Wednesday Aug 30th 7PMCarolyn S. Aguila author ofFlirting with Rhyme and Reason
Join Carolyn S. Aguila, Chicago Poet and author of the new book Flirting with Rhyme and Reason, for a signing and reading at Quimbys.
A native Chicagoan, Carolyn Aguila has worked with several arts organizations, including the Gwendolyn Brooks Literary Estate, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Poetry Slam. Her poetry is published in the Oyez Review (Roosevelt University, Chicago) and is featured on the spoken word CD, She Laughs. Aguila is also the co-author of Threads of Ireland: A Chicago Neighborhood Tour, commissioned by the City of Chicago Office of Tourism.
She has performed her poetry at the prestigious Chicago Cultural Center, Harold Washington Library, the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, the Seattle Poetry Festival, the Guinness Fleadh, and as a recurring ensemble member of the poetry showcase, Urban Voices. She has also featured at numerous venues including The Green Mill, Pops for Champagne, and Caf? Aloha, as well as several Chicago-area university campuses and radio stations.
Several years ago, Aguila managed the permission copyrights for the late Illinois Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient, Gwendolyn Brooks. Her own agency, CSA2 Enterprises, represented a variety of performing artists, writers and media professionals. During her tenure with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Aguila demonstrated her creativity as an arts administrator. She produced children?s programs, reading series and lectures, dance and music performances, film festivals and other multi-disciplinary events.
Aguila still resides in Chicago and is active in the city?s arts community as a panelist and board/committee member.
Orphan Schlitz Reading SeriesOrReady Set RelapseFriday, Aug 25th, 8:00 PMFREE
Marc Arcuri: poet, musician (SAFety Pin), ex-fashion editor (Lumpen), Scuzzduck
David Tortuga: professional mover, writer, father
Al Burian: musician (Milemarker, Challenger), writer, zine maker (Burn Collector)
Dan Gleason: poet, zine maker( ), author( )
Meg McCarville: youth outreach specialist, rapper (?Lil Princess)
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Melissa Fraterrigo and Gina Frangello
readThursday, August 17th, 7:30 PMfree
Melissa Fraterrigo’s collection of short stories, THE LONGEST PREGNANCY, won the First Tartt Fiction Award in a national competition sponsored by Livingston Press. Her stories have been nominated for the Fountain Award from the Speculative Literature Foundation and for a Pushcart Award. She was awarded the Charles B. Wood Award for Distinguished Writing from The Carolina Quarterly in 2001 and in 2000, won the Sam Adams/Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest. A graduate of Bowling Green State University?s MFA program in creative writing, she now lives and writes in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Gina Frangello is the Executive Editor of the award-winning literary magazine OTHER VOICES and its new fiction imprint OV Books. Frangello’s highly-acclaimed first novel, MY SISTER’S CONTINENT was released in January, 2006 by Chiasmus Press. Her short fiction has been published in many literary journals, including Swink, StoryQuarterly, two girls review, Blithe House Quarterly, and Fish Stories. She guest-edited the anthology Falling Backwards: Stories of Fathers and Daughters (Hourglass Books) and has been a freelance journalist for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader. A graduate of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois-Chicago, she has taught literature and creative writing at several Chicago universities and is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council literary award and individual fellowship. She lives with her husband and children.
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Overrated EventHenry Owings Editor of ChukletThursday, August 10th, 7:00 PMFREE
Join Henry Owings as he celebrates the release of The Overrated book at Quimby?s. Expect surprises, hijinx and maybe an exclusive top-secret Chunklet film screening.
The Overrated book is brought to you by the staff of Chunklet Magazine, a paragon of satire for the holy cows of underground music and culture. Since the early 90s, the magazine has mercilessly lampooned the music industry, and is one of the most loved reads for the hippest bands and music aficionados. In recent issues, the magazine has an official guide of what music not to buy and made extensive charts of a Pay Not To Play system, offering bands large amounts of money to breakup, and Adopt a Gutter Punk program to make the world smell just a tiny bit better. The magazine has a highly graphicstyle and combines the work of political cartoonist Ted Rall with many talented, young artists from the Cartoon network. The musings of David Cross (Mr. Show, Arrested Development), Sarah Silverman (Saturday Night Live, School of Rock, Crank Yankers, Jesus Is Magic), Patton Oswalt (King of Queens, Comedians of Comedy), Janeane Garofalo (Saturday Night Live, Air America Radio) Brian Posehn (Mr. Show, Just Shoot Me,), and Zach Galifianakis (Late Night With Zach, Bubble Boy).
Arthur Poletti author ofGod Does Not Eat MeatSaturday, August 5th, 7:00 PMFREE
God Does Not Eat Meat by Arthur Poletti is the fictional story of Bradford Knox. In his senior year at the University of California in the year 2065 which is 57 years after the revolutionary Animal Welfare Act of 2008 which removed all meat from the food chain in the United States.
One of the last requirements for graduation is to produce a philosophy thesis proving that the world is better off today (in 2065) because of man?s wisdom. The thesis will be presented to his classmates over several days of one-hour speeches. Bradford decides to provide a comprehensive presentation that will explain how much better off the world is today simply because of kindness to animals. Bradford has enormous compassion for animals and is well educated regarding current conditions of animal welfare. However he knows very little about the cruelty that was perpetrated against animals before 2008. Encouraged by his brilliant and beautiful wife to be, Alyssa, Brad decides to observe films depicting the horrors of the worst kind of animal cruelty.
Each night Brad begrudgingly views outrageous and gut wrenching films that vividly and explicitly show the grotesque massacre of large numbers of precious animals in slaughterhouses and in laboratories. Most evenings end with Brad dozing off into a fantasy dream world of horror. He always seems to find himself in a pastoral setting driving down a country road on a beautiful day. Then the scene suddenly changes to frightening mind flashes of animals being tortured and killed. Brads nightmares are far too real and begin to tear him apart emotionally. During his conscious hours in the present, Brad tries to think of ways he can stop the carnage he sees in his dreams.
God Does Not Eat Meat is a thought-provoking and controversial story cuts between a violent and bloody present world in which millions of animals are slaughtered daily, to a future America where all meat has been removed from the food chain. The unlikely hero goes against the status quo with unyielding determination to set an example of the power of kindness for the benefit of his family and friends. This story can seriously change your life! Arthur Poletti will be on hand to read and discuss his book.