The Blackbird's Field Illustrated

Abi Stokes has created a beautiful comic based on The Blackbird's field by Vasko Popa. Check it out! nexus.colum.edu/cit/wd/stokes/index.html


Where Are You From? -Call for Submissions!

There is still time to submit yr work to Elephants #2: The Immigrant's Address. The deadline has been extended to JANUARY 31st! Please send up to three pages of poetry, artwork, or flash fiction/creative nonfiction that addresses the question "Where Are You From?". We want to encourage writers and artists of all backgrounds to submit. Just send your work to elephantzine@gmail.com. visit our website for more info.


Goodbye Georgie Bush

...hello Barack Obama!

Chicago pride!

the sight hundreds of thousands that peacefully filled the streets of the loop the night of the fourth is something I'll never forget.

as we dwindle out the last 73 days of the worst presidential fiasco in history, let's look back on some of our favorite moments of the Bush regime together and hope that the new prez can salvage the wreckage and bring us some real change...


peace, HK


Change? Change?

hey, did you vote yet?

Go! Vote! Do it!

damm you.


Elbow Poets


a community poetry reading series

presents: Rey Escobar, Rachel Javellana, & Tyler Flynn Dorholt

Thursday, October 30 7:30p.m.

1278 North Milwaukee 4W

a few blocks North of Ashland



Red Floors Film Show


CATCH CINEMA in association with Elephant Zine presents:

A Film Show
where at? why, it's at the

1328 W 18th St #4R
October 18th
8pm - 12ish

cover= $5 in sanctioned government paper munnies.


Some issues of Elephant 2 seem to have gone out with the wrong pages attributed to the wrong people. or the right pages to the wrong people? anyways, some of the pages were wrong. If you are looking at a page that has a boob on it and empty captions on graph paper, that is Jess Rose. If you are looking at a page with a lot of crazy signs collaged together and the words "there's a lot to do in life", that is Peter Skvara (with art by Evan Crown ((teepee)) & Riley Crane((little furry alien dude))). Sorry, folks, we are but mere meat puppets, but we will try and be more like our glorious robot overlords in the future! If you spot any other errors, please let us know! Update: to address any problems people might have just reading the shit, we have created a full credits page here: http://elephantzine.weebly.com/v2credits.html


fucking hilarious

"The Chicago Poetry Cult goes around acting like I'm a bad guy because I publish criticism at my blog. They act like they are innocent. The truth is, Michael once wrote something at his Wordslingers suggesting that I spend my time passed out on the floor in shit stained underwear with a bottle of whiskey. Scott wrote such crap on his blog suggesting that I got kicked out of Charlie's thing not because I wrote an editorial but because I was on drugs or that I'm merely crazy..." yes, yes you are: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=419518120


Columbia College Beat Symposium

This Weekend! Columbia College Chicago celebrates the Beat generation and its' lasting influence on poetry, music, and art. Featuring readings by Joanne Kyger and Micheal McClure. The Beat Goes On


Switchback Book Release Party

Join us Oct 12th at the Hideout to celebrate the release of Brandi Homan's Hard Reds and Kathleen Rooney's Oneiromance. poetry, puppetry, and the musical stylings of The Paper Airplane Pilots. 1354 W Wabansia Ave 7pm $5 donation


Notebook Issue Release @ Sub-T

Elephant RELEASE PARTY @ The Subterranean:aw yeah




celebratin' the release of Elephant V2: The Notebook Issue, Elephantzine Poets and Friends will read from 7:30-9:15, P.M. and the Open Mic continues afterwards until 2am.

$3 drafts, no cover. 21+$3 drafts, no cover. 21+$3 drafts, no cover. 21+

2011 North Ave in Chicago (by Damen stop on Blue Line)

be there!


Elephant Zine Pre-Release This Weekend

I hope you all have been keeping it very poetry, & hopefully with us all summer long! Ready for more? What a way to start the Fall Semester other than: A Music Show! Art on Display! A Poetry Reading! and Further Madness!

You are cordially invited to a Red Floors Gallery event:

Saturday, September 6th, 7 pm to 2 am* (note time correction) Red Floors Gallery 1328 W 18th St Chicago, 60608

only $5.00 U.S. Dollars!

*Last train is at 1:14 a.m.

Blue Island bus runs late to Blue Line (Clinton) so plan accordingly!

The Charming Gardeners will be playing their first and last Chicago show. A psychedelic rock experiment from a Chicago basement, The Charming Gardeners have been together for three years playing in completely free form style, exploring the intuitive, the irreverent, and sometimes the stoned and zany sides of music. They will unite one last time with member Scott Frigo, to send him off on a grand adventure. The band will play a short set on the roof at around 9 pm.

Gallery art includes work by Michelle Manni, Riley Crane, Vincent Finazzo, Anne Marie Hobbs, and other Red Floors Gallery collaborators and contributors. Work will be on display all night and throughout the rest of the month.

Poetry will be read throughout the evening. Featured poets include Jen NW, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, Andy Koszewski, Faithfully Yours, Stephanie Lane Sutton, the Elephants Zine crew, and many more. Please feel free to bring five minutes of work and get on the list to read! This is often the most exciting and dynamic portion of the evening so show up early and don't miss a thing!


Collaboration and mind expansion is natural. Bring your pen. Bring an open mind.

Poets, this night is for you!


The Socials Mi Chouchou

Thanks to everyone who read, painted, sang, danced, or mingled at the social, it was splendid. "The evening was all of chitter-chattering art-this-art-that. A mental eruption of our jabber clack. Uproarious poetry at intermittent strokes brilliance. No one eager for egress, wine not yet fully downed, the poety bunch trudges home on avenues of a fresh perspective. The paintings come down but then again when do they not? Fresh submissions are required. Servitude to art extracts longing desires. We to gather in this together. " Work hard artists and poets, we love your work and we'll see you next month at the Red Floors Gallery. It is our hope to continue this poetry and art event each month to continue the tradition of impromptu artistry via mind expanding soirees. Also, look forward to a featured reading Open Mic @Subterranean-- They said "Bring the poets," we said "We got 'em." Coming to you in September. http://www.myspace.com/subtopenmic And maybe you'll even catch us in a zany secret: Représentation pour le public!


Wine & Cheese Social

So Stephen's reading last night was amazing. Thanks to anyone who came. Sorry to anyone who didn't. If you did miss it . . . Fear not then poet! The next event is on its way . . . No way! When!? Friday, August 1st What!? Really? Yes, really. 1328 W 18th St. Apt 4R (Red Floors) 240-298-6367 Does it cost money? Yes, it does, $5 bucks all proceeds go to the magazine! NOBODY WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING IN THE WORLD EVERYONE COME AND DRINK WINE WITH US WE ARE CLASSY, INEXPENSIVE, AND VIRTUALLY UNEDITED (that means groomed...) we love you. i love you. you love you. i love it. you love it. we love it.


Stephen @ Elbowing Off The Stage TONIGHT

come represent! Elbowing Off The Stage presents: Stephen Dvorak & Gregory Kiewiet
in Summer Run, a poetry reading When?!
Monday, July 28
7:30 p.m.
Manhattan’s Bar
415 S. Dearborn St
(312) 957-0460 who again?
Stephen James Dvorak is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, and is now an MFA candidate at the University of Miami Florida. He has worked as an editorial assistant for the Columbia Poetry Review, and is currently an editor at Elephants. His works have previously appeared in Elephants and the Columbia Poetry Review.
Gregory Kiewiet received an M. A. in English (Creative Writing) from Wayne State University in 2001 and a B. A. in Art History and English from Oakland University in 1995. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Works has appeared in mark (www.markszine.com) Dispatch Detroit, and Graffiti Rag, among others. His book of poetry, In the Company of Words, has just been released from Past Tents Press (www.pasttentspress.com).


Submit to Elephant 3!

Elephant is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for Volume 3: Immigrants. Send us any poetry, flash fiction, or artwork (1 page or less please; artwork should be about 5 by 8, or half of a regular 5 by 11 page) relating to the concept: "where are you from?" You can talk about your ancestry, your hometown, or your alien reptilian forebearers. All submissions should be sent via e-mail to elephantzine@gmail.com. Deadline is November 1st.

Also: the website has been launched! thanks Daniela! The address is: elephantzine.weebly.com/


Open Meeting Saturday

There will be an open meeting on Saturday at my place, get in touch with me to attend. byob and byop*. Logan Square, 7ish. we're going to talk about the zine. -HK



Elbowing off the Stage

Stephen's reading has been moved to the 28th.

Elephant Party- WELCOME HOME JOE!

Fourth of July, 9pm Catch & Joe's Amazing Roof 1328 W 18th St CELEBRATE THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF OEM! Fireworks, liquor, & good times in Pilsen. Catch & Joe just moved in so mind the boxes. Last Pink Line train is at 1:14 a.m. First one after that is 4:14 so make sure and arrange your transport/crashing accordingly. No door fee. Donations requested. BYOB.

Welcome to the Elephant Blog

Hey kids, HK here, and here we have the very awesomely fabulous first post! huzzah!