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Call for Submissions- Muzzle Magazine [Nov. 8th, 2010|10:05 am]
MUZZLE is a quarterly online magazine that is run by a bunch of hooligans and publishes poetry, art, book reviews, performance reviews, and interviews. Additionally, we are interested in collaborative and multi-media pieces.

With each issue, we aim to bring together the voices of poets from a diverse array of backgrounds, paying special homage to those from communities that are historically underrepresented in literary magazines.

We are currently taking submissions for our third issue, scheduled to come out February 15, 2011. Submissions will close for this issue on January 15, 2011.

For the complete submission guidelines, please visit the website:

Also, please check out the latest issue to get a better idea of our aesthetic:
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(no subject) [Sep. 13th, 2010|08:55 pm]

I've been ready on this path to go to grad school and become a creative writing professor for a while.

I've wanted to be a chef since I was 12.

I can't go to chef school and grad school (at least not at the same time).

I need to figure out what I'm doing next year.
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Real Talk Live [Aug. 19th, 2010|10:28 am]
What time is it? It's Real Talk Time!

That's right! If you missed last month, make it up to yourself and join us for our next installment on Friday, August 27, 2010, 7:30p (Doors @7p) at the Real Talk House (4520 N. Monticello Avenue). We've got an amazing night planned for you. Check it out:

Poet Jamaal Vs. May from Detroit and Comedian Brendan McGowan from Chicago
Amazing right? Some info about them:
Jamaal Vs. May is a poet, editor, producer and recording artist from Detroit, MI. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Atlanta Review, Verse Daily and The Collagist among other magazines and anthologies. He has received a Bread Loaf Work Study Scholarship, a Pushcart nomination, an International Publication Prize from Atlanta Review and a Cave Canem Fellowship. May is a two time Midwest Regional Poetry Slam Champion and two-time Individual World Slam finalist. He is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College and teaches poetry in public schools through the Inside Out Literary Arts Project. His first chapbook “The God Engine” was published by Pudding House Press in 2009. Production and engineering credits include The Last Poets, Dead Prez and The Four Tops. http://www.versiz.com/

Brendan McGowan is a stand-up comedian with a focus on storytelling and social satire. Born and raised on the north side of Chicago, he has performed at all the premier independent showcases in Chicago, as well as in comedy clubs throughout the Midwest. Brendan recently ranked among the Top 10 best comedians in Chicago by Comedy.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JdE4Dd-8qg&feature=related

Other great things about the show:
As always, we are an 18+ performance space.
There will be an Open Mic, but the list fills fast! Get there early to grab a spot.
Requested donation at the door.
Rumors of a cash bar with wine, PBR, water and soda for sale.
Join our FB group http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=134378516597475&ref=ts

Invite your friends, tell everyone you know. You complete me.
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(no subject) [May. 3rd, 2010|11:56 pm]
MUZZLE is an online poetry magazine I am starting because I think there needs to be a better space to share the poetry being produced by slam/performance poets (and to review it) than Facebook. I by no means want to shut the door on submissions from non-slam poets--I just want the door to be propped open to slam poets for a change. I have no interest in literary cannons of restraint. I like to be astonished. I like poems.

We are now officially open to submissions for our first issue (which is scheduled to come out in July 2010).

MUZZLE will publish poetry, book reviews, performance reviews, interviews, and art. We only accept unpublished work (we will not hold your personal blog or chapbooks against you). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere.

please check out our submission guidelines:

I'm really excited about this project! Send me poems!
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(no subject) [Mar. 6th, 2010|05:55 pm]
I currently have a huge apartment in Uptown with 3 lovely roommates in the Uptown neighborhood, but I need to find somebody to take my room from April 1st-July 31st because I was offered a spot in a prestigious writers residency.

The apartment is walking distance to both the Lawrence and Wilson Red Line stops. It is about 2000 square feet. It has a gorgeous front room with hardwood floors, a fire place, and lots of windows.

My bedroom is the master bedroom-- it's very large, lots of closet space, and has a private bathroom.

My roommates are:
2 girls 1 guy
ages 22-23
vegetarian (but open to living with non-vegetarians)
recent college graduates
very nice and beautiful people

Please contact me if you'd like pictures of the place!
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(no subject) [Mar. 4th, 2010|11:41 pm]
anybody want to sublet my place in Chicago?

pretty pretty please?

It'll be available starting in April.

I was offered a spot in a writer's residency. I really really want to take it.
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shameless self promotion [Mar. 1st, 2010|11:02 pm]
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tattoo ideas [Feb. 10th, 2010|12:03 am]
Is it a cliche to get angel wings tattooed on your shoulder blades? I want them, but I can't explain why very well.

other ideas (that will probably eventually get done):

"POET" (in typwriter font) on the nape of my neck. I almost got this done over the summer, but poverty stopped me.
"carpe diem" on the inside of my left wrist (I know this one is definitely a cliche, but it has sentimental meaning to me/ there was a restaurant in Brussels I ate at constantly called Carpe Diem).
a hummingbird on my right ribcage (the non-tattooed side).
an olive branch (somewhere?)
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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2010|01:37 pm]
It's times like these, being too sick to adequately take care of myself, that being single sucks a big one.
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2010|10:47 pm]
somedays I feel like a walking confessional. I don't understand what inspires people who don't really know me to tell me their deepest darkest secrets. On one hand, I find it flattering that they think I'm that trustworthy and can handle it. On the other hand, I'm tired of carrying everybody else's burdens around with me everywhere I go. Sometimes I'd like to be oblivious and believe the world isn't so cruel and people are good.
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