after hours
a journal of Chicago writing and art

after hours is a semi-annual journal devoted to the promotion and dissemination of the “Chicago voice.” It features poetry, essays, short fiction and photography by many of the prominent artists that currently reside in and around the Chicago metro area. The journal itself is a labor of love for Editor/Publisher Albert DeGenova and his Associate Editor, Pat Hertel. Subscriptions are $10.00 annually. Please refer inquiries to or, if you so desire, snail mail them at:

After Hours Press538 N. Kenilworth

Oak Park, IL 60302

For more information, check out their web site at

For this feature we present works performed by five of the poets who appeared in the current (Winter 2001) issue of after hours. They are: Albert DeGenova, Cynthia Todd Quam, Larry Janowski, Mary Blinn, and that evening’s feature, Martha Modena Vertreace. The following performances were recorded at the Oak Park Public library in March of 2001. The event was hosted by Editor/Publisher, Albert DeGenova.

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