Open Mike 6:00 – 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 – 7:30
500 Main St, Evanston, IL
Jacob Saenz is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where he served as an editor for the Columbia Poetry Review. His work has appeared in Inkstains, Buffalo Carp, Paramanu Pentaquark and Poetry. He has been nominated for an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. He works at a library.
Kimberly Dixon is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow. Publications include The Drunken Boat, Torch, Versal, Reverie, and the anthology Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta! from GirlChild Press. She is also a playwright and performer and has given readings and staged productions at Crossroads Theatre Company, Plowshares Theatre Company, Guild Complex and Strawdog Theatre Company. Her comic play “The Gizzard of Brownsville” was a finalist in the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights. She recently became Managing Director of the Chicago literary non-profit, Guild Complex.
Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — Room 108
Leader: Katia Mitova
Katia Mitova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and lived there and in Poland until 1993 when she moved to Chicago. After the fall of communism in 1989, she was the Editor of the Bulgarian quarterly for foreign literature, Panorama, and a correspondent for the Polish Section of Radio Free Europe. She has translated widely from Polish and English into Bulgarian, including poetry by Czeslaw Milosz and Mark Strand. She has published short stories, literary criticism, and a poetry collection, The Human Shell, in Bulgarian. Since 1999 Katia Mitova has been writing in English. She teaches literature and philosophy in the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago. Most of her courses include a poetry component. This spring, she is teaching a seminar on lyric poetry and a survey course on Russian literature that includes works by Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, and Mandelstam. This summer, she’ll be teaching a course on Czeslaw Milosz’s poetry. Katia has written a book on the dialogical character of literary creativity entitled Erotic Uncertainty: A Poetics of Creativity (currently under review).
Katia’s topic: Funny Poems that Are Not Funny. Poetry by poets like Mark Strand, and more.
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 grant from Poets & Writers.