Archive for December 2013

Writing like Zadie Smith: Cassie Sheets attempts to cultivate the routines of famous authors

Writing like Zadie Smith: 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. ‘Tis the season for procrastination. My fall semester is over, and gone with it is the grueling, ridiculous endurance test of final exams, projects, and papers. I have come out the other... Read more »

Guts & Glory is tonight at Powell's

Guts & Glory is tonight at Powell's
Come out to Powell’s Bookstore (2850 N Lincoln Ave) at 7pm for another installment of Guts & Glory with your wonderful hosts Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby! Tonight’s featured storytellers are: Eileen Dougharty Sarah Terez Rosenblum Danny Black Robyn Okrant Randall Colburn We hope to see you at this free event! 

Call for submissions!

Miracles  12/4/13–1/4/14 Submit to our new themed submissions cycle: Miracles! From now until January 4th, 2014 we’re accepting essays, short stories and poetry based on miracles. To submit, simply press the link under our Duotrope listing that says “Submit to us!” All submissions MUST our Submittable account or they will not be accepted. Please do not exceed the... Read more »
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Home Fires shines a light on real things that matter

Home Fires shines a light on real things that matter
There are many moments in life where it will test you, sometimes leaving you in a place where either path causes a great deal of pain. How do you know which choice is best, or the right one? Myra Benning, the main character of Home Fires by Judith Kirscht, has her strength tested as a... Read more »

The Encyclopedia Show tackles marching bands, Write Club covers the war on Christmas and a Star Wars retelling of Macbeth in this week's live lit roundup

The Encyclopedia Show tackles marching bands, Write Club covers the war on Christmas and a Star Wars retelling of Macbeth in this week's live lit roundup
Monday December 16th, 2013 At 7pm a Star Wars retelling of Macbeth is happening at The Right Brain Project (4001 N. Ravenswood) in Ravenswood. Aptly titled MacSith, this brave adaptation is earning rave reviews for its unique perspective of a classic tale. Read our review here, and then go see it for yourself. // tickets are $15 //  Blues, cocktails and... Read more »

Weekend live lit roundup

Weekend live lit roundup
Saturday December 14th, 2013  At 3pm at The Green Mill (4802 North Broadway) in Uptown is another installment of Paper Machete. Your host is the always charismatic Christopher Piatt, and featured performers include Gwynn Fulcher, James Kennedy and many more. There’s also going to be some great cabaret tunes by the band Foiled Again, as well as special musical... Read more »
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TGIF live lit roundup

TGIF live lit roundup
The week is done! Give yourself a pat on the back, you did it! As a reward for all your hard work, I came up with an extended list of live lit events that I did not include in Monday’s roundup. Read about tonight’s events after the jump!   Whoever said Friday the 13th was... Read more »

Six books to get you in the mood for Inside Llewlyn Davis

Six books to get you in the mood for Inside Llewlyn Davis
The Gaslight. Odetta. Cafe Wha. Woody Guthrie worship. Fingerpicking songs. Greenwich Village was the place to be in the 60s. This cozy little bohemian neighborhood occupied the American imagination just as the rose colored glasses of the 50s were being removed and the public backlash began against Joe McCarthy and his minions. Hordes of the... Read more »

Anne Shaw and Toby Altman open up about their innovative poetry series Absinthe & Zygote

Anne Shaw and Toby Altman open up about their innovative poetry series Absinthe & Zygote
Tonight at 7pm at Sudz Laundry (1425 W Morse Ave) there will be a guerilla poetry reading. It’s just one more installment of Anne Shaw and Toby Altman’s incredible poetry series, Absinthe & Zygote. Absinthe & Zygote takes place in the most random places. They’ve held readings on a CTA train car at rush hour,... Read more »
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Barrel of Monkeys presents That's Weird, Grandma: The Holiday Special

Barrel of Monkeys presents That's Weird, Grandma: The Holiday Special
At Chicago Literati, we’re all about fostering creativity in the hearts and minds of our city’s youth, so imagine how delighted I was to receive a press release about a holiday show written by students of the Chicago Public School District: Barrel of Monkeys invites you to join them by the imaginary hearth and celebrate the... Read more »