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An Afternoon Of Opportunity For Women Poets At Woman Made Gallery

By Maggie Hellwig in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 19, 2012 6:20PM

Woman Made Gallery, 20 Years Strong.
The avenues for a successful poet are various, multi-dimensional, and often incorporate so much more than writing alone. Many literary artists today are teachers, organizers, and innovative creators outside of practicing their craft. There is no doubt that if you're a writer it's simple to be perplexed about the general direction of your career, let alone publication opportunities.

Chicago has various resources for poets. After all, we dwell in the birthplace of slam poetry, and the home of The Poetry Foundation, in addition to loads of small poetry presses. We're also lucky enough to embrace an art gallery that has holds exhibitions, including poetry readings, created specifically for the preservation of women's art.

We've covered some of Woman Made Gallery's events in the past. They're renowned for having a variety of services available to the public: workshops, calls for artwork, auctions, etc. Their poetry readings are archived back to 2001 on their site, and it has covered every topic from solace to prejudice. On Sunday, July 22, expect a different kind of reading.

Not only will the audience get to hear the work of some very talented ladies with Women Who Open Doors, but it will be a night of sharing wisdom and experience. On the bill is Dancing Girl Press's Kristy Bowen; Shanny Jean Maney of The Encyclopedia Show; Emily Rose Kahn-Sheahan of Real Talk Aveune; Host of the Guild Complex's Palabra Pura Series, Johanny Vazquez Paz; Susan Yount, an editor at Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal; and Jennifer Karmin of the Red Rover Series.

We know, as writers, that finding a mentor with actual game can be a struggle. And we certainly know that a night of good poetry is worth our time. If one of these poets represents a press, a poetry show, or an organization that you love, we suggest you take a gander at the event. And, if not for the inspiration, than to just check out some good verses.

Sunday, July 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Woman Made Gallery: 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., FREE.