City Lit Books is proud to continue our new monthly reading series of poetry and prose (but mostly poetry!). We're so excited to introduce you to emerging and established writers alike!
Join us for our fourth reading by welcoming...
and Ralph Hamilton
Mark Magoon is a poet, writer, and teacher of writing. He is the author of The Upper Peninsula Misses You (ELJ Publications, 2015) and his work--which can be found in Burrow Press, DIAGRAM, Midwestern Gothic, The Nervous Breakdown, and many other venues--has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Magoon teaches writing at the City Colleges, reviews poetry for the Chicago Review of Books, and makes home in the Windy City with his wife and bulldog. Follow him on Twitter @MarkPMagoon and on his website www.markmagoon.com.
Originally from Los Altos, California, Rachel Slotnick is an author and a muralist. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2010. Her work is on permanent display at the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a muralist for the 35th, 39th, 46th and 47th wards, and her paintings were displayed last August in a solo exhibition at Beauty & Brawn Gallery & Think Space. Recently published in Mad Hat, Thrice Fiction, and The Brooklyn Rail, Rachel was the first place winner of Rhino Poetry’s Founder’s Prize, and is nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015. Look for her recently released book of poetry entitled, “In Lieu of Flowers,” available through Tortoise Books. Rachel currently resides in Chicago where she works as Full-Time Faculty at Malcolm X College, and Adjunct Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. See the full scope of her work at: www.rachelslotnick.com.
Gint Aras (Karolis Gintaras Žukauskas) lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his family. He's a community college instructor, photographer, and has worked as an editor, columnist, interpreter, translator, and has published two novels, FINDING THE MOON IN SUGAR and THE FUGUE, Learn more at gint-aras.com, or follow on Twitter @Gint_Aras
Ralph Hamilton is editor of RHINO, an independent poetry journal in 40th year of publication. He has an MFA in Poetry from Bennington. His poems have appeared in Court Green, CutBank, Pirene’s Fountain, Blackbird, and elsewhere. He judged Fifth Wednesday Journal’s (FWJ) poetry prize in Fall 2013, and served as FWJ’s guest poetry editor in 2014. He has had residencies at Ragdale and the Anderson Center, and later served on the board of the Ragdale Foundation. His first book of poems, Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015) was listed among the top 10 poetry books of 2015 by the Over the Rainbow Books committee of the American Library Association, and is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. In 2015 Ralph was also nominated for Best New Poets and a Pushcart Prize. He has just finished co-editing the debut volume of Glass Lyre Press’s Aeolian Harp Anthology. Ralph is currently completing his second book, The Barnyard of Boyage.