On August 13th, we packed Cole’s for Chi Lit: Tales of the Neighborhoods. With a raffle that included a first edition of Nelson Algren’s “The Neon Wilderness” and a bottle of Jeppson’s Malort [that went to a first-time Malort drinker, no less], we raised $628 for youth literacy programs at Open Books!
1,001 Chicago Afternoons gave a characteristically wonderful summary of the event.
Rachel Hoffman took some great photos of the first half.
Sei Jin Lee generously recorded all of the performers [go to sidebar/search “Chi Lit” to find all the videos].
The Chicago Reader wrote a nice article before the event. We also received press coverage from Gapers Block and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Anthology of Chicago is accepting submissions until September 30th for Bronzeville and Logan Square. If you’d like to stay apprised of more events like Chi Lit, or be notified of new neighborhoods opening for submission, you can: follow us @AnthologyofChi, like us on Facebook, and get on our mailing list.
DNAinfo covered Anthology of Chicago:
“In January, she started the Anthology of Chicago, a collection of neighborhood-based stories and poetry.
So far, she’s tackled her own Hyde Park ‘hood and is taking submissions for Pilsen and Logan Square through June 10.
After hearing Chicago described as the “Hog Butcher for the World” one too many times, Hyman was inspired to start her anthology.
“I feel like I’ve read that Carl Sandburg quote in almost every article ever written about Chicago,” she said, laughing.
“Chicago has a strong neighborhood culture. When it comes to a creative project like this, many people have taken inspiration from those neighborhoods, which make up the fabric of daily life,” Hyman said.”
Read the full article here.