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.

Between the Seams of Identity and Culture
Curated by Nina Corwin
Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 2-4 p.m.

Textile work provides the metaphors for this exploration into personal identity and culture. Please join us for a Reading on Sunday, January 28, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Woman Made Gallery, 2150 S. Canalport 4th FL, Chicago, IL 60608. Please enter the building through the Parking Lot at North Entrance on 21st Street.

Featured Poets:

Chirskira Caillouet , Andy Karol, McKenzie Chinn, Sarah Rae, Gina Ferrara and Elizabeth Hoover.

Chirskira Caillouet. As member of FLOW (For Love of Writing), Chirskira Caillouet endeavors to strengthen her prose and build a solid network of phenomenal writers. Her writings mostly include poetry as published in various college literary magazines and Young Chicago Authors’ “Say What” magazine.

More than a page poet, Chirskira takes the stage, displaying her spoken word skills to multiple audiences from elementary schools to college and universities. In 2009, Chirskira self-published Honey Licorice (available on lulu.com) and learned to create e-books. In 2014 and 2017, Chirskira was one of a select group of spoken word artists to participate in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards for which she became a semi-finalist.

After graduating from Benedictine University, Chirskira continued her education at Northeastern Illinois University where she earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Language Arts. She currently holds a certificate in Spoken Word Pedagogy at Concordia University. Her travels include assisting in building a home with Habitat for Humanity in El Paso, Texas, rebuilding communities in Pecan Island and New Orleans, Louisiana after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, and caring for children in Sucre, Bolivia. http://www.flowauthors.com/chicail/

Andy Karol.  Chicago-based performance poet Andy Karol is a lyrical storyteller. Andy has competed on three Chicago teams at the National Poetry Slam, at the 2017 Rustbelt Festival, and has published two chapbooks—Fail-Safe (2015) and Paperboy (2016). More information can be found on their website at www.andykarol.com.

McKenzie Chinn.  McKenzie is a poet, actor, and teaching artist whose work has appeared in PANK, Crab Fat Magazine, The Fem, Juked, Sundog Lit, and others. She is part of Growing Concerns Poetry Collective with hip-hop artist Mykele Deville and musician Jeff Austin. The collective released its inaugural album, WE HERE: Thank you for Noticing, in August 2017, and published its first book of poems Five Fifths through Candor Arts in January 2018. You can learn more about her work at mckenziechinn.com.

Sarah Rae.  Sarah Rae’s poetry and translations have appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Ezra, fieraligue, Burlesque Press, Solamente en San Miguel, Ready for Consumption, Tata Nacho Press, and the Mexican publication Revista Blanco y Negro. She recently participated in the inter-cultural program US Poets in Mexico, where she studied with Hoa Nguyen, Daniela Camacho, and other US and Mexican poets in Merida, Mexico. A former high school English teacher and guidance counselor, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans, and lives in Chicago with her bilingual cat Maya.Current and future projects include a sequence of poems about her relationship to her mother, and continued translation of poems by the Oaxacan Mexican poet Guadalupe Angela.

Gina Ferrara.  Gina Ferrara lives in New Orleans. Her collections include: The Size of Sparrows (Finishing Line Press 2006) Ethereal Avalanche (Trembling Pillow Press 2009) Amber Porch Light (CW Books 2013), Carville: Amid Moss and Resurrection Fern (FLP 2014) and Fitting the Sixth Finger: Poems Inspired by the Paintings of Marc Chagall published by Aldrich Press. Her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, anderbo, Valley Voices, The Poetry Ireland Review and others. Since 2007 she has curated The Poetry Buffet, a monthly reading series held The Latter Branch of the New Orleans Public Library.

Elizabeth Hoover.  Elizabeth Hoover’s poetry has appeared in Epoch, the Crab Orchard Review, and The Awl, among others. She received the 2017 Boulevard emerging poetry contest, the 2015 Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize from IthacaLit, and the 2014 StoryQuarterly essay prize.


Nina Corwin 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 curates readings at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago where she 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. In daylight 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.

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

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