We're welcoming three poets today who are also teachers. This reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and the poets will be happy to sign their work.
Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear, 2018) and the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone, 2017). His work has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner, a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, and the Sexton Award. New work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review, Shrew, Pleiades, and the anthologies The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books) and New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims (Red Hen Press). He serves as an educator advisor to the global not-for-profit Narrative 4 and teaches English at Highland Park High School in north suburban Chicago. www.faisalmohyuddin.com
Donna Vorreyer is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress Publications, 2013), as well as eight chapbooks. She currently serves as a staff reviewer for the journal Stirring: A Literary Collection and RHINO Reviews. Her poetry, fiction, and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Sugar House Review, Diode, Waxwing, Juxtaprose, Poet Lore, Border Crossings, Harpur Palate, and Quarterly West, and anthologies such as A Face to Meet the Faces (2013) and New Poetry from the Midwest (2015). Although she does not have an MFA, she gets an education daily in her life as a middle school English teacher. donnavorreyer.com
Leah Umansky is the author of two full length collections, The Barbarous Century (2018), and Domestic Uncertainties (2013). She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is the curator and host of The COUPLET Reading Series in New York City. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as POETRY, Guernica, Bennington Review, The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, Poetry International, The New York Times, RHINO, Pleiades, and the anthologies The Eloquent Poem (Persea Books) and Misrepresented Peoples (NYQ Books). She is #teamstark #teamelliot and #teambernard. She is resisting the Tyrant at all costs. Find her at @lady_bronte or www.leahumansky.com
Poetry. Women's Studies. THE BARBAROUS CENTURY is a journey through the stories that inform us and the stories we tell ourselves. Confessional without being confessional, and with compelling wordplay and lyricism, Umansky illustrates the many challenges we all face in being human: how to be good in a world gone wrong.
Poetry. "The language slips, shifts, recalibrates and the world, shaken, is quietly remade, again and again before our eyes in this lovely, sorrowing and finally transformative book. Leah Umansky is to be congratulated for her sensitive, nuanced, consoling and deeply honest sojourn on the page." Carole Maso