Open Mike 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Featured Poets 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Kirstin Hotelling Zona‘s poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, such as the Southwest Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and The Mom Egg. “Riptide, ” the title poem of her full-length manuscript, received the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Prize. She is also the author of numerous essays on modern poetry; a book of criticism, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and May Swenson: The Feminist Poetics of Self-Restraint; and editor of Dear Elizabeth. Kirstin lives with her husband and two young children in Maine and in Illinois, where she is an associate professor at Illinois State University, co-host of Poetry Radio on WGLT, and the editor of The Spoon River Poetry Review. She will read from her latest collection, “Drift” (finalist for 2011 finishing line press open book contest).
Sara Tracey is the author of Some Kind of Shelter (forthcoming, Misty Publications, 2013) and Flood Year (dancing girl press 2009). Her work has recently appeared in Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, Harpur Palate, and Passages North. She is a regular performer in The Chicago Poetry Bordello, a teaching artist in The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, and a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois Program for Writers.