The English Department announces a new Spring Reading Series, showcasing work from a variety of authors and genres, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Poet Simone Muench is the author of The Air Lost in Breathing (Marianne Moore Prize; Helicon Nine, 2000), Lampblack & Ash (Kathryn A. Morton Prize; Sarabande, 2005), Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010) and Disappearing Address, co-written with Philip Jenks (BlazeVOX, 2010). She is an editor for Sharkforum and chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review. Recently the recipient of a 2013 NEA Poetry Fellowship and the Fall 2012 Black Lawrence Chapbook Award, some of her other honors include two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, two Vermont Studio Center Fellowships, a Lewis Faculty Scholar Award, and the PSA’s Bright Lights Big Verse Award. She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is an associate professor at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies. She is a vegetarian and horror film fan.