Announcing 'Five Fifths' by Growing Concerns Poetry Collective

Candor Arts is very excited to announce the forthcoming publication Five Fifths by Growing Concerns Poetry Collective.

Please join us for the book and vinyl release performances at Steppenwolf Theater on January 26 and 27, 2018, where Five Fifths will be available for purchase. Tickets are now available


On Five Fifths

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective's Five Fifths features new poetry by the group's poets McKenzie Chinn and Mykele Deville, including the collected text from the collective's inaugural album WE HERE: Thank Your For Noticing. In this tandem collection of deeply personal work, Chinn and Deville interrogate the nature of selfhood, blackness, community, love, ritual, and vulnerability while celebrating perseverance and survival in the face of generational and systemic marginalization. 

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About Growing Concerns Poetry Collective

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective fuses lyrical, narrative, and hip-hop poetry with original music and soundscape to create spoken word performance that is greater than the sum of its parts. The collective released its inaugural album We Here: Thank You For Noticing in August 2017. Growing Concerns is poet and rapper Mykele Deville, poet and actor McKenzie Chinn, and visual artist and musician Jeff Austin. You can follow them on social media @growingconcernspoets.

Mykele Deville is a rapper, poet, curator, and actor from the west side of Chicago. His solo hip-hop and poetic recordings include Peace, Fam (2017), Each One Teach One (2016), and Super Predator (2016). He has performed on stages across Chicago and led workshops on hip-hop and identity in the midwest and Portland. His work has been profiled in the Chicago Tribune, The Reader, Consequence of Sound, Vocalo radio, and NPR radio.

McKenzie Chinn is a poet, actor, and teaching artist whose work has appeared in PANK, Crab Fat Magazine, The Fem, Juked, Sundog Lit, and others. She has performed her poetry and worked as an actor on stages across Chicago and in Washington, DC, as well as on film and television. You can learn more about her work at

Jeffrey Michael Austin is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and educator based in Chicago. Austin currently produces music with Growing Concerns Poetry Collective, and his visual artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, recently including such venues as Société d'Électricité (Brussels), The Luminary (St. Louis), Chicago Artists Coalition, Hyde Park Art Center, Ed Paschke Art Center, Le Carreau de Cergy (Paris), Kunstenfestival Watou (Belgium), The University of North Texas Art Galleries, Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst (Berlin), The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Fondation Vasarely (Aix-en-Provence), The Mission, The Franklin, and Manifold, a partner of ACRE Artist Residency. Austin studied at Columbia College Chicago and the Burren College of Art in Ireland before eventually receiving his BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Learn more about Growing Concerns Poetry Collective

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