- Robbie Q. Telfer
Robbie Q. Telfer is an American
poetand poetry slam performer.
He has been a featured performer in dozens of poetry shows throughout North America, including Toronto, Detroit, Oakland, Austin, St. Louis, Honolulu, Boston, and Providence, as well as the
Bowery Poetry Clubin New York Cityand the Green Millin Chicago. While his work can be found in several slam poetry anthologies and DVDs through [http://thewordsmithpress.com/ the Wordsmith Press] and elsewhere, he also helps to bridge the divide between stage and page poetry by publishing poetry and criticism in places like the [http://www.creamcityreview.org/ cream city review] , [http://www.octopusmagazine.com/ Octopus Magazine #10] , and the March/April 2006 [http://www.litline.org/ABR/ American Book Review] . Unrelated to poetry, he also wrote dialog for the video game Ninjatownto be released for the Nintendo DS in October 2008.
In 2005, he and five other Chicago performance poets (
Joel Chmara, Tim Stafford, Molly Meacham, Dan Sullivan, and Tennessee Mary Fons) founded the Speak'Easy Poetry Ensemble under the direction of slam poetry founder Marc Smith. He and the Speak'Easy Ensemble performed at the annual Bertolt BrechtFestival in Augsburg, Germany the summer of 2008. In 2007, he placed 8th overall at the National Poetry Slamin Austin, TX. He frequently tours with Mighty Mike McGee, and is scheduled to join the [http://www.junkyardghosts.com/ Junkyard Ghost Revival] tour with famous performance poets Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, and [http://www.brownpoetry.com/ Derrick C. Brown] .
He is currently the Performances Manager for [http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org/ Young Chicago Authors] , a nonprofit that gives creative writing, performance, and mentorship opportunities to Chicago teens. Through Young Chicago Authors, he is the head organizer of [http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=42,8,4&vid=http://wttw.vo.llnwd.net/o16/wttw/c2n/030608c.flv/ Louder Than A Bomb] , the Chicago city-wide youth slam and the largest team-based youth poetry slam in the world. He's an active teaching artist and lecturer in the Chicago community.
His second book of poetry "My Huge Heart Still Has No Room for You" was self-published in 2006 through
* [http://www.robbieq.net Official Home Page]
* [http://www.timeout.com/chicago/articles/books/25540/robbie-q-telfer Time Out Chicago Review]
* [http://www.indiefeedpp.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=304411 Interview and Performance on IndieFeed Podcast]
* [http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=24609 On Chicago Public Radio's "Hello Beautiful!"]
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