Join us for the first Monsters of Poetry reading of the fall. Readings from Cole Lavalais, Angela Woodward, Sean Bishop, and Nancy Reddy. Saturday, September 24th. Doors = 7:30pm, Reading = 8pm.
Monsters of Poetry September 2016
Cole Lavalais' short stories can be found in Obsidian, Apogee, Warpland, Tidal Basin Review, Aquarius Press, and others. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Center for Black Fiction, VONA and the Callaloo Writing Workshops. She's been awarded writing residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts. She holds an M.F.A. from Chicago State University, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from University of Illinois at Chicago.
As a born and raised Chicagoan, she believes in encouraging, fostering, and championing writing by writers of color across genres. Cole has taught writing for over ten years and currently teaches community-based writing workshops on the south side of Chicago.
Summer of the Cicadas is her debut novel.
Angela Woodward is the author of the collections The Human Mind and Origins and Other Stories, and the novels End of the Fire Cult and Natural Wonders. Natural Wonders won the 2015 Fiction Collective Two Catherine A. Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. She won the Collagist Magazine Prose Chapbook competition in 2014 for Origins. She has also been awarded an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and an individual artist’s grant from the Illinois Arts Council. She won a Pushcart Prize in 2016 for her story “New Technologies of Reading.” Her short fiction and essays have appeared in many journals, including Ninth Letter, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Western Humanities Review, Black Warrior Review, and Redactions.
Sean Bishop is the author of The Night We're Not Sleeping In (Sarabande, 2014), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and the Council for Wisconsin Writers' Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Boston Review, Harvard Review, jubilat, Best New Poets, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He coordinates the MFA and Fellowship programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches poetry writing and creative writing pedagogy.
Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Horsethief, The Iowa Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. The recipient of a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, she teaches writing at Stockton University in southern New Jersey.
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