Off-Site at AWP

I need to post this mostly for my own benefit, since it will be very difficult to choose readings to attend come AWP and a map of times and places needs to be drawn out before we all begin the mad peruse.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

6:00PM-9:00PM Chicago Six Pack
Location: Roosevelt University’s Congress Lounge, 430 S Michigan Ave
Drunken Boat, A Public Space, Circumference, jubilat, Words without Borders and Action Books present POEMS of all temperatures and volumes, from the pages and off the screen. A literary extravaganza co-sponsored by Powells North, Serendib Press and the Roosevelt University MFA Program.

Thursday, Feb 12: I am going to need to be two people this night

6:00PM-9:00PMThe Burning Chair Readings: Ahsahta Press & Typo
Location: The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave
Cost: Cover charge TBD by venue
Poetry readings from Carrie Olivia Adams, Ben Doller, Kathleen Jesme, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Alex Lemon, Barbara Maloutas, Rusty Morrison, G.E. Patterson, Marvyn Petrucci, & Stephanie Strickland.

6:30PMCourt Green 6: Letters Dossier & Fence Books Publication Release Reading & Reception
Location: Columbia College Chicago, Film Row Cinema, 1104 South Wabash Avenue, 8th Floor Theatre
Cost: Free
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Join Court Green and Fence Books as they celebrate their publication releases with a reading and reception. Contributors will read selections from Court Green and Fence Books. Readers include Albert Goldbarth, William Olsen, Sharon Dolin, Julie Carr, Carrie Etter, Charles Jensen, Elizabeth Robinson, Sasha Steensen, James Shea, Brian Young, and Rodrigo Toscano, among others. A reception will follow the readings.

6:30PMPoetry in Translation
Location: SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue
Cost: Free admission
Donald Revell, Cole Swensen, Forrest Gander, Jen Hofer, Laura Solórzano, Johannes Goranssön, Maxine Chernoff, and Paul Hoover read from their work and discuss translation. Hosted by The Poetry Center of Chicago.

Friday, Feb. 13th: Lord Help Us ALL!

6:00PMNO THOUSANDS: A Small Press Reading
Location: The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.
Cost: Free
Black Ocean; Cannibal Books; Forklift, Ohio; Octopus Books; and Rope-A-Dope Press Present: Dean Young, Johannes G�ransson, Joshua Harmon, Claire Donato, Kevin Holden, Russell Dillon, Alexis Orgera, Eric Baus, Shane McCrae, Sampson Starkweather, and Chris Tonelli.

6:30PM-11:00PMRed Rover Series presents Experiment #26: Friday Night in Chicago
Location: Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave
Cost: $5
Red Rover Series presents Experiment #26: Friday Night in Chicago – A Small Press Showcase with Action Books, Effing Press, Flood Editions, Futurepoem Books, Les Figues Press, Slack Buddha Press, Switchback Books, & Ugly Duckling Press.

7:00PMDiode & Anti- Poetry Reading and Reception
Location: Curtiss Hall, 10th floor of the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Cost: Free
Readers: Bob Hicok, Mary Biddinger, Jake Adam York, Paul Guest, Noah Falck, Joshua Ware, Steven Schroeder, G.C. Waldrep, Patrick Lawler, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Brent Goodman, Adam Clay, Matt Guenette and Ada Limon.


Rabbit Light Live
Location: New Wave Coffee, 2557 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Cost: Free
Readings by poets Srikanth Reddy, Lisa Fishman, Lily Brown, Noah Eli Gordon, Arda Collins, Richard Meier, Sarah Gridley, Suzanne Buffam, Abraham Smith, Sara Veglahn, Jaswinder Bolina, and Christopher Stackhouse

8:00PM-10:00PMThe Mentalist’s Mental Cabinet of Vengeance!
Location: STOP SMILING STOREFRONT, 1371 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Cost: Free. RSVP to
It’s a party. Canarium Books, Dalkey Archive Press, and STOP SMILING magazine present readings by Rikki Ducornet, August Kleinzahler, Robyn Schiff, Ish Klein, and Tod Marshall. Open bar, book launch, puppet films, DJ, poetry! Blue Line to Damen, short walk south down Milwaukee.

Saturday, Feb. 14: Hopefully we’ll all be done for by now.

6:30PM-8:30PM Counterpath Press Reading
Location: New Wave Coffee, 3103 W. Logan Blvd, Logan Square, 60647
Cost: Free
Reading for Counterpath Press: Jeremy Davies, Forrest Gander, Anthony Hawley, Brenda Hillman, Jen Hofer, Suzanne Paola, Bin Ramke, Tomaz Salamun, Cole Swensen, and Carol Snow.


A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years–Anthology Launch and Reading
Location: Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago
Cost: Free to the public
The much-anticipated release of A Best Of Fence will be celebrated with short readings from Matthew Zapruder, K. Silem Mohammad, Eleni Sikelianos, Peter Gizzi, Rae Armantrout, Brenda Hillman, Kristin Prevallet, Macgregor Card, Catherine Wagner, Duriel Harris, Jordan Davis and many more friends and contributors. The event will be co-sponsored by Roosevelt’s MFA Creative Writing Program.

Sunday: Forget About It. Go Read.


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