Two poems by Gail Goepfert

Two poems by Gail Goepfert
Two Poems  By Gail Goepfert  Stilling the Day   Trills and twitters of early morning wakes me, nearly lulls me back to sleep and then comes a rest on the music’s page for a measure or two. The silence stirs my listening as I wait with the birds for the day to move on. And... Read more »

The cast of the stunning new web series Young Couple answer questions for Chicago Literati

The cast of the stunning new web series Young Couple answer questions for Chicago Literati
Fresh off the heels of last year’s wildly successful and much talked about play, The TomKat Project, Brianna Baker and Brandon Paul Ogborn are teaming up again: this time for the stunning new web series, Young Couple. What makes this collaboration even more genius is the added presence of the indomitable Mike Malarkey. Together, Baker, Ogborn and Malarkey are an epic... Read more »

these dreams I have; by Ariane Elizabeth

these dreams I have; by Ariane Elizabeth
these dreams I have;  By  Ariane Elizabeth        these dreams I have;     our son rolls on a bed of glass, the shards, now constellations across his sides, the shape of mustangs and lunar eclipses. i remove stars, one     by     one as butterflies climb from holes in the wall, monstrous deep purple... Read more »
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Three Poems by Rosie Garland

Three Poems by Rosie Garland
Three Poems By Rosie Garland          The Museum of Terrible Objects   A lifetime of clipped toenails, reattaching to your toe. A sheep that bleats the works of Shakespeare in Morse Code. Today, the Comedies.   A jar of starving wasps. The ghosts beneath your bed formed into fists. A dog in... Read more »

Teaching Comics-Guitar Lessons

Teaching Comics-Guitar Lessons
‘Teaching Comics’ follows cartoonist Alex Nall’s experiences as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools. Read more at alexnall.tumblr.com.

Two Poems by Joseph Meads

Two Poems by Joseph Meads
Two Poems By  Joseph Meads [Hyacinth blue smeared]   Hyacinth blue smeared like blood up this sin, the silence of certain skies, the knock-em-dead mentality of promise. Memories swindle like autumn this: the tufts, the most southern of brunette tufts.             Of Berryman’s Dream Songs   In a hotel in... Read more »
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Becoming, a short story by Kate Weinberg

Becoming, a short story by Kate Weinberg
Becoming  By Kate Weinberg    Jonathon doubted I could become a horse and so I didn’t show him the bottoms of my feet growing coarser. In bed, I kicked away from him and covered my mouth when he fucked me from behind, because I couldn’t moan anymore without whinnying slightly. He didn’t notice at first—he... Read more »

Book Review: Eightysixed

Book Review: Eightysixed
I have never read a book quite like Emily Belden’s Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned. It is an honest memoir, recounting Belden’s life as she moves through the uncertain days post college through her budding “adult” life in the land of deep dish pizza, hot dogs with celery salt and Malort. Emily tells us about what... Read more »

Three Poems on Dreams by Joris Soeding & Tasneem Hussain

Three Poems on Dreams by Joris Soeding & Tasneem Hussain
Three Poems on Dreams By  Joris Soeding  & Tasneem Hussain            Red Hands Near Six Lanes     It wasn’t the gray walls or to tower an unaccustomed staircase eventually it would be the room slippery with blood to pry for answers from whomever was left, panting they turn out to... Read more »
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Salonathon, Stoop-Stories Live and more in this week's live lit roundup

Salonathon, Stoop-Stories Live and more in this week's live lit roundup
Monday March 24th, 2014 8:00pm: Head out to Beauty Bar Chicago (1444 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) for another installment of Salonathon: LEX-I-CA. The theme for tonight’s show is “How I Lost My Virginity” and will feature Lynn Royale, Mar Curran and many more. RSVP here to enjoy the bar. Free show/21+  Tuesday March 25th, 2014 6:30pm: It’s that time again: join Angela Vela and Danny Black for The... Read more »