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.


Reading + Sound Art
special event @ Rozz-Tox
January 8

Spectra x Rozz-Tox Present: Bradley/ Clifton/ Miller

In a five part performance, writers Jon Miller and Brian Clifton will collaborate with sound artist William Bradley to create a multimodal experience. Miller and Clifton will alternate reading poems, creating a dialogue between their work. Using experimental instruments that rely on both light and the body to create tones, Bradley will score the entire reading–helping one poet’s words melt into the other’s. With readings that focus on bodily experience and instruments that use the body to make sound, the hope is to foster a visceral experience, to recreate the moment when you are drawn to a piece of art but don’t know why.


A founding co-editor of Bear Review, Brian Clifton is a PhD. student at the University of North Texas. Their manuscripts have been shortlisted for several book prizes including: The Kathryn A. Morton Award, The Crab OrchardFirst Book Prize, The Akron Poetry Series, The Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prize, and The National Poetry Series. Their work can be found in: Pleiades, Guernica, Cincinnati Review, Salt Hill, Prairie Schooner, The Journal, and other such magazines. Brian is an avid record collector and curator of curiosities.

J. Miller’s most recent poetry has appeared on A Dozen Nothing and the South Broadway Ghost Society. He currently lives in China, where he founded Osmanthus, a literary press devoted to chapbooks, video poetry and similar artifacts.

Rev. William Ellis Bradley is musician & certified Deep Listening practitioner. A northeast Wisconsin native, William holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute (Sculpture ’14) and a Masters Certificate of Advanced Studies from the Alternative School of Fine Art at Wickerson Studios (’15), is a certified Deep Listening practitioner (’18), and is a Music/Sound MFA candidate at Bard College (expected ’21). William studied extensively under Rev. Dwight Frizzell and works alongside musicians and artists including Joey Watson, J Ashley Miller, and Jon Mueller.

local readers:

Beth Roberts works as the editorial director at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and serves on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Writing Center. Her first book of poetry Brief Moral History in Blue was published by New Issues in 2001. Her second book, When we break for the spires and tall grass together, is the winner of the 2019 Ottoline Prize from Fence Books, and will be published in the fall of 2020.

Ryan Collins is the author of a book of poems, A New American Field Guide & Song Book, and several chapbooks. His poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine; Asymptote; Columbia Poetry Review; Diagram; Forklift, Ohio; Handsome; Ninth Letter; PEN Poetry Series; Verse Daily; and many other places. He plays drums in the band Giallows & hosts the Spectra Reading Series.

19:00 doors | 20:00 show
free & open

NEXT SPECTRA EVENT: Local Lover Open Mic
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, 8pm @ Rozz-Tox – More info coming soon! 


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

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