Poetry Stacked: Building a Twenty-First Century Reading Series at the Library

Room 2215B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Tasked to enrich and engage the University of Cincinnati campus and community, UC Libraries and Elliston Poetry Room partnered to create Poetry Stacked, a multimodal reading series staged in the stacks of UC’s Langsam Library and curated with twenty-first century values. Poetry Stacked brings faculty, staff, student, and community poets together in-person and live streamed. Panelists will discuss the planning and staging process, sharing lessons and adjustments, feedback and the future.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: PoetryStacked_AWP_EventOutline.pdf



Michael C. Peterson serves as curator of the Elliston Poetry Room and archive at the University of Cincinnati. He's a poet, the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio Center, and is an editor of Tom Postell: On the Life and Work of an Unsung Master (Pleiades, 2024).

Dior J. Stephens is a proud, Midwestern Pisces. He is the author of three chapbooks, and their debut full-length collection, Cruel/Cruel, is out now with Nightboat Books. Dior is pursuing a doctorate degree in philosophy at UCincinnati and serves as managing poetry editor for Foglifter Press.

Ben Kline lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and works for the University of Cincinnati Libraries. Author of Sagittarius A*, Dead Uncles, and the forthcoming It Was Never Supposed to Be, Ben is a storyteller and poet whose work has appeared in Copper Nickel, Florida Review, Poetry, and other publications.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center