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.
Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear 2018) and the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone 2017). His poetry has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner, a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, and the Sexton Prize. He teaches English at Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago, serves as an educator adviser to the global not-for-profit Narrative 4, and lives in Oak Park, Illinois. www.faisalmohyuddin.
Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of three collections of poems: Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country and The Spokes of Venus, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry), finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Orion, and elsewhere, including on Tracy K Smith's podcast The Slowdown. The recipient of a Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, she has received fellowships from such places as the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Ragdale Foundation. Her collaborations with composers have been performed and exhibited across the country. Co-founder and editor of the online magazine Memorious, Frank was recently the Poet in Residence at Brandeis University and is the 2019/2020 Distinguished Visiting Writer in poetry at Bowling Green State University.