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Who: Marcy Rae Henry, Jen Karmin and A.Martinez

What: Poetry reading and performance

When: Thursday, June 20, 2024 @ 7:00pm

Where: The Blue Jay (1230 W Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626)

There will be books and merch for sale and refreshments at The Blue Jay's beachside concession stand.

Without Borders

March 9, 2024  2-5pm

1332 S Halsted St.


  • Sheri L. Flanders
  • April Gary
  • Marcy Rae Henry
  • Ruth Hoberman
  • Adrienne Nadeau
  • Lyra J. Thomas

We are Primary Colors. Doublecross Press. October 2023.

Issued as Bound Together do-si-do, with The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, and as a special edition.


                                                                                                              Lit & Luz                                                                                                             

October 21, 2023. 7pm at the MCA of Chicago.

Lit & Luz focuses on cultural exchanges between artists and writers from Chicago y México. The weeklong festival offers free bilingual events and culminates in a Live Show showcasing six cross-border collaborations. 

mrh will participate in the multimedia performace in collaboration with Chicago-based visual artist Edra Soto and México-based poet-translator Adalber Salas Hernández as well as Mitch Monroy, Estefania Mena and Tina Wang.


The Chicago Poetry Center presents BLUE HOUR, a free, public monthly in-person reading series and generative writing workshop.  7.30pm.

 Haymarket House (800 W. Buena) features two readers from Chicago and beyond, preceded by a brief open mic and limited-space workshop that includes a guided generative writing practice.

October 18, 2023: Kenyatta Rogers and Marcy Rae Henry


Sept. 2023. Best New Poets 2023 announced! 'last payphone in times square' made the list.  The anthology is distributed nationally as a University of Virginia Press title and produced in cooperation with Meridian, an annual literary magazine.


Red Rover Series Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Walking Poem Event  in Pilsen

Guest curator: Marcy Rae Henry

OCTOBER 8, 2023  4pm

Event starts at Pilsen Community Books.

Meet at 1102 W. 18th Street for outdoor reading.
Participation is welcome--bring one poem to share!

A new anthology with a Red Rover collaboration: 100 Thousand Poets for Change: 10+ Years of Poetic Activism. A Collective Memory (2011-2023).

Featuring: Nicole Bond, Joel Craig, Cean Gamalinda, Noa Michaela Fields, Laaura Goldstein, Marcy Rae Henry, Nathan Hoks, Jennifer Karmin, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Tarnynon Onumonu, Timothy David Rey & Lina Ramona Vitkauskas.

In Flow

Friday, August 18  |   7-10.30pm

In Flow is an immersive art event with live painters improvising during featured poetry readings. Open mic & market.

4251 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60618



Steel Toe Books shortlist March 2023

'The body is where it all begins'


DoubleCross is beautifully printing!


Hot Mess! 

Saturday, May 28 @Elastic Arts 

Two Sets LIVE 4:20 & 8:00pm CST 

Five artists generating hybrid performances in real time:

Shoshana Green, Marcy Rae Henry, Meenakshi Marchione, Harlan Rosen, SheenRu Yong.

HOT MESS! is an opportunity to explore promiscuously inventive hybrids of performing simultaneously in physical and virtual space. Concepts of a new world are not as concrete as the process of building one, and we will depend on one another to create new ways of listening and engaging. The series focuses on the moments of co-creation and gives the artists a play-space to discover new ways of working together and interacting with the audience. The performance itself demonstrates the power of working together in the unknown, possibilities for Queering space, and the beauty in re-starting while making art!



NOV 30-DEC 5, 2021🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Red Rover Series presents:

"Reading Experiment in Progress"

Mini live free events at the Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington Street                      in the NFO XPO of the Michigan Ave galleries                                                                          **covid protocols in full effect so please mask up and practice social distancing**

Readings, performances, talks, rehearsals, improvisations, meditations, writing sessions + more featuring Chicago writers & artists as part of the Lumpen exhibit "Successful Failures"

Curated by Jennifer Karmin & inspired by Red Rover's ongoing collaboration
with 100 Thousand Poets for Change, our focus is: How can we create change in the world right now?  ttps://

DECEMBER 1: *11am - Melissa Castro Almandina  *12pm - William Amaya Torres     *1pm - Norman Long      *2pm - Marcy Rae Henry (with  WGSS  World  Lit.  class)              *3pm - Margaret Morris   Contributing artist this day: M_m<M

to see full schedule:

Cumbia Therapy was yanked out of a Narnia drawer, dusted off and won 1st place.  10/26/21

Ember Chasm is now Suburbia.

red rover reading series will present a collaborative performance at this year's virtual new orleans poetry festival via zoom: friday, april 30th at 7pm (central time)

Boca de Oro (virtual) Literary and Arts Festival

keynote speaker: U.S. presidential photographer Pete Souza 

closing speaker: spoken-word poet/playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph  

As part of Writers Resist: Global Voices, mrh will be reading 
Friday March 5  |  7:30-9:00 p.m. (California/Pacific time) 

Writers Resist, an intersectional feminist literary journal that launched 30 days after Donald Trump’s election, is hosting two readings by our diverse writers from around the globe. They will share their works steeped in political resistance and social justice, followed by a brief Q&A.

The fest continues Saturday March 6 |  3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Black Lawrence Press  Black River Chapbook Competition

results: january 2021

mrh's fiction manuscript 'Southwest Stories: A Mexican Wedding and The Magnetic Poles' was chosen as a finalist and her nonfiction manuscript, 'Eternal September,' based on her motorcycle travels through the Middle East, was chosen as a semi-finalist. 

foto: pueblo, co.

Manzano Mountain Review's nominees for for the 2020 Pushcart Prize:

Gerardo Lamadrid Castillo “My middle ear a live wire”

Dorian Fox “A Bolt in the Night”

Marcy Rae Henry “Maybe we should have worn sunscreen”  

Daniel Mueller “Anything you Recognize”

Allie Rigby “Orange Peel”  

T.J. Staneart “Tough Out”

more democracy lessons thanks to jen karmin 

virtual launch party: superstition [review's] social justice issue featuring Arizona Poet Laureate, Alberto Rios

 december 1, 2020  5-6 pm 

promotional trailer

book launch!  issue 3 of  Channel: Ireland's Environmentalist Literary Magazine

the youtube video will 'premiere' at 8pm dublin time nov. 26 (2pm chicago time,) and will be available for viewing from the event page or on youtube via this link.

Nov. 3, 2020. Election Day. Fateful Day. Most  Nerve Wracking Election. Of My Lifetime. Jennifer Karmin shares a participatory poem: Excerpt from D̶e̶m̶o̶c̶r̶a̶c̶y̶ ̶e̶s̶s̶e̶n̶s̶ Democracy Lessons.

Nov. 7, 2020.  @rebelmusicteach: "White for suffragettes, who also would have denied Kamala a vote as a Black woman. Pantsuit for Hillary. Pussy bow to troll.Whoever helped dress Madame VP-elect tonight is a genius."

Launch Party and Reading Pangyrus 7

Hosted by: Pangyrus LitMag

Tuesday, August 25 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM ET

Invite: ttps://

*mrh will be a bit late

EVENT TITLE: Cruising Poem for Walt Whitman

SITE: the Formal Garden in Humboldt Park
near the intersection of Sacramento & Division

DATE: Friday, August 21 (rain or shine)

TIME: 5-6pm

READINGS: *each of the 8 poets will stand on a rock pedestal *there is approximately 8 feet between each rock pedestal *poets can read writing by Whitman or any of their own poems that are in Whitman's spirit *poets can take breaks over the 1 hour and/or stand in silence

PERFORMANCE PLAN: *audience meets us at the buffalo statues *open the event with a safety statement about sharing space during the pandemic *at this point the poets can move to their rock pedestals *poets will read simultaneously / overlapping / polyphonically
*audience will keep walking around the circular track to listen, not stopping or congregating *when each poet is finished, they can step down from their rock pedestal
*if it rains: we will shift the readers to the multiple covered gazebos

July 29, 2020.  scroll and scroll and scroll some more to the honorable mentions.  'years that ask questions' inspired by BLM.  the title is a nod to zora neale hurston. 

South Broadway Press 

partnered with Denver Food Resuce

to produce this Summer 2020  poetry anthology

a portion of the book's proceeds go to Denver Food Rescue

buy the book or donate here

also, see this photo journal of food insecurity in america where nearly 1 in 8 households doesn't have enough food to eat.

ep;phany: a literary journal's 

The Border Issue Reading and Release party

online via zoom and youtube

Fri. June 26, 2020 at 8pm EST

register here

live stream here

buy the issue here

The Chachalaca Review, The Borderlands journal from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, invites you to attend the first online Launch Event via Zoom.

Saturday, June 20th from 6-8 PM (CST)

The issue is due to go live at the same time and artists from the Spring 2020 volume and the upcoming Fall volume: Metamorphsis will be reading/presenting work.  

mrh has a piece of visual art, 'el patriarca,' in the Fall issue.

UNREAL Anniversary Show Power Hour

Tues. June 16, 2020

a special collaborative story format in which 15 performers each have 4 minutes to contribute a piece/portion of piece that will be stitched together into a single, hour-long piece of narrative fiction. Pieces should engage in some manner with the theme: "chaos."

show starts at 6p CST (live, socializing, waiting for audience to join)

Power Hour starts at 7p CST

hanging out live after from 8p CST till whenev

Zoom link:

password is: 4MoreBeers


May 4, 2020. Puerto del Sol's Annual Poetry Contest results.  '8th Day' will soon be published in Pangyrus Literary Magazine's  'Life in the Pandemic' issue.

April 2020

NOPF--new orleans poetry fest--was cancelled this year due to the virus, so the organizers staged a virtual fest.  search people by name on the NOPF website to view vids or see some posted in the gallery.

January 29, 2020. 48th New Millennium Award for Fiction. 

Honorable Mention is better than dishonorable mention...or, in this case, none at all.

Poetry Foundation

Nov. 19, 2019

So excited to be reading at the Poetry Foundation with Athena Guizar, my friend and former student, as part of the Open Door Reading Series! The series features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students and the amazing Jen Karmin (who read last month with her students from the adult ed program at Truman) and I are the first to read from the City Colleges!

The foundation is located at: 61 W. Superior St.

The event starts at 7pm.

It's free, but the foundation encourages people to register online in advance.

Links: instagram and facebook and you can read the bios and find more info here.

We will be sure to resist.

Come out to see an important film and meet a filmmaker who, as says, "...brings into sharp focus the resilience of immigrants, their struggle to succeed often against impossible odds as well as their contributions to their countries of origin and to American society."   mrh is honored to read a couple of poems and sit on the panel.

100Thousand Poets for Change

Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading] 

Experiment #120: We Are All Illegals

On September 28, 2019, poets around the world will raise their voices collectively to declare the changes they'd like to see in the U.S. and throughout the international community as part of worldwide events for 100 Thousand Poets for Change, now in its 8th year.

Carole Bernstein, Kira Calliouet, Lizett Carm, Melissa Castro, Noa/h Fields, Stefania Gomez, Maya Marshall, Faisal Mohyuddin, blake nemec, Maya Nguen, Joseph Padilla, Pegah Pasalar, Sav Robinson, Lew Rosenbaum, Lily Someson, Emma Waldo & more special guests!

**please note special location**
at the Read/Write Library   |  914 N. California Avenue  

Suggested donation $4  **proceeds to be donated to Immigrant Families Together**

This night of poetry activism in Chicago will be based on the theme "We Are All Illegals" inspired by Outernational's anthem of immigrant solidarity.  Local writers will address ideas of citizenship, nationalism, borders, and the rights of indigenous peoples.  To say somos todos ilegales is a necessary irony, bigger than the internet or a wall or a law or a language.  What we mean is that no one is illegal, what we mean by ill is that we ate our fill.  How was it legal to force us to hablar en lenguas europeas, move gentes all over the divided States, y seguir encerrándonos en la frontera?

A special event curated by the 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Chicago Community Council 2019:  Andrea Change, Laaura Goldstein, Marcy Rae Henry, Jennifer Karmin & Toni Asante Lightfoot.

Co-sponsored by the Guild Literary Complex & the Read/Write Library

Immigrant Families Together was founded in June 2018 in response to the inhumane immigration policy separating families at the U.S./Mexico border. They pay bonds for parents in detention and work to reunite them with their children. Additionally, they support over 100 reunited families as they recover from their detention trauma and adjust to life in the U.S. while their asylum cases are adjudicated.

Red Rover Is heading to &now in Seattle

We're performing here and here.

University of Washington at Bothell.

September 19-23, 2019.

Chicago Artist Coalition

At the invitation of Erin Hayden, poets and writers will share work  within her solo exhibition ‘song and story’ at the Chicago Artists Coalition. 

Local writers (including Jen Karmin and Marcy Rae Henry) will read for 5-10 minutes in response to these themes: water, shedding, vulnerability, imagination, story telling, singing, and stuttering. 

Saturday August 10th, 2019  


2130 W. Fulton Street 

(<--painting by Erin Hayden, "Hold Me" series, acrylic on dyed canvas, 2018)

7th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Day

by the Guild Literary Complex

Friday June 7th, 2019

3-8pm  Reception 5pm

Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Dr.

Gwendolyn Brooks Library 4th floor

Jen Karmin and Marcy Rae Henry will read between 3-5pm


Listen to mrh read 'Pantone 213U' featured on this week's (4/25/19) Litro Lab's UK Podcast. 

We're going to NOLA again!

Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair, April 18-21, 2019.

Chi peeps performing Sat. 1.50pm.

With Waves: A Collaborative Performance

(<--painting by Debra Hurd)

Yesenia Bello: My mouth is a motherlode

Tuesday, March 5
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago: 2233 S. Throop St., #419

In conjunction with the solo exhibition, My mouth is a motherlode, by artist Yesenia Bello, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago is pleased to host a reading by artists, curators, poets, and makers. Drawing on the exhibition's theme of bilingualism, readers will respond to the notions of memory or loss; fluidity or futility; or new forms of self-expression, as they relate to language.

mrh will be reading en spanglish towards the end of the event.


(My dog and I recorded yawns (morning yawns; we are not morning creatures) for this bedtime ritual performance.)  

Bring on the night; bring on the ritual.

2/16/19   |  8:30pm-sunrise

1550 N. Milwaukee Ave.  

Woodland Pattern Book Center

25th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit
15 hours | 150 poets

Chicago group reading/performing around 8pm

JANUARY 26 - JANUARY 27, 2019


News is...

Roxane Gay. Giving a writers workshop for some of us this fall and we oh so grateful!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Red Rover Series  [readings that play with reading] 

Experiment #114: Island of Abundance  


Outer Space Studio                                                                                

1474 N. Milwaukee Ave                                                                   

suggested donation $4

Stacy Blint | bio

Carleen Tibbetts | bio  

Mike Hauser | bio   

Marcy Rae Henry to read new poems & display visual pieces made to accompany them

As part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Chicago Community Council 2018, i'm co-curating a Temporary America reading/performance with  Laura Goldstein, Jennifer Karmin, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Ira S. Murfin & Kenyatta Rogers.  Co-sponsored by the Guild Literary Complex and Red Rover Reading Series.

Inspiration: Homer Erotic's cult song Temporary America. The readings will address the precariousness of the era we're living in and how vital it is to keep each other charged up for awareness, action, change + revolution.  Barbara Barg, beloved Chicago poet, wrote the song and co-founded the all-women band. She experimented with writing, teaching, performance and music and passed on in May 2018.

Deets: Saturday September 29, 2018   7 PM – 10 PM

Outer Space Studio: 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Suggested donation $4/proceeds to be donated to Chicago Jobs with Justice

     2018 interview with No Good Poetry, episode #57

     Chicago poets come in at about the last 9.30 minutes

August 16, 2018  |  1-3pm  National Poetry Slam's "Station to Station" open mic water taxi -- on the Chicago river and on the anniversary of my Abuelita Soledad's 93rd birthday.  

Rocking out with mariachis on her 80th birthday.

'Solamente una vez...'

April 20-22, 2018, New Orleans. Representing Chicago's Red Rover Reading Series, a few of us will be performing here.

"there was something about that city, though
it didn't let me feel guilty that I had no feeling for the things so many others needed.
it let me alone.” bukowski

Jan. 27, 2018. Milwaukee, WI. A few of us from Chicago have been invited to read at the Woodland Pattern Book Center for this:

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00 - 9:00pm: 100,000 Poets for Change

event to raise $ for México and Puerto Rico Relief Fund

Recorded to  be shown at release party in Shanghai, China, 2017

'Holding Each Other Up,' #10 on 2015 digital album: Red Rover Experiment #89: Fight the Power, partof the Tenth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival

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