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Bad Date America – 100 Thousand Poets for Change, September 24

Kaveh Adel
Barbara Barg
Jen Besemer
Dan Godston
Laura Goldstein
Ruth Goring
Ezzat Goushegir
Kurt Heintz
Marcy Rae Henry
Philip Jenks
Jennifer Karmin
Francesco Levato
Toni Asante Lightfoot
Monica Long
Anthony Madrid
Ario Mashayekhi
Charlie Newman
Ladan Osman
Timothy David Ray
Roger Reeves
Kenyatta Rogers
Jacob Saenz
Larry Sawyer
Don Share
Keli Stewart
Tony Trigilio
Lina ramona Vitkauskas

September 24

1474 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 7 – 9 pm
near the CTA Damen Blue Line
suggested donation: $4

sponsored by the red rover reading series
curators: Jennifer Karmin & Laura Goldstein

::::::::::::::::::PRESS RELEASE::::::::::::::::::::


Has your relationship with America started to seem like a bad date?

On September 24, 2011, many poets around the world will make their voices heard. To declare the change they’d like to see most in the U.S. and throughout the international community, events are being staged on four continents and in over 100 countries in an event being called “100 Thousand Poets for Change,” which was conceived by poet Michael Rothenberg, editor of and editor of Philip Whalen, David Meltzer, and Joanne Kyger.

In Chicago, Larry Sawyer, Lina ramona Vitkauskas, Jennifer Karmin and Laura Goldstein in conjunction with the Red Rover Reading Series will be asking poets to go on a hypothetical “date” with America as the satellite event in Chicago for “100 Thousand Poets for Change,” and asking Chicago poets to recall some of their worst dating experiences, read a poem and talk about what’s going wrong and what they think is going right with America. Join thousands of others worldwide on Sept. 24.

It’s Bad Date America.

Come participate in an evening of poetry and debate. Poets will read and discuss how their own “date” with America is going with the audience. Share your viewpoint on current events and interact with:

Barbara Barg, Dan Godston, Laura Goldstein, Philip Jenks, Jennifer Karmin, Francesco Levato, Anthony Madrid, Charlie Newman, Larry Sawyer, Don Share, Tony Trigilio, Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Jacob Saenz & more

America’s place in the world is precarious and this effort at community-building intends to start some dialogue and also poke fun at the national leaders that brought us to this place.

Please write to or to be in included in Bad Date America now. Please forward this: spread the word to other poets who might be interested, too.


      1. Ario Mashayekhi - Ario Mashayekhi
      2. 19 - Mario
      3. 18 - Anthony Madrid
      4. 17 - Larry Sawyer
      5. 16 - Tony Trigilio
      6. 15 - Monica Long
      7. 14 - Toni Asante Lightfoot
      8. 13 - Francesco Levato
      9. 12 - Jennifer Karmin
      10. 10 - Michael Rothenberg
      11. 10 - Philip Jenks
      12. 9 - Kurt Heintz
      13. 8 - Ezzat Goushegir
      14. 6 - Ruth Goring
      15. 6 - Laura Goldstein
      16. 4 - Barbara Barg
      17. 3 - Marcy Rae Henry
      18. 1 - Larry Sawyer
      19. 1 - Jennifer Karmin
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