Archive for January 2014

Seven Deadly Sins, Salonathon and more in this week's live lit roundup

Seven Deadly Sins, Salonathon and more in this week's live lit roundup
Monday January 27th, 2014 7:30pm… Come out to Matilda’s (3101 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657) for Feast of the Epiphany Reading featuring Joel Craig, Hannah Gamble and many more. It’s sure to be a dreamy night full of poetry, so stay warm and in good company. Free.  8pm… At Beauty Bar Chicago (1444 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622) is another installment of Salonathon. The theme for... Read more »

Read McKenzie Chinn's winning #sixwordstory

Read McKenzie Chinn's winning #sixwordstory
As part of an ongoing series, we challenged readers to come up with a six word story using the word “door”. Read the winning story from January 24th, 2014 by the eloquent McKenzie Chinn and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our next #sixwordstory contest.  #SixWordStory By McKenzie Chinn  The door finally gave.... Read more »

My life was nothing like the movie Fame, and other disappointing facts about me

My life was nothing like the movie Fame, and other disappointing facts about me
I’ve always wanted to be That Guy at parties who busts out an acoustic guitar and plays Wonderwall six times in a row. Yes, I want to be That Guy. I want to annoy the shit out of you while your girlfriend waves her flickering lighter and sits on my knee. (Is having someone sit... Read more »
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Read Dane Erbach's winning #sixwordstory

Read Dane Erbach's winning #sixwordstory
Yesterday we asked readers to come up with a six word story using the word, “anomaly” as part of a new daily contest. Read the winning story from January 23rd, 2014 below and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next #sixwordstory contest.  #SixWordStory  By Dane Erbach  “Anomaly…answered…” she sighed, then expired. A... Read more »

How a scream-o band saves me on my darkest days

How a scream-o band saves me on my darkest days
Yes, you read that correctly. You probably just muttered, “Really?” out loud. But it is the truth. Senses Fail’s album Renacer (2013), specifically the single, “Between the Mountains and the Sea,” have become my new anchor on the days I feel myself slipping the most. I have been trailing Senses Fail’s career since a friend... Read more »

And the winner of today's #sixwordstory contest is...

And the winner of today's #sixwordstory contest is...
Today we challenged readers to come up with a six word story incorporating the word “superfluous”, and while many stories were entered, only one could win. Read the winning story below.  Six Word Story By  Kathryn Nelson  He breathed work; love was superfluous. A little more about the author (in her words):  I am many... Read more »
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Six word story contest

We’re holding a six word story contest! Tweet at us or comment on our Facebook fan page a story of six words including the word, “superfluous”. Winner will be published on our blog at 6pm!

"Miss Hole", a very short story by Allison Fabian

"Miss Hole", a very short story by Allison Fabian
Today we held a contest wherein we asked readers to come up with a flash fiction story involving a wormhole that did not exceed 25 words. Read the winning story below.  “Miss Hole”  By  Allison Fabian  Morning stretch sending the usual shock waves soaring through her system, energy ricocheting into the dead surrounding space. Humans-... Read more »

Mason Johnson sits down with Chicago Literati

I first met Mason Johnson in college while stuffing my face with buttercream frosting. I had been chosen as the opening reader for Neal Pollack at the reading series he curated (Silver Tongue), and after the show while indulging in a slice of cake, I was approached by him. “That’s my nose,” he said. “What?”... Read more »
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Curbside Splendor Publishing's Senior Editor Jacob S. Knabb In Conversation With Abby Sheaffer

Curbside Splendor Publishing's Senior Editor Jacob S. Knabb In Conversation With Abby Sheaffer
Curbside Splendor Publishing is one of the most prolific independent presses born out of Chicago. Its history of unique acquisitions include Michael Czyzniejewski’s Chicago Stories, Amber Sparks’ debut short story collection May We Shed These Human Bodies, and Franki Elliot’s poetry collection Piano Rats.  In addition, Curbside Splendor has received accolades from L.A. Weekly, Huffington... Read more »