Archive for October 2013

It's not the Halloween season without the classics

It's not the Halloween season without the classics
As a little kid, when October came around I jumped on going to costume stores before all the good options ran out. I pretty much was the same thing every other year: a witch or a ballerina. Although there was the one random year I was Wendy from South Park even though I was only... Read more »

Review Me the Head of James Franco...

Review Me the Head of James Franco...
Bring me the Head of James Franco, that I may Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of his Skull. That is the longest and best goddamn title of a one man show ever. Warning: this review is going to be expletive laden and will contain several asides to my own life... Read more »

The Friend. Follow. Text. Chicago launch party is this Saturday at City Lit Books

The Friend. Follow. Text. Chicago launch party is this Saturday at City Lit Books
Come to the Friend. Follow. Text. Chicago launch party at City Lit Books this Saturday (November 2nd, 2013) at 5:30pm. This wonderful new anthology features short stories by Megan Stielstra, Lisa Mrock, Ben Tanzer, Steven Karas and Chicago Literati’s Senior Editor, Wyl Villacres. Each story in Friend. Follow. Text. is inspired by the medium of social media and how it’s changed the... Read more »
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The five baddest witches in cinema

(Image from Disney)

She sang and danced her way into our hearts in the 1993 classic, Hocus Pocus. Winnifred Sanderson is equal parts terrifying and hilarious.
With Halloween only a day away, I thought it might be appropriate to compile a list of my five favorite witches from movies. Click through it and tell me if I’m missing anybody in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Celebrate Halloween with these awesome literary events happening this week in Chicago

Celebrate Halloween with these awesome literary events happening this week in Chicago
Monday October 28th Permanent Records is back at Uncharted Books! Hosted by HEAVEmedia’s features editor, Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, this monthly reading series is dedicated to looking back on the embarrassment of youth. Curators encourage those who are interested in speaking at Permanent Records to bring diary or blog posts, songs or any other memorabilia from their... Read more »

Tell us your secrets

Chicago Literati is hosting a special submissions cycle from now until November 8th at 10am! We’re currently taking submissions based on secrets. Do you have essays, poetry or short stories based on secrets that you want to submit to us? Email us at chicagoliterati[at]gmail[dot]com. Please follow submission guidelines. You can find our guidelines at the top of the... Read more »
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Graze magazine release party is tomorrow night at The Burlington in Logan Square

The party Graze magazine hosts a release party for its fourth issue at Logan Square’s The Burlington on Saturday, October 26, from 8 p.m. until close! The event is headlined by eight-piece Chicago funk band whysowhite and will also include a performance from Latin American-influenced Divino Niño, and a DJ set by the Lady Speedstick of Chances Dances. Each ten-dollar ticket includes:... Read more »

Creative Nonfiction Week continues with a panel on entrepreneurial paths to publication today

Creative Nonfiction Week continues with a panel on entrepreneurial paths to publication today
Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Nonfiction Week continues today with a panel at 4pm dedicated to entrepreneurial paths to publication. The panel will be moderated by Sharon Boyd-Peshkin and will feature Mairead Case, Sarah Dodson, Paul Durica and Toure Muhammed. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at Stage TWO, 618 S.... Read more »

Cyn Vargas wins the 2013 Prose Award for Fiction, is amazing

Cyn Vargas wins the 2013 Prose Award for Fiction, is amazing
I’m very excited to announce that the amazingly beautiful and talented Cyn Vargas won the coveted Prose Award for Fiction last night! Vargas received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia College Chicago this past May. She presently teaches workshop classes via Dabble. Read our profile on Cyn Vargas here, and don’t forget to check out her... Read more »
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Writing like Alice Munro: Cassie Sheets attempts to cultivate the routines of famous authors

Writing like Alice Munro: Cassie Sheets attempts to cultivate the routines of famous authors
An undisciplined writer attempts to find a steady routine by following the routines of well-known authors, no matter how ridiculous they may be. The prolific short story writer and latest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Alice Munro, has been on everyone’s minds and news feeds lately. But I promise, there is more to... Read more »