Chicago, IL – Bad Date America

Bad Date America – 100 Thousand Poets for Change, September 24

READERS INCLUDE:
Kaveh Adel
Barbara Barg
Jen Besemer
Dan Godston
Laura Goldstein
Ruth Goring
Ezzat Goushegir
Kurt Heintz
Marcy Rae Henry
Philip Jenks
Jennifer Karmin
Francesco Levato
Toni Asante Lightfoot
Monica Long
Anthony Madrid
Mario
Ario Mashayekhi
Charlie Newman
Ladan Osman
Timothy David Ray
Roger Reeves
Kenyatta Rogers
Jacob Saenz
Larry Sawyer
Don Share
Keli Stewart
Tony Trigilio
Lina ramona Vitkauskas

September 24

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

 

::::::::::::::::::PRESS RELEASE::::::::::::::::::::

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.

Please write to jkarmin@yahoo.com or milkmag@rcn.com to be in included in Bad Date America now. Please forward this: spread the word to other poets who might be interested, too.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2011/06/100-thousand-poets-for-change-the-chicago-arm/

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Chicago, IL – Bad Date America — 6 Comments

  1. 100 Thousand Poets for Change: The Chicago Arm
    BY HARRIET STAFF

    As we previously reported, Michael Rothenberg’s 100 Thousand Poets for Change is set for September 24th. Here is a quick follow-up on the city of Chicago’s involvement. Introducing Bad Date America, spearheaded by Chicago poets Larry Sawyer and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, who for their contribution ask Chicago poets to “Go on a date with America.” From the blog:

    In Chicago, Larry Sawyer, and Lina ramona Vitkauskas 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 them 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.

    What you wish to talk about is up to you: gender issues, racism, poverty, global warming (funny how the media changed it from “climate change”), health care, financial regulation, the Bilderbergers, how much you love Chris Matthews, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Nick Demske etc.

    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.

    Please write to milkmag@rcn.com to be in included in Bad Date America now. Bad Date America is also brought to you by Jennifer Karmin in conjunction with Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading: also curated by Laura Goldstein}. Please also contact Jennifer Karmin at jkarmin@yahoo.com for further details about this upcoming event.

  2. I am so glad to see Chicago come on board with such force. Wish i could be in several places at once. Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, and Sheboygan, to name a few nearby 100 Thousand Poets For Change readings.

    Doc

    • Thanks, Christina! we’re nearing the final push with last-minute details but I appreciate the offer. It’s going to be informative and fun.

  3. I regretfully will not be able to attend and read in person but I took the liberty to make a video about this great event and included the poem and the artwork that I was going to recite and show. Let’s all make a change in our own unique ways, yet unified to earn our humanity.

    Here is the video:

    here is the link:
    http://youtu.be/JNDsq82z2hg

    Peace,

    Kaveh Adel
    [file]http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/IranianAmerianCartoonistArtistAuthorKavehAdelPoemArtworkWhereisMyhumanity.pdf[/file]

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