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An Interview with Poet & Activist, Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen came across the Revolving Door Reading Series by what I like to attribute to divine, cosmic logic. Meeting her and then immediately running to read her poems, I was ecstatic and in awe of her awesomeness. Her ability … Continue reading

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Candice Marie to Perform at Our 1st Birthday Party!

We are so hyped about turning the big 1! To help us celebrate, soul singer Candice Marie will be joining us for the evening, giving us the gift of her voice. Come out on Oct. 27th at 7:30PM at Red … Continue reading

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The Poetics of Roger Bonair-Agard at Revolving Door

Good Friday, Good People. So this has been a long time coming and our apologies for making you wait so very long. Here are a few excerpts from our night with Mr. Roger Bonair-Agard. This was, indeed, a very good … Continue reading

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Lit Pick of the Week: “Nights on the Ward” by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Nights on the Ward St. Vincent’s Hospital, February I stare at the picture of a dog I drew. Sometimes, I know it’s the food inside of this place: phantom carrots, soft as broken husks, chicken, lean as tendons. The fake … Continue reading

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Lit Pick of the Week: “After Getting Lost in a Billie Holiday Portrait for Twenty Minutes” by Derrick Harriell

After Getting Lost in a Billie Holiday Portrait for Twenty Minutes This is how we make love to old photos, our eyes undressing decades of separation. Momentarily, I believe I could’ve saved you from a bipolar Harlem, and we could’ve … Continue reading

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Lit Pick of the Week: “Cry” by Karen S. Williams

Cry Inspired by news reports of otter rescue measures after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. The fisherman said they had sat down on what they presumed was rock to cry, and it turned out to be like an oiled sea … Continue reading

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Lit Pick of the Week: “From the Ceiling Poems” by Myron Michael

From the Ceiling Poems 1. I put a candle by Princess Di’s golden sphere. I thought of my ceiling, but couldn’t see where it was. There are no clouds where love interprets a thimble on a thatch one could call … Continue reading

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A Kent Foreman Celebration

Tonight, The Guild will host a celebration of Kent Foreman, veteran actor, performance poet, lyricist, screenwriter, and winner of the Chicago Historical Society’s esteemed Carl Sandburg Award. From be-bop to slam, he has performed with noted poets such as Amiri … Continue reading

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Lit Pick of the Week: “New Apocalypse” by Russell Jaffe

New Apocalypse I travel by boat. I let the sea hit me in the face. I read pages that are crispy. I turn them again. Again. Again. I plumb the margins. I drink brown drinks in Scottish rooms that are … Continue reading

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July Videos: Tara Betts & Timothy Yu

Last month we had the honor of hosting the pre-release party for Another Chicago Magazine ACM50. It was quite a lively night with Timothy Yu, Bayo Ojikutu, Tara Betts, and Quraysh Ali Lansana has features. The night was not without … Continue reading

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