performances, talks, events and such    

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Come out to see an important film and meet a filmmaker who, as newday.com 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.

Poetry Foundation 

The awesome Open Door Reading Series has never featured City College of Chicago peeps.  We are the first!  So come on out to experience the amazing Jen Karmin in October and the lovely Athena--reading w MarcyRae--in November.  We will be sure to resist.

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.

FEATURING:
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
https://guildcomplex.org
https://readwritelibrary.org/


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  

7-9pm 

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


PANTONE 213U®  | LITRO LAB | PODCAST

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
7:00-8:30pm
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.

OVERSLEEPOVER4: SLUMBER PARTY PLUS BEDTIME RITUALS AND ATMOSPHERES

(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
10:00AM  |  $10 | FREE FOR THOSE WHO PLEDGE A READER FOR $35 OR MORE

720 EAST LOCUST ST
MILWAUKEE, WI

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  

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17th  |  7pm

Outer Space Studio                                                                                

1474 N. Milwaukee Ave                                                                   

suggested donation $4

Featuring: 
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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