|4:00 pm-6:00 pm||Literary Careers Panel Van Etten-Lacey House|
Join the Center for the Literary Arts for a panel exploring the world of literary careers. These four writers—including Cornell alumna Heather 'Byrd' Roberts '09—run literary centers, reading series, literary magazines, and educational programs in Chicago, Milwaukee, and the Quad Cities. Come hear how they got where they are, what kind of impact they're making in their communities and beyond, and how their lives as writers intersect with their day jobs.
Q&A will follow, and refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Berry Career Institute.
RYAN COLLINS is the author of a book of poems, A New American Field Guide & Song Book, and several poetry chapbooks. He is an English Instructor at St. Ambrose University and the Executive Director of the Midwest Writing Center, where he also directs the Young Emerging Writers Summer Youth Employment Program. He also works as a teaching artist and leads workshops for many schools, libraries, and community organizations in the Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities.
JENNY GROPP is the Executive Director of Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, along with her partner, Laura Solomon. Gropp has also served as managing editor of the Georgia Review and as editor of Black Warrior Review, worked in academic administration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and taught creative writing and editing at the university and high school levels. She has also taught English as a Second Language in Japan. Gropp is the author of the hybrid collection The Hominine Egg, out on Kore Press.
HEATHER 'BYRD' ROBERTS ’09 is a Chicago-based poet, performer, teaching artist, and author. Her first chapbook, 'Mahogany: A Love Letter To Black,' was published in 2016. Byrd uses her experiences as a black woman in a variety of spaces to shed light on issues of privilege, love, and familial relationships. Her work unlocks the opportunity for invisible voices to be heard. She is a 2019 Swarm Artist Resident and is currently the Senior Education Programs Manager at Young Chicago Authors. Her favorite words are balloon and bubble.
LAURA SOLOMON is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Hermit from Ugly Duckling Presse. She has worked as a translator of French, Italian, and Slovene, as an adult literacy and English as a Foreign Language instructor, and has taught creative writing, literature, and composition at the University of Georgia, Moore College of Art, and elsewhere. She’s also worked with literary journals and small presses including Verse Press (now Wave Books) and the Georgia Review. With her partner Jenny Gropp, she serves as Executive Director of Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.