Open Mike 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Featured Poets 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
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Bill Coughlin is a Chicago native who lives near the lake with his partner and cocker spaniel. He earned his MA in English from DePaul University and his MFA in Poetry from Columbia College. At various times in his life he has been a seminarian, a teacher, a Unitarian Universalist, a classical pianist, a runner, a dog lover and a world traveler. He lives with his partner and their cocker spaniel in Chicago and spends as much time as possible on the coast of Maine.
Earlier this year his first collection of poems, entitled migrations, was published by Aquitaine Media, a local publishing company. He is currently planning a second full length collection centered on issues arising from recovered memories.
Ralph Hamilton, Editor of RHINO, earned his MFA in poetry from Bennington. His past professions include: ranch hand, hospital orderly, White House aide, mountain climber, stunt double, arbitrageur, seminarian, foundation executive, prep cook, dean of students, homme fatale, rodeo cowboy, stay-at-home dad, and policy analyst. He is currently finishing up two books of poems, That Subtle Knot and The Barnyard of Boyage.
This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.