Saturday, August 31, 2013

SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series returns September 12


The SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series returns to Rozz-Tox on Wednesday, September 12th with featured readers CM Burroughs, Dora Malech and Jennifer Perrine (see bios below). There will also be a slate of QC-based readers opening the show, including Erin M. Bertram.

This fall, SPECTRA will also be including musical performances after the readings, to continue to bridge the gap between creative communities and audiences. For our first musical guest, we are pleased to welcome local outfit Busted Chandeliers to be our first musical feature.
The show will start at 8 pm, and will be free & open to the public.

SPECTRA is also accepting submissions from QC area poets/writers to read at future events. To submit, email up to 3 poems to mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org with the phrase “SPECTRA Submission” in the subject line.

Please contact Ryan Collins at the Midwest Writing Center for more information about SPECTRA and other MWC programs: (563) 324-1410 | mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org.

About Burroughs, Malech, Perrine:
CM Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Cave Canem Foundation. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, jubilat, Ploughshares, VOLT, Bat City Review, and Sou’wester. Burroughs is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry and Literature at Columbia College of Chicago, and her first book, The Vital System, is available from Tupelo Press.

Dora Malech is the author of two collections of poetry, Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in publications that include The New Yorker and Poetry, and they are forthcoming in the anthology The New Census (Rescue Press, 2013). She has been a Writing Fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellow, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Saint Mary's College of California, a Teaching-Writing Fellow at Augustana College, and a Visiting Writer in China through the International Writing Program's "Life of Discovery" initiative. She lives in Iowa City, where she directs the Iowa Youth Writing Project, a nonprofit language arts outreach organization.

Jennifer Perrine’s first collection of poems, The Body Is No Machine (New Issues), won the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Her second book, In the Human Zoo (University of Utah Press), received the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. In 2014, she will serve as a member of the U.S. Arts and Culture Delegation to Cuba. Perrine teaches in the English department and directs the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Drake University, and was also an inaugural recipient of the MWC's Great River Writer's Retreat.
Rozz-Tox
2108 3rd Ave, Rock Island, IL

Coming October....
The next SPECTRA reading will manifest Thursday, October 10th, 8:00 p.m. at Rozz-Tox, featuring poets Russell Dillon, Amanda Smeltz and Matt Hart, with a special set from MWC Poet-in-Residence Aubrey Jane Ryan and musical guest Sanctified Grumblers.

The 2013 season of SPECTRA manifests thanks to the generous support of the Scott County Regional Authority.

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