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Everything Is Bigger presents: Chen Chen, Kathleen Winter & Emilia Rodriguez

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Everything is Bigger says goodbye to 2015. Come out to the last EIB shindig of the year, featuring three amazing readers (Chen Chen, Kathleen Winter, and Emilia Rodriguez) along with a closing music set by Woozyhelmet.

Cheer Up Charlie's
Tuesday, 12/15
Doors at 7 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
Bring cash for books and donation please!

Chen Chen holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Syracuse University, where he was a University Fellow. He has also received fellowships from Kundiman and the Saltonstall Foundation. New work has appeared/is forthcoming in Poetry, Narrative, The Massachusetts Review, Crab Orchard Review, and The Best American Poetry 2015, among others. Chen is the winner of the Matt Clark Editors’ Choice Award, from New Delta Review, and the Joyce Carol Oates Award, selected by Ishion Hutchinson. A 2015 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, he is currently a PhD candidate in English & Creative Writing at Texas Tech University and lives in Lubbock, TX with his partner, Jeff Gilbert. Visit him at

Kathleen Winter was born in McAllen, Texas. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The New Republic, Field, The Cincinnati Review and other journals. Her awards include fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Virginia G. Piper Center, and the Prague Summer Program. She is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin; Boston College; the University of California, Davis, School of Law; and Arizona State University. Winter lives with her husband in Sonoma County, California, and teaches writing at the University of San Francisco. She is a Dobie Paisano Fellow at the University of Texas. 

Emilia Rodriguez is a Chicano-Feminist writer, and a native Texan. She was raised in the Mexico-bordering city of Roma, Texas, and is a graduate of Texas State University where she is currently pursuing an MFA degree in Fiction. She lives in San Marcos, Texas with her husband, jazz bassist Lewis McMahon, and is working on a collection of short stories.

“Woozyhelmet merrily traipses along the fine line between abrasive punk rock nihilism and crumpled up mash note sweetness,” explains Greg Beets of the Austin Chronicle in his 2002 review of their self-titled album, which he says “perfectly encapsulates the venomous nature of unbalanced young love, but instead of getting drunk to forget, these songs hang around at the scene of the crime proffering cyclical analyses only a neurotic could love.” Since that time Woozyhelmet has grown up a bit, but continue to enthusiastically belt out rock and roll music for us all to dance and make out to. Woozyhelmet features members of the Octopus Project and the Sour Notes.