Open Mike 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Featured Readers 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
500 Main St.
Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow, and author of three full length collections of poetry, tarnish & masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books/Peepal Tree Press, 2010) and Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), which was long listed for the National Book Award, and won the Society of Midland Authors Award for Poetry 2013. A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, Roger is also co-founder of NYC’s LouderARTS Project, and a Creative Writing MFA candidate at University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program. He has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and been featured at universities and literary festivals throughout the world. Roger is extensively published in journals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. He lives and works in Chicago and New York City. He is Nina’s father.
Sara Henning is the author of the full-length collection of poetry A Sweeter Water (Lavender Ink, 2013), as well as a chapbook, To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Bombay Gin, Connotation Press, Crab Orchard Review, Greensboro Review, and Willow Springs, and anthologies such as Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (2013) and Kore Press’ Best of 2012. A finalist for the 2011 Emily Dickinson Award, sponsored by Poetry Society of America, she has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net Anthology, a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, and was featured on Sundress Publications’ the Wardrobe. She holds an MFA from George Mason University, and she is currently a doctoral student in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Managing Editor for the South Dakota Review.