Archive for February 2014

A "Disaster" of Comedic Proportions

A "Disaster" of Comedic Proportions
By David Karp No one wants to see their show destroyed by lousy acting, bad plot, or other mishaps that could potentially plague a theatre show. This is the exception. Created by Ben Vigeant and Greg Guliano, “Disaster!” is a hysterical mess of a show presented at the Public House Theatre on the third Wednesday... Read more »

Edmund Zagorin wants to send you a story in the mail

Edmund Zagorin wants to send you a story in the mail
Recently I held a six word story contest on Twitter, and Edmund Zagorin ended up winning by a landslide. As I do with all winning contestants, I asked Zagorin to forward me his biography and headshot. It was from his biography I learned about his work with Stories By Mail. Stories By Mail is as awesome... Read more »

Read Tyler Coulson's limericks of famous movie characters

Read Tyler Coulson's limericks of famous movie characters
Yesterday we asked readers to come up with limericks as written by their favorite movie characters. Tyler Coulson more than rose to the occasion. Read his limericks below!  (Hazel; Watership Down) I sing of a warren flush with rabbits, ’till men and machines came to grab it. We got out aliver, with much thanks to Fiver, despite his... Read more »
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V-Day is on February 28th, 2014

V-Day is on February 28th, 2014
V-Day Chicago West Town 2014 Presents A Benefit Reading of A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls   Join Us as we RISE, RELEASE, and DANCE to Demand Justice for Women and Girl Survivors of Violence   On February 22 and February 28, 2014, at... Read more »

A Tuesday Night with Pungent Parlour: A Reading Series Review

A Tuesday Night with Pungent Parlour: A Reading Series Review
By David Karp I arrived at the Black Room Pub and Kitchen up north, not knowing what to expect from the reading series I was about to attend, as I hadn’t gone to a reading series since college. Not that I have anything against readings of course, but I was a little rusty with attendance,... Read more »

Richard Weihe reveals his love of masks, a secret garden in Venice and what inspired him to write Sea of Ink

Richard Weihe reveals his love of masks, a secret garden in Venice and what inspired him to write Sea of Ink
For a writer, inspiration can strike at any time. For Richard Weihe, his novel Sea of Ink came to him through a gift he received from his brother. Next week Weihe will be in Chicago for Literaturlenz, reading from both Sea of Ink and Ocean of Milk. Read my exclusive interview with Weihe and discover his thoughts on poetry, translation and Asian... Read more »
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Maja Haderlap sheds light on her love of translation for Chicago Literati

Maja Haderlap sheds light on her love of translation for Chicago Literati
Next week, Literaturlenz: Reading with Authors from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria is coming to Chicago. This annual event takes place at the Goethe-Institut and features exclusive readings by an incredible array of international authors. I had the chance to interview one of the visiting authors, Maja Haderlap, about her tenure as the Head of Dramaturgy at the Municipal Theater in... Read more »

Olga Grjasnowa discusses her stunning debut novel, All Russians Love Birch Trees with Abby Sheaffer

Olga Grjasnowa discusses her stunning debut novel, All Russians Love Birch Trees with Abby Sheaffer
Chicago is incredibly lucky: next week Olga Grjasnowa will be coming to the Goethe-Institut to read from her spectacular debut novel, All Russians Love Birch Trees. Grjasnowa’s novel follows the struggles of Masha, a bright and talented young heroine whose life comes to a startlingly halt following the sudden death of her boyfriend. Read my interview with her below and... Read more »

Read haikus written by your favorite TV characters

TRUE BLOOD // ANDY BELLEFLEUR
Over the weekend we held a Twitter contest wherein we asked writers to tweet us haikus as written by their favorite TV characters. Kat Kooi won by a landslide for her creative and hilarious haikus. Check out what she did in the gallery. A little more about Kat Kooi…  Kat Kooi is a former corporate professional and... Read more »
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Chicago Moth StorySlam, Stoop-Style Stories & more in this week's live lit roundup

Chicago Moth StorySlam, Stoop-Style Stories & more in this week's live lit roundup
Tuesday February 25th, 2014 6:00pm… Chicago Moth StorySlam: Happy will be at Martyrs’ (3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60613). Come hear some of Chicago’s most talented storytellers bravely perform some incredible tales. Be sure to read the guidelines here if you want to perform one of your stories. This is an epic show, not to be missed! Get tickets. 21+... Read more »