The Printer’s Row Lit Festival will take place next weekend on June 6-7 on Dearborn Street, between Congress and Polk. The following events on Saturday should be of special interest to poets.
On Saturday 10:00 am to 10:30 am at the Arts and Poetry Stage, Angela Jackson will perform. She is the author of many volumes of poetry, including her latest, “It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time.” See more at: http://printersrowlitfest.org/schedule.html#sthash.GFzDWyax.dpuf
Immediately afterwards at 10:30 am to 11:00 am at the Arts and Poetry Stage, Paul Breslin will read from his books, He is a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. His most recent poetry book is entitled “Between My Eye and the Light: Poems.” See more at: http://printersrowlitfest.org/schedule.html#sthash.GFzDWyax.dpuf
The actress/writer, Amber Tamblyn will share her poetry on Saturday from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm at the Arts and Poetry Stage. Her writing has appeared in Poets and Writers and Interview. She will read from her newest book of poetry, “Dark Sparkle, which deals with the issue of celebrity deaths (the death of Brittany Murphy started off the whole book). To see her interview with Ira Glass about the book go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXcjSLEJkac.
She will converse with Megan Stielstra author of “Once I Was Cool” and contributing writer to The New York Times at the fest.
Tamblyn was prominently featured in the poetry performance film The Drums inside Your Chest. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsftqOmwHsY to see a complete clip.
Tamblyn is one of the few actresses that has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and an Independent Spirit award. Oddly enough the Chicago Tribune blurb for this event does not even mention that she is known to most people for her role as Jenny, the gutsy but hedonistic daughter of Charlie Harper on 2 ½ Men. Tamblyn also appeared on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Dawn’s best friend. Perhaps her best and least known performances was in the film, Stephanie Daley for which she got nominated for a Sundance Award. I was also a fan of her short lived film Joan of Arcadia, in which she played a modern version of the saint.
– See more at: http://printersrowlitfest.org/schedule.html#sthash.GFzDWyax.dpuf
The poet and former Chicago resident, Tony Fitzpatrick will be appearing on Saturday from 3:00 pm — 3:45 pm at the Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose room. This formerly Chicago-based artist is well known for his multimedia collages, printmaking, paintings, and drawings- See more at: http://printersrowlitfest.org/schedule.html#sthash.GFzDWyax.dpuf
Poets and Patrons will feature eleven poets in a reading on Saturday, June 6, from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. The event will be called Dancing with Shadows: Eleven Chicagoland Poets Share Their Words. The featured poets are Bakul Banerjee, Charlotte DiGregorio, Maureen Tolman Flannery, Caroline Johnson, Itala Langmar, James Merrill, Wilda Morris, Donna Pucciani, James Reiss, Tom Roby, and Jenene Ravesloot.
Also Poets and Patrons is sharing a table with the Illinois State Poetry Society on both days. They will give out literature about both organizations and their contests.
** On Saturday, June 27, Poets and Patrons is sponsoring another workshop at the Harold Washington Library. The title for that workshop is “Writing from the Soul,” and it focuses on the spiritual poem. The workshop will be run by Judith Valente. Here’s her bio.
Judith Valente is an on air correspondent for PBS-TV and senior correspondent at the NPR affiliate WGLT-Radio. She is the author of Inventing An Alphabet, selected by Mary Oliver for the 2005 Aldrich Poetry Prize, and Discovering Moons. Her most recent books include Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith,” named by Religion Newswriters Association as one of the three best spirituality books of 2014, and co-author of The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed, winner of a Catholic Press Association Book Award.