Join us at City Lit Books on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 5:30 pm for a poetry reading featuring Kenyatta Rogers, Jacob Saenz, David Welch, Kyle Churney, and Matt Kelsey.
Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been awarded multiple scholarships from the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He has also been nominated multiple times for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes. His work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, Vinyl, Bat City Review, The Volta, PANK, MAKE Magazine among others. He is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry and currently serves on the creative writing faculty at the Chicago High School for the Arts.
Poet and editor Jacob Saenz was born in Chicago and raised in Cicero, Illinois. He earned a BA in creative writing from Columbia College in Chicago. His first collection of poetry, Throwing the Crown, was awarded the 2018 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and is forthcoming from Coppery Canyon Press. Saenz has been an editor at Columbia Poetry Review and an associate editor at RHINO. He works as an acquisitions assistant at the Columbia College library and has read his poetry at a number of Chicago venues. A CantoMundo fellow, he has also been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.
David Welch is the author of Everyone Who Is Dead (Spork Press, forthcoming) and a chapbook, It Is Such a Good Thing to Be In Love with You (The Laurel Review/Midwest Chapbook Series, 2015). He is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Welch lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul University where he is Assistant Director of Publishing & Outreach.
Kyle Churney received his MFA from the University of New Mexico and is working on his first poetry collection. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as The Journal, Memorious, and Salt Hill. His poem “Desert Ghazal,” originally published in RHINO, received a 2014 Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council, and he has received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. His nonfiction appears in the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal, and he reviews poetry for SCOUT. A native of small-town Illinois, he lives in Chicago, where he misses seeing the sun set and eats weird and delicious foods. Follow him on Twitter @KyleChurney.
Matt Kelsey has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a teaching fellowship from the Kenyon Review Young Writers Program. His writing has appeared in Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pinwheel, National Geographic Kids, and elsewhere. He is an elementary teacher and middle school basketball coach at Chiaravalle Montessori, and reads for Pleiades magazine.