Graduate Student Reading April 3

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago for this month’s installment of the Six Points Reading Series on Friday April 3. We’re changing up our location this month and heading upstairs to the Millenium Park Room on the fifth floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. The reading will begin at 5:30pm.

This month, we’re pleased to welcome five graduate students from masters and doctorate programs around the city of Chicago. Curated and hosted by Danielle Susi.

This event will kick off our month-long Indiegogo fundraising campaign!

TERESA McMAHON is a second year MFA candidate in Poetry at Columbia College Chicago, where she is a graduate student instructor of Writing & Rhetoric. When not at Columbia, she teaches creative writing to children through an organization called Take My Word For It! She comes from Boston, Massachusetts.

HANNAH KEENE is a Colorado native and current MFAW candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has published two chapbooks, A Double-Headed House and Notes on this Empty Ribbed Beach. Some of her more recent work was published in Madcap Reivew. Her artist books have been on display at the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection and she has been a reader at the Hi/typ O salon for the last year. In January, her newest play, RESIDUA, was performed at the 26th Annual Rhinoceros Theatre Festival, Chicago’s longest fringe festival. She lives as an indigo bunting. Her work is an unfurling of anti-memoir, an alchemical reaction between myth, landscape, and trauma.

JOSHUA A. FISHER is a digital humanist and is the founder of digital publishing company, Appoet. He is the author of What We Mean, a mobile poetry application that remediates WWII love letters written by his grandparents. He received a B.A. in English Studies from Illinois State in 2009 and is now a graduate assistant at DePaul University pursuing his Masters in Writing and Publishing. Before moving back to Chicago in 2013, Josh worked as a shepherd as well as an English teacher in Portugal, South Korea, and Turkey.

HANNAH BROOKS-MOTL is the author of the full-length collection The New Years (Rescue Press, 2014) and the chapbook The Montaigne Result (Song Cave, 2013). Her poems and criticism have appeared in Best American Experimental Writing, Bookforum, the Cambridge Literary Review, Fence, and the Kenyon Review Online, among other places. She currently lives in Chicago where she is a PhD student at the University of Chicago.

JIM DAVIS is an MFA candidate at Northwestern University, he has earned a degree in Studio Art From Knox College, and in fall of 2015, will begin further graduate study at Harvard. His work has appeared in Wisconsin Review, Seneca Review, Midwest Quarterly, and the California Journal of Poetics, among many others. Jim lives, writes, and paints in Chicago, where he edits the North Chicago Review. In addition to the arts, Jim is an international semi-professional American Football Player.



“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.