Issue 58:1 is off to print!

There’s so much to look forward to:

A strange and wonderful insert on the typography of blank pages, by Laksmi Cohen-MacGregor;

New poems by Lisa Jarnot, Phil Cordelli, Alfred Starr Hamilton, Eric Ellingsen, Tom Raworth, Marjorie Welish, Wong May; and Abdellatif Laâbi, translated by Andrew Zawacki;

New fiction by Matthew Nye; Felicitas Hoppe, translated by A. A. Srinivasan; and Sergio Pitol, translated by Cynthia Steele;

Nonfiction by Nathanaël, Rob Halpern, and J. H. Prynne;

A note on Kirill Medvedev; and, as always, rich reviews.

Lit Pub Reviews Issue 57:1/2

The Lit Pub reviews our Ammons issue, 57:1/2. 

“Crass. Delicate. Geometric. Spare. Ammons’ work ties up our ways of knowing the world in a textile, one that reaches beyond the view of the eye when held up at arm’s reach. It is crass because it understands the world is profane in its abundance. It is delicate because it intimately knows the bluejays, pebbly sluices, orange juice, broken bones, and the after-effects of spring rains on earth worms’ chances of survival.

The Chicago Review keeps this substance in its rawest form, displaying copies of unpublished, typewritten, hand-edited drafts. (It even has the scroll of Ammons’ long poem Tape copied on its spine.) And the volume also provides sufficient analytical footwork, via four well-crafted essays, to catch the reader up to speed on the major readings of Ammons’ premier poems.”

CR 57:3/4 Launch Party

Chicago Review is pleased to announce the launch of 57:3/4. Come join us to celebrate as we present readings by Kent Johnson, Jill Magi, and John Tipton.

Thursday, May 2
7:30 pm
Midway Studios, Room 108
935 E 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637

Refreshments will be served.

Midway Studios is located on the corner of 60th St and Ingleside Avenue, on the south side of the Midway Plaisance. Street parking is available along the Midway Plaisance. Parking map located here.

Kent Johnson‘s A Question Mark Above the Sun: Documents on the Mystery Surrounding a Famous Poem “by” Frank O’Hara (Punch Press, 2011), named a “Book of the Year” by the Times Literary Supplement, was recently published in an expanded edition by Starcherone/Dzanc Books. His translation and annotation of César Vallejo’s only known interview is forthcoming as a chapbook from Ugly Duckling Presse.

Jill Magi works in text and image and is the author of the books SLOT (Ugly DucklingPresse), Cadastral Map (Shearsman), Threads (Futurepoem), Torchwood (Shearsman), and numerous small, handmade books. She teaches at Goddard College and runs Sona Books, a chapbook press.

John Tipton has translated Sophocles’ Ajax and is the author of Surfaces, both books issued by Flood Editions. He is the publisher of Verge Books.

Issue 57:3/4 is off to the printer’s!

A Vivian Maier photo gallery;

Essays on Ecopoetics by Jed Rasula and David Nowell Smith;

New poems by Martha Ronk, Amaranth Borsuk, Jesse Seldess, Frederick Farryl Goodwin, Merrill Gilfillan, Rae Armantrout, Tim Earley, and Jena Osman. Aeschylus translated by John Tipton. Karl Larsson translated by Jennifer Hayashida. Michael Donhauser translated by Andrew Joron;

New fiction by Helen DeWitt and xTx. Luisa Valenzuela translated by Kirk Nesset;

Nonfiction by Gerald Bruns, Brian Blanchfield & Merrill Gilfillan, and Viktor Zhirmunsky (translated by John Hoffmann);

And, as always, a rich selection of notes and reviews.

Tom Raworth Reading

Friday, October 12, 2012
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse (60th St. and Drexel Ave.)

Refreshments will be served.

The Logan Center for the Arts is located on 60th St between Drexel Ave and Ingleside Avenue, on the south side of the Midway Plaisance. Street parking is available along the Midway Plaisance. Parking map located here.

This reading is part of the Logan Launch Festival, a three-day event celebrating the opening of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. Find more information about other events at the Festival here.


Tom Raworth was born in London in 1938. Since leaving school at 16 he has worked; occasionally taught; printed and published poetry by others in both magazines and books; lived in England, the United States and Mexico; had more than 40 books of his own (poetry and prose) published; been translated into many languages; exhibited his graphic work worldwide; collaborated with musicians, visual artists and other writers; and has given readings in more than twenty countries (most recently China and Mexico). Carcanet published his Collected Poems in 2003, and plan a Selected Poems for his 75th birthday next year. He wonders where it all went wrong and what he’ll do when he grows up.

Tom Pickard Reading

Friday, October 5, 2012
5:00pm in CDT

Taft House Reading Room, 6016 S. Ingleside, Chicago, IL

Chicago Review and the Committee on Creative Writing are pleased to present Tom Pickard.

Join us in the Taft House Reading Room (6016 S. Ingleside) at 5 on October 5. Refreshments will be served.


Tom Pickard lives in the North Pennine hills of the English-Scottish Border. His last three books of poetry, Hole in the Wall (New and Selected)The Dark Months of May, and Ballad of Jamie Allan were all published by Flood Editions. Ballad of Jamie Allan was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards. His part-memoir, More Pricks Than Prizes, was published by Pressed Wafer in 2010.


A Multimedia Reading

Thursday, May 31, 2012
7:30pm in CDT
Rosenwald Hall, Room 405, Chicago, IL

With generous support from Poem Present and the New Media Workshop, Chicago Review is pleased to announce A Multimedia Reading by Stephanie Strickland and Judd Morrissey

Refreshments will be served.

Chicago Review Reading

Keston Sutherland & William Fuller & John Wilkinson

7-9 PM at The (New) Corpse Space 1511 N. Milwaukee 2nd Floor

April 23, 2011

Keston Sutherland teaches English literature and critical theory at the University of Sussex. He is editor of Quid and the Quid CD series and is currently editing the complete critical prose of J.H. Prynne. He has published numerous essays on poetics, politics and philosophy. Keston’s poetry has been translated into French, German, English and Chinese, appearing in anthologies, journals and newspapers across the high art marginalese diaspora. He has given readings all over the world and is thus thoroughly metropolitan. He represented Great Britain in November 2005 at the French Biennale des Poetes at Val de Marne.

William Fuller’s new book Hallucination has just been published by Flood Editions; Watchword (2006) and Sadly (2003) were also published by Flood. Three Replies appeared from Keston Sutherland and Andrea Brady’s Barque Press in 2008; and his next book, Quorum, will be published by Seagull Books, India, as part of a series of books edited by Keston Sutherland. He lives in Hubbard Woods and has worked on the same floor of The Northern Trust Company for the last 26 years.

John Wilkinson is an English poet of uncertain origin whose most recent books of poetry are Down to Earth (2008) and Flung Clear (2010), the latter a revised reissue of a 1994 title. These titles seem oddly situating, as though the books’ writer were placed and displaced through writing and publication, as though writing expressed him, to his bemusement. Born in London but never a Londoner, always away somewhere, he has lived in the US since 2005, joining the faculty of the University of Chicago last summer. But if he takes place it may be elsewhere, or so it feels. It feels for him, that is, and finds a stand-in which allows him to be here – the displaced, exiled and distorted expression of his writing.

Poetry from Berlin: Again!

Saturday, January 30, 2010
7:00pm until 8:00pm

Can’t make our event at the Goethe-Institut? Don’t worry!

Chicago Review presents another reading with Christian Hawkey, Uljana Wolf & Monika Rinck — this time at Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL.