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 Books.
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.
Our readers for November will Bill Carty and Michelle Peñaloza.
Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy. He has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Artist Trust, and Hugo House, and he was awarded the 2017 Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Oversound, Iowa Review, Conduit, Warscapes, and other journals. Originally from coastal Maine, Bill now lives in Seattle, where he is Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest. He teaches at Hugo House, the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars, and Edmonds Community College.
Michelle Peñaloza is the author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak, and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes. Her work can be found in River Styx, Prairie Schooner, upstreet, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest and elsewhere. Michelle has received support from Artist Trust, Lemon Tree House, Caldera, 4Culture, Literary Arts, VONA/Voices, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. The proud daughter of Filipino immigrants, Michelle was born in the suburbs of Detroit, MI and raised in Nashville, TN. She now lives and farms in rural Northern California.