Ian Belknap

Write Club

Rhinofest 2010 was the launch pad for this gladiatorial reading series that has now expanded from venues in Chicago to Atlanta.

Two opposing ideas. Two opposing writers. Seven minutes each. Audience picks a winner. Ian Belknap will host and trade hay makers with some of Chicago's toughest writer/performers. Join him for a card that includes two bouts. Each writer will be given SEVEN MINUTES EXACTLY to advance their idea/deride the opposing idea. At seven minutes, the round is over, the bell sounds and the opponent will weigh in. When both have completed their pieces, the audience will select a winner.

Write Club is the bastard son of pro wrestling and poetry slams. Write Club will splice the genes of the bad-ass and the brainiac. Write Club is what happens when the gloves come off. To the winning idea goes the glory. The losing idea gets to pick its teeth off the canvas.

9 p.m. Saturday, February 5
9 p.m. Saturday, February 12