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The Illibuck Reading: AWP Offsite Event

March 25March 25
6:00 pm7:30 pm

Please join us for the first-ever Illibuck Reading at the 2022 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Philadelphia, PA!


The Illibuck Reading takes its name from the trophy awarded to the winner of the Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes football rivalry game. While we won’t have any turtle-shaped trophies, we are proud to be able to feature talented writers from both MFA programs.


This lively reading will feature six poets and fiction writers from the Ohio State University and the University of Illinois.


Friday, March 25th


Tattooed Mom will be serving tasty eats and ice cold drinks all evening.
Upstairs dining, bar access, and event entry is 21+ w/ valid ID.
Note: At this time, proof of vaccination is also required for entry.



Drew Buxton‘s work has been featured in Joyland, Hobart, Vice, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn among other publications. He was awarded Best Short Script at both the Independent Horror Movie Awards and the Peephole Filmfest. He’s from Texas. Find him at drewbuxton.com and on Instagram @doastories and Twitter @doastories.


Liz Harms is an MFA Poetry Candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she currently serves as the Assistant Poetry Editor for Ninth Letter. Her poems appear in Three Elements Review, Noble / Gas Qtrly, and Duende.


Sahalie Martin is an Oregon-born writer currently residing in Columbus, OH. She received her BFA in Writing from Emerson College and is a current MFA in Fiction candidate at Ohio State University. She has work in or upcoming from Cleaver Magazine, Hobart After Dark, No Contact, and Writer’s Digest. She blogs about living with chronic illness at sahalieangellmartin.com.


Aline Mello is a Brazilian writer and editor. She is an Undocupoet fellow and a poetry student at The Ohio State University MFA. Her debut collection More Salt Than Diamond comes out on March 15th, 2022 from Andrews McMeel. Find her on Instagram @thealinemello and Twitter @thealinemello.


Chris Vanjonack is an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an
editorial assistant for Ninth Letter, and a former language arts teacher from Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a recipient of the 2020 AWP Intro Journals Award, and his fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in One Story, Barrelhouse, The Rumpus, CRAFT Literary, Diagram, and elsewhere. Find him on Instagram @chris_vanjonack, Twitter @chrisvanjonack and read his work at chrisvanjonack.com.


Isaac Willis is a poet from downstate Illinois. An MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he serves as Assistant Poetry Editor for Ninth Letter. His own poems can be found in The Cresset, Spoon River Poetry Review, and in Tania Runyan’s How to Write a Form Poem.


March 25, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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