Jan-Henry Gray was born in Quezon City, Philippines and moved to California with his family when he was six years old. He grew up in Southern California and lived in San Francisco where he cooked in restaurants for more than twelve years. He received his BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and his MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. He has received fellowships and awards from the Juniper Writing Summer Institute, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the inaugural Undocupoets Fellowship. His work has been published in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills, Puerto del Sol, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals. He lives in Chicago with his husband where he co-hosts events featuring writers, performers, artists, and musicians. His first book, Documents, won the Poulin Poetry Prize and is forthcoming through BOA Editions in the spring of 2019.
Poetry Reading: Maxine Chernoff with special guest Jan-Henry Gray
Maxine Chernoff was born and raised in Chicago, where she taught in the City Colleges, at Columbia, AIC and UIC. Her work includes sixteen books of poems, most recently Camera and six works of fiction, all of which are set in Chicago. Her book of Stories Signs of Devotion was a 1991 NYT Notable Book. Three-time finalist for the Northern CA Book Award, winner of the Carl Sandburg Award, an NEA in Poetry and the PEN Translation Award for her co-translation of The Selected Poems of Friedrich Hoelderlin, she was a Visiting Writer at the American Academy in Rome in 2016. She lives in the Bay Area, where she was chair of the SFSU Creative Writing Program for 20 years and currently serves as Professor.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:30pm
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640