poetry? poetry.

poetry? poetry.

it’s the new year. we want to hear your stories, poems, letters, laundry lists, loves, complaints, and dreams.

sign up for the open mic between 5:30 and 6pm.

featured readers TBA

let’s make this the best one yet!

can’t wait to hear you.

I’ll be your host! Come check us out.


The Straight and Narrow

In The Straight and Narrow — a comedy written by Jane Blackburn Hammer and Tyler Gillespie — four people sign up for a two-day “gay-conversion” seminar. The show explores why people would sign up for a seminar/camp like this and the ways society conditions people to act straight. Gurrrl, being straight is harder than you think.

WHEN: December 27th at 8PM

WHERE: Stage 773 — 1225 West Belmont Avenue  Chicago, IL 60657

WEAR: Your best lqqk

Tickets: General Admission — $12

Student Admission — $10


DIRECTOR: Carol Bontekoe

PRODUCER: Tyler Gillespie

CAST: Carol Bontekoe, Jane Blackburn Hammer, Scott Sawa, Wynton Shannon, Christina Slyter, and Berner Taylor

PHOTO: Carol Bontekoe


Colin Self
Gary Richardson
Eric Budzynski
Tyler Gillespie
Julia Solomon
Brandon Ogborn
Drrty Sqrlz (Sarah Ashley, Blair Beeken, Christina Boucher, Stephanie Jones, and Irene Marquette)

This month Wes will be telling true stories and singing songs, accompanied by guitarist Adam Cohen-Leadholm and drummer Ross Howard.

Wednesday October 17th at 8pm
The Upstairs Gallery in Andersonville
5219 N Clark St
FREE and BYOB! ($5 suggested donation)

Jakob and I organized this reading at Kitchen Sink [1107 Berwyn Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60640].

Reality Bitez Presents back porch secrets. 

“It’s almost the end of this beautiful Chicago summer, but before it’s over let’s have one more night on the back porch. Bring some beers because here we all are. Some of us you know, some you don’t. Eventually the laughter, the heat begs us to take off our shoes & long sleeved shirts.

Here we are & our lips get looser & we start to tell secrets to each other.
Now we are intimate strangers, best friends, dates & lovers.”
— Jakob VanLammeren

Come to kitchen sink cafe on friday, september 14th from 7-9pm for a reading so you can share some back porch secrets with us. Kitchen sink will have drinks & sandwiches for sale from 7-8pm, so make sure to be there on time. BYOB. Desert will be provided by Tatiana Guest.
featured readers are:
Amy Lipman
Huey Amaru Marley
Jane Blackburn-Hammer
Jakob VanLammeren
Juana Peralta
Tyler Gillespie
Steve Hnilicka
Hosted by Juana Peralta

[Our ad in the Chicago Reader classifieds]

When: Friday, July 13 ( 7 – 9:30PM)

Where: 925 W Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614

Cost: Free

Heirloom is a three-person show presented by local artists Erin Kathryn Morrill and Carol Bontekoe and author Tyler Gillespie. The selected work navigates the concept of urban family by using photography, painting, and text.

In keeping with the theme of the urban family, Heirloom is designed to be a family reunio

n of sorts – a place where potluck meets poetry.

There will be food and alcohol, but people are encouraged to bring their favorite dishes. Don’t be like that free-loading uncle who comes and gets drunk for free and never gets invited back!

Tyler Gillespie will be reading from his book of short stories Dirty Socks and Pine Needles (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012).

Jakob VanLammeren Juana Paola Peralta and Huey Amaru Marley will also be reading at the event.

…this is my first ever book review in a newspaper! I’m really excited about it.

[Windy City Times]

Dirty Socks and Pine Needles


by Sally Parsons


By Tyler Gillesie $2.99; Sibling Rivalry Press; 26 pages [buy book here]

“Tyler Gillespie’s book is a slender collection of reminiscences that sing of gentle and bittersweet memories of a childhood in the South. It’s a helping of sweet potato pie and collard greens—a filling meal whipped up by a boy who learned disappointment and betrayal early from his father, buffered by loving grandparents, mother and uncle. These stories, crafted by a gifted young writer, will touch you deeply and haunt you often.”

read full review at Windy City Times