Julie Ako will be reading from her debut poetry collection Tiger Balm.
Julie Ako is a writer with roots in Mars, Pennsylvania and Jupiter Island, Florida and is currently working and living in Chicago, Illinois. Her work is published or forthcoming in Potluck Magazine, Spork Press, Wu-Wei Magazine, Mineral Magazine, Guild Literary Complex, Reality Hands and a handful of other publications. Her writing manifests itself in various literary forms including prose poem, verse, essay, short and flash fiction as well as visually in forms such as video, sculpture, performance and web-based works.
"Tiger Balm is, in a lot of ways, a roller coaster. Each line exists in and of itself but come together to create something truly lasting. Julie Ako writes in a way that suggests the end of everything we know is imminent, insisting that there is some kind of beauty to be found there."