Opening Thursday, February 20th, from 7PM - 8PM
Please join us for the February installment of The Chicago Poetry Center’s Monthly Reading Series featuring Marty McConnell and Maya Marshall. As always, this event is free and open to the public. Accessibility varies by venue, please see below for this month’s details.
About the readers:
MARTY MCCONNELL is part of the vanguard of poets fusing and refusing and queering the delineations between literary and oral poetry, working to blur the lines between autobiography and personae to comment on and illuminate what it means to live and love outside the lines in 21st century America. McConnell’s second poetry collection, “when they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there,” won the 2017 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Her first nonfiction book, “Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop,” was recently published by YesYes Books. She is the co-creator and co-editor of underbelly, a web site focused on the art and magic of poetry revision. She is the author of wine for a shotgun, (EM Press), which received the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards. She is also a seven-time National Poetry Slam team member, the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition (NUPIC) Champion, and appeared twice on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.”
MAYA MARSHALL is a writer and an editor. Author of the chapbook, Secondhand (Dancing Girl Press, 2016), she is also co-founder of underbellymag.com , the journal on the practical magic of poetic revision. Marshall has earned fellowships from MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, Callaloo, Cave Canem, and the Community of Writers. She works as a manuscript editor for Haymarket Books and has served as a senior editor for [PANK]. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2019 (University of Virginia Press), RHINO, Potomac Review, Blackbird, the Volta, and elsewhere.
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