Spectra celebrates National Poetry Month


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Posted Online: April 03, 2013, 10:13 am
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

The Midwest Writing Center continues its Spectra Poetry Reading Series on Friday night, to kick off National Poetry Month.

Named in honor of the famous 1916 poetic hoax which originated in the Quad-Cities, Spectra features innovative and award-winning poets from across the Midwest, with local poets and writers (often younger and/or up-and-coming writers) reading as supporting acts. All Spectra events are free and held at 8 p.m. at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island. The atmosphere will be fun and casual.

Last fall, Spectra was named one of the Top 10 reading series in the Midwest by the writing resource LitBridge. Friday night's featured poets are all from Chicago --Caryl Pagel, Philip Sorenson and Olivia Cronk.

Ms. Pagel is the author of "Experiments I Should Like Tried at My Own Death" (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, They Will Sew the Blue Sail and notnostrums. She is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat. She teaches a poetry workshop at Columbia College Chicago.

Mr. Sorenson's poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including Hayden's Ferry Review, Asymptote and Action Yes. He teaches writing and literature at Northeastern Illinois and Loyola universities. His first book, "Of Embodies," an editor's pick for the Blackbox Poetry Prize, was just released by Rescue Press.

Ms. Cronk teaches creative writing and composition at Northeastern Illinois University. Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly and jubilat, among others. Her first book, released this past winter, is "Skin Horse" (Action Books, 2012).

Spectra also is accepting submissions from local poets and writers to be supporting readers for the 2013 season. Interested poets should send no more than three of their best poems in a single file attachment to mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org with the phrase "SPECTRA Readers" in the subject line.






















 



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