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Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Poetry Society of America are sponsoring a celebration of Midwestern poetry this Friday, with an afternoon panel discussion on the future of Midwestern poetry and an evening reading with Robert Bly and others.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Rob Casper, program director of the Poetry Society of America, and will include poets Dobby Gibson, Sarah Fox, Sun Yung Shin, Michael Walsh and Bryan Thao Worra. The discussion begins at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The evening reading brings together a remarkable group of Midwestern poets: Antler, recipient of the Whitman Prize and former poet laureate of Milwaukee; Bly, poet, translator and essayist; Marvin Bell, for many years the Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters at the Iowa Writers' Workshop; Heid Erdrich, author of three collections of poetry and recipient of a Minnesota Book Award; Ray Gonzalez, author of 10 books of poetry; Mary Kinzie, recipient of the Folger Shakespeare Library's O.B. Hardison Jr. poetry prize; Jim Moore, author of six collections of poetry, and Thylias Moss, poet, essayist and playwright.
Admission to the 7 p.m. reading is $6. Information is available at www.raintaxi.com.
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