Sunday Sept 17th, 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM 

Volumes Bookscafe | 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Join The Guild Literary Complex and Partner Volumes Bookcafe during Wicker Park Lit Fest weekend for a reading/conversation about Community of Place with the amazing Audrey Petty and Vida Cross.

Vida Cross is a blues poet. Her work references her ancestry as a third generation Chicagoan, a Bronzeville resident, the artwork of Archibald J. Motley Jr., and the poetic research of Langston Hughes. She received an MFA in Writing and an MFA in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in English from Iowa State University and a BA in English-writing and History from Knox College. She is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Creativity and Constraint Anthology for Wising Up Press, A Civil Rights Retrospective with the Black Earth Institute, Tabula Poeticawith Chapman University, Transitions Magazine at the Hutchinson Institute, the Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems 2008-2009, The Literary Review with Fairleigh Dickinson University, Reed Magazine at Reed College, and The Journal of Film and Video from The University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bronzeville at Night: 1949 was a finalist in the 2016 Lena-Miles Wever Todd poetry contest with Pleiades Press.

Bronzeville at Night: 1949 was the 2010 Honorable Mention for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Audrey Petty is a writer and educator. She writes fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Her stories have been published in such journals as African American Review, StoryQuarterly, Callaloo, and The Massachusetts Review. Her poetry has been featured in Crab Orchard Review and Cimarron Review, and her essays have appeared in Saveur, ColorLines, Columbia Journal, Oxford American, Cornbread Nation 4, Gravy, and the Best Food Writing anthology. She is the editor of High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing (Voice of Witness/McSweeney’s).

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