Bad Date America – 100 Thousand Poets for Change, September 24
Marcy Rae Henry
Toni Asante Lightfoot
Timothy David Ray
Lina ramona Vitkauskas
at OUTER SPACE STUDIO
1474 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 7 – 9 pm
near the CTA Damen Blue Line
suggested donation: $4
sponsored by the red rover reading series
curators: Jennifer Karmin & Laura Goldstein
Has your relationship with America started to seem like a bad date?
On September 24, 2011, many poets around the world will make their voices heard. To declare the change they’d like to see most in the U.S. and throughout the international community, events are being staged on four continents and in over 100 countries in an event being called “100 Thousand Poets for Change,” which was conceived by poet Michael Rothenberg, editor of bigbridge.org and editor of Philip Whalen, David Meltzer, and Joanne Kyger.
In Chicago, Larry Sawyer, Lina ramona Vitkauskas, Jennifer Karmin and Laura Goldstein in conjunction with the Red Rover Reading Series will be asking poets to go on a hypothetical “date” with America as the satellite event in Chicago for “100 Thousand Poets for Change,” and asking Chicago poets to recall some of their worst dating experiences, read a poem and talk about what’s going wrong and what they think is going right with America. Join thousands of others worldwide on Sept. 24.
It’s Bad Date America.
Come participate in an evening of poetry and debate. Poets will read and discuss how their own “date” with America is going with the audience. Share your viewpoint on current events and interact with:
Barbara Barg, Dan Godston, Laura Goldstein, Philip Jenks, Jennifer Karmin, Francesco Levato, Anthony Madrid, Charlie Newman, Larry Sawyer, Don Share, Tony Trigilio, Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Jacob Saenz & more
America’s place in the world is precarious and this effort at community-building intends to start some dialogue and also poke fun at the national leaders that brought us to this place.