SPECTRA poetry reading April 27


Share
Posted Online: April 18, 2013, 2:49 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Press release submitted by the Midwest Writing Center.

SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series closes National Poetry Month with an eclectic mix of featured poets: B.J. Best, Matt Mauch and Whiting Award-winner Shane McCrae at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island.
The event is free and open to all ages.
These featured poets will be joined by five or six Quad-Cities-based poets. The range of subject matter and stylistic approach these featured poets engage in reflect the diversity of contemporary poetry in the US, and demonstrate poetry's dexterity as it is used to explore various topics, such as nostalgia for playing vintage video games, LSD experiments on "normal" citizens at the VA Hospital in Los Angeles during the 1950's, and the retelling/reimagining of slave narratives.
SPECTRA is also accepting submissions from local poets and writers to be supporting readers for the fall 2013 season.
Interested poets should send no more than three of their best poems (previously published poems are accepted) in a single file attachment (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .otd) to mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org with the phrase "SPECTRA Readers" in the subject line. For the March 14 reading, we're looking for poems inspired by/written under the influence of "spirits" (beverages, not ghosts), so send along your best "spirit"-related poems, or write something brand new & send it our way. We will contact submitters via email if we are interested in having them read.

















 



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








(More History)