Six Points Reading featuring Jacob Saenz & Jasmin Jordan-Portaz

Wednesday, November 7
7-9 PM
Alulu Brewery and Pub
2011 S Laflin St
Chicago, IL 60608

Join the Chicago Poetry Center’s Six Points Reading Series at Alulu Brewery & Pub for poetry (7-8 PM) and music, drinks, and food afterward!

As always, our readings are free and open to the public. Alulu Brewery & Pub is a 21+ location.

This month we are pleased to welcome Jacob Saenz and Jasmin Jordan-Portaz. Curated and hosted by Natasha Mijares.

JACOB SAENZ is the author of Throwing the Crown, winner of the 2018 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Gregory Pardlo. His work has appeared in PANK, Poetry, Tammy and other journals. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, he’s been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency as well a CantoMundo and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. He serves as an associate editor for RHINO.

A Los Angeles-native, JASMIN JERAI JORDAN PORTAZ carries the grit and heart and soul of the city of angels into her work. Finding the poetry scene as a teen pushing back against the rules and fighting for identity, she has gone on to be published in numerous chapbooks, has performed around the city, and was featured in a film reading an original work. Jasmin also wrote and performed original songs as the lead singer and frontwoman of a punk rock band playing in Hollywood hot spots. A recent transplant to the Windy City, Jasmin has brought her passion for service and poetry to Chicago’s youth. Recognizing poetry as an outlet for survival, she recently launched an all-girl SLAM poetry club at a Chicago middle school focusing on social justice issues. She currently works as an editor and teaching artist for multiple non-profit organizations throughout Chicago.


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Books available for sale following the reading.

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“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.