I traveled to the Windy City with members of the Dickinson Organization of Poetry Enthusiasts to attend various gala events in honor of Chicago haikuist and patron of the arts, Mary Steinberg, to celebrate the publication of her book When They Go Low, We Go Haiku, a clever collection of close to 200 haikus about our unindicted co-conspirator-in-chief, Donald Trump, and his band of his mismanaging misfits.
First up was a bookish event at the Poetry Foundation where Ms. Steinberg read selections from her volume of humorous haikus, and she delighted the audience. The event was hosted by Cindy Lauper, and Ms. Steinberg was introduced by Jim Asher, the world's leading authority on Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request). It was Dickinson who invented the haiku. Information is HERE.
Pictured at the left: Mary Steinberg, author of When They Go Low, We Go Haiku, preps for a private event at the Poetry Foundation with a sound check.
Photographs were not allowed during the actual event.
Guests included Cindy Lauper, John Prine, Ricky Gervais, Rita Dove, Lily Tomlin, and more.
Next up was a more raucous event where Steinberg was the guest of honor at a showing of The Second City's new revue, "Algorithm Nation, or the Static Quo," staring Ryan Asher, Tyler Davis, Jeff Murdoch, Emma Pope, Nate Varrone, and Kimberly Michelle Vaughn.
Below left: Sights from The Second City. Below right: Ms. Steinberg meets the cast.
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The view from The Up Room:
The view from Cindy's:
Pictured at the left: The event at Cindy's was hosted by Michelle Obama, and the former First Lady presented Ms. Steinberg with an autographed photo of her holding Ms. Steinberg's new book, When They Go Low, We Go Haiku.
To view Ms. Steinberg's website on When They Go Low, We Go Haiku, click HERE.
To contact Ms. Steinberg for more information about her book, click HERE.
Below: Scenes in and around Chicago: