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The Encyclopedia Show Presents! Series 2, Volume 10: The Circus

Chicago Slam Works brings to you the season finale of the 2009 Orgie Theatre Award winning Encyclopedia Show. The Encyclopedia Show showcases visual art, comedy, music and spoken word on a wide variety of subjects related to a chosen topic. This month: Series 2, Volume 10: The Circus.

Featuring (Contributor – Topic):
Roger Bonair-Agard (Vox Ferus, National Poetry Slam Champion) Flea Circuses; Aricka Foreman (Detroit Public Schools Writer in Residence) The Lions of Gunther Gebel Williams; Patrick Somerville (Author of “The Cradle”) The Bozo Show; Adam Gottlieb (Louder than a Bomb Champion) Showman's Rest; The Heavy Boxes (Ukulele Cabaret) Elvira Madigan; Ric Ianciotti (Video Artist) Live Circus Deaths; Max Kessler (Boston National Poetry Slam Representative) Family Circus; Andy Bayiates (Playwright, Neo-Futurist alumnus, former astrology columnist for Time Out Chicago) Johnny Eck; Karrie Waarala (Poet, Librarian, Circus Aficionado) Karl Wallenda; Tony Denis (College Slam Champion and Teaching Artist) Tyke the Elephant; Mojdeh Stoakley (Lethal Poetry Productions) Gibsonton, FL; Nina Coomes (16 Year Old Poet) Myrtle Corbin; Kim Saltin (Maker and Breaker of Dreams) Clown College; Melanie "George" Decelles (3rd Place at youth poetry nationals) Juggalos; and Josh Boyd (Catacomb Confetti) John Wayne Gacy. Also featuring jugglers, live animals, and carnies!

With hosts Robbie Q Telfer (Author of Spiking the Sucker Punch) and Shanny Jean Maney (Author of Our Brave Faces Were Just Smiles) and cast regulars: Kurt Heintz ( Fact Checker; Patrick Carberry (Fiction Writer); Tim Stafford (HBO Def Poet); Joel Chmara (HBO Def Poet); Evan Chung (Musician) - House Band Leader "The Encartagans"; and Emily Rose (Poetry Vet and House Manager) –as Jilted Emily Rose.

Winner of a 2009 Orgie Theatre Award, The Encyclopedia Show is brought to from the quirky minds of poets and producers Robbie Q Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney. The Encyclopedia Show showcases visual art, comedy, music and spoken word on a wide variety of subjects related to a chosen topic. Each month a new topic is picked at random from the encyclopedia and assignments are sent to a diverse group of writers, artists, poets and performers. Past contributors have included Bill Ayers, Marc Smith, Paul Sereno, Anis Mojgani, Idris Goodwin, Lisa Buscani, Cameron McGill, Kevin Coval, Derrick Brown, and Marty McConnell. For audio from previous shows and additional information, visit

The Encyclopedia Show draws its novice and notable talent from Chicago Area and National Artists in the Slam, Academic and Youth artists' communities.

Chicago Slam Works brings together audiences, poets and arts organizations to promote the quality of oral tradition through well-crafted poetry.


Recorded Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at Vittum Theater.

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