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All Senses Festival - Lit

09/29/2017 06:00 PM

@ Midwest Writing Center
225 E 2nd St, Ste 303

All Senses Festival - Lit

All Senses Festival is literally a feast for the senses. It is a collaboration of several ongoing artistic endeavors combined under one umbrella: music, poetry, film, craft beer & food, an antique, craft and art fair and much more. The Festival incorporates multiple venues on both sides of the Mississippi river. All Senses is a four day event taking place at The Figge Art Museum (Davenport Iowa) and Rozz Tox (Rock Island, Illinois).

ALL SENSES LIT - Sept. 29 & 30

Between sets at All Senses, the focus will shift to readings from some of the sharpest poets & writers from around the Midwest:

Friday 9/29
Kamden Ishmael Hilliard (poetry)
Keith Lesmeister (fiction)
Anders Carlson-Wee (poetry)

Saturday 9/30
Matthew Guenette (poetry)
Matt Hart (poetry)
Holly Norton (poetry/prose)
Rachel Yoder (prose)
Abigail Zimmer (poetry)

(((Poet & writer bios below)))

~~~Complete All Senses Info~~~

WEBPAGE: https://allsensensesfestival.com/
SCHEDULE: https://allsensesfestival.com/schedule/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/allsensesfestival/
ADVANCE TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-senses-festival-tickets-35862192784?aff=ehomesaved

All Senses Festival is sponsored by:
Ford Photography Presents Cinema at The Figge Art Museum, Rozz Tox, Midwest Writing Center, Future Appletree Studio Too, Ragged Records, En Media Res, Cartouche Records, Labor Space and a large cast of co-conspirators.

Links to All Senses sponsors:

Ford Photography Presents Cinema at the Figge Museum - https://www.facebook.com/figgecinema/

Rozz Tox - http://www.rozztox.com/

Midwest Writing Center - http://www.mwcqc.org/

Future Appletree Studio Too - http://fs2.futureappletree.com/

Ragged Records - http://www.raggedrecords.org/

En Media Res - http://enmediares.com/

Cartouche Records - https://cartoucherecords.com/


Kamden is a poetry editor at Jellyfish Magazine, a chapbook editor for Big Lucks, an MFA candidate at The Iowa Writers' Workshop, and goes by Kam. They got posi vibes from The Ucross Foundation, The Davidson Institute, and Callaloo. The author of two chapbooks: DISTRESS TOLERANCE (Magic Helicopter Press, 2016) and PERCEIVED DISTANCE FROM IMPACT (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), Kam stays busy. Find their work in The Black Warrior Review, West Branch, Salt Hill, and other sunspots. http://www.kamdenihilliard.com/

Keith Lesmeister is the author of We Could’ve Been Happy Here, a collection of stories (MG Press, 2017). His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Harpur Palate, Meridian, Redivider, Slice Magazine, and many others. His nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, The Good Men Project, Tin House Open Bar, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere. He received his M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He currently teaches at Northeast Iowa Community College.

Anders Carlson-Wee is a 2015 NEA Creative Writing Fellow and the author of Dynamite, winner of the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition (Bull City Press). With his brother Kai, he is coauthor of Mercy Songs (Diode Editions). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, New England Review, Narrative Magazine, AGNI, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Best New Poets, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading series. Winner of Ninth Letter’s Poetry Award and New Delta Review’s Editors’ Choice Prize, he’s received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Camargo Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, and Vanderbilt University.


Matthew Guenette is the author of three poetry collections: Vasectomania (University of Akron Press, 2017), American Busboy (University of Akron Press, 2011), and Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008). He is also the author of the chapbook Civil Disobedience (Rabbit Catastrophe Press, 2017). He has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Hessen-Wisconsin Fellowship. A graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University, Matt currently teaches composition and creative writing at Madison College in Madison, WI, where he lives with his wife, two kids, and a 20 lb. cat named Butternut.

Matt Hart is the author of six books of poems, including Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012), Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N Books, 2013), and Blue Jay Slayer, an art and poetry collaboration with artist Ken Henson (Aurore Press, 2016). Hart’s poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous print and online journals, including The Academy of American Poets online, Big Bell, Cincinnati Review, Coldfront, Columbia Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, Harvard Review, Jam Tarts Magazine, jubilat, Kenyon Review online, Lungfull!, and POETRY, among others. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He plays guitar and shouts in the bands TRAVEL and THE LOUDEST SOUNDER.

Holly Norton is an American poet, writer, and visual artist from Davenport, Iowa. Norton’s writing is heavily influenced by absurdism under which is larger social commentary. Norton’s writing reflects the need to reconcile the silliness and seriousness of life and much like life, the reader is never but a microscopic step away from the farcical while considering the dilemma of physical existence. Her writing and artwork have appeared in Quercus and the Reher Gallery in the Moline Public Library. She has performed for the Boiler Room Series, the Spectra Reading Series, Pecha Kucha at the Figge Art Museum, Ten Stacked Acts, Garage3, and Daytrotter. She was the 2015 Midwest Writing Center Poet-in-Residence and the 2016 Bettendorf Public Library Artist-in-Residence.

Rachel Yoder‘s stories and essays have appeared in a wide array of print and online publications including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers’ Row Journal, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House’s Open Bar, and The Sun Magazine. She is also the creator and host of The Fail Safe, an interview podcast that explores writing and failure. In 2010, she helped to found draft: the journal of process, which publishes first and final drafts of stories, essays, and poems along with author interviews about the creative process. She is the former director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project, and currently serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Mission Creek Festival and Witching Hour in Iowa City. She earned MFAs from the University of Arizona (Fiction) and the University of Iowa (Creative Nonfiction), where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow.

Abigail Zimmer is the author of girls their tongues (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2017) and the chapbooks fearless as I seam (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and child in a winter house brightening (Tree Light Books, 2016), which received the Chicago Review of Books 2016 Poetry Award. She lives in Chicago where she is the poetry editor for The Lettered Streets Press. Her work has appeared in NightBlock, Jellyfish, The New Megaphone, and alice blue review, among others. Website: http://abigailzimmer.tumblr.com/

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