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Poetry with a Pulse

Poetry? Really? Before the form conjures up dreary verse, think Kerouac, Gwendolyn Brooks and Dr. Seuss. A poem shouldn’t be a riddle. It’s the sound of truth. The touch of common experience. The beat of a bass under your feet.

A life-long writer, Emily Calvo parlayed her love of words into an award-winning commercial writing career, but began performing her poems in coffee shops, bars, libraries, schools and festivals in the mid 1990s

Emily’s accessible, yet well-crafted work spans humor to commentary while straddling the line between academic and spoken word styles.  Her work has been published in the Oyez Review, After Hours, Colere, the C ity of Chicago’s web site and others. She has performed poetry in Fontenay du Comte, France during arts exchange programs in 2001 and 2002. In 2014, she launched her book, Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd with a grant from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and debuted the book at the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill.

Calvo also spent three years as a poet-in-residence in the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Hands on Stanza program. She also performs and conducts workshops in other schools.

As an organizer, she was a core planning committee member for the 1999 and 2003 National Poetry Slam Championships.

Having survived two cancer diagnoses, Calvo has renewed commitment to artful work for its healing value and shares that message with others.

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