Open Mike 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Featured Poets 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
500 Main St.
Maja Teref is the translator of Assembly, the selected poems of Novica Tadić (Host Publications, 2009). Her translations have appeared in Conduit, Black Clock, and 6×6. She teaches AP Literature and Composition classes at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, Chicago and is an CollegeBoard AP English Lit Reader. She is also a past president of IL TESOL (Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Steven Teref is the translator of Assembly, the selected poems of Novica Tadić (Host Publications, 2009). His poems and translations have appeared in Conduit, Rhino,
Dirty Goat and elsewhere. He teaches poetry workshops and literature at Columbia College Chicago.
Helen Degen Cohen is the author of fiction, essays, memoir, work for theater and for children, and most of all poetry, including the collections Habry, On A Good Day One Discovers Another Poet, Neruda Nights, and the larger collection The Book of Night Writing. “Edge of the Field”, an essay, is featured in the anthology “Where We Find Ourselves“and received first prize in Stand Magazine’s International Short Story Competition (England) and is reprinted at TheScreamOnLine.com. Her essay “God of the Prison“ received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and is at Levure Litteraire. Her poems about the war received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cohen has also received three Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards in fiction and poetry, an Indiana Writers’ Conference Award in Poetry, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and fellowships to the major art colonies, including Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center For Creative Arts, and Ragdale, or, as she once called it, Home. She has worked statewide as Artist-In-Education through the Illinois Arts Council, taught at Roosevelt University, and is a founding and current editor of RHINO and coordinates its monthly Poetry Forum.
Her poems have been published in The Partisan Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Minnesota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Antigonish Review, Versal, Stand Magazine, Akcent, and Nimrod. Her work is the subject of the essays “Rootlessness and Alienation in the Poetry of Helen Degen Cohen” by Miriam Dean-Notting (Kenyon College), in Shofar (University of Nebraska Press) and “This Dark Poland – Ethnicity in the work of Helen Degen Cohen” by John Guzlowski in Something of My Very Own To Say: American Woman Writers of Polish Descent (Columbia University Press).
Helen Degen Cohen was born Halina Degenfisz (Halinka) in Poland. Her childhood includes time in the Lida Ghetto in Belorus, a year in hiding, and a couple of post-war years in a Displaced Persons camp in West Germany. Upon coming to the U.S. her parents decided to settle in Chicago, where she remained and raised her own family.
As always, authors will have books available for purchase & signing!