Open Mike 6:00 – 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 – 7:30
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Garnett Kilberg Cohen‘s most recent awards include the 2004 Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize for her short story, “Second Sight”; the 2003 Lawrence Foundation Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review for “Bad News”; a Special Mention from the Pushcart Prize; and four awards from the Illinois Arts Council, two literary awards for stories, a 2006 finalist fellowship, and a 2001 IAC Artist’s Fellowship for prose of $7,000. Her short stories have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction, Ontario Review, Descant, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, and The Nebraska Review. Her first collection of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls was published by the University of Missouri Press. She was recently named Distinguished Artist at Columbia College Chicago, where she is a professor.
Larry Sawyer curates the Myopic Books reading series in Wicker Park, Chicago. His work was recently included in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (anthology, Cracked Slab Books, 2007) and A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration (anthology, DePaul Humanities Center Press, 2009). His debut collection, Unable to Fully California, is available on Otoliths Press (Australia). Larry also edits milk magazine (since 1998). His poetry and literary reviews have appeared in publications including Versal, Chicago Tribune, Action Yes, Babel Fruit, Vanitas, Jacket, MiPoesias, The Prague Literary Review, Coconut, 88, Hunger, Argotist, Pinstripe Fedora, Skanky Possum, Exquisite Corpse, Court Green, the Miami Sun Post, Ygdrasil, Shampoo, Rain Taxi, Van Gogh’s Ear, and elsewhere.