Featured Readings

Traveling Molly's  •  2020

Oak Park, IL 


Writer’s Wee, Niles North High School • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Skokie, IL

Maud Martha Out Loud, 2018

Logan Center for the Arts, 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


Uptown Poetry Slam • 2015, 2017, 2018

Green Mill Jazz Lounge, 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


Mental Graffiti • 2001, Chicago, IL


Poetry Month • 2000

Lincoln Library, Springfield, IL  



UpComing Events

Guild Literary Complex

Recognized Calvo as

One of 30 Writers to Watch

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


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, with Marc Kelly Smith, entry on Poetry Slam, 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


Poetry Instructor


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