Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — Room 108
Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.
Leader: Martha Vertreace-Doody
A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody is Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kennedy-King College, Chicago, IL. She received her MFA at Vermont College. Her several books include Second House from the Corner, Under a Cat’s-Eye Moon, Oracle Bones, Cinnabar, Smokeless Flame, Kelly in the Mirror, Maafa: When Night Becomes a Lion, Dragon Lady:Tsukimi., and Glacier Fire. Light Caught Bending and Second Mourning, published by Diehard Publishers, Edinburgh, won Scottish Arts Council Grants. Named the Glendora Review Poet, Lagos, Nigeria, she was twice a Fellow at the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat in Scotland. Eastern Washington University chose her as Poetry Fellow, in residence at the Writers Center, Dublin, Ireland. She was a Fellow at St. Deiniol’s Library, Hawarden, Wales, on a bursary. She has poems in Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry (University of Illinois Press, 2001) and Poets of the New Century (David R. Godine Publisher, 2001). Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein published her poem, “Walking Under Night Sky” in his cassette “Bread & Steel: Illinois Poets Reading from Their Works.” She lives in Chicago with her husband, Tim, and their cats, Fred and Patrick Samuel.
Martha’s topic: Poetry and History: Living Someone Else’s Life
Bring 15 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued.
*$5 – $10 donation appreciated
This project has been partially supported by a grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council.