Strange Cage 9

November 3, 2012

Strange Cage returns for a very special poetry event rewarding the rebirth of Fair Grounds, Iowa City’s premiere cafe, which now has a liquor license. FULL BAR//WINE//AWESOME BEER//CHEAP BEER//FREE POETRY//OBEY//
Friday, November 30, 2012. 8:00pm
Fair Grounds Coffeehouse, 345 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240

ROBYN SCHIFF. Mentor, poet, and undefeated-in-smiling City of Literature staple, she is the author of the poetry collections Revolver (2008) and Worth (2002), both published by the University of Iowa Press, Kuhl House Poets series. Her work has been represented in several anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande, 2006), Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (Iowa, 2007), and Transatlantic Verse (Duration, 2005). She was a featured poet at the 2007 Poetry Society of America Festival of New American Poets, and was recognized with an award from the Greenwall Fund by the Academy of American Poets in 2002. Robyn was a 2008 fellow at the Brown Foundation Fellows Residence Program at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France, where she began work on her third book, a long poem that takes the myth and metaphor of the vampire as its starting point. She coedits The Canary and Canarium Books and is the Director of Undergraduate Writing at the University of Iowa.

RYAN COLLINS. He is the author of a chapbook, Complicated Weather (Rock Town Press) & an e-chapbook, Handshake Trouble (Gold Wake Press). Some of his recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Spittoon, Leveler, Knock, Ping Pong, H_NGM_N, Jellyfish, Diagram & Handsome. He lives in the Illinois Quad Cities & teaches in the Iowa Quad Cities. He can be reached at

GRANT SOUDERS. Grant lives in a pig shed where he lives with mice that never pay rent on time. His chainsaw is his closest friend and he’s allergic to tree nuts. Please don’t poison him.


BRYN LOV will be graduating from the undergraduate creative writing track this spring. she owes the entirety of her poetic verbage to friend and mentor Robyn Schiff. She loves shoes.

KARL McCOMAS-REICHL. One of the editors of Strange Cage whose first poetry chapbook, Everything is Loose, has just been released by Rabbit Catastrophe Press (, Karl is a jazz musician and a cotton candy machine of thought currently residing in Kansas City.

ALYSE B. Alyse is an undergraduate creative writing major with a netflix-based social life, and a Roseanne-based sense of humor. She also co-writes Seitanic Verses, a vegan cooking blog.

MICHAEL O’HARA. Michael is in the undergraduate creative writing track for poetry and is putting the finishing touches on his first chapbook, “the histories of wind.” it’s about a little boy with the head of a wading bird, so yes, it’s autobiographical.

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