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Carolina Hotchandani reading with Melissa Fite Johnson and Ruth Williams at Raven Book Store

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Join celebrated poets Carolina Hotchandani, Melissa Fite Johnson, and Ruth Williams for a night of lovely verse! Books will be available for sale and signing.


Carolina Hotchandani is a poet and Goodrich Assistant Professor of English and American literature and culture. Her debut poetry collection The Book Eaters won the Perugia Press Prize for first and second poetry books and was released September 2023. The Book Eaters was featured in Poets and Writers Magazine‘s 2024 Debut Poets issue.

Melissa Fite Johnson is the author of three full-length collections, most recently Midlife Abecedarian (Riot in Your Throat, 2024). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Pleiades, HAD, Whale Road Review, SWWIM, and elsewhere. Melissa, a high school English teacher, is a poetry editor for The Weight, a journal for high school students, and Porcupine Lit, a journal for and by teachers. She and her husband live with their dogs in Lawrence, KS, where she co-hosts the Volta reading series at the Replay Lounge.

Ruth Williams is the author of Flatlands (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), a full-length collection of poetry, as well as two poetry chapbooks,  Nursewifery (Jacar Press, 2019) and Conveyance (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Reviewjubilat, Pleiades, and Third Coast among others. She has also published creative nonfiction in Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, and Entropy.