News & Events


December 30

Urban Naturalism Poetry Workshop

Studio Hauptli | Berkeley, CA

October 30-December 5

Urban Naturalism Poetry Workshop | Chicago, IL

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“The Last Gardener of Aleppo” accepted for inclusion in the anthology of The Eloquent Poem (working title) edited by Gabriel Fried and Elise Paschen (2019, Persea Books).


Tupelo Quarterly nominated “Bespoke” in TQ11 for inclusion in Best of the Net.

Notification of Illinois Arts Council Literary Award of $1,000.

September 17-23

Bread Loaf in Sicily Workshop with Linda Gregerson; I received funding to attend this workshop from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

July 15

Poetry Workshop: Writing the Unexpected ||

Studio Hauptli | Berkeley, CA

April 21

Reception for City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs IAP Grant Recipients

6pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Lake FX CreativeCon

April 20

Reading with Willow Review
7 PM, College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus


“Featured Poet” in Kettle Blue Review Q&A and four poems from HOUSE OF MCQUEEN

JMWW published five poems from HOUSE OF MCQUEEN on their daily website and blog

March 27 – April 21

City/Citizen Poetry Workshop | Chicago, IL

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Tupelo Quarterly published “Bespoke” in TQ11 (the editors shortlisted it for their “Call and Response” poetry contest.

Rock & Sling published “reaching out across the airwaves” (thought transcript of Virginia Thomas when she left a voicemail for Anita Hill).


The Boiler Journal published two sections from the poem “Frida’s Walls That Vibrate” in their Winter issue.



Ilanot Journal nominated “Haute Couture” for a Pushcart Prize.


November 15

RHINO Reads! in Normal – part of the #RHINO40Readings40Cities Celebration

Normal Public Library | Normal, IL

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October 14

Reading with Ricochet Review

Women and Children First Bookstore | Chicago, IL

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October 11

Reading with Bruce Willard and Christina Pugh

Seminary Co-op Bookstore | Chicago, IL

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September 17 – November 19

Writing the City: A Poetry Workshop

Newberry Library | Chicago, IL

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House of McQueen was selected by Vievee Francis for the 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize!
Publication in Spring 2018.


July 30

Workshop: Writing the Unexpected

Studio Hauptli | Berkeley, CA

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June 25

Reading with Borderbend Arts: Summer City in a Garden

Mozart Park | Chicago, IL


May 20

Reading: Lagoons Sessions Series

Uptown Arts Center | Chicago, IL


April 28

Ricochet Review Release Party

Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center | Chicago, IL


April 1

Reading with Wave Books, St Mary’s College, and POOL Poetry

The Last Bookstore | Los Angeles, CA


March 30 – April 6 – AWP16

AWP16 & RHINO Table 1264

RHINO 2016 Release Party | Los Angeles, CA


March 5

Reading: Tiger Room Salon | Evanston, IL


February 24

Poetry Judge: Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Foundation | Chicago, IL