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Poetry Month at the Cliff Dwellers

Thursday, April 13, 2023
6-8 p.m.

Cliff Dwellers
200 S. Michigan Ave.
Penthouse (22nd Floor)

For more than a century, the Cliff Dwellers Club has promoted and celebrated fine arts in Chicago. It's fitting that the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame partnered with the Cliff Dwellers to put on a special celebration in honor of Poetry Month. Several contributors to Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, including Naoko FujimotoElise Paschen and Kathleen Rooney read poems and discussed their art. In addition, the Club mounted a modest exhibit of Wherever I’m At visual artists that included works by Mary Livoni and Chuck Walker.

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It was a beautiful night to enjoy the Cliff Dwellers' patio, with views of Millennium Park to the north. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Eve Moran welcomes guests on behalf of the Cliff Dwellers. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Kathleen Rooney shares a selection from her recent collection, Where Are the Snows. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Naoko Fujimoto holds up her copy of Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Elise Paschen shares a moment with the audience. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Videographer Rana Segal spies Donald G. Evans through her lens. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Mary Livoni ruminates on the relationship between literature, Chicago, and her art. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Chuck Walker shares some thoughts about his paintings. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Donald G. Evans, Elise Paschen, Kelci Dean and Mary Livoni engage in pre-program dinner chat. (Photo by Don Seeley).
The artists show their appreciation for the evening. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Mary Livoni, Kathleen Rooney, Naoko Fujimoto, and Elise Paschen (from left to right) savor a moment. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Kelci Dean sells copies of the anthology, as well as titles by the night's readers. (Photo by Don Seeley).
The atmosphere at the Club was electric on one of the spring's best evenings. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Naoko signs copies of her graphic poetry book, Glyph. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Poet Elise and Painter Chuck pose. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Kathleen and others investigate each others' books. (Photo by Don Seeley).

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