Matt Guenette

Matt Guenette

Tongue and Ink Reading Series to Host Blogger Mimi Smartypants and Poet Matt Guenette

February 2, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – On Thursday, Feb. 16, Tributaries, Illinois Wesleyan’s literary group, will bring blogger Mimi Smartypants and poet Matt Guenette to campus as part of the next installment of the Tongue and Ink Reading Series. The guests will host workshops in room 104 of Shaw Hall (1308 Park St., Bloomington), with Smartypants at 4 p.m. and Guenette at 5 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., they will read from their work in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington).

A Chicago-based blogger since 1999, Smartypants’ writing has been described by Fiction Writers Review as “perfectly specific and clear, even sonorous, and maybe even funny.” The World According to Mimi Smartypants, a compilation of her blog entries, was published in 2004 and details her life in Chicago. Smartypants continues to write about topics like public transportation and raising her daughter Nora.

Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Guenette is a Madison-based poet whose work has been featured in numerous journals such as Another Chicago Magazine, DIAGRAM, The Greensboro Review and The Spoon River Poetry Review. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, American Busboy and Sudden Anthem. Guenette’s work has been described by critic Rodney Jones as, “ongoing, flung, a creation in the absolute keep of the imagination, a moving revelation where nothing is forbidden or held too precious.”

For additional information, contact IWU Tributaries at iwutributaries@gmail.com.     

Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu