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Tara Betts, author of Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016), and Jennifer Steele, author of A House in its Hunger (Central Square Press, 2018)
Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue as well as the chapbooks 7 x 7: kwansabas and THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali. She is part of the MFA faculty at Stonecoast – University of Southern Maine and teaches a weekly poetry workshop at Stateville maximum security prison. In addition to her work as the Poetry Editor at Another Chicago Magazine and The Langston Hughes Review, she recently signed on as the Lit Editor at Newcity and the Editor at Beautiful People. She hosts author chats at the Seminary Co-Op bookstores in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
Jennifer Steele is a native of Middletown, CT, a Chicagoan, and the author of the chapbook A House In Its Hunger (Central Square Press, 2018). She received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and is a 2015 Callaloo Fellow and 2016 Poetry Incubator Fellow. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Revolving Door Arts alongside her service to the young people of Chicago through her work as an educator at Chicago Public Library. She is the inaugural recipient of the 2019 Lucille Clifton Creative Parent Award from Raising Mothers Magazine and her work has appeared in Hypertext Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Callaloo, Columbia Poetry Review, and others. She is working on a full-length collection of poetry entitled, Belt, and developing a collection of creative nonfiction.