Apr 21st 2020

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. April’s Open Door reading series features Elizabeth Metzger Sampson and Timothy David Rey, and mai c. doan and her student.

mai c. doan is poet and writer from Los Angeles, CA. She has published and performed her work though the National Queer Arts Festival, RADAR Productions, Entropy Magazine, Mixed Up!: A Zine about Mixed Race Queer and Feminist Experience, and more. She is a 2016 recipient of the James D. Phelan Literary Award and holds an MFA from Mills College, where she attended as a Community Engagement Fellow. mai is committed to poetry that is necessary and responsive and finds camaraderie in work by women, queer, and trans writers of color enacting radical uses of language to create and complicate the telling of our rage, bodies, histories, and desires. water/tongue is her first full-length book, published by Omnidawn in April 2019. She lives in Chicago, IL.

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