The Book Cellar
We are proud to host Local Author Night this month featuring local poets Larry O. Dean, Chielozona Eze, Tara Betts, and Erika Sanchez.
About Larry O. Dean:
Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. His most recent books include Activities of Daily Living (2017), Brief Nudity (Salmon Poetry, 2013), Basic Cable Couplets (Silkworms Ink, 2012), abbrev (Beard of Bees, 2011), About the Author (Mindmade Books, 2011), and I Am Spam (Fractal Edge Press, 2004). Selected magazine publications include Berkeley Poetry Review, Passages North, Big Bridge, OCHO, Blue Fifth Review, and Defenestration. Also a critically-acclaimed songwriter, Dean has numerous releases to his credit, including Good Grief (2015), Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties, Gentrification Is Theft (2002) with The Me Decade, and Fables in Slang (2001) with Post Office. He was a 2004 recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award. Seek him out at larryodean.com.
About Chielozona Eze:
Chielozona Eze grew up in Nigeria. He studied philosophy at St. Joseph’s Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene, Catholic theology with the Jesuits in Innsbruck, Austria, philosophy/literature and creative writing at Purdue University. He is currently professor of English and African literature at Northeastern Illinois University. He has published poems and short stories in journals such as Eclectica, Wasafiri, MTLS, and Northeast Review. He was shortlisted for the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize in 2013. In 2016 he was selected as one of the new generation African poets whose chapbooks were published by the African Poetry Book Fund.
About Tara Betts:
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. Her work has appeared in POETRY, Essence, NYLON, and numerous anthologies. Tara is also one of the co-editors of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. She teaches at University of Illinois-Chicago.
About Erika Sanchez:
Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, novelist, and essayist living in Chicago, her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, is forthcoming from Graywolf in July 2017, and her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, scheduled for fall 2017.