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Friday, February 2, 2018

W4tB:Open Mic with Nicholas Souder and Elizabeth Tieri

W4tB:Open Mic with Nicholas Souder and Elizabeth Tieri
Monday, February 19 at 7 PM - 9 PM
Uncharted Books
2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-1610,

It's time once again for the Poetry interactive thing known as W4tB. We are low pressure and chill. there is poetry and other Weirdness, We have an amazing double feature Nicholas Souder and Elizabeth Tieri are both rad and face melting poets. get up out your chair and join us.
We do request a donation to pay our features, pay what you can has always been our Mantra.
it's right after St. Valentine's Day and it is President's day. Seems like the perfect time to talk about massacres

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

W4tB Holiday Open Mic featuring Carleen Tibbetts

W4tB Holiday Open Mic featuring Carleen Tibbetts
Monday, December 18 at 7 PM - 9 PM
2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-1610, United States

shake off the Holiday stress and chill out with some cool poetry. We got Carleen Tibbetts on the feature spot and all we are missing is you and your poetry.
you can BYOB or shop around at the bookstore for those last minute gift needs

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hang This!!

Okay Weirdo Nation, W4tB and with the aid of the Mighty Poet, Paul Ryan, have put together a wall calendar for 2018. It's big 13x19, and it's perfect for keeping track of your Poem-a-Day schedule or crossing off days of writers block. You can even highlight the third Monday of the month so you don't forget our fab show.
The calendar goes for $7bucks for the hard work and love, and features a collage of the W4tB collectives historically cool gig posters. You can pick up at the November and December shows.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

W4tB: Weirdo Open Mic: featuring Al DeGenova

  • Monday, November 20 at 7 PM - 9 PM

    2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-1610, United States

It is the birthday of legendary guerrilla poet Lesley Heath Morrow. In honor of the occasion W4tB will forgo its usual format in favor of the POETRY WHEEL.
THE POETRY WHEEL is a poetic round robin in which each poet tries to connect their poem to the proceeding poem. connections can be complicated or simple, but all connections need to be explained.

that poem contains the word blue and this one is about the blues
that poem has a particular form and so does this one
that poem was about love or death, or anger or politics, or drunken yadda yadda.
all these connections are valid
donations to pay the feature performer will considered a lovely gesture

Lesley Heath Morrow was a Scottish Expatriate who arrived in the USA sometime in 1958. He spent most of his time in Greenwich Village, although there are reports of him traveling to both Chicago and Los Angeles. Rumors of his affairs with Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon have been vaguely immortalized in song. It was the release of "you're so Vain" in 1971 that led to his disappearance. There is documentation that claim he boarded a plane for South America, but never actually arrived in Brazil.
One of the tricks to fully understanding the works of Lesley Heath Morrow is to put yourself into his shoes. You are suddenly in a country that believes your name has some mysterious sexual ambiguity. This particular conception may explain Morrow's hatred for David Bowie and his cross dressing tendencies. The name Lesley bears no such stigma in Scotland.
Far more important than the name is the mysterious background of the man. He has left his Native Scotland after some unknown personal tragedy that is only ever hinted at. All references says it points to a women and her death or joining a convent. Morrow rarely spoke of it.
He spent most of his time denying his connections to wealth and aristocracy and pointing out the tragedies and idiocies of an American generation that devoted itself to self-absorbed trends like free love and sexual experimentation that were akin to the deviancy that brought down the Roman Empire.
Morrow spent his time in America hanging out in Greenwich Village and absorbing the folk music scene. He enjoyed the political angst and personal introspection of Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley. Morrow's dislike of the pretentious Andy Warhol led to a long time feud with Lou Reed and a legal debate over who really wrote "White Light, White Heat.
LHM was a guerrilla poet, preferring to leave his work on diner tables and bathroom walls. He wrote on receipts and napkins. He often slipped them into the pockets of whomever the poem was written about.
LHM's best friend was a Blues Harp Player named Slidefish Williams. The pair met in Chicago in the late 1950s. Morrow was last in Chicago during the DNC in 1968. It coincided with  the funeral of Slidefish who died of lung cancer.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

W4tB: Weirdo Open Mic featuring Laura Winton

W4tB: Weirdo Open Mic featuring Laura Winton
Monday, October 16 at 7 PM - 9 PM
2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-1610, United States

Greetings WEIRDO Nation. The W4tB Open Mic returns with a vengeance as we celebrate the coming of spirits both benigns and treachorous. It's our annual Scary Monsters and Super Creeps. drag out your poems about monsters. madness, murder, or really bad social engagements.
Our featured poet is Laura Winton, so come on out and check that out. It's gonna be a SCREAM. (Bwah-ha-HA)

Three poems or 5 minutes
the show is free but we do request donations to pay our featured artist, cuz poets need money fer, gas and beer, and pens, and stuff

Sunday, September 3, 2017

W4tB with Chicago Poet Paul Ryan

W4tB with Chicago Poet Paul Ryan
Monday, September 18 at 7 AM - 9 AM
2620 N Milwaukee Ave.

this time at the Weirdo Open Mic we've got Super Poet Paul Ryan. It is destined to be a kickass time.

3 poems or 5 minutes plus we gots the Poetry Pot Luck (it ain't about food folks, it's about poems.)




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Poetry Pentathlon:the main event

it's time once again to present the Lesley Heath Morrow Prize for Poetic excellence. the esteemed award goes to the winner of the Poetry Pentathlon. The Pentathlon is the greatest poetry competion that makes extreme use of hyperbole in its advertisements.
this year we have seven contestants registered and ready to play
Len Lundh
Dave Abatangelo
Jacqueline Nicole Harris
Kimberly Lyons
Dina Stuart
Barbara Barg
Margie Mack Saxon

There are three judges
Judges will be revealed at the event.
all pay offs to judges can be sent to

and 5 fabulous events
Shakespearean Sonnet
On the spot prompt

Hosted by Buddha 309
Math performed by Bob Lawrence

Saturday September 16th 7-9pm
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave

Benjamin Franklin Quotes