The University of Iowa

The Human Body Series: Olivia Cronk, Philip Sorenson, C Dylan Bassett

The Human Body Series is a monthly reading series that features poets from Iowa City and across the United States. Human Body is designed to provide a forum where all who enjoy contemporary poetry can hear the work of emerging and established poets in an intimate setting. All readings are open to the public.

The next reading will take place this Saturday, February 7th - 8:00pm, at 402 Fairchild Street in Iowa City. Featured poets include Olivia Cronk, Philip Sorenson, C Dylan Bassett.

Human Body was founded in September 2014 to address the gap left by the conclusion of two beloved Iowa City reading series, Strange Cage and the Antibody Series. Human Body readings are curated to bring together poets who compliment and extend each other’s work.


Olivia Cronk's first book was Skin Horse (Action Books, 2012). Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming inBone Bouquet, Deluge, Dusie, Jubilat, Newfound,  Spolia, Swine, and Tender. Some of her work will be anthologized in Electric Gurlesque. She co-edits The Journal Petra with Philip Sorenson and is an instructor of Composition and Creative Writing at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Philip Sorenson teaches composition and core literature at Loyola University Chicago. His first book, Of Embodies, was published by Rescue Press in 2012, and his poems have most recently appeared in Horse Less Review, Deluge, Pelt, Spolia, Ohio Edit, and Swine. The first issue of The Journal Petra, which he co-edits with Olivia Cronk, was published this fall. The second issue is forthcoming. 

C Dylan Bassett is the author of six chapbooks, His first book, The Invention of Monsters / Plays for the Theater, will be published by Plays Inverse Press this April. Recent poems are published or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, The Journal, West Branch and elsewhere. He’s received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Stadler Center for Poetry and the Morrie Moss Foundation.