SAIC Faculty Reading
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 5:30pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue
Calvin Forbes, Elizabeth Cross, Leila Wilson, Peter O'Leary and Mary Cross
In residence since 1996, The Poetry Center honors some of SAIC's finest poetic talent in this special celebratory event.
Elizabeth Cross is an instructor and consultant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Awards and grants for her poetry include the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Writing, the Michigan Council for the Arts, and the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute. She has led creative workshops for underprivileged youth, parents of school-aged children, and corporate clients in Denver, Mackinac Island, and Chicago. Publications include American Letters & Commentary, Chain, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, and P-Queue.
Peter O'Leary has published two books of poetry, Watchfulness (Sputen Duyvil) and Depth Theology (Georgia), as well as a book of literary criticism, Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan & the Poetry of Illness (Welseyan). As Ronald Johnson's literary executor, he has edited three books: To Do As Adam Did: Selected Poems (Talisman), The Shrubberies (Flood), and Radi os (Flood). Two new Ronald Johnson books, The Outworks and a new edition of ARK are both forthcoming from Flood. Likewise, a selected poems of John Taggart, which he edited, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. He is a longtime editor of LVNG, an advisory editor for the Cultural Society, and an integral member of the Chicago Poetry Project. He teaches in the Liberal Arts & BFA/Writing programs at SAIC.
Mary Cross is the author of a book of poems Rooms, Which Were People. Her poems, short stories and essays have appeared in various publications, including Hotel Amerika, Other Voices, Court Green, The Sun, Crazyhorse, featherproof Press mini-book series, as well as aired on Chicago Public Radio. She teaches in the MFA Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute and Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies.