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UPTOWN CHICAGO COMMISSION

Uptown in the News  

November 23, 2003
Chicago Tribune Magazine
Poetry in Commotion
By Rick Kogan


U is for Uptown, one of the city's most colorful, diverse and lively neighborhoods. It is the home, for at least a few hours every Sunday night, to Marc Smith and that eclectic gathering of risk-takers of the Poetry Slam, which takes place at the Green Mill, the venerable saloon/night club near the corner of Lawrence and Broadway Avenues.

Smith who created the Poetry Slam, a competition in which poets (pros and amateurs) read their work to raucous crowds, almost 20 years ago and has watched it spread to more than 100 U.S. cities and many foreign countries, was among the 25 people nominated by a search committee to become the new poet laureate of Illinois.

The eight-person committee, headed by the governor's wife Patti, eventually narrowed the list down to two people and neither of them was Smith.


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