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Open Mic & Walking With Whitman: Elaine Equi

WWBA continues its eighth season of its signature series Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance. The event begins with a community mic at 6 pm, free with admission. After a musical prelude, the main event begins at 8 pm with the featured poet. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Elaine Equi was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1953. She received a BA and an MA in English from Columbia College, where she taught a poetry workshop for several years after graduating. Along with her husband, Jerome Sala, she was active in Chicago’s performance poetry scene.

Equi’s first book, Federal Woman, was published in 1978 by Danaides Press. She has written over ten books of poetry, including Sentences and Rain (Coffee House Press, 2015); Click and Clone (Coffee House Press, 2011); Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2007), which was shortlisted for the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize; The Cloud of Knowable Things (Coffee House Press, 2003); and Voice-Over (Coffee House Press, 1999), chosen by Thom Gunn for the San Francisco State Poetry Award.

Equi’s most recent book is Sentences and Rain (Coffee House Press, 2015). She teaches at New York University and in the MFA Program at the New School.


Tickets can be bought at the door, or by calling 631-427-5240 x112. Tickets available here.