At it's annual awards benefit, The Society of Midland Authors honors its choices for the best books by Midwest authors published in 2012. The master of ceremonies for this year's benefit was Marc Kelly Smith, the founder of the Uptown Poetry Slam. Award winners also read from their works.
A native of Chicago, Edward Hirsch has published several books of poems since 1981, including 1986’s “Wild Gratitude,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book is “The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems,” published in 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf.