Category: Online

Literary Links

Every Monday I am going to start posting a few links from around the web that relate to Chicago Lit. Enjoy…. 1. Red Lightbulbs Issue 2 is live and they are taking submissions for an all women’s lit issue.2. Patrick Sommerville was recently interviewed for Propeller magazine. 3. Mark R. Brand and CCLaP now have... Read more »

Stephen Tully Dierks Reading "The Death Section"

Stephen Tully Dierks of Pop Serial recently read an interesting piece at a Cool Dogs reading called “The Death Section”


  Zach Dodson is a designing genius. His latest invention is “Storigami“. Here is how the Featherproof site explains it, “In the spirit of featherproofexperimentation, we’ve decided to try a new sort of mini-book – the origami sort. These take quite a bit longer to construct, and a little more effort on the part of... Read more »

The Page 99 Test

The average reader walks into Quimby’s or The Book Cellar and by some stroke of luck, or nice placement by a friend behind the counter, picks up your book. What are they going to look at? Well, says they are likely to read page 99. This creative and social site allows you to test... Read more »

I Write Like

    If you have ever wondered which writer may have influenced your writing more than other writers or if you are just looking for something fun to do you should check out I Write Like. IWL is a fun little site that allows you to paste in a small sample of your writing in... Read more »

Chicago Poetry Tour

The Poetry Foundation has been giving NPR a run for its money with their fascinating podcast series Chicago Poetry Tour since December, and I’m not sure why I haven’t brought it up sooner. The series has been to New Chinatown, on The El, to Chess Records, to the Art Institute, and many other places. Each... Read more »


It only seemed fitting to write an article about the new Chicago-based literary services CellStories on the Word to Go app on my Palm. CellStories, only accessible on mobile browsers, is a new service that delivers a new stories to your mobile browser or phone everyday. They have partnered with several literary sites, reading series,... Read more »

Chicago Public Library interactive map

How cool is this? Chicago Public Library has an interactive map of all city libraries, each complete with building photo, address and hours of operation. Which Chicago Public Library branch is the best branch in town?

Chicago Tribune's Great Chicago Ghost Story

From Chicago Tribune’s reader ghost story contest, comes four (scary!) finalists. Vote today for your favorite Great Chicago Ghost Story!

Guest post: Online tools for readers and writers with Leah Jones, Natiiv Arts & Media founder

On the heels of this week’s literary smackdown over at, please welcome special guest Leah Jones of Natiiv Arts & Media to Chicago Subtext today. At Natiiv, Leah teaches authors, musicians, actors and other creative professionals how to utilize social media professionally, which she previously discussed with ChicagoNow blogger Tim Jahn of Beyond the... Read more »