The Open Door: Elise Paschen and Mark Turcotte

CHICAGO — The Open Door is a new MFA reading series from the Poetry Foundation highlighting the teacher-student dynamic, presenting exciting work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets, and celebrating the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long reading will feature two Chicagoland college and graduate writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students.

Elise Paschen (Osage) is the author of Bestiary (Red Hen Press, elise-paschen2009); Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Republic, The Hudson Review and Ploughshares. Former executive director of the Poetry Society of America, she has edited many anthologies, including Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

mark-turcotte-448Mark Turcotte (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is the author of four poetry collections, including The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas. He is a recipient of a Lannan Foundation grant, two literary fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and a Josephine Gates Kelly Memorial Fellowship from Wordcraft Circle. He currently serves as a visiting assistant professor in English and Creative Writing at DePaul University.

If in Chicago, come see both tonight:

Tuesday, Dec 17, 7:00PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission

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