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Featured Poets 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
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Valerie Wallace teaches poetry at the Newberry Library and City Colleges of Chicago and is an associate editor with RHINO. She also serves on the advisory board and as a mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Her work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the 2012 Atty Award, and has been supported most recently by the Midwest Writers Center, Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, the Barbara Deming Fund for Women, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is the author of a chapbook, The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping (Dancing Girl Press 2011).
Rachel Jamison Webster grew up in the small town of Madison, Ohio, on Lake Erie and now lives in Evanston, Illinois, where she teaches at Northwestern University. She is the author of September: Poems, (Northwestern University Press 2013), and a chapbook, The Blue Grotto (Dancing Girl Press 2009). For several years, she designed and taught writing workshops for urban youth, helping to develop Words 37 with Chicago’s First Lady Maggie Daley and co-editing two anthologies of writing by young Chicagoans, Alchemy (2001) and Paper Atrium (2005). Rachel is also the editor and director of the online anthology of international poetry, UniVerse. Her most recent work with UniVerse has involved creating a radio series about poetry for Chicago Public Radio, called “The Gift.”