Readings & Events

36th Annual Reading Series
Chicago Poetics Friday, February 13, 2009 - 7:30pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue
AWP off-site event

Kevin Coval, Simone Muench, Larry Sawyer, Ray Bianchi, Chris Glomski, Jennifer Scappettone, William Allegrezza, Melissa Severin and Jackie White

Kevin CovalKevin Coval is the author of everyday people (EM Press, Nov.'08) and slingshots (a hip-hop poetica) (EM Press, Nov. '05), named Book of the Year-finalist by The American Library Association. Coval's poems have appeared in The Spoken Word Revolution and The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux (Source Books), Total Chaos (Basic Civitas), I Speak of the City: New York City Poems (Columbia University Press), The Bandana Republic (Soft Skull Press), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reporter, Cross Currents, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, 2nd Ave Poetry, The Drunken Boat, and many other periodicals and journals. Coval writes for The Huffington Post and can be heard regularly on National Public Radio in Chicago. 


Simone MuenchSimone Muench is a poetry editor for ACM. She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, the Charles Goodnow Award, the AWP Intro Journals Project Award, and the Poetry Center's 9th Annual Juried Reading Award. Her book The Air Lost in Breathing received the Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry (Helicon Nine, 2000), and New Michigan Press released her chapbook Notebook. Knife. Mentholatum in 2003. Her most recent collection Lampblack & Ash won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry (Sarabande Books, 2005). Currently, she is an assistant professor at Lewis University. Recent poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in Iowa Review, Paris Review, Indiana Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry, and POOL.


Larry SawyerLarry Sawyer curates the Myopic Books reading series in Wicker Park, Chicago. Chapbooks include Poems for Peace (Structum Press), A Chaise Lounge in Hell (aboveground press), Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother's milk press), which was recently included in the Yale Collection of American Literature, and Disharmonium (Silver Wonder Press). His work was also recently included in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (anthology, Cracked Slab Books, 2007). Larry also edits milk magazine (since 1998). His poetry and literary reviews have appeared in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Babel Fruit, Vanitas, Jacket, MiPoesias, The Prague Literary Review, Coconut, 88, Hunger, Skanky Possum, Exquisite Corpse, Court Green, the Miami Sun Post, Ygdrasil, Shampoo, Van Gogh's Ear, and elsewhere.


bianchiRay Bianchi is the author of three books, Circular Descent from Blaze Vox Press 2004, American Master (Chapbook) Moria Press 2006, & Immediate Empire (with Waltraud Haas) i.e. Press 2008. He served as co-editor for The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, from Cracked Slab Books, 2007. In 2007 he edited and translated the poetry of 18 Brazilian poets whose work appeared as a featured section in the magazine Aufgabe. Ray is the co-founder of Cracked Slab Books and he blogs at




Chris GlomskiChris Glomski is the author of Eidolon (Answer Tag Home Press, 2008), Transparencies Lifted from Noon (MEB / Spuyten Duyvil, 2005) and a previous poetry chapbook, IL LA, from Noemi Press (2002). His poems and critical writings have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Chicago Review, The Octopus, Pom2, and ACM. He has published translations of Italian poets Francesco Giuntini, Maura del Serra, and Eugenio Montale.





Jennifer ScappettoneJennifer Scappettone is the author of From Dame Quickly (poems, forthcoming from Litmus Press) and the chapbooks Beauty [Is the New Absurdity] (dusi/e chap kollectiv), Err-Residence (Bronze Skull), and Abluvion Almanac (graphic stills, from Outside Voices). Her work in translation from Italian currently encompasses Locomotrix: Selected Poems of Amelia Rosselli and a special issue of Aufgabe she is guest-editing, devoted to contemporary Italian experiment. Her poems are part of the anthologies Bay Poetics, Enough, The Best American Poetry 2004, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, The Outside Voices Anthology of Younger Poets, Viz.Inter-Arts, and War & Peace, and her writing appears in journals such as 2nd Avenue Poetry and The American Poetry Review.

AllegrezzaWilliam Allegrezza edits the e-zine Moria and the press Cracked Slab Books. He has published five books, In the Weaver's Valley, Ladders in July, Fragile Replacements, Collective Instant, and Covering Over; one anthology, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century ; seven chapbooks, including Sonoluminescence (co-written with Simone Muench) and Filament Sense (Ypolita Press); and many poetry reviews, articles, and poems. He curates series A, a reading series in Chicago dedicated to experimental writing. In addition, he occasionally posts his thoughts at




SeverinMelissa Severin is originally from Omaha, Nebraska where she spent many summers detasseling corn. She she earned her MFA in Poetry from New England College and is managing editor for Switchback Books. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Moonlit, 42opus, Wicked Alice and Ectoplasmic Necropolis. Brute Fact, her first chapbook, is available from dancing girl press.






WhiteJackie K. White's first chapbook, Bestiary Charming, won the 2006 Anabiosis Press competition; her second chapbook, Petal Tearing & Variations, was released from Finishing Line Press in 2007. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals, such as ACM, Folio, Quarter after Eight, Spoon River, and Third Coast. She is an assistant professor at Lewis University and an editor for RHINO magazine. Her PhD in English, with a creative writing/poetry emphasis, is from the University of Illinois at Chicago.