Amanda Williams wins Aphra Behn Poetry Contest

Amanda Williams has won the Caffeine Theatre’s fourth poetry contest. The contest, titled “Golden-Pointed Darts, Or, a Contest in Poesy to Honour the Incomparable Astraea and Other Adventuresses, Spies, Writers, and Thespians,” considered poems inspired by or in conversation with the life or work of Aphra Behn. Amanda’s poem “Sometimes I Acted Backstage Too” was chosen unanimously by the judging committee and will be performed at the Aphra Behn Coffeehouse in November.

Come hear Tim Stafford perform October 6

Lyrical Graffiti is bringing Chicago poet Tim Stafford to perform at Illinois Wesleyan on Thursday, October 6, at 7 PM in CNS 102.  Tim’s performance will be preceded by a student open mic and followed by a student slam.

“Tim Stafford is one of the funniest writers in the business,” write the Lyrical Graffiti organizers. “He’s worked with Mental Graffiti, the Encyclopedia Show, and the Green Mill in Chicago and was one half of the hilarious Death From Below poetry duo. His most recent project, Learn then Burn, is a compilation of some of the best contemporary and slam poetry that is content- and language-appropriate for elementary and high school classrooms.”