Thursday, April 23, 2015

Poets and Patrons Workshop Saturday

Thinking about writing a love poem? Worried that it might sound more like a greeting card than a message from the heart? Avoid the schmaltz syndrome by signing up for a decidedly unsentimental love poetry workshop with Marilyn Taylor. Her experiments with voice, image and form will have you writing poems that favor "attitude" over platitude-- and and are just about guaranteed to have the recipient swooning. And even if they don't, you'll have learned some valuable techniques for expressing emotion in your poetry more effectively and gracefully than ever before.

Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin (2009 and 2010) and of the city of Milwaukee (2004 and 2005), is the author of six collections of poetry. Her award-winning poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, The American Scholar, Able Muse, Measure, Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column, and the recent Random House anthology titled Villanelles. Marilyn taught poetry and poetics for fifteen years for the Department of English and the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also served for five years as a contributing editor and regular poetry columnist for The Writer magazine, where her “Poet to Poet” column on poetic craft appeared bi-monthly. She is currently a member of the board of directors for the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sits on the advisory board of Western State Colorado University’s low-residency MFA program. She recently moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Madison where she continues to write and teach.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Write! Chicago March 14th

Hello Poets!

     The next Write! Chicago outing of Poets & Patrons is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art.  We will be viewing  “Convergence: A Poetic Dialogue” which is an exhibition of collaborative works created by twenty pairs of visual artists and poets.  Two of the poets will be giving a reading at 2:00 pm.  Also on display  from the permanent collection is “Abstract Way” featuring art that seeks to break away from the traditional representation of physical objects by exploring form and color.

     We will meet at the Institute when it opens at noon for our tour and afterwards adjourn to Shokolad (Ukranian for chocolate), a bakery cafĂ© down the street, to write and share.

     The Institute is located at 2320 W. Chicago Avenue, west of the Kennedy Expressway, near Western Avenue.  Unfortunately it is not easily accessible by public transportation, but street parking is readily available.  The closest parking lot is several blocks southwest at 4116 N. Artesian, near the intersection of Western and Grand.

     There is no admission charge to the Institute but a donation of $5-10 is suggested.  If you plan to join us, please contact Debby Rohde at

Caroline Johnson

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Workshop

Please join us February 28, 2015 when Al DeGenova will lead a workshop on Confessional Poetry. More details will be available soon.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Awards Ceremony and Haiku Workshop

Dear Poets,

Please join us Saturday, October 25, at the Hinsdale Public Library, 20 W. Maple Street, Hinsdale, for an afternoon of poetry.  The event will commence at 1 p.m. with a reading of the winners of the 2014 Poets and Patrons Contest, followed by a workshop on haiku and senryu led by Charlotte Digregorio.  Light refreshments will be served.

Attached is the workshop announcement, a list of the winners of the 2014 Poets and Patrons contest, and a list of the winners of the 2014 Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest.

The event is free and open to the public.  The Hinsdale Public Library is located one block north of the BNSF Metra train station (Hinsdale station).

Caroline Johnson, President
Poets and Patrons of Chicago

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

More Haiku

Dear Poets  and Friends,

Learn all about haiku, enter an audience haiku contest, and view a Japanese brush painting exhibit  (sumi-e and haiga).

Come to the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL, Sunday, Nov. 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.! Please see the attached flyer and register with the Library.

Hope to see you there!


Charlotte Digregorio

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Chicago Haiku Society

The next meeting of the Chicago Haiku Study Group will take place on Saturday, October 11th from 2-4pm at
D&Z Bookstore
5507 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
We will continue our study of the critical prose of Peter Yovu. Following this the group will critique individual haiku. If you would like your haiku critiqued, please bring 10 copies of up to 6 unpublished haiku. We will also discuss possible future programs. For further information, contact Lee Gurga at

There is free parking available about a block from the D&Z Bookstore.  The address of the garage is at 3140 N Central Ave.—right around the corner!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Write! Chicago the 18th, Awards the 25th

October Meeting

Our contest is over and the winners will get to read their poem on October 25, 2014 at the Hinsdale Library. In addition, Charlotte Digregorio will lead a workshop on Haiku.

Write! Chicago Workshop

Looking for some inspiration?  Join us Saturday, Oct. 18, as Write! Chicago ventures to the Gage gallery at Roosevelt University, 18 S. Michigan Avenue, to view some photography exhibits.

The Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University is Chicago’s premier space for showcasing contemporary critical social photo-documentary (Newcity Art). The Gallery exhibits work that is consonant with the mission of the University and its ideals of social justice. It serves the academic goals of the University by hosting numerous public lectures, panel discussions, and symposia, which allow groups to learn about, and discuss, the important social issues of our time. Gallery exhibitions have explored themes including immigration, incarceration, gun violence, terrorism, mental illness, LGBTQ activism, and poverty.

We will meet at 11 a.m., disperse to view the exhibit, then convene to write and go to lunch.  It has been suggested that there are several cafes and restaurants nearby we can walk to. To RSVP, please e-mail Caroline Johnson at  The museum is accessible by public transportation.

Contact Caroline Johnson at or 708-839-1699 for more information.