Real Talk Avenue Raucous.Chicago.Poetry. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 04:57:25 +0000 en hourly 1 Real Talk Live (Jan 18): Get your life right with Ed Mabrey & Cameron McGill Wed, 09 Jan 2013 04:57:25 +0000 Emily Rose Your New Year’s resolution should include more raucous and we are here to help. You all don’t even deserve features this good. I’m serious. But you can have em. Take em. They are amazing.

Ed Mabrey (TWO time Individual World Poetry Champion!) and Cameron McGill (one of our all time favorite singer/songwriter/rocker/humans)

As always, doors & open mic list open at 7:30 and the raucous starts promptly at 8PM. $7 Cover. 18+. BYOB.

Elastic Arts
2830 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor


Ed Mabrey is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion (2007/2012/and was the first person of color to win the title), 2012 Poetry Slam Artist of the Year (National Poetry Awards), 4-time National Poetry Slam Finalist, an Emmy nominated actor, National Best Selling poetry anthology contributor (Spoke Word Revolution Redux/Sourcebooks) , motivational speaker, poet, and amateur comedian. He has served as Host/served as Master of Ceremony for over 200 events in the past 4 years and over 600 events in the past 8 years. Ed tours internationally and has conducted performances and workshops at over 70 colleges and universities. He likes orange tic tacs, cheesesteaks, and french vanilla ice cream. He loves you more than you know.

Cameron McGill

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WINNING  THE  NEW  YEAR Tue, 01 Jan 2013 21:00:15 +0000 Stevie I am excited to announce that my chapbook Atomic Girl will be coming out at Tired Hearts Press in 2013! I got a call yesterday evening from the editors informing me that my manuscript was selected as one of the winners for their open manuscript contest.

From the get-go I was really inspired by Tired Heart’s focus on the intersection of writing and mental health, on publishing poems of testimony, poems that are necessary, poems that are “soul-shaking.”  Their call for submissions asked for poets to submit manuscripts that we thought could change and save lives, and I’m honored that they found my little book of sad poems worthy. 

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The  Bakery Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:20:06 +0000 Stevie I’ve got 2 more poems up at The Bakery!
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Amethyst  Arsenic Sun, 23 Dec 2012 01:00:04 +0000 Stevie My poem “Goodbye to the Poetics of Recklessness” is in the new issue of Amethyst Arsenic

It’s kind of fitting that the poem is coming out now; I wrote it last Christmas break while visiting friends in Chicago and reevaluating the life I used to lead when I lived there prior to attending Cornell. It’s one of the first poems I wrote for the new manuscript; I think the cadence, logic, and sense of the line are different from the poems in Good Grief  (hopefully in productive ways). 

Also, I’m not sure why I sound like a weirdo formalist robot for the first 5 seconds of this audio recording, but it gets better. Guess I should’ve listened to it before I sent it out….(dope!). Also, I was reading a lot of Brenda Hillman (specifically Cascadia, specifically “A Geology”): try not to hear her in this cadence. 

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35    Poems  That  Have  Significantly  Influenced   My  Writing Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:20:04 +0000 Stevie
    Parts of this are probably arbitrary, but I think it’s a good list for tracing my aesthetic sensibilities.
  1. My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke
  2. Recuerdo” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  3. Birches” by Robert Frost
  4. I, Too” by Langston Hughes
  5. I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” (340) by Emily Dickinson
  6. One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop
  7. Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson
  8. The Lovers of the Poor” by Gwendolyn Brooks
  9. Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath
  10. Menstruation at Forty” by Anne Sexton
  11. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot
  12. This Is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams
  13. Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa
  14. You Can Have It” by Philip Levine
  15. Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
  16. The Day is Done” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  17. Middle Passage” by Robert Hayden
  18. Witchgrass” by Louise Gluck
  19. Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen
  20. I Go Back to May 1937” by Sharon Olds
  21. At Night the States” by Alice Notley
  22. Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio” by James Wright
  23. Faint Music” by Robert Hass
  24. The the Science of Cartography is Limited” by Eavan Boland
  25. Howl” by Allen Ginsberg
  26. Dejection: An Ode” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  27. Suite for Emily” by Lynda Hull
  28. The Second Coming” by Yeats
  29. Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas
  30. Skunk Hour” by Robert Lowell
  31. won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton
  32. Not Waving but Drowning” by Stevie Smith
  33. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by WIlliam Wordworth
  34. I stood upon a high place” by Stephen Crane
  35. In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae
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Devil’s  Lake Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:00:09 +0000 Stevie My new poem “Against Ghosts” is up in the Fall 2012 issue of Devil’s Lake.  ]]> 0 3  POEMS  AT  THE  BAKERY Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:20:10 +0000 Stevie I’ve recently had 3 poems featured at The Bakery!

Revisiting My Terribleness in a Holiday Inn
Vertigo“ ]]> 0 Dec 21: Real Talk Apocalypse Now! (Regie Cabico and Jasmine Quintana) Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:40:41 +0000 Emily Rose The world if going to end, so why not keep it really real with us. We got your raucous right here:

Regie Cabico and Jasmine Quintana! Art, Words, Belly Dance, maybe even a little Mayhem.

If you haven’t ever seen us, it’s your last chance before the world ends. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

As always, doors & open mic list open at 7:30 and the raucous starts promptly at 8PM. $7 Cover. 18+. BYOB. At Elastic Arts: 2830 N. Milwaukee; 2nd Floor.

Regie Cabico is one of the countrys leading innovators and pioneers of the poetry slam, having won 3 top prizes in the 1993, 1994 & 1997 National Poetry Slams and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. Bust Magazine ranked him in the 100 Men We Love & The Kenyon Review called him the Lady Gaga of Poetry. He received 3 NY Innovative Theater Award nominations and won a 2006 Best Performance Art Production award for his work on Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Other theater credits include the Hip Hop Theater Festival, The Humana Theater Festival & Dixon Place. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He has taught at Urban Word, Poets House, Kundiman & Split This Rock, Mr. Cabico received the Writers for Writers Award for his work with at-risk youth from Poets and Writers. He is former NYU Artist in Residence for Asian Pacific American Studies. He performs throughout the UK and North America & resides in Washington, DC.

Jasmine Quintana is one of Chicago’s best kept secrets in the belly dance community. Although she never officially studied dance in school, music and dance have always been a very significant part of her life. As a child, she began with jazz, ballet and tap but soon shifted to the more exotic and unfamiliar dance forms of the world. Her mother began belly dancing when Jasmine was six years old and it didn’t take long for her to follow suit. The resounding, almost hypnotic rhythm of the drumbeats kept her coming back for more. She has now been belly dancing professionally for eight years, performing at some of Chicago’s premiere restaurants including Carnivale and Alhambra, opening for the Belly Dance Superstars and dancing for audiences all over the world. She will begin teaching classes in the coming new year so for more information, please visit her Facebook page at

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2  Poems  at  Wicked  Alice Sun, 09 Dec 2012 07:00:10 +0000 Stevie 2 poems (“Interlocutor” and “Not Now”) from my current manuscript-in-progress are up at Wicked Alice.   They are two of my favorites in the manuscript so far, so it’s exciting to see them published together. 

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“These poems are addictive…In reading these poems I find that it can be difficult to discern whether my heart is broken for the poet, the narrator, or myself.”
-Sivan Butler-Rotholz
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