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Sunday Reading Series: Poetry, Prose, & Cocktails is a monthly, free reading series, hosted by Simone Muench and Kenyatta Rogers. It was launched by Simone Muench during the summer of 2018 at the defunct Dannys Tavern and moved location to Hungry Brain that same year. 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+

Kim Ambriz "Gris"
"Gris" by Kim Ambriz

Founder and Organizer:
Simone Muench

Simone Muench is the author of several books including Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014). Her most recent, Suture, is a book of sonnets written with Dean Rader (Black Lawrence, 2017). She and Dean are editors of They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (BLP, 2018). She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and the Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award and is professor of English at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies. She serves as faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review, as a poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly, and as poetry editor JackLeg Press. You can read more on her website.


Kenyatta Rogers

Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been awarded multiple scholarships from the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He has also been nominated twice for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, his work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, Vinyl, Bat City Review, The Volta, PANK, MAKE Magazine among others. He is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry and currently serves on the creative writing faculty at the Chicago High School for the Arts



Previous Organizer:
Beth McDermott

Beth McDermott is the author of Figure 1 (Pine Row Press, 2022) as well as a chapbook titled How to Leave a Farmhouse (Porkbelly Press, 2015). Her poetry, reviews, and criticism appear or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Southern Humanities Review, AmericaBook Review, Kenyon Review Online, Tupelo Quarterly, and The Trumpeter. A graduate of the Program for Writers at UIC, she is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of St. Francis and recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award.


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