Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022

5:30 pm, Metropolis Cafe, 1039 W Granville


Tara Betts

… is the author of the poetry collections Refuse to Disappear (Word Works Books, 2022), Break the Habit (Trio House, 2016) and Arc & Hue (Aquarius, 2010), as well as numerous chapbooks. A Cave Canem fellow and Illinois Arts Council fellow, she’s received residencies from Ragdale, Centrum, and Caldera, and was named one of Essence Magazine’s "40 Favorite Poets." She’s appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and the Black Family Channel series SPOKEN with Jessica Care Moore. She hails from Kankakee, Illinois, and currently lives on the South Side.

Tony Trigilio

… is the author and editor of fourteen books, including, most recently, Proof Something Happened (Marsh Hawk Press, 2021), and Ghosts of the Upper Floor (BlazeVOX, 2019), the third installment in his multivolume poem, The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood). Interviews from his long-running poetry podcast, Radio Free Albion, are collected in the volume Dispatches from the Body Politic (Essay Press, 2016). He also co-edits the poetry magazine Court Green and was previously an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly. He holds a Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston and currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

Michele Morano

… is the author of the books Like Love and Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain. Her writing has also appeared in Best American Essays, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Missouri Review, and many others. She has received honors and awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the American Association of University Women. She is a professor and current chair of the English Department at DePaul University.

Mary Ardery

… is a poet originally from Bloomington, Indiana. She’s won an Academy of American Poets Prize, and her work has appeared in the Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets 2021, RHINO, and others. The recipient of a fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission, she currently lives in West Lafayette and teaches at Purdue University.

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