Please join us for a poetry reading celebrating Sam Herschel Wein's chapbook Fruit Mansion. Wein will be reading with friends and fellow poets Chen Chen, Kate Hao, and Levi Todd.
Sam Herschel Wein lives in Chicago and specializes in aimless frolicking. He is a poetry editor for The Blueshift Journal and is co-founder of a new journal, Underblong, with his friend and esteemed poet, Chen Chen. His chapbook, Fruit Mansion (Split Lip Press, 2017) was the winner of the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook prize. Recent work has appeared in Vinyl Poetry, Pretty Owl Poetry, and Connotation Press, among others.
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. The collection was also longlisted for the National Book Award and named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His work appears in many publications, including Poetry, Tin House, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the 2018-2020 Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University. He runs Underblong with Sam Herschel Wein.
Kate Hao is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, a slam poet, a Leo, a child of immigrants, and a Jane the Virgin obsessive. She grew up in Northern Virginia.
Levi Todd is a queer poet and witness to the Chicago Renaissance. He is the Founder of Reacting Out Loud, an independent organization devoted to uplifting poetry and affirming community in Muncie, Indiana. He also serves as Assistant Poetry Editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and his work is published or forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, thread, The Broken Plate, and anthologies from Blueshift Journal and Winter Tangerine. He’d love to talk to you about our lord and savior Carly Rae Jepsen.