R.A. Villanueva & Rachel Eliza Griffiths to Read May 7

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago for this month’s installment of the Six Points Reading Series. Admission is free at the Garland Room on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. The reading will take place on May 7th from 6-7pm.

This month, we’re pleased to welcome Brooklyn-based poets R.A. Villanueva and Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Curated and hosted by Danielle Susi.

R.A. VILLANUEVA’s debut collection of poetry, Reliquaria (U. Nebraska Press, 2014), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His honors include the inaugural Ninth Letter Literary Award and fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review. New work is forthcoming in The Wolf (UK), Crazyhorse, and Five Points, and his writing has appeared in AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he lives in Brooklyn and London.

RACHEL ELIZA GRIFFITHS is a poet and photographer. She is the recipient of fellowships from Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer Writers Institute, Soul Mountain, The Millay Residency, and others. Her literary and visual work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and periodicals including The New York Times, Crab Orchard ReviewIndiana Review, Drunken Boat, and many others. She is the author of Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books/2010), The Requited Distance (The Sheep Meadow Press/2011), Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose/2011) and a chapbook, Memoria, Memoria (Deadly Chaps/A5, 2012). Her most recent collection, Lighting the Shadow, was released in April from Four Way Books. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York.



“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.