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Poets Attack! Featuring Cara Dees, Abby Johnson, and more TBA

This month's Poets Attack! event will feature Cincinnati poet, Cara Dees along with local poet and Butler MFA candidate, Abby Johnson.

Cara Dees is the author of the debut poetry collection, Exorcism Lessons in the Heartland (2019), selected by Ada Limón for the 2018 Barrow Street Book Prize. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati and holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and a BA in English with Comprehensive Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work appears or is forthcoming in journals such as The Adroit Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets 2016 and 2019, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, The Journal, Poetry Daily, and The Southeast Review. Exorcism Lessons in the Heartland was also named a finalist or semifinalist for the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, the St. Lawrence Book Award, and the Autumn House Rising Writers Prize.

Abby Johnson is a poet and a Hoosier who is proud of the local art scene that fostered her. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing through Butler University. Her micro-chapbook No Line Except is published through Ghost City Press in their Summer 2019 collection. She has individual pieces published in Turnpike Magazine, Josephine Quarterly, and Requited Journal. You can find her in the dark void of the internet (both Instagram and Twitter) at @abbybutinspace.

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Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and tries to pair them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside.