Poet Jacob Saenz to read at Oakton Community College May 7

Award-winning poet Jacob Saenz will read selections of his work from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Oakton Community College's Studio One Theater, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Admission to this Chicago Writers Series event is free and open to the public.

Born in Chicago and raised in Cicero, Saenz's first collection of poetry, "Throwing the Crown," received the 2018 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. The Honickman Foundation awards prizes to encourage excellence in poetry and to provide a wide readership for a deserving first book of poems.

Saenz's works have appeared in "PANK," "Poetry," "Tammy" and other journals. He has served as an editor at "Columbia Poetry Review" and as associate editor at "RHINO." He has read his poetry at a number of Chicago venues.

Saenz is an acquisitions assistant at the Columbia College Chicago Library, where he earned his bachelor's degree in creative writing. The CantoMundo fellow has also been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship and Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.

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