Poetry @ The Green returns for the summer season this May!
The Chicago Poetry Center and The Green at 320 S. Canal are proud to reintroduce this free, weekly reading and open mic series co-curated by CPC’s Poets in Residence Tarnynon Onumonu and Timothy David Rey.
Join us on certain Monday nights in May at 6:00 p.m. in this beautiful setting to hear outstanding featured poets perform their work in this partnership between Chicago Poetry Center and The Green at 320 S. Canal (aka The Green at 320). After every poetry performance, there will be an open mic for any individual that would like to share poetry of their own!
ABOUT MAY’S FEATURED PERFORMERS:
May 1: Christie Valentin-Bati is suburban kid now mostly grown up with an MFA from Columbia College. She is an interdisciplinary poet and artist who’s creative work and pedagogy emphasizes the quotidian as the bulk of life resides in the ordinary.
May 8: Kim Chayeb is the Two-Spirit (they/them) founder/CEO of Wild Tongues as well as a multi-disciplinary artist, holistic healer, activist, and educator originally from San Diego, California via Indian Trail, North Carolina. Kim graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and their spoken word poetry and conceptual performance art experiences explore themes of Environmental Justice, Indigenous Sovereignty, Anti-Racism and Science/Spirituality.
May 15: Luis Tubens, a.k.a “Logan Lu”, was born in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood and raised in Logan Square. In 2014, he earned a B.A. in Communications, media and theater from Northeastern Illinois University. Luis has performed poetry across the United States including with the GUILD COMPLEX, Tia Chucha Press, and the National Museum of Mexican Art.
May 22: Teresa Dzieglewicz is a poet, educator, and lover of rivers. She is a Poet-in-Residence with Chicago Poetry Center, part of the founding team of Mni Wichoni Nakicizin Wounspe (Defenders of the Water School) on Standing Rock Reservation, and an Associate Editor with RHINO Poetry Journal. She also volunteers with several Chicago River restoration projects.
ABOUT THE CO-CURATORS:
Tarnynon (Ty-yuh-nuh) Onumonu is an artist and licensed Paraprofessional born and raised in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago and is extremely proud of and humbled by her SouthSide citizenship and West African lineage. She has been a Poet in Residence at the Chicago Poetry Center since January of 2019 and has been featured in Newcity Magazine and South Side Weekly.
Timothy David Rey is a writer/performer who works in poetry, plays, and monologue (both fictional and autobiographical). He teaches creative writing and performance throughout the city of Chicago and its suburbs. He is the co-founder of the LBGT Solo Performance Showcase, Solo Homo (2002-2011).