evanston March 7

Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin will be in town March 7 for a rare performance. Chin is a Jamaican-born lesbian poet, writer, political activist, performance artist, & Mother to 7 year old Zuri. On Thursday, ...


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  Queeriosity open mic kicks off 'Louder Than a Bomb'

More than 20 of Chicago's LGBTQ and questioning high schoolers gathered Feb. 23 for the annual Louder Than a Bomb ( LTAB ) edition of Queeriosity, a monthly open-mic series presented by Young Chicago Authors ( ...


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  POETRY Morgan Green merging language, technology for live performances

Morgan Green is one of five resident artists at the Mana New Media Program, a collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ) that supports work focused on the intersection of ...


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  Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies

Poet Mary Oliver—who wrote of nature and won a Pulitzer Prize—died at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida, from lymphoma, according to Deadline.com. She was 83. Oliver authored more than 15 poetry and essay collections, focused ...


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  OUTspoken! monthly LGBTQ storytelling series Jan. 8

The January edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ monthly storytelleing series takes place Tuesday, January 8, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. Every month new storytellers, stories from the ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers

The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, December 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Emma Alamo grew ...


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  Nia & Ness use dance, poetry to tell story, analyze identity

Brooklyn-based dancer-poet duo Nia & Ness will bring their unique storytelling experience, run., to Chicago in four shows during the first week of December. The intersections of identity play a key element in run., as Nia ...


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  Cole Escola, from Craigslist to the Park West

The home page of Cole Escola's website features an irreverent commercial parody. Decked out in a brunette wig, pink lipstick and a sensible pastel plaid button-down, Escola plays a stay-at-home mom who breezily describes her devotion ...


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  Chicago poets bear witness to LGBTQ-lived experiences in four new collections

Chicago is famous for a lot of things, but one of its best-kept secrets is a thriving community of some of the country's most innovative poets. They can be found hosting and performing at reading series ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series, October's featured storytellers

The September edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, October 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Anna DeShawn is ...


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  Writer/performer R.C. Riley on queer identity, #MeToo

Writer and performer R. C. Riley's journey toward full acceptance of her queer woman identity has gone through many stages and now she is embracing that label in a big way. That journey was painful for ...


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  Blythe Baird, young and hungry

Blythe Baird, a "mostly lesbian" author, spoken word performer and unstoppable creative force, is the poster child for successful, young artists. Originally from Palatine, a northwestern suburb of Chicago, Baird is currently living in St. Paul, ...


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  Poetry in the air, Chicago poetry events Fall 2018

This fall, "local author" shelves of Chicago's indie bookstores will be flooded with titles that "disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed," as the old adage says art should. In almost all of these new works, ...


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  Birth, rebirth and reinvention, Goddess Warrior The Poet

After more than a year of hideout and hiatus, Dianna Tyler, aka Goddess Warrior The Poet, came out strong with her first spoken-word album More Than a Woman, which is due to be released Saturday, Sept. ...


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  David Cale unearths tragedy, secrets in 'Short Time'

Imagine the worst thing that could possibly happen to you as a child. Now, imagine something worse. For groundbreaking multi-hyphenate David Cale ( singer-composer-actor-writer ), there's no "imagine" in the exercise. Growing up in one of ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series names September's featured storytellers

The September edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, September 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Molly Brennan is ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken Series, August's featured storytellers

The August edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Bill Demaree has ...


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  BLACK PRIDE Poetry Slam

C.C. Carter's annual Black Pride Weekend Poetry Slam, sponsored by Northern Trust, was even better than 2002—if that's possible. Twenty contestants wowed the crowd through two rounds of competition, with judges including last year's winner T'ai ...


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  More Black Pride: Poetry Slam

Part 2

Photos by Tracy Baim ...


More-Black-Pride-Poetry-Slam

  More Black Pride: Poetry Slam

Part 1

C.C. Carter's annual Black Pride Weekend Poetry Slam, sponsored by Northern Trust, was even better than 2002—if that's possible. Twenty contestants wowed the crowd through two rounds of competition, with judges including last year's winner T'ai ...


Poetry-Corner

  Poetry Corner

C.C. Carter, a finalist for the Lammy Awards 2003 last month, provides us with some Black Pride treats: Leo's Den and Pow-Wow, Inc. kick off Black Pride July 1st - July 6th 71st and Woodlawn 773-667-3130 ...





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