Three Midwestern Poets

Wednesday May 11, 2016 6 pm
5715 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Fifth Wednesday Journal and Seminary Co-Operative Bookstore are pleased to present three nationally recognized poets reading rom their work. This program is free and open to the public.

Please join our moderator and our poets George Kalamaras (Indiana), Hedy Habra (Michigan), and Haki Madhubuti (Illinois) for this exciting and stimulating program.

About our moderator and poets

HarrisChelsea M. Harris (Moderator) received the Follet Graduate Merit Award to pursue an MFA in creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. She was named to Glimmer Train’s top 25 list for short fiction award and has had work published in Cigale Literary Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, and Quaint Magazine. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

George_Kalamaras_2.373x3.157George Kalamaras, former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014-2016), is the author of fifteen books of poetry, eight of which are full-length, including Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck, winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize (2011), and The Theory and Function of Mangoes, winner of the Four Way Books Intro Series (2000). He is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught since 1990.

Hedy_Habra_2.373x3.157Hedy Habra is the author of two poetry collections, Tea in Heliopolis (2013), winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award, and Under Brushstrokes (2015), inspired by visual art. Recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, she is also the author of a story collection, Flying Carpets (2013), winner of the Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention. Learn more about her at

haki4Haki R. Madhubuti — publisher, editor, educator, and activist — has been a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition for more than fifty years. His Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? The African American Family in Transition (1990) has sold more than 1 million copies. He is recipient of both NEA and NEH fellowships and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. He was honored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation with a Lifetime Achievement Award and he received the Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. For more about Dr. Madhubuti contact:

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