RHINO POETRY & Woman Made Gallery Present
Without Borders: The Laughing Place

Event Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 2–5 p.m.
Place: 1332 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607

Curated by RHINO POETRY and Jae Green, March’s Literary event includes Joanne Diaz, Ruth Hoberman, Lyra J. Thomas, Adrienne Nadeau, April Gary and Sheri L. Flanders. The event is free and open to the public.

Joanne Diaz is the author of two poetry collections, The Lessons and My Favorite Tyrants. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her recent poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, New England Review, Poetry, River Styx, and Waxwing. She is the Isaac Funk Endowed Professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University. She is also the co-host of the Poetry for All podcast.

Ruth Hoberman is a professor emerita of English at Eastern Illinois University. Since her 2015 retirement, her poems and essays have appeared in such journals as RHINO, Naugatuck River Review, Rattle: Poets Respond, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Ploughshares.

Lyra J. Thomas  is a black nonbinary poet from the St Louis area, currently residing in Carbondale, IL for their MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University, which is also their alma mater. They received their BA in Creative Writing in 2018. Lyra enjoys reading/writing poetry, curating Spotify playlists, and cuddling with their cats Max and Silver.

Sheri L. Flanders is a professional writer, actor and comedian who teaches on the faculty of the Second City in the music department. She is also a theater reviewer for the Chicago Reader, PerformInk and Chicagoland Musical Theater publications, as well as a monthly comedy columnist for the Chicago Defender newspaper. Sheri is the author of Choice The Musical, half of the interracial married sketch comedy duo Flanders, has appeared in numerous theatrical and commercial productions, and is represented by NV Talent.

April Gary is a poet, spoken word artist, actor, playwright, screenwriter, choreographer, filmmaker, public speaker, producer and artist.  She is the author of four poetry chapbooks: Love and Butterflies, The Dialect of Amazons, Tapestry – A Modern Tale of Ancient Times and Thorns on Roses. https://flowauthors.com/sandra-jackson-opoku-1

Adrienne Nadeau has facilitated workshops and performed poetry at theaters, schools, prisons, coffee shops, bookstores, and bars. She has led successful slams, including Mental Graffiti and Lethal Poetry, and hosted events through the Sofar Sounds network. As a solo artist and as part of Two Wrongs, Adrienne has performed domestically and internationally, gracing stages in Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, and Paris. She has represented her city in the National Poetry Slam, Rustbelt, and Southern Fried and slayed slams in her own right … Although she can usually be found playing cribbage, and writing in dive bars.

(Banner image: Setup for Aftermath Reading on February 4, 2024)

Call for Poetry
“Up Here: Women, Weed and other Rogue Pharmacopoeia”

Event Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 | 2–4 p.m.
Place: 1332 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607

I believe that the truth of any subject only comes when all sides of the story are put together.— Alice Walker

We go In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens and perhaps find that the path is lined with cannabis.

In 2024 Women and Femmes find themselves at a unique juncture with newly legalized access to cannabis and safe, standardized cannabis products. Does weed open the doors of the mind or is it the same old ‘gateway’?

WMG is looking for poetry (any length) and flash hybrid forms (350 words or less) from Women, Femmes and NB writers about their experiences with marijuana, microdosing and other organic altered states. These experiences can be either heavy or whimsical, early or late in age, medicinal, creative, revolutionary, and or as part of the broader economic environment.

Send a brief writing sample and bio to Jae Green: jae@womanmade.org

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WMG’s Literary Events Curator

Jae Green – WMG Literary Events Curator Jae Green is connected to Woman Made Gallery since its early days when the organization was located at its first location in Ravenswood Manor on Chicago’s northwest side. Jae is a visual artist, writer and published poet. She serves since 2020 on WMG’s Board of Directors and is also part of WMG’s Program Committee. In celebration of Woman Made Gallery’s 30th Anniversary she co-juried the Generations group exhibition in 2022 together with Gallery Coordinator, Marisa Miles.

WMG’s Former Literary Team

Nina Corwin  Much gratitude goes to Nina Corwin and her years of service as WMG’s Literary Events Curator until Covid prevented us from planning any public events. Nina 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 Thank you Jennifer Steele for your service as WMG Literary Events Outreach Coordinator for several years. She 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 We are grateful to Kurt Eric Heintz who served as WMG’s Literary Events Audio Recordist through 2019. Kurt 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. Kurt 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 past Literary Program!



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.