Of Tara Betts’s new poetry collection, Break the Habit, author Maria Gillan says, “these are poems that make the reader weep in the same way a great jazz singer does by touching the very core of what it means to be human.” Break the Habit is a personal, lyrical work that speaks to the varied ways one experiences loss—divorce, death, and abandonment—but it is also about the choices one makes in the aftermath of loss. Tara Betts is the author of Arc & Hue, and the chapbooks Never Been Lois Lane, 7 x 7: kwansabas, and THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali. Tara holds a MFA from New England College and a PhD from Binghamton University. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including Essence, Poetry magazine, Nylon, Cicada, Octavia's Brood, the Break Beat Poets, and both Spoken Word Revolution anthologies. Tara currently teaches at University of Illinois at Chicago. For this event, Tara will be joined by Erika Sanchez and Eve Ewing. Erika's book of poetry, Lessons on Expulsion, and her novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter are both forthcoming. Essayist and poet, Eve Ewing's Electric Arches will be published by Haymarket this fall.