The SPECTRA Reading Series returns to Rozz-Tox on Friday, April 27 to celebrate National Poetry Month with two acclaimed writers—jamie mortara and Gale Marie Thompson. They will be the featured poets at SPECTRA on April 27, and will be joined by several Quad City-based writers, including poet Aubrey Barnes, who will be releasing a new limited-edition broadside at the event.

The Out Loud Open Mic will precede SPECTRA, running from 7-8pm. Interested performers can sign-up
prior to the start of Out Loud, and will have 5 minute sets to share their original poems, stories, songs,
jokes, and whatever else. SPECTRA will start at 8pm, immediately after the Out Loud Open Mic, and will
be free and open to the public. There is a $5 suggested donation to support touring writers.

jamie mortara: “Underpinning Mortara's games and science fiction gloss, there is a beating heart and an aching vulnerability that is powerful to witness.” — Publisher’s Weekly (review of Some Planet)
Gale Marie Thompson: "Yet in Thompson’s language—often declarative, sometimes questioning—nothing is ever pedestrian, the commonplace elevated instead to an almost eerie calm that belies the friction underneath.” — Rain Taxi (review of Soldier On)

Rozz-Tox • 2108 3rd Ave • Rock Island, Illinois
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7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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