Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 29: Sarah Fox, Edwin Torres, Jacob Saenz

Wednesday, October 29 

--> Sarah Fox wrote Because Why and The First Flag, both published by Coffee House Press. She facilitates the ongoing public invocation performance, "The Great Goddess is Everyone: for Chelsea Manning", and works as a teacher, astrologer, doula, & placenta encapsulator. She lives in Chicago. 
Edwin Torres is a ‘lingualisualist’ whose poetic birth came via The Nuyorican Poets Café as mid-wifed by The St. Marks Poetry Project. He toured as a member of the groundbreaking poetry collective "Nuyorican Poets Café Live" that helped revitalize Spoken Word in the early 90's, including an appearance on the first MTV Spoken Word Unplugged, and continues to perform worldwide. He’s the author of 8 books including, Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books), and The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books). Anthologies range from, Postmodern American Poetry Vol. 2 (2014 Norton) to Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café (1994 Holt). He recently organized the 24th Subterranean Poetry Festival held inside the Widow Jane Mine, in Rosendale NY.

Jacob Saenz is a CantoMundo fellow whose poetry has been published in Poetry, TriQuarterly, Pinwheel and other journals. He has been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. He currently serves as an associate editor for RHINO. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wednesday, September 17: Gillian Conoley and Philip Jenks

Gillian Conoley's new book is PEACE, just out with Omnidawn. She is author of seven collections of poetry, and has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. Her poems have been anthologized widely, most recently in W.W. Norton’s Postmodern American Poetry, Norton’s American Hybrid, and Best American Poetry.  Conoley's translations of Henri Michaux, THOUSAND TIMES BROKEN: THREE BOOKS BY HENRI MICHAUX, appears with City Lights in September 2014. Editor of Volt, she teaches at Sonoma State University.

Philip Jenks is the author of four books of poems, most recently Colony CollapseMetaphor (Fence, 2014). He earned a BA from Reed College, a MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, and a PhD in Political Science from University of Kentucky. He lives in Chicago. He has toured and recorded with Neil Michael Hagerty as a member of The Howling Hex. Beyond writing, his specializations are in gender studies, animal rights, and political philosophy. He teaches English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Political Science at Lewis University. He likes good music and pinball.

Monday, June 23, 2014


We are hosting an offsite at the Printer's Ball with the amazing Dollhouse.


DANNY'S PRESENTS: Caryl Pagel & Daniel Poppick
THE DOLLHOUSE PRESENTS:  Erika L. Sánchez & Patrick Samuel

Caryl Pagel is the author of Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death (2012) and Twice Told (2014). She is a poetry editor at jubilat and the co-founder and editress-in-chief of Rescue Press. She is the incoming Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center as well as faculty for the NEOMFA program in eastern Ohio.
Daniel Poppick’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Volta, BOMB, jubilat, The Iowa Review, The Claudius App, and other journals. He is the author of a chapbook, Vox Squad, out this year from Petri Press. He co-publishes The Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and recently curated The Antibody Series in Iowa City. His first book, The Police, will be published by Omnidawn in 2017.
Erika L. Sánchez is a Fulbright Scholar, CantoMundo Fellow, and winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Pleiades, Witness, Anti-, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Copper Nickel, Boston Review, “Latino USA” on NPR, and is forthcoming in diode and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Penguin 2015). Her nonfiction appears in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Rolling Stone, Salon, NBC News, Cosmopolitan, and many others. She currently lives in Chicago. You can find her at
Patrick Samuel is a Chicago transplant from the Metro-Detroit area who co-curates a local reading/performance series called The Swell. He’s earned his MFA from Columbia College Chicago, and his most recent work appears or is forthcoming in BloomGertrude, and The Corduroy Mtn. He continues to cultivate relationships with his loved ones. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

June 4: Tyrone Williams, Jennifer Scappettone, James Shea

Jennifer Scappettone photo by Kevin Killian.

Wednesday, June 4

Tyrone Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned his BA, MA, and PhD at Wayne State University. He is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Convalescence (1987); Futures, Elections (2004); Musique Noir (2006); and Pink Tie (2011), among others. His full-length collections of poetry include c.c. (2002), On Spec (2008), The Hero Project (2009), Adventures of Pi (2011), and Howell (2011).

Jennifer Scappettone is the author of From Dame Quickly (2009) and of several chapbooks, including Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale, translated into Italian in dialogue with Marco Giovenale. Exit 43, an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-up pastorals, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a letterpress palimpsest, A Chorus Fosse, forthcoming from Compline. She edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli. Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, her study of the premodern, feminized city as a crucible for twentieth-century strains of vanguardism, is forthcoming this summer. 

James Shea is the author of Star in the Eye (Fence Books) and the chapbook Air and Water Show (Convulsive Editions). His second collection, The Lost Novel, is forthcoming from Fence Books.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Wednesday, May 7

Stefania Heim, Brian Russell, and Tyler Mills
Stefania Heim is author of A TABLE THAT GOES ON FOR MILES, which was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy as winner of the 2012 Gatewood Prize and published in March 2014 by Switchback Books. Her various writings -- poems, essays, and translations -- have appeared in A Public Space, Aufgabe, Jacket2, The Journal of Narrative Theory, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is a founding editor of CIRCUMFERENCE: Poetry in Translation and a Poetry Editor at Boston Review. She has taught at Columbia University, Hunter College, and Deep Springs College, as well as in New York City and Chicago Public Schools.

Brian Russell is the author of The Year of What Now (Graywolf, 2013), winner of the Bakeless Prize. He serves as managing editor for Phantom Limb Press and lives in Chicago with his wife and two dogs.

Tyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (SIU Press 2013). Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, The BelieverPOETRY, and the Boston Review, and her essays have appeared in the Robert Frost Review and the Writer’s Chronicle. She is editor-in-chief of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought and lives in Chicago.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wednesday April 16: Karla Kelsey & Endi Bogue Hartigan

Wednesday, April 16
7:30 PM

Karla Kelsey & Endi Bogue Hartigan

Karla Kelsey is author of three books of poetry: Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary and Iteration Nets, both published by Ahsahta Press, and A Conjoined Book just out from Omnidawn. She edits and contributes to Fence Books' Constant Critic poetry book review website and has had essays on poetics published in literary journals and anthologies. With Aaron McCollough she co-publishes SplitLevel Texts, a small press that publishes books of contemporary innovative poetry and prose.

Endi Bogue Hartigan is author of Pool [5 choruses], just released from Omnidawn Publishing and selected by Cole Swensen for the Omnidawn Open Prize, and One Sun Storm (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008), which was selected for the Colorado Prize for Poetry. New work is forthcoming in New American Writing and Denver Quarterly, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Verse, Chicago Review, Volt, Colorado Review, Peep/​Show, LVNG, Jack London is Dead, as well as a collaborative chapbook, out of the flowering ribs, created with visual artist Linda Hutchins. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Patrick and their son Jackson.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 12: William D. Waltz, Dobby Gibson, Fred Schmalz

Wednesday, March 12

William D Waltz is the author of Zoo Music, which won Slope Editions’ First Book Prize and Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America, which won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition and was published in March 2013. His chapbook Confluence of Mysterious Origins was published by Factory Hollow Press. He is the founder and editor of Conduit magazine. Waltz lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, near the Mississippi River and the defunct Ford plant.

Dobby Gibson is the author of Polar (Alice James Books), which won the Beatrice Hawley Award; Skirmish (Graywolf Press); and It Becomes You (Graywolf Press), which is a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. All three titles were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. His poems are anthologized in books such as Good Poems American Places (Viking Press), Lit From Inside (Alice James Books), and From the Fishouse (Persea Books). He's received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. In the fall of 2014, he'll be a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Fred Schmalz's recent work focuses on textual response to encounters with dance, music and visual art. His field guide Claes Oldenburg’s Festival of Living Objects was published by the Walker Art Center in fall 2013, and his Documenta 13 Daybook was published by Hands Down in spring 2013. He is currently collaborating on multimedia projects about ghosts and hotels. He lives in Chicago.