Archive for November 2013

Saturday social: don't miss these exciting live lit events today!

Saturday social: don't miss these exciting live lit events today!
If you need something to do today, we’ve got the hookup! At 3pm today is another edition of Paper Machete at The Green Mill in Uptown, and at 8pm don’t miss the hit comedy show The Blackout Diaries at the Lincoln Lodge. Check out the details below!: The Paper Machete @ 3pm @ The Green Mill... Read more »

Come out to Here's the Story this Sunday at Stage 773

Come out to Here's the Story this Sunday at Stage 773
There are a lot of great ways to ring in a new month. You can rock out to “Tibetan Pop Stars” by Hop Along, you can do what FDR did and say, “rabbit, rabbit” the moment you wake up, you can stand on your head for one minute and recite the alphabet backwards… But I’d... Read more »

2nd Story presents Feast: Stories of Together at the City Winery tomorrow night

2nd Story presents Feast: Stories of Together at the City Winery tomorrow night
Come out to the City Winery (1200 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL)  tomorrow night for a special edition of 2nd Story! Curated by Molly Each and directed by Thrisa Hodits, this installment is specially planned for Thanksgiving and will feature music by the Harold Washington Trio. Here’s what you have to look forward to: This Holiday Season 2nd... Read more »
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Life in Small Spaces by Deborah Pintonelli

Life in Small Spaces by Deborah Pintonelli
 Life in Small Spaces By Deborah Pintonelli   (An excerpt from her novel, Letter to the Last Gay Man I Will Ever Love) An early spring snowstorm in upstate New York. As we get out of the car it is so beautiful that it does not look real, but more like one of those snow... Read more »

Jackalope Theater Company's Managing Director Nate Silver in conversation with Abby Sheaffer

Jackalope Theater Company's Managing Director Nate Silver in conversation with Abby Sheaffer
  As Managing Director of Jackalope Theater Company, Nate Silver gets to oversee the incredible range of productions the Edgewater-based theater company commissions and puts on. Silver values his work with the company and the staff behind it. I’m taking a special interested in Jackalope this week because I want you to see their passion... Read more »

Too Soon, a poem by Shawn Aveningo

Too Soon, a poem by Shawn Aveningo
Too Soon By Shawn Aveningo   Tell me your story, the voice in my head kept repeating until it became more a mantra, than simple request.   I held that tiny key in my hand for what seemed like weeks, wondering what secrets it would soon unlock.   The numeral “53” etched into its face,... Read more »
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Reader forum: how do you cure a book hangover?

Reader forum: how do you cure a book hangover?
Every October I read the same roster of books and it gives me great pleasure. It gives me such great pleasure I can’t get into any other book I attempt to read. It is one of the worst feelings starting and stopping a book because you’re either too busy, it didn’t hook you or you’re... Read more »

Marti Lyons & Calamity West sit down with Chicago Literati to discuss their epic new play, The Peacock

Marti Lyons & Calamity West sit down with Chicago Literati to discuss their epic new play, The Peacock
Penned by powerhouse playwright, Calamity West and directed by the incomparable Marti Lyons, Jackalope Theater Company‘s astounding new drama The Peacock will undoubtedly leave a mark on theater history–and not just in Chicago. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune calls the protagonist at the heart of the story, “…compelling and unusual…” and, “Ware and West’s joint creation really imprints itself on... Read more »

Chicago Book Expo this Sunday 12-5pm at St. Augustine College in Uptown

Chicago Book Expo this Sunday 12-5pm at St. Augustine College in Uptown
Come out to the Chicago Book Expo this Sunday (November 24th) at St. Augustine College (1345 W. Argyle) in Uptown. Wyl and I will be passing out zines at the event, so come visit us, and here’s what else you can look forward to: The Chicago Book Expo is a pop-up bookstore and literary fair open to... Read more »
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Weak Light, a poem by Scott Devon

Weak Light, a poem by Scott Devon
Weak Light By Scott Devon A man, possibly God, wakes upon a park bench, his black eye turning purple in the dawn, and thinks of the depleted ranks of T cells fighting to nail the unwanted inside him. Motionless a women wakes upon her sofa, stiff and drenched in yesterday as a weak light wakes... Read more »