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Artist Bios


Serving Poetry on a Chilled Platter

January 25 @7pm


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GREGORIO is the MC/host of the infamous Monday Night Poetry at "Weeds" (circa '85)...Gregorio, who immigrated from Veracruz, Mexico, has been a presence and influence of the spoken word of Chicago's poetry community for over thirty years. He has been a featured poet in many of the city's poetry venues and published in various magazines and anthologies.




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Gregory Curry was born and raised in New Jersey where he attended Ramapo College. After graduating he lived in Florida for several years pursuing a career in the arts and selling paintings on street corners. Upon coming to Chicago, Gregory was homeless for several months, using most of the day to write poetry on various park benches. Once back on his feet Gregory became active in the Chicago poetry scene. His first book, Artificial Horizon, was published by Generationless Publications and his second book, Gently Broken, came out in October of 2014 by Puddin’head Press. Gregory is on staff at the In One Ear Open Mic and produces his own shows, The Elevator Sessions and Caffeinated Confessions. He has appeared in Street Wise magazine, interviewed on James Gordon’s radio show GPA Talks Everything, asked to perform on the Poet at the End of the World podcast, and was recently asked to teach a series of writing workshops at the Spoken Word Lounge. In addition to regular readings and feature performances he is a big fan of reading in quiet spaces and B-grade horror movies.




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Chuck Kramer taught reading and writing in Chicago’s public schools for thirty years. He’s also worked as an advertising copywriter, a public relations writer, and the theater critic for the Oak Leaves newspaper. He currently cohosts the Weeds Poetry Open Mic every Monday night and is a free-lance photographer for the Windy City Times.

His poems and short stories have appeared in many publications. He’s written two unpublished novels and is currently working on a third.

Cordell M. Miles Jr.

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Cordell M. Miles Jr. currently lives in northwest Indiana, just on the outskirts of Chicago. An aspiring writer, experienced with years of expression, his work has been published in multiple issues of the Journal of Modern Poetry. He also can be seen frequently expressing his words vocally at Weeds Tavern.

Driving Cordell’s writing and life is the mantra that sometimes you can take your gifts and combine them with your joys, pains and lessons learned from life to manifest them into something virtuous.



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Hillary Kobernick writes poems for both performance and page. She holds a master’s of divinity and currently pastors outside of Chicago. Her poems have appeared on Button Poetry and in literary magazines in the U.S. and Cananda including DecomP, Bellevue Literary Review, and FreezeRay. She has two chapbooks, titled Flying Lessons and Sunrise O’Clock.




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