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Poets Attack! ft. Levi Todd, Sam Herschel Wein, Ryan J. Rader, and Tasha Chopra

For this month's Poet's Attack we are so thrilled to be hosting two wonderful Chicago poets along with some great local talent. Check out Sam Herschel Wein, Levi Todd, Ryan Rader, and the rest TBA!

Sam Herschel Wein lives in Chicago and specializes in aimless frolicking. His first chapbook, 'Fruit Mansion' (Split Lip Press, 2017) was the winner of the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook prize. His second chapbook, 'Gesundheit!,' a collaboration with Chen Chen, is forthcoming with Glass Poetry Press in 2019. He co-runs the journal Underblong. Find him on twitter at @samforbreakfast

Levi Todd is a queer poet and lifelong Chicagoan. They serve as Poetry Editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and as a relationship health educator. Levi’s work is published or forthcoming in The Shallow Ends, The Ellis Review, Pinwheel, and elsewhere. Say hi on Instagram and Twitter at @levicitodd, and you can read more of Levi’s work at They encourage you to smell a lilac bush today.

Tasha Chopra is a poet, visual artist, and graduate student pursuing her masters at Herron School of Art and Design. She is the co-founder and visual art editor for Turnpike Magazine, an online publication dedicated to positive themes and marginalized voices. She also is a part of Indy Symposium, a group that holds bimonthly open mics and poetry slams at Black Circle Brew. Her poetry focuses on themes of family, identity, and human connection, and some of her work can be found in Genesis Magazine.

Ryan J. Rader is a poet, former member of Indiana and Chicago rock and roll bands, and stand-up comedian with lifetime comedy earnings nearing triple digits.

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 pairs 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.