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Poet | Writer | Author

Performances, Publications and Workshops

Highlights of Featured Readings

Intrinsic, The Art of Tai Taelalii  • 2024

Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL 


Highland Park Poetry • 2024

Madame ZuZu's, Highland Park, IL 

Uptown Poetry Show • 2015, 2017, 2018, 2023, 2024

Green Mill Jazz Lounge, Chicago, IL 

Facility Theater Benefit • 2023

Facility Theater, Chicago, IL

Art. Heals • 2022 (2 shows)

Ebenezer Lutheran Church

Sponsored by Danztheater, Chicago, IL 

Jarvis Square Pottery Fundraiser • 2022, 2023

Jarvis Square Pottery, Chicago, IL


Church of Beethoven • 2022

Good Sheppard Lutheran Church, Oak Park, IL 

Writer’s Week, Niles North High School • 2016, 2017,

2018, 2019, Skokie, IL

Maud Martha Out Loud • 2018

Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

Sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL


Not Your Grandma’s Poetry Show • 2017 

Sulzer Regional Library, Poetry Fest Chicago, IL


Pop-Up Poet at the Art Institute of Chicago • 2017

Sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL


Not Your Grandma’s Poetry Show • 2016

Harold Washington Library, Poetry Fest, Chicago, IL


Poetry with Vision • 2016

Loyola University, Gender Studies Program,

Chicago, IL


Poetry with Vision • 2015

Women & Children First Bookstore, Chicago, IL


Elizabeth’s Crazy Little Thing  • 2015 

Phyllis’ Musical Inn, Chicago, IL


“Poet at the End of the World” • 2015

Podcast Series


Caffeinated Confessions, • 2015

Everybody’s Coffee, Chicago, IL

Featured Artist/Poet Applied Words • 2011

Guild Complex/Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL


The Body Politic of Pierre Marie Brisson • 2011

Th!nkArt Gallery, Chicago, IL,


Atropolis, A Celebration of Art, Antiques & Culture •  2011 Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 


War & Peace, Th!nkArt Gallery, Chicago, IL • 2009

Sister Cities International Paris Committee fundraiser


Art gallery opening for Encyclopedia Show • 2009

Chopin Theater, Chicago, IL


WBEZ Webcast for Poetry Month Celebration • 2009

Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL 


Universe of Poetry • 2008, 2009

Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL


Chicago Poetry Festival • 2005

Chicago, IL


Chicago Poetry Explosion • 2005

Two-day festival at Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL 


Ben Around Town • 2003, WYCC-TV, Chicago, IL


Uncommon Ground • 2003, 2004, 2009, Chicago, IL

WHPK Radio, University of Chicago • 2003, Chicago, IL


Flyover Zone • 2003, WQNA, Springfield, IL


Morning Talk Radio • 2002, WBEZ Chicago, IL


Around The Coyote Fall Arts Festival • 2002

Chicago, IL 


Civic Center Arts Fest • 2001, 2002 

Fontenay Le Comte, France 


WZRD Radio • 1998, 2002

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL,


Cook County Fair, Chicago, IL • 2002

Multicultural arts festival




In a school: "This was really good. I brought my phone in here thinking I'd use it the whole time, but I didn't look at it once!"    - Jason, High School Student

In a bookstore:"...sadly, poetry events are often our least well-attended. So, you can imagine my delight and surprise when our reading with Emily Calvo and Andy Karol drew a crowd of more than forty people! Their work deserves audiences of this size and even larger. Every one of us was enthralled by their multimedia presentation, featuring both visual and musical accompaniment. Crackling with energy, their deeply personal writing combined with their stage presence is fiercely engaging."

      — Sarah Hollenbeck,

                Co-owner Women & Children First

In a library:  Calvo’s poems and paintings span from topics deeply personal and profound to ones light and humorous, moving seamlessly from smiling, frivolous observation, to wincing memories of family and painful personal crises.  Her first poem, for example, is called “Hunting Down Dinner on Highway 13,” a light-hearted recollection of dinner at a Missouri café called the Beefmaster.  After speculating cheerfully that the restaurant’s patriarch—presumably the Beefmaster himself—has “a past as checkered as the tablecloths,” she turns her eye on the rest of the diner’s supporting cast: Mrs. Beefmaster, Junior Beefmaster, and the ever-attendant swarms of flies making the rounds of the tables. Ever insightful and good-natured, Calvo’s eye transforms a decidedly prosaic event and setting into an engaging character study and contemplation on the universal experience—part awkwardness and part adventure, part drudgery and part curiosity—of traveling the countryside.   --2017


Guild Literary Complex

Recognized Calvo as

One of 30 Writers to Watch

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 7 pm

Pour One Out Storytelling Series

at Volumes Book Cafe

1373 N. Milwaukee in Chicago


To book Emily, 


Literary Leadership

One Poetic Voice • 2014 to Present Co-founder,

Organizer of international exchanges, Chicago, IL 


Chicago Slam Works, • 2009 to 2017 Co-founder,

Board member and “Slambassador," Chicago, IL 


“How to Promote Your Poetry” Panel • 2011, 2017

Harold Washington Library, Poetry Month Fest,

Chicago, IL


“Integrating Poetry into Other Subjects” • 2005 

Chicago Public Schools Magnet Cluster Institute Speaker for 100+ CPS elementary school principals and lead teachers, Chicago IL


Teaching Artists Collective • 2005 Sulzer Regional Library, Panelist on teaching poetry for arts instructors, Chicago, IL

Publication Highlights


The Muses Gallery  •  2024

Highland Park Poetry, Highland Park, IL


Wherever I'm At, An Anthology of Chicago Poetry  •  2022

Print literary journal, Chicago, IL 

East on Central  •  2019, 2021, 2022

Print literary journal, Highland Park, IL

American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicago Poets  • 2019

Big Shoulders Books, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 

Nourish • 2018

Online literary journal

Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume Two • 2016

Co-authored entry on Poetry Slam with Marc Kelly Smith

University of Kentucky

Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd • 2014

First collection of original poems and art

Self-published with a grant from the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events


Helium180, A Journal of Contemporary Writing • 2014


Journal of Psychological Poetry • 2010


After Hours • 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009

Chicago, IL

Coleré, Coe College • 2002, IA

Oyez Review, Roosevelt University Press • 1998


Teaching Artist


South Middle School • 2005, 2008, Mount Prospect, IL


Joseph Sears Elementary School, Kenilworth, IL

Performance & Workshops • 2007

Two-days for middle school students


Young Women’s Leadership Charter School • 2001 - 2005, Poet-in-Residence for 7th, 8th and 12th graders through


The Poetry Center of Chicago’s Hands on Stanza program

(20-week residency per semester), Chicago, IL


Unity Junior High School, Cicero, IL • 2004, 2005

One-day workshops for three classes of eighth graders


Victor Herbert Elementary School • 2005

Chicago, IL, One-day workshops


Roosevelt Elementary School • 2003, 2004, One-day workshops for middle school students

Cicero, IL



One of "30 Writers to Watch"  • 2019

Guild Literary Complex, Chicago, IL 

Individual Artist Grant, 2014

City of Chicago Department of Culture and Special Events, Chicago, IL


Semi-finalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award • 2007

Guild Literary Complex, Chicago, IL 



American Writers Museum • 2017 Chicago

Writers Association Member • 2011 - Present

The Poetry Center of Chicago • 2005 - 2008 

Board member

Society of Midland Authors • 2002 to Present

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