Monthly Archive for November, 2005

A Hip-Hop Poetica by Kevin Coval

Nov ’05
12:00 am

Friday November 18th 7PM
Kevin Coval Book Release, reading, signing for the book of poems, Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica, published by EM Press (
KEVIN COVAL has performed on four continents in seven countries at universities, high schools, and conferences, including; The Parliament of the World?s Religions in Capetown, South Africa, The African Hip-Hop Festival: Battle Cry, Poetry Society of London, Yale, Stanford, St. Xavier?s in Bombay, India and four seasons of Russell Simmons HBO Def Poetry Jam, for which he also serves as an artistic consultant.
Coval?s writing has appeared in The Spoken Word Revolution (Source Books), Awakening The Spirit (Skylight Paths), XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reporter, Cross Currents, Crab Orchard Review, Garland Court Review, The Daily Herald, The Courier News, Fly Paper, seen on C-Span and can be heard regularly on WBEZ?s 848 on Chicago Public Radio.
Co-founder of The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival: Louder Than A Bomb, Coval is the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors and a Co-Producer of The Hip-Hop Theater Festival- Chicago.

Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir Release Party

Nov ’05
12:00 am

Saturday Nov 12th 8PMBluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir Release Party
featuring bird-themed readings from:
Joe Meno has a new book of short stories Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir from Triquarterly Press.
Megan Stielstra is an amazing fiction writer whose work as appeared frequently in Sleepwalk magazine.
Jonathan Messinger curates the Dollar Store Reading Series and is responsible for
Anne E. Moore is associate publisher for Punk Planet magazine and is sharp.
Susannah Felts teaches writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She contributes regularly to the Chicago Reader, and recently completed a novel

Gutters @ Quimby’s Southside

Nov ’05
12:00 am

Quimby’s Bridgeport is at 3201 S. Morgan, which is south of W. 31st street and west of Halsted, between and S. Aberdeen and S. Lituanica Ave.
Sunday Nov 6th
Gutters Special Southside edition 5PM
Gutters is a free independent printed media workshop with an emphasis on
minicomics and zines. Gutters has two main goals, the first being teaching
people all about indie printed media. We do this by bringing in special
guests for demos and discussions. If it’s on paper and there’s more than
of them, we’ll show you how to do it. The other goal is to help the DIY
publishing community here in Chicago get to know one another. There is a
social aspect to all of our events, and we really want to get people
together and excited about self-publishing. Gutters is free and open to
anyone. We normally meet the last Sunday of every month at Chicago Comics,
3244 N. Clark from 3 to 6PM. So this will be a special edition. For more
info check our blog at
This event is part of Select Media Festival, full line up and info can be found

AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE with author John Hodgman

Nov ’05
12:00 am

John Hodgman reads from his new book AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE
Wed. Nov. 2nd 7:00PM
In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although bestsellers such as Poor Richard?s Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman?which is the nice way of saying: He made it all up.
John Hodgmean is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, as well as a frequent contributor to This American Life and McSweeney’, where he once answered questions and dispensed advice in the semi-regular, semi-helpful column ASK A FORMER PROFESSIONAL LITERARY AGENT.
This will be a reading and Q&A with musical accompaniment (guitarist). Walkie-talkies may be involved. Visit for more on John’s other exploits
Wednesday, November 2nd, 7:00 PM

Mike Smith, Jason Jordan, Simon McKim & Todd Dills

Nov ’05
12:00 am

An Evening of ReadingsSaturday, Nov. 5th 8PMFree
Mike Smith: Mike Smith is from Fairdale, a small place in Kentucky. He once taught high school math with his English degree. He is the author of Tell Christian I\’m Sorry and the co-editor of Where Handstands Surprise Us. He is currently the editor of the online zine, decomp.
Jason Jordan: Jason Jordan is from New Albany, Indiana, and currently hosts the Bean Street Reading Series there. He writes book and music reviews for various online zines. His novel, Powering the Devil\’s Circus, is forthcoming. He edited last year\’s IUS Review.
Simon McKim: Simon McKim, originally from Indiana, plays in the bands, The Pitiful Jupiters and The Alecks, and appeared in the final installment of Joe Meno\’s zine, Sleepwalk. He, too, has a novel coming out, and enjoys philosophy. He is the editor of a zine called Bloviate This.
Todd Dills: Todd Dills is from South Carolina, but has lived in Chicago for over five years now. He is the editor of THE2NDHAND, a broadsheet and online zine. He recently edited ALL HANDS ON: A THE2NDHAND READER, which is kind of the best of THE2NDHAND, with some new stuff, too.