Four Illinois Poets

Fifth Wednesday Journal and Poetry Foundation are pleased to present four outstanding poets in a program of readings at

Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60625

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:30pm
(Doors will open at 6pm)

With music by the
Bill Harrison/Marc Perlish Duo

A reception with beverages and snacks follows.
This program is free and open to the public.

Please join our poets for a delightful evening of poetry:

Reading this evening

Janice N. Harrington’s latest book of poetry is Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin. Earlier books include Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone and The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home. She curates a blog on poetic imagery: A Space for Image. Janice teaches at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Rachel Jamison Webster is the author of the books, September and The Endless Unbegun, as well as two chapbooks. She edited the online anthology of international poetry, UniVerse. Her poems and essays appear in many journals and anthologies, including Tin House, Poetry, The Paris Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and Narrative. She teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University.

Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of eight poetry books, three textbooks, three children’s books, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is a faculty member of the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2011.

Kevin Stein has published eleven books of poetry, criticism, and anthology. His recent books include the collections Wrestling Li Po for the Remote (Fifth Star Press) and Sufficiency of the Actual (University of Illinois Press) as well as the essays Poetry’s Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age (University of Michigan Press). He teaches at Bradley University and serves as Illinois poet laureate.


Mike 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.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.

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