Join us for readings by Miho Nonaka, Danielle Levsky, Lily Somenson, Matt Kelsey, and Claire Sylvester Smith!
Matthew Kelsey is from Glens Falls, New York, and received his MFA from the University of Washington. His poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Pinwheel, Best New Poets, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. In 2017, he co-authored a children’s joke book for National Geographic Kids. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a teaching fellowship from the Kenyon Review Young Writers Program. A resident of Chicago, Matthew teaches elementary school and co-hosts a reading series at City Lit Bookstore.
Lily Somenson is a queer poet and essayist living in Chicago. They are currently an undergraduate poetry major at Columbia College Chicago and a founding member/Editor-in-Chief of Ransack Press. They have read at the Poetry Foundation for the Open Door Reading Series, and their work has been published or is forthcoming in Court Green Journal, Hooligan Magazine, Underblong Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, and Queeriosity (Young Chicago Authors) among others. They are currently writing a collection on incarceration, queerness, and black body in America.
Claire Sylvester Smith is a physician and writer. She received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers and an MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Her research on communication during awake surgery has been published in The American Journal of Surgery and featured in the New York Times. Her first book of poems, Prospect, is out this spring with Texas Tech University Press.