Join us at City Lit Books on Friday, August 9th, 2019 at 6:30 pm for a poetry reading featuring Sara Minges, Billy Tuggle, and Jamie Wendt, and Hadara Bar-Nadav
Sara Minges is a national poet, advocate for women and mental health, professional coach and speaker. She is also the Founder of Wonder Woman Rising, helping women let go of shame and self-loathing by owning their personal stories. She's served as a panelist for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation's Kindness in KC Event. Her first full length book of poetry, Naked Toes, was released in 2018. Sara's poetry explores themes of love, loss, vulnerability and living boldly.
Billy Tuggle is a South side Chicago native; a vocalist, performance poet, activist, mentor, teaching artist and parent. HIs involvement with HipHop and poetry slam has led him to perform and present his craft in schools, museums and cafes across North America. His work has also circulated widely on the Internet via Button Poetry and All Def Digital [Def Poetry] among other platforms. He is co-founder of the Chicago Four Star Poetry Club, creator of the Haiku Battle Royal; and co-host of In One Ear.
Jamie Wendt is the author of the poetry collection Fruit of the Earth which won the 2019 National Federation of Press Women Book Award. Her poetry has been published in various literary journals and anthologies, including Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility, Lilith, Raleigh Review, Minerva Rising, Third Wednesday, and Saranac Review. Her essays and book reviews have been published in Green Mountains Review, the Forward, Literary Mama, and others. She holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She teaches high school English and lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.
Hadara Bar-Nadav is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Society of America. Her newest book of poetry, The New Nuditywas published in 2017. She is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin, Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, awarded the Margie Book Prize. She is also author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace, awarded the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Show Me Yours, awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. In addition, she is co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. Her poetry has recently appeared in American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is a Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.