Woman Made Gallery Literary Series Presents:

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.

20th International Invitational Reading

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Place: Woman Made Gallery, 2150 S. Canalport, Unit 4A-3, Chicago, IL 60608

For the 20th International Invitational and the first reading in our new Pilsen gallery, we have a line-up of well-loved poets from Chicago, NY and LA: Toni Asante LightfootMarty McConnellMarilyn Nelson, Angela Narciso Torres and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas.

This reading is an open celebration of women writers. These poets have made their mark on the uneven playing field of arts and genders; they offer poetry in a variety of styles, voices and themes.

Curated by Nina Corwin.

Nina Corwin, curator of Woman Made Gallery Literary Events, is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps (2011) and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints (1999), as well as two recently released chapbooks, Dear Future (Glass Lyre Press, 2017) and What to Pack for the Apocalypse (Locofo Chaps, 2017). Her poetry has appeared in Drunken Boat, Harvard Review, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Southern Poetry Review and Verse. Corwin, a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. In daytime hours, she is a psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence.

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.

Marilyn Nelson, former Poet Laureate of Connecticut and Professor Emerita of the University of Connecticut, is at present a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and poet-in-residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Among her awards are the Frost Medal, and the NSK Neustadt Prize and the NCTE Award, both for children’s poetry. Her newest collections are The Meeting House (Antrim House) and (ed.)

Mrs. Nelson’s Class (World Enough Writers).

Toni Asante Lightfoot is a graduate of Cave Canem African American Writer’s Workshop and a teacher of writing workshops. She is a co-founder of the poetry collective the Modern Urban Griots. She is a leader in the national arts organization, Blackout Arts Collective. Ms. Lightfoot was President of the African American Writers Guild, founded by Marita Golden. In November 2002 Lightfoot became the Business and Outreach Manager Guild Complex in Chicago. Lightfoot has authored several books including two collections of poems entitled Kiss My Ears Like Jazz and Unearthing Me.

Marty McConnell received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. The winner of the 2017 Michael Waters Poetry Prize for her forthcoming second poetry collection, her work has recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Vinyl, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Mid-American Review. Her first full-length collection, “wine for a shotgun,” was published by EM Press, and her first non-fiction book, “Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop,” is forthcoming in 2018 on YesYes Books.

Lina Ramona Vitkauskas she earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from Wright State University, where she participated in a summer workshop with Nikky Finney, the 2012 National Book Award Winner in Poetry. In 2013, Lina was selected by Eleni Sikelianos for the Henry Miller Memorial Library Ping Pong Journal Award, and in 2009, she was selected by Brenda Hillman for The Poetry Center of Chicago’s Juried Reading Award and is the author of White Stockings (White Hole Press, 2016); SPINY RETINAS (Mutable Sound, 2014)


For an archive of past readings visit: http://voices.e-poets.net/WMG recorded by Kurt Heintz.

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