Interview with Gina Frangello


One of the names on the New City Lit 50 list that I was happy to see is Gina Frangello. She is truly a force in the Chicago scene, and with her new short story collection, Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press, June 2010) has the potential to be recognized on a large scale. She is an advocate for all things Chicago lit, and through her connection to The Nervous Breakdown has started hosting quarterly reading around town. Yesterday, I braved the heat, sat in my car during work, and had a nice little conversation with Gina about her collection, her imprint Other Voices Books, The Nervous Breakdown, and Chicago Lit in general.


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