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Once upon a time, there was a Meetup called "Albany Park Poetry Reading Night" hosted by Maxine & Cafe Chien... Now the name is "Poetry Reading in Albany Park and beyond". We invite you to enjoy a night of poetry (and perhaps a drink) in Albany Park and other Chicago neighborhoods. Check the calendar for dates and locations.

Jerry or Iliana would usually host the Nighthawk location events.

Jerry hosts the Gallery Cabaret location events.

Other locations would have their own hosts.

Guests are encouraged to bring a piece of poetry (original or borrowed) to share vocally, but this meetup is also open to folks who just want to listen. Written works may be on any topic and a reading of a published work by another author are also welcome. Those who would like to share will be given the floor, but no pressure to those who would choose to opt out of actively participating. Leave the negative judgments out the door, this will be a place for open and positive minds!

Upcoming events (5+)

Poetry Reading Night - NEW LOCATION!

Albany Park Branch, Chicago Public Library

Hello poetry lovers, We are trying a new location for this meet up. Why? Many asked for a quieter space. Others expressed preference for weekend gatherings instead of Mondays. With only a few attendees at Nighthawks over many weeks we had to try something new. Let’s hope that Albany Park Library would suit us! We gather and start about 5minutes past 12:30pm. We read in turns, one poem at a time. Usually, there is time for 2-3 poems to be read by each guest. But you are also welcome to just listen. One dollar donations would be appreciated to cover the cost of the Meetup. See you soon!

Poetry Reading Night

Nighthawk Chicago

We gather and start 5-10 minutes past 8pm. We read in turns, one poem at a time. Usually, there is time for 2-3 poems to be read by each guest. But you are also welcome to just listen. One dollar donations would be appreciated to cover the cost of the Meetup. See you soon!

Poetry Reading Night

Nighthawk Chicago

We gather and start 5-10 minutes past 8pm. We read in turns, one poem at a time. Usually, there is time for 2-3 poems to be read by each guest. But you are also welcome to just listen. One dollar donations would be appreciated to cover the cost of the Meetup. See you soon!

Poetry Reading Night

Nighthawk Chicago

We gather and start 5-10 minutes past 8pm. We read in turns, one poem at a time. Usually, there is time for 2-3 poems to be read by each guest. But you are also welcome to just listen. One dollar donations would be appreciated to cover the cost of the Meetup. See you soon!

Past events (26)

Poetry Reading Night at Nighthawk

Nighthawk Chicago

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