1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

Book Launch & Salon

Saturday, November 9th, 7 PM
$5-10 sliding scale (no one turned away)

Please join us as we celebrate the release of

Xandria Phillips’ debut poetry collection, HULL &

Raych Jackson’s debut collection EVEN THE SAINTS AUDITION.


Rachel “Raych” Jackson is a writer, educator, and performer. While teaching third and fourth grade in Chicago Public Schools, Jackson competed in numerous national poetry teams and individual competitions. Her poems have gained over 2 million views on YouTube. She is the 2017 NUPIC Champion and a 2017 Pink Door fellow. Jackson recently voiced ‘DJ Raych’ in the Jackbox game, Mad Verse City. Her latest play, “Emotions & Bots”, premiered at the Woerdz Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Jackson wrote a room dedicated to her city for 29Rooms’first installment in Chicago, through Refinery 29. She co-created and co-hosts Big Kid Slam, a monthly poetry show in Chicago. Jackson’s work has been published by many— including Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, The Shallow Ends, and Washington Square Review. Her debut collection EVEN THE SAINTS AUDITION released September 24th through Button Poetry. She currently lives in Chicago.

Even the Saints Audition: A book of poems exploring the relationship between blackness, shame, and what it is to live a life tied to the church. Rich with historical context and a deeply engaging personal narrative.


Xandria Phillips is a poet and visual artist from rural Ohio. They are the author of Reasons For Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review chapbook contest judged by Claudia Rankine. Their poem “For a Burial Free of Sharks” won the 2016 Gigantic Sequins poetry contest judged by Lucas De Lima. Xandria has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where they are the First Wave Poetry Fellow. Their poetry has been featured in Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Poets.Org, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.

HULL explores emotional impacts of colonialism and racism on the Black queer body and the present-day emotional impacts of enslavement in urban, rural, and international settings. HULL is lyrical, layered, history-ridden, experimental, textured, adorned, ecstatic, and emotionally investigative.



Filed under: artist in attendance, autobiography, black and brown, collaboration, essay, experimental, lecture, performance, poetry, queer, reading, social justice

National Protest Reading

Wednesday, September 4th, 7 PM, $10-20 suggested donation – cash only*
* no one turned away for lack of funds

 

The Chicago Flagship reading/fundraiser for “Writers for Migrant Justice” takes place on September 4, 2019 at 7pm at the The Nightingale.

“Writers for Migrant Justice” was launched in order to support the groundwork being done by Immigrant Families Together. Online, we want to raise $5K by Wednesday, September 4th in order to support detained/formerly detained migrants. Visit the page: https://bit.ly/2O3BkJa

So far, there are flagship readings in more than 40 cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. This direct action is being led by Undocupoets/organizers Christopher Soto, Javier Zamora, Anni Liu, and Jan-Henry Gray. The Chicago reading will be hosted by Nabil Vega and Jenn Romero.

List of readers for the Chicago reading:

Tara Betts
Mai Doan
Lindsay Eanet
Tarfia Faizullah
T Clutch Fleischmann
Aricka Foreman
Rebecca Morgan Frank
Raych Jackson
Jennifer Karmin
Maya Marshall
H Melt On
Natasha Mijares
Jose-Luis Moctezuma
Faisal Mohyuddin
Nami Mun
Daniela Olszewska
Jacob Saenz
Daniel Suárez
Valerie Wallace
Naomi Washer
Yarrow Yes Woods



Filed under: anarchy, performance, poetry, queer, social justice, surveillance, travel

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