Poetry Night: Melissa Fite Johnson, Carolina Hotchandani, and Ruth Williams

Join celebrated poets Melissa Fite Johnson, Caroline Hotchandani, and Ruth Williams for a night of lovely verse! Books will be available for sale and signing. 


Melissa Fite Johnson is the author of three full-length collections, most recently Midlife Abecedarian (Riot in Your Throat, 2024). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Pleiades, HAD, Whale Road Review, SWWIM, and elsewhere. Melissa, a high school English teacher, is a poetry editor for The Weight, a journal for high school students, and Porcupine Lit, a journal for and by teachers. She and her husband live with their dogs in Lawrence, KS, where she co-hosts the Volta reading series at the Replay Lounge.

Carolina Hotchandani is a poet and Goodrich Assistant Professor of English and American literature and culture. Her debut poetry collection The Book Eaters won the Perugia Press Prize for first and second poetry books and was released September 2023. The Book Eaters was featured in Poets and Writers Magazine‘s 2024 Debut Poets issue.

Ruth Williams is the author of Flatlands (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), a full-length collection of poetry, as well as two poetry chapbooks,  Nursewifery (Jacar Press, 2019) and Conveyance (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Reviewjubilat, Pleiades, and Third Coast among others. She has also published creative nonfiction in Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, and Entropy.


Event date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
809 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Midlife Abecedarian By Melissa Fite Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9798988989813
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Riot in Your Throat - April 1st, 2024

Midlife Abecedarian is a nostalgic collection that takes the reader on a journey through time. It provides a template for a life well-lived, even if you're only halfway through. Conjuring memories and a sense of satisfaction and comfort, Midlife Abecedarian is a map to things remembered and things best left forgotten.

The Book Eaters By Carolina Hotchandani Cover Image
This book is hard-to-find or out of print and we may not be able to get it. Email for more details.
ISBN: 9780997807677
Published: Perugia Press - September 15th, 2023

Carolina Hotchandani's debut collection THE BOOK EATERS is a study in shifting cultural and personal identities as well as in belonging--to our bodies, our memories, our stories, ourselves, our families, our cultures.

Flatlands By Ruth Williams Cover Image
This book is hard-to-find or out of print and we may not be able to get it. Email for more details.
ISBN: 9781625579898
Published: Black Lawrence Press - April 15th, 2018

Poetry. Some writers approach the Nebraska plains as a big, empty other into which they may imagine. I understand the appeal of that mythology. But in Ruth Williams gorgeous new collection, FLATLANDS, the landscape is as alive as the plains truly are, and serves as both a generating place and quixotic companion to Williams's subtle, precise speaker.

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