Special Event: CPC x CHM MLK Day Poetry Reading & Workshop

Special Event: CPC x CHM MLK Day Poetry Reading & Workshop

The Chicago Poetry Center and the Chicago History Museum are teaming up for MLK Day 2022! This event will feature a reading by four Chicago poets reading one original poem and one legacy poem. The event will focus on themes important to Dr. King’s work: community, housing, and civic engagement. This will be followed by a writing workshop. 

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Davon Clark is a Philadelphia-raised artist based in Chicago that uses investigative journalism practices in his camerawork and poetry. His work looks to fill in the gaps left behind in coverage of the worlds that he lives in and peripheral to. He likes flowers and the little things in life. You can find out what he does and how he does it at www.daybydavon.com.



Jyreika “J.Evelyn” Guest is an actor, dancer, singer, poet, and director in Chicago. She’s been featured for several festivals in the Chicagoland area a storyteller at the Ravenswood Art Walk, Chicago’s own Beast Women: All Female Cabaret for two seasons, Still Point Theatre Collective’s “Strong Women” a play created from poetry written by women, not just inmates of Cook County Jail. She uses her poetry, movement, and storytelling to help motivate and inspire others to realize their voices. In 2012, Ms. Guest opened for Civil Rights Activist, Angela Davis reciting an original piece entitled Courage. She treasures the opportunity to tell stories and helping others searching for their voice to find it, use it, and share it.

Tarnynon (Ty-yuh-nuh) Onumonu is an emerging writer, performing and visual artist born and raised in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago and is extremely proud of and humbled by her southside citizenship and West African lineage. She has featured at literary spaces and competitions throughout the Midwest and has performed locally everywhere from nightclubs to bookstores to The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Aside from her art, she is committed to social justice and youth empowerment.

Timothy David Rey is a writer/ performer who works in poetry, plays, and monologue (both fictional and autobiographical). He teaches creative writing and performance throughout the city of Chicago and suburbs. He is a 2015 Semi-Finalist for the Guild Literary Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award, and one of the winners of Project Exploration (The Poetry Center of Chicago 2004). He is the co-founder of the LBGT Solo Performance Showcase, Solo Homo (2002-2011). Timothy’s plays and performances pieces have been seen and heard at venues throughout Chicago as well as out of state and in Panama. Timothy’s writing has appeared in magazines and journals including ’60 Inches From Center,’ and ‘After Hours: The Chicago Journal of Writing & Art.’ ‘His book of poetry and performance, Little Victories, was published in 2012 by NewTown Writers Press. Timothy has performed at Steppenwolf Theater (Lookout Series),  New York City’s International Fringe Festival as well as The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.