Sunday Reading Series, Anna Maria Hong, Leila Chatti, & Krista Franklin

Sunday Reading Series

Sunday Reading Series: Poetry, Prose, & Cocktails is a monthly, free reading series, hosted by Simone Muench. It occurs on the 3rd Sunday of each month (with occasional substitutions) from 6:30PM-8:30PM at Hungry Brain located at 2319 W. Belmont Ave in Chicago, IL.

Doors at 6:30 | Event at 7:00 | Free | 21+

Anna Maria Hong, Leila Chatti, & Krista Franklin

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya (Bull City Press, 2018). She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, The Frost Place, and the Key West Literary Seminar, a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems appear in Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.

Krista Franklin is the recipient of the Propeller Fund and the Albert P. Weisman Award and has held residencies at A Studio in the Woods, Cave Canem, and the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative. Her poems and visual art have been published in Black Camera, Copper Nickel, Callaloo, Vinyl, and BOMB Magazine. Willow Books published Study of Love & Black Body, her chapbook of poems, in 2012. Franklin’s work has exhibited nationally and was featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire (Season Two). She is the co-curator of the Chicago citywide poetry and art initiative, EKPHEST: A Festival of Art + Word. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts – Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago

Toni Nealie is the author of the essay collection The Miles Between Me and the Literary Editor of Newcity. Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Guernica, Rust Belt: Chicago, The Guardian, The Rumpus, The Offing, Essay Daily, Chicago Quarterly Review, Hobart, Entropy, Hypertext Review, Tell You What: Great New Zealand Nonfiction and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing – Nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago, a BA in English Literature and a diploma in Journalism. She worked in magazine journalism, politics and public relations in her native New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore, and now edits, writes and teaches in Chicago.


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