Poetry Publications

Dancing in Your Mother’s Skin

Poetry by Jean Howard / Photography by Alice Q. Hargrave

For over eleven years, Jean Howard has seamlessly intertwined her poetry with various artistic mediums, including theatre, art, dance, and now photography. Her poetic expressions have graced the pages of renowned publications such as "Harper’s Magazine," "Chicago Tribune," and numerous literary outlets. As a key figure in the original development of the nationally acclaimed "Uptown Poetry Slam," Howard has been honored with grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Alice Q. Hargrave, celebrated for her one-woman exhibition, "The Architecture of Memory," at the Chicago Library Cultural Center, brings a unique visual dimension to the collaborative work. Her photography, reviewed by esteemed publications like the "Chicago Tribune," "Photo District News," and "Chicago Magazine," has also appeared in editorial features for "Time," "Newsweek," "The London Observer," and "Forbes FYI."

In the world depicted by Jean Howard and Alice Hargrave, the extraordinary finds its place alongside the ordinary. "Dancing in Your Mother’s Skin" refuses to apologize for life's oddities; instead, it celebrates them.

Dwight Okita / Backstage

Dancing in your mother's skin.
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"Jean Howard’s poetry is lively with meticulous images and…rhythms. The energy of her poetry is readily involving."

Gwendolyn Brooks /
Pulitzer Prize Winner and Illinois Poet Laureate

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"…Photographer Alice Q. Hargrave brings the intangible quality of memory to her prints, revealing relationships between architecture and nature."

Abigail Foerstner /
The Chicago Tribune

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"Alice Q. Hargrave’s photography draws the viewer into an eerie way of seeing and feeling the ordinary world."

Michael A. Weinstein /
New City

The spoken word revolution slam & hip hop the hip hop poetry of a new generation.

The Spoken Word Revolution

(Slam, Hip Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation)

Edited by Mark Eleveld / Advised by Marc Smith

"The Spoken Word Revolution" stands as a vibrant celebration of a poetry revolution, featuring the written and performed works of over 40 influential slam, hip hop, and performance poets from around the globe. Mark Eleveld, an ardent advocate of spoken-word poetry and co-founder of EM Press, collaborates with Marc Smith, the visionary poet behind the poetry slam, to trace the evolution of spoken-word poetry and champion its ongoing renaissance.

Praise for "The Spoken Word Revolution":

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"Eleveld and his contributors not only celebrate the verve, artistry, and significance of performance poetry but also anchor it firmly within the splendid, age, and life-sustaining universe of poetry."

Booklist /
Starred Review

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"There’s hope, friends… a new book is out that may help us confront one of our oldest dilemmas."

Tony Brown /


Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry from Chicago's Guild Complex

Every week at the Guild Complex--Chicago's internationally renowned
cross-cultural literary center--poets open themselves up to the audience.
Power Lines celebrates the first decade of the Guild Complex, its poets, and
its publishing wing, Tia Chucha Press.

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