WBEZ | Verse Journalism http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Revolution in Progress http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/revolution-progress-98280 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Stavroula Harissis_NWA.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>Stavroula Harissis</strong> of Albany Park spent three weeks at Occupy Wall Street, but hadn't written much about the experience before. Harissis says the experience was "so overwhelming, it's been hard to process." But she says the Verse Journalism workshop presented "a perfect opportunity to start putting my experience into words.”</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_Harissis_Revolution%20in%20Progress.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.</p><p>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a station partner.<br><br><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a> to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.<br><br>You can also <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism</a> and his own experiences with the form.</p></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/revolution-progress-98280 Give Him Justice http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/give-him-justice-98282 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Charlene Smith_NWA.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>Charlene K. Smith</strong> heard an interesting interview with Jack Hamann, author of <em>On American Soil</em>, which led her to write this piece about Samuel Snow and the other black soldiers who received an apology from the U.S. Army in 2008. The soldiers had been falsely court-martialed on charges of rioting and lynching a prisoner of war during WWII. Snow died shortly after his name was cleared at age 84.</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_Smith_Give%20Him%20Justice.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.<br>&nbsp;<br>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a station partner.<br><br><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a> to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.<br><br>You can also <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism</a> and his own experiences with the form.</p></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/give-him-justice-98282 Bombs Bursting in Air http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/bombs-bursting-air-98283 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/David Nekimken_NWA-croppedBR.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>David Nekimken</strong> of Hyde Park was so moved by the documentary film <em>Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1</em> at the recent “<a href="http://peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?Itemid=9&amp;id=129&amp;option=com_content&amp;view=article">Peace on Earth Film Festival</a>” that he selected the film's topic as his own. Nekimken says he "was sad and angry" and wants "everyone to know this story is not just in the past." The U.S. military tested atomic and hydrogen bombs on Bikini Atoll. Residents of the area report elevated levels of cancer and other health problems.</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_Nekimken_Bombs%20bursting%20in%20air.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.<br>&nbsp;<br>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a station partner.<br><br><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a> to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.<br><br>You can also <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism </a>and his own experiences with the form.</p></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/bombs-bursting-air-98283 Aftermath http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/aftermath-98284 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/D.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>D. Kucha Brownlee</strong> of East Garfield Park decided to write about the unrest in Afghanistan, exploring the recent burning of Qurans by U.S. soldiers and the reaction to it. Brownlee says she was worried for the soldiers’ safety. She also was concerned some of the soldiers may have been disrespectful of other cultures, and may have unwittingly played into extremists’ hands and incited violence.</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_Brownlee_Aftermath.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.<br>&nbsp;<br>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a station partner.<br><br><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a> to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.<br><br>You can also <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism</a> and his own experiences with the form.</p></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/aftermath-98284 John Jones-The Black Laws/Black Codes http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/john-jones-black-lawsblack-codes-98281 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Baba Tony Brown_NWA-croppedBR.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>Baba Tony Brown</strong> of East Garfield Park loves writing. He got started in grammar school, and today, he’s a professional storyteller. Here he writes to educate people about the “Black Laws” that denied rights to African-Americans, and John Jones, the man who fought to repeal them. Jones was a Cook County commissioner and abolitionist whose home and business provided stops on the Underground Railroad.</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_Brown_John%20Jones_The%20Black%20Laws-Black%20Codes.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.<br>&nbsp;<br>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a station partner.<br><br><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a> to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.<br><br>You can also <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism</a> and his own experiences with the form.</p><p><em>Editor's Note: The poem suggests Jones College Prep high school was named after John Jones. The correct school &nbsp;namesake is William Jones, who became the first president of the Board of Education in 1840.</em></p></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/john-jones-black-lawsblack-codes-98281 At the Poetry Slam http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/poetry-slam-98043 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Allen F. McNair_NWA.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>Allen Frank McNair </strong>of Lincoln Park wrote his piece to honor the fellowship he found at a community church poetry slam. Allen shares that he “found [his] voice in poetry” and this workshop taught him to use even more poetic license in telling his stories.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_McNair_At%20the%20Poetry%20Slam.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.</p><p>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a station partner.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a>&nbsp;to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.</p><p>You can also <a href="programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse"> </a>and his own experiences with the form.</p></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/poetry-slam-98043 The Borders Blues http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/borders-blues-98044 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Emmoretta Jones_NWA.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>Emmoretta Jones </strong>knew immediately what she wanted to write about when instructor Quraysh Ali Lansana prompted her to think of a news story she wanted to explore.&nbsp; The Borders on 95<sup>th</sup> Street in Beverly had been a favorite spot of hers for years and today its abandoned state is just a reminder of what “used to be.”</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_Jones_The%20Borders%20Blues.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.</p><p>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a station partner.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a>&nbsp;to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.</p><p>And to hear other work around what happens when institutions leave neighborhoods, along with conversation on the topic, listen to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight/2012-04-09/segment/verse-journalism-poems-examine-impact-when-institutions-leave">this <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> interview with UIC professor of Urban Planning and Policy, Rachel Weber</a>.</p><p>You can also <a href="programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse"> </a>and his own experiences with the form.</p></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/borders-blues-98044 At the Center of Trauma http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/center-trauma-98045 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Nicole Bond_NWA.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>Nicole Bond</strong> of Hyde Park was personally affected by the closing of Michael Reese Hospital. A close family member had worked there from 1967 until the hospital closed its doors, and died shortly after.</p><p>In researching for this piece, Nicole revisited newspaper articles her family had archived as the hospital began to transition following its purchase in 1991. She also read "All Our Lives: A Centennial History Of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1881-1981" by Sarah Gordon, which Nicole found to be “an amazing resource” – it had been a gift to her family member from the hospital during the centennial celebrations.</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_Bond_At%20the%20Center%20of%20Trauma.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.</p><p>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a station partner.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a>&nbsp;to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.</p><p>And hear more about what happens when institutions leave neighborhoods <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight/2012-04-09/segment/verse-journalism-poems-examine-impact-when-institutions-leave">as part of this <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> interview with UIC professor of Urban Planning and Policy, Rachel Weber</a>.</p><p>You can also <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse"> </a>and his own experiences with the form.</p></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/center-trauma-98045 Extra Extra A Gentleman Steps In http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/extra-extra-gentleman-steps-97843 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Delores Tolliver_NWA_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>Delores Tolliver</strong> was inspired to write her piece about a personal experience.&nbsp; In 2006 she had been walking in Hyde Park, feeling safe and secure. She writes: “The buildings in Hyde Park are tall and well-structured towering over the community like a coat of armor.” Until a young man approached her, started following her, and then chased her.</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_Tolliver_Extra%20Extra%20A%20Gentleman%20Steps%20in.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.<br><br>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.jot.org/">Neighborhood Writing Alliance</a>, a station partner.<br><br><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a> to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.</p><p>You can also <a href="programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism</a> and his own experiences with the form.</p></p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/extra-extra-gentleman-steps-97843 Shots Cross Milwaukee Avenue http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/shots-cross-milwaukee-avenue-97844 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Donna Pecore_NWA.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet <strong>Donna Pecore</strong> of Jefferson Park/Albany Park reflected on an article published in her neighborhood paper, <a href="http://www.nadignewspapers.com/"><em>The Nadig Press</em></a>, after she was surprised to learn a shooting had taken place in her neighborhood. &nbsp;<br><br>While she has never visited Capital Club – which bills itself as “the premier Polish Nightclub in Chicago” – Donna always thought of it as a Polish nightclub and says she was surprised to learn of its diverse clientele. As she learned more about the shooting, and the city’s response, her viewpoints about the issues involved multiplied and led to the piece recorded here.</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/VJ2012_Pecore_Shots%20Cross%20Milwaukee%20Avenue_0.pdf">Click here</a> to read this piece.<br><br>Verse Journalism is a form of poetry inspired by the news. It was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.jot.org/">Neighborhood Writing Alliance</a>, a station partner.<br><br><a href="http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism">Click here</a> to listen to other Verse Journalism recordings made as part of this project.</p><p>You can also <a href="programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-04-02/quraysh-ali-lansana-talks-about-his-work-and-verse">listen to Quraysh Ali Lansana speak with WBEZ's Jason Marck about the origins of verse journalism</a> and his own experiences with the form.</p></p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/versejournalism/shots-cross-milwaukee-avenue-97844