Open Door Reading Series: Xandria Phillips, S. Yarberry & kiki nicole

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7 – 8 pm

61 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60654

Join us for a live virtual reading with Xandria Phillips, S. Yarberry, and kiki nicole. The Open Door series presents work from new and emerging poets and highlights writing instruction and poetic partnerships. Each event features readings by two Chicagoland writers and two of their current or recent students or writing partners. 

Writer, artist, and educator Xandria Phillips grew up in rural Ohio. They are the author of the poetry collection Hull, winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Trans Poetry, and the chapbook Reasons for Smoking, selected by Claudia Rankine for the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest.

S. Yarberry is a trans poet and writer. Yarberry’s writing has appeared in Tin House, Indiana Review, The Offing, Notre Dame Review, The Boiler, Nat Brut, Bomb Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and miscellaneous zines, among others. They currently serve as the Poetry Editor of The Spectacle. Yarberry has an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a PhD candidate in literature at Northwestern University as a Mellon Cluster Fellow in Poetry and Poetics.

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