Poetry Reading with Bryon Cherry, Sam Pekarske, and Matthew James Gutierrez

Bryon Cherry is a poet and musician. He is the author of a chapbook of poetry, Funeral Journey (The Quail Press), and a full-length collection of poems, Ruins, Ruminations, and Rituals (Anarcho Welfare Press), both published in 2019. His work has also been featured in Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters anthology (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press) as well as in South Florida Poetry Journal. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he is of and shaped by his evolving home city. He is guided by what he considers to be magical forces—listening and love. 

Sam Pekarske is a Milwaukee native who doesn’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon; it shows in her work, which often deals with the perks and problems that come with life in this city. Before the pandemic, she ran several reading series and an open mic as a way to give other poets a platform to share their work. Respectively, her work has made its way through journals and anthologies, but the brunt of it can be found in her collection Alms for the Bored (Vegetarian  Alcoholic Press, 2018). These days, she sits on the board of Woodland Pattern Book Center, writes about office furniture, and enjoys the city scenery of her hometown. 

Matthew James Gutierrez is the author of a bilingual poetry book entitled Notes I Wrote Along The Way. He obtained a bachelor’s in science and a master’s in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). As an undergraduate, he studied creative writing, focusing on fiction and poetry, and took courses on screenplay and television writing at UCLA.