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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
November 19

Poetry Reading: Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline

readings & workshops
November 21

Offsite Talk: Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image 

readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

James Shea

James Shea is the author of Star in the Eye, selected as winner of the 2008 Fence Modern Poets Series and named by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of its "Favorite Books of 2008." His poems have appeared in various journals, including American Letters and Commentary,Boston Review, jubilat, Mrs. Maybe and Verse. He currently teaches poetry writing and literature at Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University.

Selected Poems

Replicas of Grace


James Shea

It's in-approximate

like a cyclone
but easy to follow.

I do tremble
between a number
and its numeral.

I feel more north.
I never move.

I see a ladder
I did not make.