Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October Updates

*The CWGs first Publication "Places" is due to go out in the next two weeks. It will feature writing by 14 Students.

*We have begun discussing the potential of readings, to possibly be hosted by Patrick Anderson who is starting a reading series out of his apartment and is willing to open the space to the Guild.
*Everyone start thinking about ideas for readings!
some ideas for Guild readings:
-Preparing for the Winter Doldrums
-Nostalgia and Sentimentality

*The next publication: Possibly theme: "Abridged" featuring short-short stories, short poems, haikus, vignettes and other concise pieces of writing.

* Now that a lot of business has been taken care of at the first three meetings, we can now make time at the meetings for workshopping and writing exercises.

A silly little nonsensical poem from a poem pass at lat weeks meeting:

Enclosed in a ziplock baggy
bigger than a flip flop
clip clop bop bop
dance till you drop
spin and twirl
try not to get sick
Flugle Floggle, Moggle goggle,
emitting a smell like a moldy towel
don't open the bag she said
but "pop!" there it went
spilt across the floor now; it's
no use crying now, not when it has
cried for you
many tears on the floor

*Next meeting November 4th, bring writing!

Jenn Swann's Writing Events Calendar

SAIC Creative Writing Guild Calendar of Chicago Literary Events

Friday, October 10 @ 7:30
Claudia Guadalupe Martinez reads from “The Smell of Old Lady Perfume”
Women and Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
(773) 769-9299

Saturday, October 11 @ 7
Alixopulos and Laura Park sign copies of their comic books.
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W. North Avenue
(773) 342-0910

Sunday, October 12 @ 4:30 pm
Stepsister Press Event Night featuring local contributors
Women and Children First
StepSister Press Event night featuring local contributors to Submerged: Tales of the Basin and Bitchin’ Bodies: Young Women Talk About Body Dissatisfaction

Sunday, October 12 @ 7
Myopic Poetry Series, Myopic Bookstore
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave
(773) 862-4882
Readings by Michael Rothenberg and David Meltzer in conjunction with the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Tuesday, October 14 @ 7
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W. North Avenue
(773) 342-0910
Release party for her Lucy Knisley’s graphic novel, French Milk. Knisley is also appearing at Women and Children First on October 16 at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, October 16 @ 7 pm
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W. North Avenue
(773) 342-0910
Damon Brown reads and discusses Porn & Pong.

Friday, October 17 @ 7 pm
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W. North Avenue
(773) 342-0910
Laurie Lindeen reads and signs her new rock’n‘roll memoir, Petal Pusher.

Tuesday, Oct 21 @ 7
Powell’s North Reading Series
Poet, John Taggart
2850 N. Lincoln (773) 248-1444 

Please join us at the next Powell's North Bookstore reading on TUESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. for a reading featuring the poet John Taggart, with students from the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Saturday Oct 18 @ 7
Red Rover Reading Series
Division Street Dance Loft
735 W. Division, 3rd floor
$4 suggested donation
Red Rover Series: Readings that play with Reading with Ira S. Murfin, Marisa Plumb, and Srikanth Reddy. Series continues Sat Nov 1 and Sat Dec 6.

Thursday October 16 @ 5-8 pm
Columbia College C33 Gallery
East 33 Congress Parkway
Inspired by Beat era coffee houses, the multimedia exhibition, Beat Café, showcases the radio/audio-based work of students from the Radio Department at Columbia College Chicago. The Beat Café invites visitor participation and provides a venue for public presentations and readings, including a live performance of The Spirit of ’14, Jack Kerouac’s only radio play. Runs Oct 6-Nov 14.

Friday Oct 17 @ 6:30-9 pm
Center for Book and Paper Arts
1104 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor
Readings by Judith Goldman, Robert Harrison, Simone Muench, and Tim Yu
Special readings feature Chicago-area poets whose works exemplify contemporary experimental poetic practice in the tradition fostered by the small press and artists’ books. The poetry reading celebrates the opening of the exhibit and special issue of the Journal of Artists’ Books on Intersections of Experimental Literature and Artists’ Books.

Sunday, October 19 @ 7
Myopic Poetry Series, Myopic Bookstore
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave
(773) 862-4882
Poet: Brenda Iijima

Tuesday October 28 @ 6 pm
Kerouac and Writers on the Road
Readings and Open Mic
623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor
Students from the Columbia College Fiction Writing Department's Critical Reading and Writing: Writers on the Road class join students from Fiction Writing study abroad programs to share their research into the writing processes of Jack Kerouac with a response from Gerald Nicosia, Kerouac biographer. Following the discussion will be an open mic session with the road theme.

Friday October 30 @ 9 am – 2 pm
Beat Writing Workshop
1104 S. Michigan, Room 711
Three-hour morning session, two-hour afternoon session, led by Gerald Nicosia. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited; to pre-register contact:

Wednesday, November 5 @ 9 am-9 pm
Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash, 1st Floor
In the true spirit of the Beat Generation, readers from the Columbia College community, as well as celebrity guest readers from the Chicago area, will bring Kerouac’s words to life in an all-day marathon reading of On the Road.

Sunday, November 9 @ 7 pm
Myopic Poetry Series, Myopic bookstore
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave
(773) 862-4882
Poet: Hugh Behm-Steinberg

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

September 25th Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the first CWG meeting of the year! there were 8 people there, plus me (Jeni) and Sherry our Sponsor.

Here are some notes from the meeting last week:

Things to be done ASAP: turn in funding proposal, put up flyers

Ideas Discussed:
Free Radio SAIC show
open mic
multi-group festival

PUBLICATION: we hope to have one out by the end of October. The potential theme for the first publication will be "places"

More info will follow in the next few days.

Contact for more information or if you have any ideas.