SPECTRA features innovative & award-winning poets from across the country with Quad Cities-based poets & writers at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Avenue Rock Island, IL), unless otherwise indicated.


The Midwest Writing Center is proud to partner with Nahant Marsh Education Center for this National Poetry Month Celebration!

Participants in Nahant Marsh + MWC workshops from February – April (last workshop is 4/16 from 1-3pm — poetry workshop led by Aubrey Ryan) will open the event at 5pm with the work they generated during their workshops.

At 6pm there will be a poetry open mic in which community members are welcome to share their work. Spaces are limited, 5 minutes max., and first come, first read.

Then at 7pm, to celebrate the release of Emily Kingery’s new chapbook INVASIVES, featured readers Melissa Estes, Lexi Birks, and newly-minted Iowa Student Poetry Ambassador Lola Nakashima-Brooke will read with Emily Kingery.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.
Event is hosted by Rozz-Tox at 2108 3rd Ave in Rock Island.

This event is made possible due to the collaboration and generosity of Nahant Marsh Education Center, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, and Rozz-Tox


We’ll continue to update the 2023 SPECTRA schedule soon! Please check back and join the SPECTRA Facebook group for updates on our events and other readings, workshops, etc. from all over the country! 

SPECTRA manifests thanks to the generous support
of the Illinois Humanities and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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