WRITERS IN RESIDENCE
Jules Wood is a queer poet, performance artist, and teacher living in Chicago. She is currently in her third year at the Program for Writers English PhD program at UIC and holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poetry has appeared in Berkeley Poetry Review, Lana Turner Journal, and Nat. Brut, among other journals.
Jacob Saenz is the author of Throwing the Crown, winner of the 2018 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. His work has been anthologized in The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Memorious, PANK, RHINO, Tammy and other journals. A CantoMundo fellow, he's been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and a 2019 Latinx Scholarship from the Frost Place.
Jan-Henry Gray is the author of Documents, chosen by D.A. Powell as the winner of BOA Editions’ A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His chapbook, Selected Emails, is out from speCt! and his writing is published in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, and more. He’s received the inaugural Undocupoets Fellowship and awards from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Academy of American Poets. Born in the Philippines and raised in California, Jan has lived undocumented in the U.S. for more than 32 years. Jan is a 2019 Kundiman Fellow, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Adelphi University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Tara Betts is the author of three poetry collections: Break the Habit, Arc & Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. She co-edited The Beiging of America: Personal Essays About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and edited a new critical edition of Adventures in Black and White, the long out-of-print memoir by Harlem-born, interracial child prodigy Philippa Duke Schuyler. She holds an MFA from New England College and a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Essence, NYLON, Lit Hub. Dr. Betts currently works with students at Chi Arts High School, Chicago State University, and participants in the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Prison. Additionally, she serves as faculty for the Stonecoast M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.