Christopher Soto, Roger Reeves, Jamila Woods, & Emily Jungmin Yoon to read Feb. 6

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago in the downstairs space at Subterranean for the February installment of the Six Points Reading Series!

In 2016 we continue to move to a variety of rotating locations throughout Chicago. Make note that each reading will take place at a different venue and sometimes times may change (like this reading for example which begins at 7pm!)

The reading is 21+ at Subterranean in Wicker Park (per the venue) and admission is free. Doors at 7pm, reading begins at 7:30pm.

This month, we’re pleased to feature Christopher Soto on their Tour to End Queer Youth Homelessness, and will present works on the theme of RESISTANCE from Roger Reeves, Jamila Woods, and Emily Jungmin Yoon. Books will be available for purchase following the reading.

CHRISTOPHER SOTO (aka Loma) is a queer latinx punk poet & prison abolitionist. Their first chapbook, “Sad Girl Poems” will be released from Sibling Rivalry Press at the end of January. They’ve worked at the Poetry Society of American and received an MFA in poetry from NYU. Poets & Writers will be honoring Christopher Soto with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award” in 2016. They founded Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color with the Lambda Literary Foundation and cofounded The Undocupoets Campaign in 2015. Their poems, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in The Feminist Wire, VIDAWeb, and The Offing. Originally from Los Angeles, they now live in Brooklyn.

ROGER REEVES‘s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his PhD the University of Texas-Austin and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book is King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013).

JAMILA WOODS is a poet, singer, and teaching artist. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry has been published by MUZZLE, Third World Press, and Poetry magazine. She is the associate artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of its Teaching Artist Corps. Woods is a member of Dark Noise, a collective of poets & educators of color. She is also the frontwoman of the Chicago-based soul duo M&O, whose music has been featured in SPIN, OkayPlayer, JET, and Ebony. In 2015, she was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Woods lives in Chicago.

EMILY JUNGMIN YOON‘s poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in The Journal, Pinwheel, The Collagist, Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture, and elsewhere. She is the 2015 winner of AWP’s WC&C Scholarship Competition, Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Fellowship to The Home School in Miami. She is the Poetry Editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.