Open Door Series: Kathleen Rooney, DePaul alum Andrea Rehani

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The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. November’s Open Door Reading presents Chicago State University’s Kelly Norman Ellis and her student April Gibson along with DePaul University’s Kathleen Rooney and her student Andrea Rehani.

Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 PM
The Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior

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Visiting Writer: Allison Joseph

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Please join the DePaul Department of English as we welcome poet and editor Allison Joseph to the Visiting Writers Program on

Thursday, October 5 @ 6 PM
Richardson Library 115
2350 N Kenmore Avenue

Joseph, director of the Southern Illinois University MFA Program in Creative Writing, is the author of What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003) and Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004). Her honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry. She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers, and holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship.

Our Miss Brooks 100

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You Are Invited
to the signature event of
Our Miss Brooks 100
the centennial celebration of beloved poet
Gwendolyn Brooks.

February 2, 2017
6:00-7:45pm
The Art Institute of Chicago

Please join us for an evening of poetry featuring all five living Pulitzer Prize winning poets — Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey, Tracy Smith and Gregory Pardlo — reading their favorite Miss Brooks poem followed by a conversation moderated by award-winning journalist and author Natalie Moore. The event is free and open to the public, but requires pre-registration.

Pre-register today!

For more information about Our Miss Brooks 100, programs and partners, please see: http://www.gwendolynbrooks100.org.

Martin Espada poetry reading

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Palabra Pura with Martín Espada

Friday, October 28th, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 PM  @  Teatro Urbano
2620 West Division Street, Humboldt Park, Chicago
$5.00 suggested donation. Books will be available for purchase.

After eight long years away from Chicago, on Friday October 28, 2016, award winning and beloved poet Martín Espada will be hosted by the Guild Literary Complex as he reads from his recently released book, Vivas To Those Who Have Failed (W.W. Norton), and from the October 2016 re-release of his award winning work, Zapata’s Disciple (Northwestern University Press).

Co-hosted by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Mr. Espada will be hosted by the Guild Literary Complex, Teatro Urbano, and poet Edurado Arocho for a night of poetry, questions and answers, conversation and book signings. Mr. Arocho will be moderating the Q&A portion of the evening, so be sure to come with thoughtful questions for our poets.

Sunday Salon Chicago

Stay warm with prose and poetry at
Sunday Salon Chicago

Sunday, November 20
7:00 P.M.
The Riverview Tavern
1958 Roscoe Ave.

The Readers:

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Mary Hawley is a poet, novelist, and occasional translator. Her poetry collection Double Tongues was published by Tia Chucha Press. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including Notre Dame Review, qarrtsiluni, Mudlark, and The Bloomsbury Review, and she was the co-translator of the bilingual poetry anthology Astillas de luz/Shards of Light (Tia Chucha Press). She is currently seeking an agent for her first novel, The Sparkle Experiment.

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Maggie Kast’s first novel, A Free, Unsullied Land, was published by Fomite Press  in 2015. She is the author of The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer’s memoir of loss, faith and family, published by Wipf and Stock. She received an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published fiction in The Sun, Nimrod, Carve, Paper Street, Rosebud and others. Two stories have received Pushcart nominations. A chapter of her memoir, published in ACM/Another Chicago Magazine, won a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council. Her essays have appeared in America, Image, Writer’s Chronicle, Fiction Writers Review and elsewhere.

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Mike Puican has had poems in Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Bloomsbury Review, and New England Review, among others. His essays and reviews have appeared in TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Brevity, and MAKE Magazine. He won the 2004 Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, 30 Seconds. Mike was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team and for the past ten years has been president of the board of the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago.

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Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men, which was published in September 2016. Her stories or essays have been included in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Ploughshares, New England Review, and a number of other periodicals. Christine is the faculty director of Northwestern University’s MA/MFA program in creative writing; she is also on the fiction faculty of the Regis University low-residency MFA program.