Chicago poets Dan “Sully” Sullivan and J.W. Basilo will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in a Society of Midland Authors event at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago.
Held in celebration of National Poetry Month, the performance begins at 7 p.m. A social hour with free appetizers and a cash bar begins at 6 p.m. No reservations are required for this free public event.
Sullivan has appeared on HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry,” on National Public Radio and at the Green Mill Uptown Poetry Slam. He was the Chicago Mental Graffiti Poetry Slam Champion for 2003, 2004 and 2005 and a recipient of the 2003 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award. Sully is a member of the Speak’Easy Ensemble directed by Marc “So What!” Smith and makes up one half of the duo Death From Below. He is co-founder and sponsor of the Oak Park and River Forest High School’s Spoken Word Club. He recently released a poetry album and chapbook, “Because We Can’t Fight the Bulldozer Alone.” For details, see http://whoisdansully.com.
Basilo is a writer, performer, humorist, musician and educator from Chicago whose work is equal parts poignant and perverse, hilarious and heart-wrenching. Basilo is a National and World Poetry Slam finalist, a PushCart Prize Nominee, one half of poetry-comedy duo Beard Fight (with Dan Sully), and an artist-in-residence at Real Talk Avenue. His work has appeared on NPR, CBS, WGN, in the Chicago Tribune, numerous literary journals and hundreds of theaters, dive bars, prisons, schools and comedy clubs. Basilo was recently named executive director of Chicago Slam Works, and is the co-host of the world-famous Uptown Poetry Slam at The Green Mill. For details, see http://www.bustedmouth.com.