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Chi Lit: Tales of the Neighborhoods reading


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Exciting news: Anthology of Chicago is co-hosting an 8/13 reading titled “Chi Lit: Tales of the Neighborhoods” with 1,001 Chicago Afternoons, another fantastic local lit project. Read on:

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, writers, poets, storytellers, historians, and journalists from across Chicago will gather at Cole’s Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Logan Square for a reading themed around Chicago’s heart and soul: its neighborhoods.

From Hyde Park poems to wild-but-true stories of Rogers Park, Chi Lit will tell the story of the city through its component parts. The event will benefit Open Books’ youth literacy programs.

Scheduled readers include:

  • -Bill Savage, writer and Chicago literary scholar, on Rogers Park
  • -Dmitry Samarov, author of “Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab,” on Beverly
  • -Shannon Cason, storyteller with The Moth and NPR’s Snap Judgment, on Bronzeville
  • -Kimberly Dixon-Mays, poet and audience strategist, on Hyde Park
  • -Paul Durica, founder of Pocket Guide to Hell tours and reenactments, on Pilsen
  • -Robert Loerzel, author of “Alchemy of Bones,” on Lakeview
  • -Sarah Gonzalez, co-founder of Brown and Proud Press, Xicana poet, and educator, on Pilsen
  • -Molly Meacham, Chicago Public Schools teacher, on Roscoe Village
  • -Melanie LaForce, sporadic writer of Internet essays, on Logan Square

Hosted by Rachel Hyman of Anthology of Chicago and Paul Dailing of 1,001 Chicago Afternoons.

The event is free, with a portion of the bar and a proceeds from a raffle going to Open Books. Visit for more information.