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WMG Literary Event: Rights and Wrongs

Event Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Place: 2150 S Canalport Ave, 4A-3, Chicago, IL 60608 (Dial 354 to enter the building)

Please join us for WMG’s Literary event “Rights and Wrongs” on Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. Curated by Nina Corwin and in conjunction with WMG’s “Suffra-Jetting” exhibit celebrating 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the United States, this reading will consider the many human rights persistently denied, violated and unenforced. Rights of workers, refugees, un/protected classes. Right to free speech, living wages, choice over one’s body. Freedom from persecution, discrimination, slavery, torture and degradation.

These poets will testify to wrongs, past and present, as well as the struggles to right them; including poems that shed light on victims, activists and even the people and systems that perpetrate and perpetuate injustice. Reading poets include Lisa Buscani, Britny Cordera, Laura Johnson, Brenna Lemieux, Crystal Stone and Rachel Jamison Webster.


Reading Poets

Lisa Buscani is a National Poetry Slam Champion and an active alumna of the Neo-Futurists, creators of The infinite Wrench. She participates in live lit shows like Paper Machete, Write Club and Do Not Submit. Her book of poetry, Jangle, is published by Tia Chucha Press. She has a Masters in Media and Cinema Studies, and a Masters in Writing and Publishing from DePaul.

Britny Cordera is a two-year Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. She is a proud black poet with Creole heritage, descending from African, Indigenous, and French/Spanish ancestors. Her poetry can be found or is forthcoming in Xavier Review, and Auburn Avenue. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and assistant editor at Crab Orchard Review. https://britnycordera.com/

Laura Johnson is a poet in Eastern Iowa who serves as a founding co-editor of the literary journal Backchannels. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa. Laura is the facilitator for the Cedar Rapids Writers’ Workshop, as well as a prize-winning slam poet. Her work has appeared in Thimble Literary Magazine, High Shelf Press, Prompt Press, and The Chestnut Review. She was nominated for Best of the Net in 2019.

Brenna Lemieux has been lucky enough to live and write in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Paris, and Galway. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Gospel of Household Plants (2015) and Blankness, Melancholy, and Other Ways of Dying (2017), and her fiction is starting to trickle into the world as well. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband; they are expecting their first child this summer. https://www.brennalemieux.com/

Crystal Stone is the author of two collections of poetry, Knock-Off Monarch (Dawn Valley 2018) and All the Places I Wish I Died (CLASH 2021). She is currently an MFA candidate at Iowa State University where she gave a TEDx talk about the transformative power of poetry in April 2018. You can find more information about her at her website www.crystalbstone.com.

Rachel Jamison Webster is author of four books, including SeptemberMary is a River and the newly released The Sea Came Up & Drowned, which includes “mined” poetry and visual art collage to meditate on climate change. She teaches poetry, creative non-fiction and literature classes in the Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University.

WMG Literary Team

Nina Corwin — WMG Literary Events Curator
Nina Corwin is a published poet, Founding Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal and psychotherapist/advocate for victims of sexual assault. She is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. Her work has appeared in ACM, Forklift OH, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review, Southern Poetry Review, Verse and has been nominated for the Pushcart prize. Corwin is an Advisory Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal and co-edited Inhabiting the Body: A Collection of Poetry and Art By Women. She has read and performed her work across the country, at times set with musical or choreographic compositions.

Jennifer Steele – WMG Literary Events Outreach Coordinator
Jennifer Steele is a published poet and educator and serves as Partnerships Coordinator for Teen Services at Chicago Public Library.  She served as co-founder and co-curator of the Revolving Door Reading Series. Her work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Callaloo Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, Warpland Journal, So To Speak, and others, and is a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop fellow. She has taught creative writing and digital media arts across Chicago since 2008 and has collaborated with numerous youth organizations and cultural institutions, designing innovative arts programming.

Kurt Eric Heintz – WMG Literary Events Audio Recordist
Kurt Eric 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 1990’s. He also video-conferenced his colleagues’ poetry in the late 1990’s — 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.

Thank you Angela Narciso Torres, for your wonderful work and support for WMG and our Literary Program!


Woman Made Gallery is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Illinois Arts Council Agency; a major anonymous donor; and the generosity of its members and contributors.