While most of our literary events are organized around the theme of the concurrent art exhibit, this gathering gives the featured poets an opportunity to share a range of their work.
A survey by VIDA, Women in Literary Arts of leading literary journals discovered that considerable gender disparities continue to be widespread throughout the industry. The readers at this event – Cynthia Dewi Oka, Valerie Wallace, Charles Russell Price, Angela Jackson, Cin Salach – are making an indelible mark on this uneven playing field; offering poetry in a variety of styles, voices and themes.
The readers at this event – Cynthia Dewi Oka, Valerie Wallace, Charles Russell Price, Angela Jackson, Cin Salach – are making an indelible mark on this uneven playing field; offering poetry in a variety of styles, voices and themes.
Cin Salach, Poet of page and stage, Illinois Arts Council recipient, four-time Ragdale fellow and Emmy nominee for voice-over and on-screen narration of the PBS documentary “From Schoolboy to Showgirl”, has collaborated with musicians, video artists, dancers, photographers, and most recently, healers, chefs and scientists, for over 30 years. She’s published two books and one CD, and lives in Chicago with her son, where her love of poetry and the belief that it can change lives, has led her to create her business, poemgrown, helping people mark the most important occasions in their lives with poetry.
Valerie Wallace’s debut poetry collection House of McQueen (March 2018) was chosen by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry. In their starred review Publishers Weekly said that Wallace created “…a literary seance…serving as a scholar of and medium for the late iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen….” Her work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award, and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry, as well as many grants to support her work, for which she is extremely grateful.
Woman Made Gallery hosts literary events that coincide with each of our juried group exhibitions. The current poetry series is curated by Nina Corwin. Kurt Heintz is WMG’s Audio Recordist, and Angela Narciso Torres is WMG’s Publicity Coordinator.
Angela Narciso Torres’s poetry collection, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Award. Her work appears in Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, Colorado Review, and other journals. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program and Harvard Graduate School of Education, she has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she is a poetry editor for RHINO, a reader for New England Review, and a publicity coordinator for Woman Made Gallery Literary Events.
Kurt Heintz once taught computer graphics programming at Columbia College, and worked as an independent web developer. He’s since become the lead video director at Britannica. Heintz is known for his poetry videos, begun in the early 1990s. He also videoconferenced his colleagues’ poetry in the late 1990s — years before Skype and the iPhone. He was a technical advisor to the Electronic Literature Organization in its earliest years, and is the video content editor for Another Chicago Magazine.
For an archive of past readings visit: http://voices.e-poets.net/WMG recorded by Kurt Heintz.
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