Two poets will have readings at Books on First – Shaw Local

DIXON — Poets Beth McDermott and John Bradley will lead readings from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14 at Books on First, 202 W. First St.

They will read excerpts from their latest published collections, “Figure 1” by McDermott and “Hotel Montparnasse: Letters to César Vallejo” by Bradley.

Bradley is associate editor of “Cider Press Review” and has reviewed poetry books for “Rain Taxi” for many years. He resides in DeKalb with his wife and pets. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent his formative years in Massachusetts, Nebraska, Minnesota and New York State. He published his first book, “Love-in-Idleness: The Poetry of Robert Zingarello” in 1989 and received the Washington Prize. He also writes aphorisms, which appeared in “Short Circuits” and “Short Flights”. Bradley is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

McDermott is an assistant professor of English and foreign languages ​​at St. Francis University in Joliet, where she teaches literature and writing classes, and coordinates the St. Francis Writers’ Conference. She is also the editor of “Cider Press Review” and lives with her family in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Hope College, Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. McDermott has published a chapter book “How to Leave a Farm” and his recent poetry work has appeared in “Pine Row”, “Memorious” and “Tupelo Quarterly”, and reviews appear in “American Book Review” and “Kenyon Review Online.” She is the recipient of an Illinois Speaks micro-grant and a Distinguished Teaching Award from USF.

For more information, contact Books on First at 815-285-2665.

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