Monday April 4th! EMILY ROSE & BEN CLARK form CHICAGO! Plus “April’s Fool-ish!” Haiklu Guess Challenge!

POETRY FEATURES: BEN CLARK grew up in rural Nebraska and now benclarklives in Chicago, where he writes and works as an editor for Muzzle Magazine. His first book Reasons To Leave The Slaughter was released by Write Bloody Publishing in 2011, for which he toured the Midwest extensively, just as comfortable performing in slam venues, theaters, book stores, pizza shops, bars, or museums, and alongside other poets, artists, or musicians. He’s been widely published in both online and print journals, included in multiple print anthologies, and was recently nominated for a Best of the Net award. In 2015, his second collection of poetry, if you turn around I will turn around, was published by Thoughtcrime Press.

EMILY ROSE KAHN-SHEAHAN lives in Chicago where she has hosted and curated shows for ten years, including operating as the SlamMaster foremily
Mental Graffiti and host/curator for Real Talk Live. She competed with
5 Chicago teams at the National Poetry Slam as a poet and coach as well as placing 14th at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. Other things she has done: Founding board member for Chicago Slam Works, former Chair of Poetry for the Bucktown Arts Festival, original cast of The Encyclopedia Show Chicago. Her work has recently appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Muzzle Magazine, decomP, After Hours, and TimeOut Chicago. Her first chapbook, Cigarette Love Songs and Nicotine Kisses, was published by Cross+Roads Press. Her new chapbook, Mouthy, was released on Thoughtcrime Press.

BONUS RUCKUS: THIS “APRIL FOOL-ISH” Hai-klu Guess hahaChallenge. Because we love all you April Fools out there, we’re gonna make this one as quick and easy as possible (mostly so we can get the ruckus off stage, to give more time to our wonderful double poetry features) but Nick & I will create original hai-klues delving into current events, either world events, or events in our personal worlds. Your job is just to guess true of false. Guess right, get a point, guess wrong lose a point and look foolish! First to three points gets a drink on us! That prize might help you get full-ish!
The boys in the band are never foolish, and neither are EMILEE MOREALE’s snacks! Yosh & Mikey & Dorian would like you to know that there’s new drafts in tap! We’re not sure who the guest visual artist is, but you best better bring some cash to get that art! Don’t miss 7 Hills Slam Semi Finals w/ Feature RUSHELLE FRAIZER this Sunday! See you there!

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