May 11th 2021


Join us for a live virtual reading with Xandria Phillips, S. Yarberry, kiki nicole, and Red Samaniego. The Open Door series presents work from new and emerging poets and highlights writing instruction and poetic partnerships. Each event features readings by two Chicagoland writers and two of their current or recent students or writing partners.

Writer, artist, and educator Xandria Phillips grew up in rural Ohio. They are the author of the poetry collection Hull, winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Trans Poetry, and the chapbook Reasons for Smoking, selected by Claudia Rankine for the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest.

kiki nicole is a poet and artist currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have been invited to join fellowships and workshops with Pink Door Writing Retreat, The Watering Hole, In Surreal Life, and Winter Tangerine. Individual poems have been published in The Shade Journal, beestung mag, voicemail poems, TWANG Anthology, and more. They are currently a reader for Muzzle Magazine.

S. Yarberry is a trans poet and writer. Yarberry’s writing has appeared in Tin House, Indiana Review, The Offing, Notre Dame Review, The Boiler, Nat Brut, Bomb Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and miscellaneous zines, among others. They currently serve as the Poetry Editor of The Spectacle. Yarberry has an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a PhD candidate in literature at Northwestern University as a Mellon Cluster Fellow in Poetry and Poetics.

Red Samaniego writes about freak love, border worlds, and being a better communist. Samaniego is the 2019–2020 Junior Fiction Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis; the 2019 Sandra Cisneros Fellow at Under the Volcano in Tepoztlan, Mexico; a 2018 Hattie Fitz Walker Scholar at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; and the 2018–2019 Editorial Assistant at Dorothy, a publishing project. They’re at work on a novel, and can be found on Instagram @curveofjoy and Twitter @notyrmomscandy.

Poetry Foundation’s events are completely free of charge and open to the public. This reading will include live captioning and ASL interpretation. If you require any other accessibility measures, please contact us by emailing

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