The Open Door Readings at Poetry Foundation & Petry Magazine

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 7 pm to 8 pm, the Chicago Poetry Foundation & Petry Magazine will be hosting the monthly Open Door Readings for December.

“The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland college and graduate writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. December’s Open Door Reading presents Young Chicago Authors’ Jamila Woods and her student E’mon Lauren with Nate Marshall and his student Carlina Duan.

Jamila Woods is a poet, singer, and teacher. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry has been published by MUZZLE, Third World Press, and POETRY magazine. She is the associate artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of its Teaching Artist Corps. In 2015, she was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

E’mon Lauren is a non-binary poet, vocalist, emcee, and teaching artist from Chicago’s South Side, and currently Chicago’s Youth Poet Laureate. She is a 2014 Louder Than a Bomb champion and a 2016 Louder Than a Bomb College Slam champion. Her work appears in The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is an editor of “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop” and the author of “Wild Hundreds,” which was named Poetry Book of the Year by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective and a 2015 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. He is the National Program Director of Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and a visiting assistant professor at Wabash College.

Carlina Duan is a Chinese American poet from Ann Arbor, Michigan. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she currently teaches in Malaysia as a U.S. Fulbright grant recipient. Her most recent poetry chapbook, “Here I Go, Torching,” was selected as the 2015 winner of the Edna Meudt Memorial Award. Her debut poetry collection, “I Wore My Blackest Hair,” is forthcoming from Little A in November 2017. ” —

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Nate Marshall on the left and Jamila Woods on the right.

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