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07/18/2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SPECTRA Lives @ Rozz-Tox on Thursday 7/18!

The QC’s original reading series returns after a long slumber to team up with some of the 2019 Young Emerging Writers for one of the biggest lit events in the QC this summer!

First, at 7pm, several of the 2019 Young Emerging Writers will read selections from THE ATLAS 14, which will be released on Aug. 15.

Then, at 8pm, four terrific poets/writers will read from their recent work: Adam Fell, MC Hyland, Christine Kanownik, Becca Klaver.

Past copies of THE ATLAS & books by the featured readers will be available for purchase at the event.

The event is free & open with a $5 suggested donation to support the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program and support touring writers.

Funding support for the 2019 Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship program and this special SPECTRA event generously provided by Scott County Regional Authority; the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust; the CD Wiman Memorial; the Doris and Victor Day Foundation; the Rausch Family Foundation I; the Moline Foundation; the Quad Cities Community Foundation Impact Grant; Rozz-Tox; and the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Adam Fell is the author of two books of poetry: Dear Corporation (recently republished by Forklift Books) and I Am Not A Pioneer. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is co-curator of the Monsters of Poetry Reading Series and has just completed work on his first novel, Daughter of the Hatchet.

MC Hyland holds MFAs in Poetry and Book Arts from the University of Alabama and a PhD in English Literature from NYU. From her research, she produces scholarly and poetic texts, artists’ books, and public art projects. She is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press, a poetry micropress, as well as the author of THE END (Sidebrow 2019), Neveragainland (Lowbrow Press, 2010) and a dozen poetry chapbooks.

Christine Kanownik is the author of HEAD (Trembling Pillow Press, 2019) and KING OF PAIN (Monk Books 2016). Her poetry is can be found at FENCE, Diagram, Cosmonaut Avenue, jubilat, among others. Her chapbook We Are Now Beginning to Act Wildly was published in 2012 by Diez Press. She lives in Chicago.

Becca Klaver is the author of two books of poetry—LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and Empire Wasted (Bloof Books, 2016)—and several chapbooks. Black Lawrence Press will publish her third full-length collection, Ready for the World, in 2020. Her poems, which explore place, gender, American culture, and virtual and physical realities, have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Fence, jubilat, Gramma Weekly, The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and on Verse Dailyand Poem-A-Day. The 2018-2020 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College, she currently lives in Iowa City, IA.


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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