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.
July's readers are Erin Adair-Hodges & Hai-Dang Phan.
Erin Adair-Hodges is the author of Let's All Die Happy, winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. A recipient of the 2018 Sewanee Review Allen Tate Prize and the 2014 Loraine William Poetry Prize from The Georgia Review, she has recent and forthcoming work in Sewanee Review, Ploughshares, Green Mountains Review and more. Erin is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri and the co-editor of Pleiades.
Hai-Dang Phan is the author of Reenactments (Sarabande, 2019). His poetry has been published widely, including in the New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, Lana Turner, and Best American Poetry 2016. He is recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, the New England Review/Bread Loaf Award for Emerging Writers, the Frederick Bock Prize from the editors of Poetry Magazine, and a fellowship from the American Literary Translators Association. Born in Vietnam and raised in Wisconsin, he currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.