Call for Poetry Reading: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Theme: Rights and Wrongs
Event Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Submission Deadline: February 15, 11:59 p.m.
Place: 2150 S Canalport Ave, 4A-3, Chicago, IL

Rights and Wrongs
In conjunction with WMG’s exhibit celebrating 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the United States, this reading will consider the many human rights persistently denied, violated and unenforced.

Rights of workers, refugees, un/protected classes. Right to free speech, living wages, choice over one’s body. Freedom from persecution, discrimination, slavery, torture and degradation.

For this event, we’re seeking a variety of voices that testify to wrongs, past and present, as well as the struggles to right them. Poems that shed light on victims, activists and even the people and systems that perpetrate and perpetuate injustice (e.g. Patricia Smith’s “Skinhead”).

This reading is open to all female and gender nonconforming poets. Selections will be made with an eye to assembling a program that represents a diversity of poets, styles, and content.

Selected poets MUST be available to read in person. Please send 4 – 6 poems on the theme ALONG WITH a 50 to 75 word bio, IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to Nina Corwin:

Submissions must be received by February 15, 11:59 p.m. We will make every effort to inform those chosen of our decision by February 17. Although we can’t afford to pay readers, this is a great opportunity to sell books and read with other talented people in a very special environment.

If you know of someone whose work might fit here, please spread the word!


WMG Literary Team

Nina Corwin — WMG Literary Events Curator.
Nina Corwin is a published poet, Founding Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal and psychotherapist/advocate for victims of sexual assault. She is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. Her work has appeared in ACM, Forklift OH, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review, Southern Poetry Review, Verse and has been nominated for the Pushcart prize. Corwin is an Advisory Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal and co-edited Inhabiting the Body: A Collection of Poetry and Art By Women. She has read and performed her work across the country, at times set with musical or choreographic compositions.

Jennifer Steele – WMG Literary Events Outreach Coordinator.
Jennifer Steele is a published poet and educator and serves as Partnerships Coordinator for Teen Services at Chicago Public Library.  She served as co-founder and co-curator of the Revolving Door Reading Series. Her work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Callaloo Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, Warpland Journal, So To Speak, and others, and is a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop fellow. She has taught creative writing and digital media arts across Chicago since 2008 and has collaborated with numerous youth organizations and cultural institutions, designing innovative arts programming.

Kurt Eric Heintz – WMG Literary Events Audio Recordist.
Kurt Eric Heintz once taught computer graphics programming at Columbia College, and worked as an independent web developer. He’s since become the lead video director at Britannica. Heintz is known for his poetry videos, begun in the early 1990’s. He also video-conferenced his colleagues’ poetry in the late 1990’s — years before Skype and the iPhone. He was a technical advisor to the Electronic Literature Organization in its earliest years, and is the video content editor for Another Chicago Magazine.

Thank you Angela Narciso Torres, for your wonderful work and support for WMG and our Literary Program!

For an archive of past readings visit: recorded by Kurt Heintz.

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All events are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome and appreciated:

Woman Made Gallery is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Illinois Arts Council Agency; a major anonymous donor; and the generosity of its members and contributors.