Friday, April 3

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  6:00 p.m.

LIT WALK: Prompt + Rose Metal + Canarium

Venue: RSVP

Date: Friday, April 3

Doors: 6:00 p.m.


* NWP Showcase @ Prairie Lights

* Two Dollar Radio/Sarabande @ TBA

* Writers of Color Reading Series @ TBA

* Prompt Press/Rose Metal Press/Canarium @ RSVP

Admission: FREE and open to the public


Prompt is an online and book arts journal for writing inspired by visual art and visual art inspired by writing.

Rose Metal Press is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres specializing in the publication of flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional categories of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.

Canarium Books is a small press dedicated to publishing poetry by established and emerging authors from the United States and abroad.

Featured Writers

Ish Klein

Ish Klein’s published books are The New Sun Time, Consolation and Mirth, Moving Day, and Union!, all published by Canarium Books, and her poems have also appeared in Triple Canopy, Fence, jubilat, Versal, on the Poetry Foundation website, and elsewhere. Ish is a founding member of the Connecticut River Valley Poets Theater or CRVPT. Her play, In A Word, Faust, has been performed internationally and was published by the Cambridge Literary Review. She’s also the author of many other plays, including Partial Tempest, The Dee Men, Drummer 41, and The Orchids, which was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers.

Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She is the author, most recently, of the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) and the co-editor of René Magritte: Selected Writings (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Her novel about World War I, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, is forthcoming from Penguin in August of 2020. Her previous work includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation and elsewhere. She teaches English and creative writing at DePaul University and lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay.

Martin Seay

Martin Seay’s fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in a variety of publications. He holds undergraduate degrees from Trinity University and an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina; he was also a 2005–2006 fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He works for the Village of Wheeling, Illinois, where until recently he served as executive secretary. Originally from Texas, he lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney.

More Readers TBA. Check back for updates.

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