Brewed Awakenings Open Mic

Pamela Larson and Michal Mendelsohn will be featured on February 23, also at 12:30 PM.

There will also be an open mic. Cover charge of $7.00 includes coffee and a snack. The readings are sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.

Pamela Larson has recently been published on, and in bottle rockets #29, 2013 HSA Anthology. She had two poems published in JOMP 16, one of which received a Pushcart Prize Nomination. She has won several awards from Highland Park Poetry and has coordinated an Exquisite Corpse, a Cinepoem Showcase, and now is coordinating a Chaining project (all with Highland Park Poetry). She is a member of the Arlington Poetry Project, NWCC’s 2nd Saturday Poets, Highland Park Poetry, Haiku Society of America, Poets & Patrons of Chicago and the Illinois State Poetry Society.

Michal Mendelsohn, the second woman ordained as a rabbi in the United States, is writing her memoir, Rabbi, Your Cleavage is Showing, and working on a chapbook based on Biblical and Jewish themes, called Drowning in the Desert. Her poetry book, Chasing Moonbeams is available on She also writes sermons and prayers. Mendelsohn is a lawyer (in recovery), had a radio talk show on KGO radio in Northern California called "God-Talk" and has served as rabbi of two congregations in the Chicago area. She taught Religious Studies for six years at Benedictine University in Lisle.

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  • Rick S.

    I will be there and look forward to meeting everyone.

    February 20, 2014

  • Gary K.

    I never miss this but a last minute schedule conflict has occurred for me. Nuts!

    February 20, 2014

  • Ryno

    Looks like I have to go in for training at one, so, I have to back out.

    February 20, 2014

    • Ryno

      I know Rick, Gary and Pam have been here previously, so look for them to meetup with. Sorry I can't make it.

      February 20, 2014

  • Ryno

    It looks like I have to go in for volunteer training this Sunday. The time hasn't been hammered out yet. I'll keep you all tuned. Even if I can't attend, the event is still on ... it'd just be a matter of looking for each other. This event is setup by the Illinois State Poetry Society, so, like I mentioned, event if I can't make it, the open mic is still on, so, feel free to attend.

    February 17, 2014

  • Kathryn H.

    I think this will be fantastic

    1 · February 2, 2014

    • Ryno

      This is a fun event. I hope you find it ok and have a blast.

      February 17, 2014

  • Ryno

    As time goes by, I may need to change my rsvp. I will keep you all posted.

    February 10, 2014

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