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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Monday January 6-Charlie Rossiter is Waiting 4 the Bus + open mic

Kick off the new year in a poetically correct fashion
Meet me in the Rendevous Room at Jaks Tap for a super cool night of poetry
Sign up 7:30
Show time 8pm
Featured poet:Charlie Rossiter
Suggested theme "beginnings"

Great food
Awesome beer selection
Jaks Tap
901 W Jackson

The show is free
We do suggest donations to pay the featured performer

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, December 16-Meg Tuite & David Tomaloff are Waiting 4 the Bus

, December 16-Meg Tuite & David Tomaloff are Waiting 4 the Bus
Come join us at Jaks Tap in the beautiful rendezvous room for a magnificent night of poetry and word things.
Sign up 7:30
Show time 8pm
Suggested theme "on a winter's night"

Jaks Tap
901 W Jackson blvd

Good food
Many varieties of beer

Suggested donation for the feature

Come early and grab dinner

It's an open mic

Friday, November 22, 2013

Monday December 2nd, Donna Vorreyer is Waiting 4 the Bus (with Open Mic)

come out and join us at Jaks Tap (901 W Jackson) for a cool night of open mic poetry and then the even cooler feature... Donna Vorreyer
sign up at 7:30pm
showtime is from 8-10 pm

our suggested theme is...Houses and Windows

the show is free
suggested donation for the feature performer

the food is awesome and the beer is exceptional

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

John Goode is W4tB+Open Mic

Come on out and join us for a special night, our madness has taken us to the strange theme...3 prompts and a feature.
you can write all, some, or one put please participate wisely. (none is also a choice, but it is the boring one)
1-The secret life of blue
2-the blessings and curses of butterflies
3-in the days of mist and whiskey
John Goode
join us at Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar
901 W Jackson
7:30 sign up
8-10pm show time
free (we do request donations for the feature performer)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Buddha 309 is...Waiting 4 the Bus (guest host Charlie Newman)

When was the last time you saw Buddha 309 feature?
When was the last time you saw Buddha 309?
Have you met Buddha 309?
Who the Hell is Buddha 309?
come and find out
Nov. 4th at Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar
901 W Jackson
sign up 7:30
showtime 8-10pm
suggested theme, Ego, Narcissism, self love, and whatever happened to Echo?
Special Guest Host-Charlie Newman
great food
40 beers on Tap
No Cover (donations requested for the feature)

Molly Malone's All Stars

W4tB presents in conjunction with Molly Malone's Reading Series and Open Mic the 3rd annual Molly Malone's all star reading. We have a super line up for you all this year
come on out to
Powell's Bookstore in University Village(1218 S Halsted St)
for this amazing show
Friday Nov 1
7-9 pm

Ralph Hamilton is editor of RHINO. He has an MFA in Poetry from Bennington. His poems have appeared in Court Green, CutBank, Blackbird, and other journals. His first book of poems, Subtle Knot, will be published in 2015. He serves on the board of the Ragdale Foundation and is the 2013 judge for Fifth Wednesday’s prize in poetry.

Steven Schroeder is a poet and visual artist who has spent many years moonlighting as a philosophy professor. His most recent collections are Turn and (with David Breeden) Raging for the Exit. More at stevenschroeder.org.

Kristin LaTour’s most recent chapbook is Agoraphobia, from Dancing Girl Press (2013), as well as two others: Blood and Town Limits. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Fifth Wednesday, Cider Press, After Hours, dirtcakes, , and The Adroit Journal. Recently she became a staff writer at Luna Luna Magazine, and had an essay published in TAB about writing and teaching. She teaches at Joliet Jr. College and lives in Aurora, IL with her writer husband, a lovebird, and two dogitos.

Albert DeGenova is the co-host of the Molly Malone's Reading Series and has published two full-length poetry collections and two poetry chapbooks. In 2000, he launched After Hours, a journal of Chicago writing and art; he continues as publisher and editor. He is a blues saxophonist and one-time contributing editor to Down Beat magazine. He received his MFA from Spalding University, Louisville.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Jennifer Dotson is Waiting 4 the Bus (with Open Mic)

Monday Oct. 21st
7:30 sign up
8-10pm showtime
jaks tap
901 w Jackson
Chicago IL

come on out for one of the most relaxed and fun open mics in the city. This being our "Close to Halloween" show it's time to beat the devil and follow our suggested theme "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps" All poems with monsters mayhem, blood loss, body parts, and body counts are acceptable.

Our feature for the evening is Poetry Pentathlon 2013 champion Jennifer Dotson there is sure to be a splendid time for one and all

Jaks tap has great food and a wide and varied beer selection, you should partake of the amenities while you listen to poetry.

No Cover (we do pass the hat for the feature performer

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Eric Sirota is Waiting 4 the Bus+open mic (October 7)

Live from Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar 901 W. Jackson
Eric Sirota will be joining us as our feature for the evening
there will of course be an open mic, Hosted by the Buddha 309 and his cast of Bus Stop Regulars. You should come out and join us it's gonna be more fun than a Pepe LePew cartoon.
Our suggested theme is...(themes are only suggested and not required. if you want to be themey, that's cool, but no one is forcin' ya) FIREWORKS AND OTHER THINGS THAT EXPLODE.



no cover
we do take donations for the feature

Friday, September 13, 2013


Borderbend and w4tb present a special Chicago Calling event. A reading of and from and about Banned Books
The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Howl-by Ginsberg
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
1984, by George Orwell-
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
read by
Buddha 309
Charlie Newman
Donna Vorreyer
Dana Jerman
Bob Lawrence
Wayne Allen Jones
Robin Fine
Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels
Jaime Walton
And many more

Top Shelf Poets
Powell's Bookstore University Village, 1218 S Halsted 7-9pm

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sept 16 Bill Tarlin is Waiting 4 the Bus

Fresh off of the Poetry Pentathlon Billy Tarlin joins us to further explore his personal brand of poetic madness. You should come check this out.
as usual you find us in the back room of
Jaks Tap
901 Jackson
7:30sign uo
showtime 8-10pm

our overly nostalgic theme for the evening is "Do you remember when..."

We hope to see you there.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

2013*Poetry Pentathlon

It's not a Poetry Slam!
It's the glorious throw down known as the Poetry Pentathlon
Saturday, August 31

Powell's books in University village,
1218 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607
(jk, bribes should be handled before the date of competition)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Goods are Waiting 4 The Bus+Open Mic (Monday Aug. 19)

This show is all sorts of special. We will be holding open auditions for a new co-host. We will be asking for prompt suggestions from the audience (one of these could be the "On the spot Prompt" for the Pentathlon)

W4tB is featuring the Poetry Fried Funk and Hip Hop hallucinations of THE GOODS. It will be the coolest thing ever

as always
sign up 7:30
showtime 8-10
3 poems or 5 minutes
Jaks Tap901 W Jackson

Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar
901 W. Jackson, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 20th 5-7 pm Eco release at Powells

Hey Kids,
it's time for a new issue of Exact Change Only. It's been five years since we imagined a magazine and we have extra special fun for you all.
We are celebrating the release of a new issue, but also a special Anniversary volume.
there will be special deals and live poetry and trumpet playing cherubs, satyrs, centaurs and other mythological beasties that you can imagine you see.
show starts at 5pm
at Powell's in University Village
1218 S. Halsted
5:00pm until 7:00pm

Monday, July 8, 2013


Jan Bottiglieri has a new book, writes great poetry and makes a mean cupcake.
and this show is all about mean cupcakes, killer cakes, murderous muffins. I dare you to write a Dangerous Confection Poem and share it with us on July 15th

We will be at Jaks Tap, 901 W. Jackson , Chicago Il
sign up 7:30
showtime 8-10pm

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Omniphonic Challenge:a celebration of Music meets Poetry

Top Shelf Poets is back to rock your world
put some Jazz in your step and
maybe even Funk you up.
On June 21st at 7pm
in the rendezvous room at
Powell's books
1218 S Halsted St Chicago, IL 60607
see some great music/poetry combos
The Sutton Sisters (with Stephanie Lane Sutton)
Billy Tuggle
the Goods (with Este Stevie Cologne & Rory Carolan)
and of course Omniphonic
hosted by the Weirdos of W4tB

This show will start in real time at 7pm
performers should be early
spectators should be on time.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Andre Linoche is Waiting 4 the Bus + Open Mic June 17 at 7:30pm

We have a great show for you all.
We will be joined by newcomer Andre Linoche for a night of "in your face" poetry.
Our suggested theme is: Rage of the Pen

as always-
sign up is at 7:30
showtime from 8-10pm

Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar
901 W. Jackson, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Monday June 3 Kristy Bowen is Waiting 4 the Bus + Open Mic

It's a music lyric night.
We are finally celebrating the '90's
music lyrics as spoken word, no singing required
join us on Monday,June 3rd for a splendid evening
sign up 7:30
showtime 8-10pm
featuring Kristy Bowen
LIVE from
Jaks Tap
901 W Jackson
Chicago IL.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

the Poetry Pentathlon

Are you tired of Poetry Labels? Are you the kind of poet that can win slams and get published in literary journals? Are you comfortable wherever you perform, be it bar, cafe, library, or gallery?

Don't you wish that there were some way of testing ALL your skills. Something that challenges you, as a Writer, and as a Performer. Something that challenges you in classic forms and spontaneous inspiration?

The kids at Waiting 4 The Bus have developed a system for finding the exceptionally talented and creative. The Poetry Pentathlon stand alone as a proper means for testing the skill of a Poet and Performer.

As Labor day approaches a Young poet's fancy turns to the thrill of poetic competition.
It's not a Poetry Slam!
It's the glorious throwdown known as the Poetry Pentathlon
Saturday, August 31

Powell's books in University village,
1218 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

E-MAIL poetrypentathlon@gmail.com


The highly structured villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem's two concluding lines. Using capitals for the refrains and lowercase letters for the rhymes, the form could be expressed as: A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2.

Rant poetry comes in all shapes and sizes, but it is most commonly defined as a free-verse prose poem written about an exasperating subject. Follow the steps below to wax poetic about any subject that aggravates, pesters, or otherwise drives you batty.

Settle on a single subject that provokes, annoys, exasperates or infuriates you. This subject will be the topic of your rant poem.
Brainstorm a list of reasons why your subject maddens you. Jot down a list of 10-20 specific details about your subject that drive you bonkers.
Decide what tone you want your poem to convey. How do you want your poem to make the reader feel? You might want to make them laugh at your misery, or cringe at your excruciating details.
Choose the details from your brainstorm list that you think will stimulate your audience, and craft them into sentences that reflect your tone. For example, as stated in a handwritten rant called "Airline Complaint," the writer states, "I constructed a stink shield by shoving one end of a blanket into the overhead compartment," which is a funny way to rant poetically about an airline lavatory.
Write your rant poem by stringing sentences from your brainstorm together in chronological order. Rant poems, like prose, contain sentences and sentence fragments. Make sure each complaint flows to the next logically, like sentences do in paragraphs.
Break the lines of your poem where it feels appropriate. Prose poems like the rant don't need dramatic line breaks, as they read almost like a short story.
End your rant poem with the single most annoying complaint from your brainstorm list. Rant poems usually run from one to two pages in length.

list poem-
A list poem is just that. A list of things. List poems first appeared thousands of years ago. The bible has list poems. Think of the family genealogy lists. Homer’s Iliad also has list poems in its lists of Trojan War heroes.
Lists are part of life. It has been used throughout the centuries to make an inventory of things.
A list poem can be a list of either people, places, things you do, items, even ideas you may have. It can rhyme, but doesn’t have to. Repetition is often a tool used in a list poem.
One thing a list poem is not is a random list. Most list poems are thought out and not just casual items.
The last item in a list poem usually has meaning – by that I mean it is often an important item.
With a list poem you are trying to get the reader to look and think about what is in your list.
Like a story there is a beginning and there is an end.
Keep consistency with the style and remember to create a parallel structure with your words.

Poetry Pot Luck-
each contestant will present a poem of their own creation to the judges. This poem will be in a sealed envelope. This poem will be given to an opposing contestant to perform.
the scoring for this round is different
1-5 points will be awarded to the performer
1-5 points will be awarded to the author

On the spot prompt-
all contestants will be presented with a poetry prompt upon arriving at the Pentathlon Arena (Powell's). A poem will be written based upon the prompt during the course of the evening and will be presented to the judges as the final event of the evening

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May 20th-Bob Lawrence is Waiting 4 the Bus

Join us on May 20th for the amazing Poetry Stylings of Bob Lawrence.
Bob Lawrence is the winner of the 2012 Poetry Pentathlon
sometimes candidate for the Mile High Party
sometimes Mr. Outrageous.

Bob will be presenting a night of multi-voiced, persona, alter ego, and character poems.
there may even be guest stars.

Suggested Theme-With a little help from my friends!!!

Join us at Jaks Tap
901 W Jackson
sign up 7:30pm
showtime 8pm
good food and 40 beers on Tap

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Whatever happened to that Second Sunday Top Shelf Poetry show?

Well...like all good things, it came to an end. It was not an easy thing to put to rest. The reasoning was simple. Our ratings took a down turn. Like a really good T.V. show that the network can't find a time slot for, we were moved around so much that we lost our core audience. We ended up on Sunday Daytime running against football, bad weather, or worse, a sunny day.

Don't panic, we are not going down without a fight. We will re-dub the show

and will still bring you our array of annual events. Our friends over at Powell's have been more than accommodating.

The Omniphonic Challenge is scheduled for June 21st 7-9pm
The ECO Summer release party is on July 20th 5pm
The Poetry Pentathlon is August 31st 7-9pm
The Banned book reading is September 23rd 7-9pm

We will still host the Larry Janowski Birthday bash
and the Molly's All Star Readings.
it’s just to early to book those dates.
give us a second to breathe.

it's almost like we haven't gone anywhere.
The new improved show will float around, so you have to pay attention. We will run from the 7-9pm with the exception of release parties which will start at 5pm.
it is our greatest hope that this works out for the best.

Monday, April 29, 2013

May 10-Poetry Love Letters presents Buddha 309 and Janet Kuypers

Show starts at 7pm
"Let Them Eat Chocolate"
5306 N Damen Ave
featuring Janet Kuypers and Buddha 309

Janets gonna read some poems from the Periodic Table
Buddha 309 is going to explore Myths, Magic, and things taken on Faith.

We hope you can Join us.
This is a rare feature appearance for Buddha 309.
If you haven't seen him live, you haven't really seen him.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Robin Fine is Waiting 4 the Bus

Monday, May 6, 2013

Your Mission if you choose to accept it.
is a special concept. The host will ask you to read a piece in your set. You may or may not be familiar with it. You can accept or decline. We hope you accept, it's more fun.


sign up 7:30pm
showtime 8-10pm
feature Robin Fine

come humor us and we can provide humor for you
and if you don't want to play...Come out and see Robin Fine

Friday, April 5, 2013

2nd Sunday Top Shelf Poets, make it your new religion

You ever wonder what happened to the First Friday Poetry show that was hosted by Charlie Newman? Didn't he pass it on to those Waiting 4 the Bud guys? Didn't they have venue issues?
yes they did, but what happened then? Things this powerful don't disappear, they change, they evolve but you can't stop Rock and Roll.
we tried to keep the show on Friday nights, but the venue choices didn't hold up to the high standards set by the show's history, They were musty and unheated, and had limited seating.
Our only option was to think outside the box. We took a risk and moved the show to the lovely, but inconveniently located backroom at Powell's bookstore in University village

but the only available recurring time slot was on Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm.

We seem to be the best kept secret of Chicago Poetry and I'm hoping that you all can change that. The show is now called the 2nd Sunday Top Shelf poet showcase.

and we still do our best to bring the most talented poet's in this city, regardless of genre. We like to mix it up at the Top Shelf show. We feature Slam, Bar, and Academic poets from all parts of the city and burbs.
Often times, poets of extraordinary talent get their first feature spots at this show.

When was the last time you checked us out?
we ain't askin' ya to do nothin' but listen.
this is what's goin' on next time.

You should check us out.
we'll see you at Powell's
1218 S Halsted St
(312) 243-9070

Saturday, March 23, 2013

National Poetry Month Prep

Welcome to the National Poetry Month Blog. I present this to you early because April is soon and there are many things I need to ask you to do. You may think I'm going to chastise you for not living a poetic enough lifestyle, but I am not going to take offense if you don't smoke to excess,
are less poetic when you are intoxicated,
haven't been drunk and had the shit kicked out of you,
and especially if you haven't killed yourself.
These things are old fashioned and don't really make you a poet anymore. The age of black turtlenecks and berets is over.
Jazz is still cool, but Jazz will always be cool

This is not why I am here. How do you plan to celebrate National Poetry Month. I knew a guy who want to as may poetry readings as he could. He just listened to poetry for an entire month. That was cool, but that was his bag, it may not be yours.

I'm gonna give you a list of things to do for National Poetry Month. I'm gonna plug some stuff that I dig, because I think it's cool. It's a blog, it's meant to be a little self serving.

let's hit the basics

1-WRITE. No Poetry=No Celebration

2-Go check out a feature you have never heard of. This should apply to the whole year. Poetry can't grow if you don't look in different places

3-Go to a different open mic than usual. I'm all for being faithful to your "house" but the way to grow as a writer is to mix it up. There are a lot of great open mics out there. (I'm partial to W4tB,but, In One Ear, Poetry Love Letters, Molly Malone's and the Cafe Gallery are very cool. There are more, I'm just not all that familiar)

4-if you don't have a "house" (an open mic you call home) find one. Don't give up. There are different styles of open mics, all designed for different temperaments and ideologies, there should be one that's your glass slipper, don't give up.

5-submit to publications (I'm bad at this one.) There are a million poetry journals, one of them may like you. Try Exact Change Only at exactchangepress.com. They're small. edgy and picky

6-whether formal or informal, workshop your poems. It's always better to share your work with someone who shares your passion.

7-Go to the Poetry Bomb. It is fun

8-feed the circle. Introduce people to people, connections may not get you famous but it will get you known around the community (could be a feature in that somewhere)

9-Go to places just to listen to poetry. It might be easier to choose showcases where no one out of the designated readers will be performing. Try the Second Sunday Top Shelf Poets at Powell's book store in University village.

10-no criticism is ever bad. It's only how you take it. Take it all and keep the stuff that helps.

I hope I'm not too off the mark or self-serving. I mean it all. The first open mic I ever went to, the host told me. "The first rule is to pull the next guy up." I believe that to this very day.
Peace, Love, and infinite number of Monkeys
David (Buddha 309) Hargarten

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Charlie Newman is Waiting 4 the Bus+ open mic (April 1)

Waiting 4 the Bus suggested theme: Stuff and Nonsense
Mon, April 1
7:30pm – 10:00pm
Sign Up: 7:30
Showtime: 8:00
The show is Free
donation is requested for the featured performer
good food-40 beers on Tap

Charlie Newman ignites his performance poetry with a drive, spark and pugnaciousness that he'd quickly acknowledge as typical of any native (or any survivor?) of Newark, New Jersey, USA.

But he's a radical transplantee in at least a couple senses of that term. Newman's professional and musical careers also have led him through: Elizabeth, NJ; West Orange, NJ; Blairstown, NJ; Parkville, MO; New York City; Chicago; Winston Salem, NC; Nashville, TN; Louisville, KY; Orlando, FL; Louisville, KY (again); and finally back to Chicago. In this last place, he's settled well into the local performance poetry sphere.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

March 18th with Nina Corwin

Welcome to the wonderful world of Waiting 4 the Bus.
On Monday March 18th we happily present a wonderful featured performer, Nina Corwin
there will be an open mic
so come on down to Jaks Tap (901 W. Jackson)
have some beer (40 on tap)
some tasty food
and listen to some good poetry

or suggested but non-mandatory theme is "egos, alter egos, persona, and internal voices

Nina Corwin 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 curates readings at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago where she 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. In daylight hours, she is a psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013-2nd Sunday Top Shelf Poets at Powell's for March

Sunday March 10th
Change your clocks and be on time for
The Greatest Poet Alive,
Kottyn Campbell
John Goode
and Robin Fine
3-5 pm
be on time because the show starts when it starts. We try to be prompt

Powell's Bookstores Chicago, 1218 S Halsted St Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 243-9070

Friday, February 8, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013-W4Tb FEATURING DANA JERMAN+OPEN MIC

Come on out to Jaks tap
have some beer
listen to one of the coolest poets around
W4tB presents Poetry Pentathlon silver medalist Dana Jerman
and if that ain't enough
our suggested theme is Celluloid heroes,shadows on film, and the works of David Lynch
sign up--7:30
showtime 8-10pm
Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar
901 W. Jackson, Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, January 12, 2013

W4tB State of the Union or Where the Weirdness takes me.

Waiting 4 the Bus was formed around the concept of making poetic dreams come true. It was through the vision of a conclave of dreamers who would listen to each others ramblings and answer the question “What if?” with a response of “Why not?”
In the beginning there were only a few of us playing this game, but soon there were many. Together we created the Poetry Bomb, The Poetry Pentathlon, and Exact Change Only Magazine. We have performed big multi=voiced pieces, and bent the laws of time and poetry.
Time has passed and some of us have gone our separate ways, some have taken a less active but still vital role in the collective, like all things, we have evolved and from the outside it looks like we evolved into the Buddha and Esteban show. We would like to correct this perception. We are just two poets sitting around playing the “What if?’ game and hoping other folks will join the game so that we can help each other conquer what seems to be the impossible.
We are not about fame. I don’t know about anyone else but I would like the name W4tB to be associated with the creation of Art and shows that are entertaining without being pretentious. I am searching for a dedication to craft and a commitment to work both honest and true. I try to apply these things to myself and others.
W4tB has gathered to fight the scourge of Genre, to unite the various poetic tribes in the city. We all have our opinions of what is good and what is bad, what we like and what we don’t and that sometimes divide us. When we get right down to it, We Are All Poets, and it should be about the writing.
If you feel like you can deal with these concepts and like the way we roll (yo), come and check us out or come and check us out again. Maybe you’ll ask the question “What if?” and we’ll answer “Why Not?”