A Panel Discussion

Uncharted_croppedFriday April 29, 2016 6 pm
2620 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, Illinois

Fifth Wednesday Journal and Uncharted Books are pleased to sponsor a panel discussion with questions and answers from the audience. This program is free and open to the public.

Please join our moderator Mike Puican and our panelists Carolyn Alessio, Garnett Cohen, Albert DeGenova, and Ralph Hamilton for this fun and informative discussion.

About our Moderator and Panelists

MikePuican-768x1024MIKE PUICAN has published poems in Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Bloomsbury Review, Cortland Review, and New England Review, among others. His poetry reviews have appeared in TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and MAKE Magazine. He won the 2004 Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, 30 Seconds. Mike was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team and for the past ten years has been president of the board of the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago.


Alessio_1.5x1.75Carolyn Alessio, prose editor for Crab Orchard Review and former Books editor for the Chicago Tribune, is also a writer, teacher, and translator. She guest-edited FWJ, and her work has appeared in The Pushcart Prize, TriQuarterly, World Literature Today, Ninth Letter and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Illinois Arts Council. Her novel manuscript was a finalist for the 2014 PEN Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.


GarnettCohen_1.5x1.75GARNETT KILBERG COHEN has published two short story collections, Lost Women, Banished Souls (University of Missouri Press) and How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press). She has been awarded a Notable Essay citation from Best American Essays 2011, the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, the Lawrence Foundation Prize from MQR, and four Illinois Arts Council awards, including a fellowship. Her writing has appeared in American Fiction, TriQuarterly, and The Antioch Review. Garnett currently directs the creative writing


DeGENOVA_1.5x1.75Albert DeGenova is an award-winning poet, editor, teacher, and blues saxophonist.  He is the author of two books of poetry and three chapbooks. In June of 2000 he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor. DeGenova received his MFA in Writing from Spalding University, Louisville. He leads the annual Norbert Blei Writing Workshop at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.


RH_Photo_1.5x2.25Ralph Hamilton is editor of RHINO, an independent poetry journal in its 40th year of publication. His poems have appeared in Court Green, CutBank, Pirene’s Fountain, Blackbird, The Ilanot Review, and elsewhere. He served as FWJ’s guest poetry editor in 2014. His first book of poems, Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail was listed among the top 10 poetry books of 2015 by the American Library Association. He co-edited the debut volume of Glass Lyre Press’s Aeolian Harp Anthology. He is currently completing his second book, The Barnyard of Boyage.

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