Archive for January 2013

Unsung Genius: A Look Inside the Mind of Dan Shapiro

Unsung Genius: A Look Inside the Mind of Dan Shapiro
Every second Sunday of the month at Cole’s Bar in Logan Square one of the most original and brilliant comedians in Chicago takes the stage and performs stand-up for free. “Dan Shapiro’s Rigged Open Mic” is one of the best new reading series in Chicago you haven’t heard of yet. The story of “Dan Shapiro’s... Read more »

Chicago Literati introduces: book reviews!

Chicago Literati will be adding a new section to the blog: BOOK REVIEWS!  Our resident book critic, Liz Baudler, will inaugurate the new section with her review of author Kevin Helmick’s Southern Gothic novella, Driving Alone.  I hope you’re as excited as I am for this thrilling new venture.

Just a reminder: the home themed submission cycle ends February 1st!

There’s so many different adages and philosophies about what “home” is, and Chicago Literati wants to know what “home” means to you. Email us with your short stories, creative nonfiction, essays or poetry and you could be published on the blog. There is a catch, however, the submission cycle ends on February 1st at 12am!... Read more »

Have an upcoming literary event? Send us your press releases!

Does your reading series need a little PR boost? Are you a novelist with an upcoming book or blog tour? Email us at Chicago Literati at Gmail dot com and we’ll publish your news on the site! Please include a poster and/or head shot and a detailed but brief summary or biography. We look forward... Read more »

Guy Kawasaki on NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me"

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of facilitating a live Twitter Q&A with Guy Kawasaki, the author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. The book is a must-read if you’re interested in self-publishing as Kawasaki and co-author, Shawn Welch, did in-depth research on how to successfully self-publish in today’s market. Guy Kawasaki is a huge fan... Read more »

"Home" submission cycle ends February 1st at 12am

Submit to us your favorite essays, poetry, creative nonfiction and short stories based on home and you could be published! Poetry is accepted in bundles of three and four, and prose must be anywhere between 500-1,000 words. Send in either PDF or word document (the latter is preferred). Email: chicagoliterati at gmail dot com

Yay! for "What Would Royko Do?"

So Chicago Now has a new blogger: Christine Rice! I’m very excited she’s joining the Chicago Now network with her new blog, “What Would Royko Do?” She has an impressive resume and works as a Columbia College Chicago Adjunct Professor in the Fiction Writing Department (my alma mater). You can find her here: I look... Read more »

"The Pungent Parlour" Tuesday February 19th at 8:30pm at Black Rock Pub in Roscoe Village

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jeff Phillips Tel. 312-391-0233 Email: THE PUNGENT PARLOUR UNITES FICTION AND ESSAY UNDER ONE ROOF The Pungent Parlour opens its doors to Fiction, Essay, and Experimentation January 15th, CHICAGO, IL— The Pungent Parlour is a new monthly reading series hosted by Chicago writers Jeff Phillips and Jeremy Solomon, and... Read more »

Contributing writer Wyl Villacres reviews "Stella Symposium: Winded Readers: A Dedication to Chicago"

Contributing writer Wyl Villacres reviews "Stella Symposium: Winded Readers: A Dedication to Chicago"
If there is one thing that Chicagoans love to talk about, it’s being from Chicago, I wrote, about fifteen minutes before leaving my house and heading to the reading.  And it’s true.  When at a loss for a conversation topic, a person living in Chicago can always default to what neighborhood from Chicago are you... Read more »

Finding A Good Editor

I spoke yesterday about tricks to avoid when it comes to writing a novel, but today I want to focus on the importance of finding yourself a good editor. Take heed, however: even before you find your editor, proofread the living daylights out of your manuscript. An editor is not a proofreader. Spell-check, know your grammar, polish... Read more »