Archive for November 2013

Two Poems by Wendy Schmidt

Two Poems by Wendy Schmidt
Two Poems  By Wendy Schmidt Cut   When it’s too much to take, she lights one white candle, casts a sacred circle, sheltered in salt and ebbing tides.   Her mind senses movement, traces of living light. She chants to sandalwood saints, Brother Sun and Sister Moon.   The sharp, silver blade bends resolve, screams... Read more »

Woman of Secrets, a poem by Atar Hadari

Woman of Secrets, a poem by Atar Hadari
Woman of Secrets By Atar Hadari   My mother was a woman of secrets. When I came out to her, it was on Oxford Street Because I figured, it was a public place, She’s not going to hit me. I was wrong about that. She hit me – wham – and crossed the road. There... Read more »

The Pungent Parlour, 2nd Story and more in this week's literary event roundup

The Pungent Parlour, 2nd Story and more in this week's literary event roundup
Tuesday November 19th, 2013  Come out to The Black Rock Pub in Roscoe Village for another edition of The Pungent Parlour! Doors open at 7:45pm and the show starts at 8pm. Grab a stout and listen to some of Chicago’s finest storytellers. This installment includes readings by Alex Nall, Kristina Felske, Jeremy Solomon and many,... Read more »
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Hump Night: Not a sex show. Better.

Hump Night: Not a sex show. Better.
Let’s talk about community. The thing that I love about this city, even with all of its shortcomings (that was a dig at Rahm, I just want to make that clear. Because he’s short), is there is a huge live lit community here. Look at Story Studio, working just to create that, look at us... Read more »

My Big Fat Lazy Secret by Jon Magidsohn

 My Big Fat Lazy Secret by Jon Magidsohn
 My Big Fat Lazy Secret By Jon Magidsohn I’ve been called lazy.  Heck, I refer to myself that way practically every day.  Because it’s true.  I am undeniably, unabashedly, unapologetically lazy.  But that’s not the whole truth.  My laziness is merely a symptom of a greater syndrome. Somewhere deep down in the generator room that... Read more »

Secret Envy, a short story by Rebeca Ladron de Guevara

Secret Envy, a short story by Rebeca Ladron de Guevara
Secret Envy By Rebeca Ladron de Guevara We’ll call it el verano de la chingada when the adverbs begin. Not the “queer and sultry summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs.” Not the record-breaking hot summer they lured the neighborhood geese into a van and gassed them. It wasn’t the blur of a summer when you, me... Read more »
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Friend. Follow. Text. is a social media puzzle

Friend. Follow. Text. is a social media puzzle
As a youth whose part of the Millennial generation, I went into Friend. Follow. Text. having a genuine personal interest and excitement due to growing up with the computer and internet. I wondered what unique perspective these creative essays could take on social media and relationships I have not heard already or experienced myself; I... Read more »

Weekly literary event roundup!

Weekly literary event roundup!
Monday November 11th, 2013 Don’t miss another edition of WRITE CLUB Chicago at Evanston Space happening at 7pm tonight! This installment of Ian Belknap‘s prolific series is entitled Chapter 51, Media Circus. This reading series features three rounds of two opposing authors going at it for seven minutes apiece, and the audience chooses the winner. Featured performers include Diana Slickman, David Isaacson and Mary K. Fons. WRITE CLUB... Read more »

Weekend literary event roundup

Weekend literary event roundup
With the weekend just around the corner, here is a quick list of literary events you’d be a fool to miss! Saturday November 9th, 2013  Bring Me The Head of James Franco: Literary luminary Ian Belknap‘s latest show is, in the words of Senior Editor Wyl Villacres, “the last show about celebrity we need.” Join Belknap... Read more »
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The Red Rover reading series is this Saturday at Outer Space Studio

The Red Rover reading series is this Saturday at Outer Space Studio
If you’re looking for a great way to spend Saturday night, why not go to the Red Rover reading series at Outer Space Studio? This awesome monthly reading series boasts a fantastic lineup, and each event is, “designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers.” Founded in 2005 by Amina Cain and Jennifer... Read more »