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FREE | Chicago Poetry Center presents: Keetje Kuipers & Charif Shanahan

April 14 @ 8:15 am - 9:15 am EDT

Chicago Poetry Center presents- Keetje Kuipers & Charif Shanahan
The Chicago Poetry Center presents BLUE HOUR featuring Keetje Kuipers & Charif Shanahan

About this event

The Chicago Poetry Center and Kundiman Midwest present BLUE HOUR, a free monthly online reading series and generative writing workshop hosted and facilitated by Marty McConnell. APRIL FEATURES are Keetje Kuipers and Charif Shanahan

Each event features readers from Chicago and beyond, followed by an optional, limited-space workshop focused on a poem by one of the featured readers and including guided generative writing time.

Reading room opens at 6:15 central, reading begins at 6:30, ends 7:15. Workshop begins at 7:30 central, ends at 8:15.

Registration is free and you can sign up for one or both portions of the event, but each registration must be completed separately.

ABOUT THE READING: The Blue Hour reading features readings by two poets from Chicago and beyond, followed by a brief Q&A.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: The Blue Hour generative writing workshop is suitable for writers and poetry fans of all levels. We will discuss a poem by one of the night’s featured readers, then Marty will guide the group through individual writing on an exploratory prompt that draws on themes from the poem.

ABOUT THE HOST: Marty McConnell is a poet, educator, and healer based in Chicago where she provides vital coaching and consulting services to people and organizations, supporting them in being planful, proactive, and powerful in building the lives and worlds they envision. She is the author of when they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there, winner of the 2017 Michael Waters Poetry Prize; her first full-length collection, wine for a shotgun, received the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Awards and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award and a Lambda Literary Award. YesYes Books recently released her first nonfiction book, Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop. She is the co-creator and co-editor of underbelly, a web site focused on the art and magic of poetry revision. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review. www.martyoutloud.com

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

The mission of the Chicago Poetry Center is to connect people with poetry, equitably engage poets with communities, and foster creativity and literacy in schools. We envision a world where poetry catalyzes reflection, connection, and change.

Since the Chicago Poetry Center’s first readings took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1975, the Poetry Center has been a mainstay of Chicago’s cultural scene. Free public readings continue to be offered monthly in virtual and physical formats. Over 325 poets have participated in public readings, and a digital archive of their work is available on the Poetry Center website. The expansive archive also serves as the basis of a digital module for teaching poetry, which was recently developed by the Center’s Executive Director and is available at no cost to teachers.

Venue

Virtual Event

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Chicago Poetry Center

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