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Poetry Reading: Eloisa Amezcua with special guests Jose Olivarez and Xandria Phillips

Please join us for a poetry reading celebrating Eloisa Amezcua's debut book, From the Inside Quietly, inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. Amezcua will be joined by local poets José Olivarez & Xandria Phillips.

Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona native. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published or forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others.

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, the co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Marketing Manager at Young Chicago Authors. A winner of a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellowship and a 2015 Bronx Recognizes Its Own award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets,, & Hyperallergic, among other places. He is from Calumet City, IL, and lives in Chicago. His first book, Citizen Illegal, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books.

Xandria Phillips is a poet based in Chicago. She is the author of Hull (Nightboat Books 2019) and  Reasons For Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review chapbook contest judged by Claudia Rankine. Find her work online at The Offing, The Journal, Nashville Review, Ninth Letter, Scalawag, andThe Shallow Ends. For more, visit  

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640