Literary Event
“Girlfriends: Every Page Has Two Sides”

Event Date: Sunday, June 9, 2024 | 2–4 p.m.
Place: 1332 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607

Join us for our June Poetry Event featuring Madeline McConico & Sarah Peecher, close friends and co-editors for “Off The Page“. Together along with two specially curated guests, Tanya León-Moreno and Kala Wahl, they’ll explore the inner and outer narrative of literature, collaboration, and  friendship. Literary Curator: Jae Green.

Madeline McConico (she/her) is a Chicago-based poet, editor, and artist. She holds a BA in English from Iowa State University and completed her MFA at Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in Allium: A Journal of Prose & Poetry, Opal Literacy, POTLUCK, and more. She currently works as a part-time adjunct at Lewis University, while serving as the Co-Founder, Editor, and Creative Director of the upcoming project and publication Unwoven Literary Magazine. Madeline is a Co-Curator for Off the Page: Poetry Reimagined.

Sarah Peecher (she/her) is a poet living and working in Chicago. She was a Nathan Breitling Poetry Fellow and the recipient of an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Her recent work appears in Allium: A Journal of Poetry & Prose, Bluestem, and Anti-Heroin Chic. She recently edited a food-themed zine dubbed Potluck. Along with collaborating with Madeline to bring Off the Page to life, she co-hosts Juxtapose, a podcast that emphasizes connections between the various forms of art.

Events are free and open to the public. Donations are always appreciated.

(Banner image from left to right: Pochis, Madeline McConico, Tanya León-Moreno, Sarah Peecher and Jae Green.)

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WMG’s Literary Events Curator

Jae Green – WMG Literary Events Curator Jae Green is connected to Woman Made Gallery since its early days when the organization was located at its first location in Ravenswood Manor on Chicago’s northwest side. Jae is a visual artist, writer and published poet. She serves since 2020 on WMG’s Board of Directors and is also part of WMG’s Program Committee. In celebration of Woman Made Gallery’s 30th Anniversary she co-juried the Generations group exhibition in 2022 together with Gallery Coordinator, Marisa Miles.

WMG’s Former Literary Team

Nina Corwin  Much gratitude goes to Nina Corwin and her years of service as WMG’s Literary Events Curator until Covid prevented us from planning any public events. Nina 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 Thank you Jennifer Steele for your service as WMG Literary Events Outreach Coordinator for several years. She 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 We are grateful to Kurt Eric Heintz who served as WMG’s Literary Events Audio Recordist through 2019. Kurt 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. Kurt 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 past 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.