Elgin Community College will welcome Jacob Saenz, a Chicago native, as the first featured guest of the fall 2019 Writers Center Reading Series on Thursday, Sept. 26. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the ECC Arts Center, Building H, Room H142, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Saenz’s first collection of poetry, Throwing the Crown (Copper Canyon Press 2018), was awarded the 2018 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. His poems are set in a Chicago neighborhood and explore themes of youth, masculinity, gangs, race, family, and love.
A CantoMundo fellow, Saenz has been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and a 2019 Latinx Scholarship from the Frost Place. Saenz earned a BA in creative writing from Columbia College in Chicago. His work has appeared in Memorious, PANK, Poetry, Tammy, and other journals. Saenz also serves as an associate editor for RHINO Poetry.
All Writers Center readings are free and open to the public. A pre-reading dinner with Saenz will be held at 5:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale and signing. For dinner reservations or more information, please email Rachael Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer Chaya Bhuvaneswar is the next Writers Center Reading Series guest on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.