Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021

5:30 pm, Metropolis Cafe, 1039 W Granville


Kathleen Rooney

… is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, as well as a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her most recent books include the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) and The Listening Room: A Novel of Georgette and Loulou Magritte (Spork Press, 2018). Her World War I novel, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, was published by Penguin in 2020, and her criticism appears in The New York Times Magazine, The Poetry Foundation website, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay, and teaches at DePaul.

Ananda Lima

… is the author of Mother/land (Black Lawrence Press, 2021), winner of the Hudson Prize, shortlisted for the Chicago Review of Books Chriby Awards. She is also the author of the chapbooks Vigil (Get Fresh Books, 2021), Tropicália (Newfound, 2021, winner of the Newfound Prose Prize), Amblyopia (Bull City Press, 2020), and Translation (Paper Nautilus, 2019, winner of the Vella Chapbook Prize). Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review,, Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She has been awarded the inaugural Work-In-Progress Fellowship by Latinx-in-Publishing, sponsored by Macmillan Publishers, for her fiction manuscript-in-progress. She has an MA in Linguistics from UCLA and an MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction from Rutgers University, Newark.

Aviya Kushner

… is the author of Wolf Lamb Bomb (Orison, 2021), named a New and Noteworthy book by The New York Times. Her previous nonfiction book, The Grammar of God (Spiegel & Grau/ Penguin Random House), was a National Jewish Book Award finalist, a Sami Rohr Prize finalist, and a National Jewish Book Club pick for 2018-19. She is The Forward’s language columnist, and her writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Gettysburg Review, The Chicago Tribune, Zoetrope: All-Story, and others. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the Randolph College MFA program, and serves on the Executive Board of the American Literary Translators Association.

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