The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s established 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. March's Open Door Reading presents Northwestern University's C. Russell Price and his student Monica Garcia with Young Chicago Authors' Kevin Coval and his student H. Melt.

C. Russell Price is an Appalachian genderqueer punk poet originally from Virginia. Their chapbook Tonight, We Fuck The Trailer Park Out Of Each Other was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in June 2016. Their work has appeared in Court Green, Glitterwolf, Lambda Lit, Nimrod International, Queen Mob's Teahouse, and elsewhere. They are a Pushcart nominee, a Literary Death Match champion, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, and a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University.

Monica Garcia, a Xicana from Kankakee, is currently a second-year at Northwestern, majoring in Literature and double minoring in Spanish and Latina/o Studies. Being a second-generation, low-income, bisexual brown girl have all intertwined and influenced what she writes about, more often than not about her identity between all those spaces.

Kevin Coval is the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is the author and editor of ten books, including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015). His work has appeared in Poetry magazine, The Drunken Boat, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fake Shore Drive, Huffington Post, and four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Coval’s forthcoming collection, A People's History of Chicago drops in April 2017 on Haymarket Books.

H. Melt is a poet and artist who was born in Chicago. Their work proudly documents Chicago’s queer and trans communities. Their writing has been published many places including Lambda Literary, Newcity, The Offing, and Them, the first trans literary journal in the United States. They are the author of The Plural, The Blurring (2015) and currently editing an anthology of trans poetry for Sibling Rivalry Press. H. Melt co-leads Queeriosity at Young Chicago Authors and works at Women & Children First, Chicago's feminist bookstore.

The Poetry Foundation Library will extend its hours through 7:00 PM prior to the reading.

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Our events are first come, first served and capacity is limited. We only allow late admittance during a pre-determined program break.

Tuesday, March 21st, 7:00 PM
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission