Tag: Chicago

Tara Betts features at Wit Rabbit reading series at Township (Chicago, IL)

DSC00287Tara Betts reads from her latest book Break the Habit and new work at Township for the ongoing Wit Rabbit seriesTownship is located at 2200 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, and the reading starts at 5 p.m.

Tara Betts at Wit Rabbit series (Chicago, IL)

Tara Betts shares new work at the Wit Rabbit series at Township, located at 2200 N. California Ave. in Logan Square.


Tara Betts at Women & Children First bookstore (Chicago, IL)

Tara Betts will read and sign copies of Break the Habit at Women & Children First Bookstore, Chicago’s long-time woman-centered, independent bookstore in Andersonville. Women & Children First is located at 5233 N. Clark Street.

Tara Betts celebrates Break the Habit with City Lit Books

Tara Betts will read from and sign copies of her new book Break the Habit at Logan Square’s City Lit Books, located at 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., near the blue line. Stay tuned for suprises!

Tara Betts, Eve Ewing, and Krista Franklin at Bucketfeet

Scholars. Visual Artist. All teaching artists and poets.

Tara Betts, Eve Ewing, and Krista Franklin join forces for a reading.

Join them at 6 p.m.

Bucketfeet store, at 1647 N. Damen (north of Milwaukee) in Wicker Park.

Break the Habit party with Tara Betts & Special Guests


Break the Habit launch party with Tara Betts & Special Guests
Join Tara’s friends and family to celebrate the release of her new book BREAK THE HABIT.
Special Guests include Brother El, Ugochi, Mesha Arant, and photographer Tonika Johnson.
Rootwork Gallery, 645 W. 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60616
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Tara at AWP 2012

A Face to Meet the Faces will be released by The University of Akron Press in February 2012. Oliver de la Paz and Stacey Lynn Brown are hosting an AWP book release party at The Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct., four blocks from the Chicago Hilton, on Thursday, March 1, 2012, from 6-7:30 pm. Readers include Tara Betts, Eduardo C. Corral, Nina Corwin, Matthew Guenette, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marty McConnell, Tomas Q. Morin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Patricia Smith, and Brian Turner.

On Friday, March 2, 2012, 6-7:30 p.m. at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake Street, Room 102, Chicago, IL. contributors to the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series’ new anthology, VILLANELLES, co-edited by Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth Mali. Free and open to the public. Tara Betts is featured in this anthology, and readers at this event include: Grace Bauer, Robin Becker, Bruce Bennett, Martha Collins, Brendan Constantine, Steven Cramer, Timothy Donnelly, Danna Ephland, Annie Finch, Charles Fort, Claudia Gary, Matthew Hittinger, Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Taylor Mali, Patricia Monaghan, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Marilyn Nelson, Kathleen Ossip, Lois Roma-Deeley, Jill Allyn Rosser, Susan B.A. Somers Willett, Kate Sontag, Lisa Vihos, and Ken Waldman.

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Tara Betts will be presenting at the 2012 AWP Conference panel “Ear Candy: Teaching the Pleasures of Poetic Meter” with Liz Ahl, Jeff Oaks, Annie Finch, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Rooted in a diversity of aesthetic and pedagogical perspectives, this panel focuses on the teaching and learning of meter: how, when, and why might one teach meter to young poets? Is teaching meter like teaching other elements of poetic craft and technique? Is meter akin to music or language when it comes to learning and teaching? How can we help our students sing out rather than slog through? How might activities like scansion, reading aloud, or imitation, help poets develop an ear for meter?

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 6-8 p.m. Aquarius Press/ will host a special off-site reading at Blanc Gallery, 445 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60653 in Bronzeville. Featured readers include Makalani Bandele, Tara Betts, Curtis L. Crisler, Kelly Norman Ellis, Reggie Flood, Krista Franklin, Randall Horton, Alan King, and Legacy Award winners Samiya Bashir and Parneshia Jones.

The Silver Room-Chicago

Tara Betts returns to one of her favorite places in Chicago, The Silver Room, to celebrate the release of her debut collection ARC & HUE on Aquarius Press/Willow Books.
The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois


Katerina’s, 1920 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois 60613 – $7
Tara Betts celebrates the release of her debut collection ARC AND HUE as a feature at this series, which will be recorded for Chicago Public Radio. This event also showcases Les Pontes Arts Ensemble including Richard Fammerée & singer-songwriter Carrie Ingrisano w/ Meg Lauterbach, Victor Sanders & Meg Thomas.