The Filling Station is a free, monthly reading series hosted by Willie James and Matthew Kelsey. It occurs the 4th Friday of each month (with occasional exceptions) from 6:30-7:30 at City Lit Bookstore.
While the series aims to showcase local authors to a diverse and growing neighborhood, it also endeavors to introduce Chicago to the constellation of talent that illuminates the rest of the country. The Filling Station emphasizes poetry, but will also feature fiction and creative non-fiction periodically.
Regardless of whichever genre is shared on a given night, the series will offer proud neighbors and perfect strangers alike the chance to refuel at the end of the week. Everyone is welcome.
Michael Bazzett and Alison C. Rollins will be joining us for June! We look forward to seeing you there!
Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as a Librarian for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, POETRY, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. Her debut poetry collection Library of Small Catastrophes is out now with Copper Canyon Press.
Michael Bazzett’s poems have appeared in The Sun, Tin House, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review and 32 Poems. The recipient of a fellowship from the NEA, he’s the author of three books of poems: You Must Remember This, (Winner of the Lindquist & Vennum Prize), Our Lands Are Not So Different (Horsethief Books), and The Interrogation (Milkweed). His recently published verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh, (Milkweed, 2018) was named “one of 2018’s ten best books of poetry” by the NY Times. He lives in Minneapolis.