SPECTRA poetry reading April 27


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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.

















 



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