Chris Register and imogen xtian smith

Join us for the February Charlottesville Reading Series event, featuring prose writer Chris Register and poet imogen xtian smith. This in-person event will be cosponsored by WriterHouse and will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

Cycling journalist Chris Register served in the Peace Corps, graduated from Georgetown Law, and litigated multiparty lawsuits in the US district court before trading his ergonomic lawyer’s chair for a stiff bicycle seat. Setting out to uncover the truth about the state of the nation today, he interviewed hundreds of everyday Americans during 16,000 miles of solo bicycle travel. Chris eventually put down the kickstand to document this epic survey of the United States in his multivolume Conversations With US series. His latest adventure involves moving from pedal to print with his publishing company, Spoke & Word Books.

imogen xtian smith is a poet and performer living in Lenapehoking / Brooklyn, NY. Their work has appeared in BaestB L U SHFolderThe RumpusThe Poetry Project Newsletter, and Tagvverk (among others), as well as in We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics. A 2021–22 Emerge Surface Be Fellow at The Poetry Project and an MFA graduate from NYU, imogen recently published their debut collection, stemmy things, with Nightboat Books in the fall of 2022.