April Revolving Door: CM Burroughs & Cristina Correa

CM Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Writers Workshop and the University of Pittsburgh. She has received commissions… from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom Award, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, VOLT, Bat City Review, and Sou’wester. Her poem “Artist’s Delight” was published as a broadside in 2008 for Pennsylvania’s Public Poetry Project, and appeared in the literary journal Tuesday; An Art Project. Burroughs is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Chicago, IL, where she is the Elma Stuckey Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College of Chicago.

Cristina Correa is a writer who uses words to observe and analyze the world. Her work is both politically and creatively charged by the several cultures she claims. As a native Chicagoan, she participates in local non-profit organizations and social justice groups as an administrator and teacher. Most recently, she has been published in Ariel, Latina Voices, Say What Magazine, Ghost Factory Magazine and has featured in the Proyecto Latina and Palabra Pura reading series. Her chapbook this is the year. was published by Watch the Steps Press.


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Winter Dudes: Revolving Door

It’s Winter and these Dudes write killer poetry and fiction. So, why not join us for an evening.


Open Mic at 7:30p.m.

Features at 8p.m.

Music by FathomDJ!

$5 donation = free drinks!

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Revolving Door November Reading

Derrick Weston Brown has studied poetry under Dr. Tony Medina at Howard University and Cornelius Eady at American University, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. He is the auth…or of a chapbook, The Unscene (published in 2006), and his work has appeared in DrumVoices Review, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Black Issues & Book Reviews, and the Cave Canem Poetry Anthologies of 2002 and 2003. He is a native of Charlotte, NC and currently resides in Mount Rainier, MD. He is a Cave Canem fellow and the poet-in-residence at Busboys & Poets bookstore and restaurant.

Jennifer Karmin is the author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice (Flim Forum Press, 2010) and has poems forthcoming in the anthology I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press, 2012). Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Columbia College Chicago and at Truman College, where she works with immigrants as a community educator. Performers for this reading include Kenyatta Rogers, A.D. Jameson, and Kath Duffy. (http://aaaaaaaaaaalice.blogspot.com )

Open mic starts at 7:30p.m.

Features at 8p.m.


$5 donation = drinks

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Revolving Door Turns Two!

If you missed our celebration reading on the 26th, check back because videos are coming!

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20 American Poems Every Student Should Know

“Like all the literary, visual and performing arts, great poetry simultaneously reflects deeply personal and staggeringly universal themes and images. And, of course, also remains firmly rooted in the creators’ time and place, despite often possessing a transcendent nature. A delicate balance, to be certain, but understanding the balance results in influential, lasting works. Small shards of history for studying and sharing. Obviously, the entirety of the American poetry scene can’t be distilled into only 20 works, and the Internet masses should probably check themselves before they wreck themselves over inclusions and exclusions. Creative pieces are always subjective, but this happens to be one writer’s opinion of a few worth exploring because of their historical, cultural, and/or technical merit.” –Emma Taylor, Accredited Online Colleges

For Taylor’s complete list follow the link.

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Upcoming Reading


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Next Revolving Door:: August 24

Keli Stewart’s stories, plays and poems have appeared and are forthcoming in Quiddity, Meridians, Naugatuck River Review, Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, Letters to Fathers from Daughters, Torch Poetry, Hip Mama, On Becoming, Muzzle Magazine, Calyx, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature and Spaces Between Us. Keli has received writing fellowships from Hedgebrook, where she was awarded the 2010 Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Award and the Augusta Savage Gallery’s Arts International Residency Program. Selected by Illinois poet laureate Kevin Stein, she was awarded the first place 2010 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award from the Illinois Center for the Book Emerging Writers Prize. She is a double recipient of the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center and also an alum of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation and Callaloo Summer Writing Workshops. She received her BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College and an MFA from Chicago State University in Poetry. She is the mother of two sons and has recently completed her debut poetry collection, a narrative of identity, class and place.

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Next Revolving Door :: May 25

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Two Cool Kids: An Interview w/ Sunny Byers & Jacob Saenz

We sat down with Sunny Byers & Jacob Saenz at a cozy little table on the north side at Melrose Diner for a bit of chit chat on poetry, writing, and a few other musings. From who inspired them to become poets and writers to whether it is “Tweeted” or “Twatted,” we conversed over all things serious, funny, addictive, and of course regarding love and the ability to recycle a poem from one beaux or betty to the next…

Don’t forget to come out and hear them read on April 27, 2011 at the South Halsted Gallery, 1825 S. Halsted from 7p – 10p.

Click below to hear segments from the interview…

Sunny Byers & Jacob Saenz on Shel Silverstein, Pablo Neruda, Lit Mag Cover Letters, & Their Poetry in One Word

Sunny Byers & Jacob Saenz on Love Poetry & Pablo Neruda

Sunny Byers & Jacob Saenz on Twitter

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Inside Look at Revolving Door

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