"The project introduces a new audience to the Chicago art world." -Lauren Weinberg, Time Out Chicago
“We love when Lethal Poetry hosts their events with us...[Lethal Poetry] really helped us get great feedback on Yelp.com!..."- Steve Harris (Manager, Debonair Social Club)
Lethal Poetry is a production company & label that is best known for producing unique & innovative art events that bridge the gap between diverse creative communities for the purpose of supporting non-profit & humanitarian initiatives!
"The artwork was amazing and well displayed in such an unusual setting."
-Dann Tincher (artist)
Paving a new path for small businesses, Lethal Poetry provides an example of a company that operates on ethics! All initiatives are built to raise funds for non-profit partners or they incorporate humanitarian outreach such as food drives, etc. Their efforts have gained ongoing support from entities like Chicago Public Radio, Vocalo.org, & Chicago Slam Works.
The company’s portfolio thrives on high production events such as Art On Track 2008 (recognized by, New York Times, NBC, ABC, Time Out Chicago), Nights of Sight & Sound (endorsed by Chicago Tribune, Gaper's Block, Chicago Public Radio, RedEye, Metromix), & OUTSPOKEN (endorsed by Marc Kelly Smith).
Lethal Poetry has become a staple in Chicago with the rise of their ongoing poetry & comedy showcase/slam, WORDS THAT KILL, & thier quarterly mini-festivals, NIGHTS OF SIGHT & SOUND. LP has featured highly acclaimed performers & artists such as Saul Williams (Def Poet, Actor, Musician), Marc Kelly Smith (founder of Slam Poetry movement), Marty McConnell (2x Def Poet / HBO), Lamajamal (internationally recognized), Blah Blah Blah, Brian Babylon (appeared on BBC, hosts Moth Story Slam), Los Vicios De Papa, Javon Johnson (Def Poet, Phd Student), JW Baz (5x National Poetry Slam), Kevin Coval (Def Poet, founder of Louder Than A Bomb) Robbie Q Telfer (of Write Bloody), Josh Alton (of Second City), Gregory Lion Pickett (10x award winning poet), Cameron Esposito, & Par Avion amongst many other talented artists!
Lethal Poetry also acts as a conduit for local artists to focus and build on their skills conceptually through the Lethal Poetry Artist Residency Program. Lethal Poetry does not feel bound by any medium. Current Residents include a collage & text artists, painters, musicians, new media artists, poets, and a DJ.
"I have never seen people have so much fun around art before." -Patrick Rock (artist)