Poems, Prose, and Possibility: a UIC Alumni Reading
Join us at City Lit Books for a reading by UIC alums Annah Browning, Tasha Fouts, Chad Heltzel, A D Jameson, Virginia Konchan, Cole Lavalais, Beth McDermott, Simone Muench, Brianna Noll, Jay Shearer, and Snezana Zabic.
Annah Browning hails from the foothills of South Carolina. She is the author of a chapbook, The Marriage (Horse Less Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Verse Daily, Indiana Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Southeast Review, Willow Springs, and other journals. She is poetry editor of Grimoire, an online literary magazine of dark arts.
Chris Bryson recently became a PhD in the Program for Writers at UIC. He also has an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has been published in the Madison Review, Narrative Magazine, and others.
Tasha Fouts received her MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University in 2005. She is ABD at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she co-founded and edited Packingtown Review. Among other journals her poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Bateau, and Birds Piled Loosely. She currently co-hosts the Soundcloud podcast Adventures in Television. More of her work can be found at www.forayblog.wordpress.com.
Chad Heltzel’s poems and reviews have previously appeared in Cream City Review, Faultline, Hamilton Stone Review, FifthWednesday, Konundrum Engine Literary Review, and Sarmatian Review. Chad currently lives in Chicago and teaches World Literature and College English at UIC College Prep High School.
A D Jameson is the author of five books, including Cinemaps, a collaboration with the artist Andrew DeGraff, forthcoming later this year from Quirk Books, and The Nerds Won: Star Wars and the Rise of Geek Culture, forthcoming in 2018 from FSG. He’s currently a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he teaches writing and film, and is finishing his dissertation, a collection of 500 short fantasy, horror, and science-fiction stories.
Ixta Julieta received her MA from the Program for Writers at UIC. Her writing has been featured in The Feminist Review, Little Red Leaves, and Prairie Light Review. Her inspiration is drawn from quirky experiences, quiet moments, and raising a four year-old scamp of a boy. Ixta currently works as a writing consultant at the College of DuPage. Her heart belongs to Chicago, but for the time being, she lives in Naperville, the second best city to live in in America.
Virginia Konchan is the author of a collection of poetry, The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and two chapbooks, including That Tree is Mine (dancing girl press, 2017). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Best New Poets, and her honors include an NEH fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Award. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, she teaches at Marist College.
Katya Kulik has recently graduated from the Program for Writers at UIC. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Denver Quarterly, CutBank Literary Magazine, Jet Fuel Review and elsewhere. She swears she is not one of the Russians who hacked your election.
Cole Lavalais’ short stories have appeared in The Offing, Obsidian, Apogee, Warpland, Tidal Basin Review and others. She’s been awarded writer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Center for Black Fiction, VONA, and the Callaloo Writing workshops. She holds an M.F.A. from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the founder/director of the Chicago Writers Studio and a Visiting Writer at Mississippi University for Women.
Beth McDermott is the author of the chapbook How to Leave a Farmhouse. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals such as Southern Humanities Review and American Book Review. She’s an associate editor at RHINO and an assistant professor of English at the University of St. Francis.
Simone Muench is the author of six books, including Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010) and Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014). Her recent book, Suture, consists of collaborative sonnets written with Dean Rader (BLP, 2017). Currently, she is editing an anthology, They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (BLP, 2018). Some of her honors include an NEA fellowship and the Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award. She is Professor of English at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies. Currently, she serves as faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review and as a poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly.
Brianna Noll's first book, The Price of Scarlet, was selected by Lisa Williams as the inaugural poetry collection in the University Press of Kentucky's New Poetry and Prose Series. She is Poetry Editor of The Account, which she helped found, and her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Hotel Amerika, and the minnesota review. She currently lives in Chicago, but will soon relocate to Los Angeles, California.
Roxanne Pilat teaches English at Dominican University. Before earning her doctorate at UIC, she was a secondary teacher, a journalist, and a corporate communications consultant. More recently, she has taught at DePaul and Lewis universities. Her work has been published in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, and in a recent anthology of essays on Italian American women in Chicago. She is currently adapting material from her book project, Piano, Piano: Stories From My Father, for a dramatic presentation later this summer, to help kick-off the start-up of the new Italian American Theatre of Chicago initiative. She was a founding editor of the literary journal Packingtown Review.
Jay Shearer’s writing has appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review, Southeast Review, Tikkun, and many other publications. He is the author of a novel, Five Hundred Sirens, a chapbook novella, The Pulpit vs. the Hole and a play, The Full Treatment (performed this year at Broom Street Theater in Madison). He teaches at UIC and lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.
Snezana Zabic lost her homeland and most of her family's record collection during the Yugoslav wars. She writes about this in her memoir Broken Records, a book that belongs to those whose formative years straddle the Cold War and the global reconfiguration of wealth and power, and the analog and digital eras. Sneza’s most recent book is The Breath Capital, a poetry collection that records points of bodily contact in urban environments where eye contact is tacitly forbidden, but where we breathe each other's molecules in and out. She edits Packingtown Review, blogs at Spurious Bastard, and plays in the band Rent Party.