posted by Caroline Picard

This last week, the Poetry Foundation held a poet talk with Jenny Boully at the Green Lantern. I recorded the middle section of that same talk here.

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May 14, 2010

posted by Caroline Picard


Since 2001, the Chicago Poetry Project has brought locally and
nationally significant poets to Chicago audiences. This year, the
Project initiates a new series of poet’s talks. In the tradition of
Bob Perelman’s Folsom Street talk series, but without the book & DVD
package, or the lectures of Prof. Irwin Corey, but without the
academicism, the series aims to generate discussion of issues in
poetics among writers and readers outside the university umbra. This
inaugural year will take up the issue of education: how does a poet
get educated? and how might he or she work as an educator, in and
outside of writing?

Talks will take place at the Green Lantern Gallery, 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave.

This month’s talk will feature Jenny Boully
on Tuesday, May 18, at 7:30pm.

Jenny Boully is the author of the forthcoming not merely because of
the unknown that was stalking towards them (Tarpaulin Sky Press), The
Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande), [one love affair]*
(Tarpaulin Sky Books), and The Body: An Essay (Essay Press).  Her work
has been anthologized in The Next American Essay, The Best American
Poetry, Language for a New Century, and Great American Prose Poems.
Her work has been published in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Fourth
Genre, Columbia, Verse, Seneca Review, Conduit, and other places.  She
is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate Center of the City
University of New York and holds previous graduate degrees in creative
writing from the University of Notre Dame and Hollins University.  She
teaches in the Nonfiction and Poetry programs at Columbia College


6/15 Brenda Cardenas

posted by caroline picard

On Saturday, May 1st 2010 The Green Lantern will host a book release, celebrating three new titles from The Green Lantern Press: Devin Kings long poem CLOPS, a new translation of Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell* by Nick Sarno and The Concrete of Tight Places, an unusual guidebook by Justin Andrews that provides a“halucinatory tour of the world.” To commemorate this release, you are cordially invited to readings by Devin King and John Beer (Canarium Books, The Wasteland and Other Poems) at 7pm at the former Green Lantern Gallery space, 1511 N Milwaukee Ave., second floor, Chicago IL 60622.

During this event, all Green Lantern Press books will be available at a $5 discount.

*Proceeds from A Season In Hell will go to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital

—about the readers—

As per CLOPS. : Using lyrical language, repetition and abstraction, King retells the Odyssey representing the original characters as surface icons who move in and out of the first person. Implicating the reader in the action of war, King reforms the epic. Printed in an edition of 250 with color plates by artist Brian McNearneyDevin King lives and works in Chicago.

John Beer’s first book, The Waste Land and Other Poems, was published by Canarium Books in April 2010.  His work has appeared in Verse, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Crowd, and elsewhere.

Other Forthcoming Events at 1511 N Milwaukee (whilst we keep looking for The New Space which will one day (fingers crossed) happen):

Friday April 23rd8pm

As part of the Robert Duncan Symposium, The Green Lantern hosts a reading organized by The Chicago Poetry Project featuring Stephen Collis, Joseph Donahue, Siobhán Scarry and Brian Teare

Tuesday May 4th 7pm

The Parlor, a monthly reading series and podcast, is pleased to have Rob Elder come and read excerpts from his forthcoming book, Last Words of The Executed, (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

May 18th 7:30 pm

Jenny Boully will read as part of The Chicago Poetry Project’s on-going series.

June 15th 7:30pm

Brenda Cardenas will read as part of The Chicago Poetry Project’s on-going             series.

for more information regarding any of these events please contact Caroline Picard at