A visual artist, poet, and author, Emily Thornton Calvo often merges her poetry with her art. She’s exhibited at the Elmhurst Art Museum, August House Gallery, Gallery 1070, the Art Center Highland Park, and others. She’s performed poems at Loyola University and the Art Institute of Chicago through the Poetry Foundation. Her work has appeared in Roosevelt University’s Oyez Review, Coleré, After Hours, Lucidity and other print and online journals. Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd, her first book of poems and art, was released with a grant from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Her poems have appeared Calvo co-founded Chicago Slam Works and was also a poet-in-residence through The Poetry Center of Chicago’s Hands on Stanzas program. Her work is found at emilycalvo.com.