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Dear Friends of Great Writing,

We know you as a reader who loves great writing. The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame features just that, the greatest—from the past, present, and future! Here’s your yearly opportunity to help us remain Chicago’s “Literary Window to the World” by donating today.

The pandemic hit arts organizations hard, but CLHOF put up an excellent fight. Like an Algren boxer, we stayed on our toes, danced, and fought to victory through all 12 rounds. Highlights: Fuller Award celebration for Sandra Cisneros in March, with over 1600 people online! Literary drinks (January), Chicago Classics readings on love (Feb.) and baseball (April); Sandra Seaton’s adaptation of Colter’s “The Lookout” (June); June Sawyer’s “Nighthawks” (August); Chicago Voices fiction workshops for youth and Fit/Lit body and mind explorations (June–September); induction of our 11th class (Frank London Brown, Carlos Cortez, Jeannette Howard Foster, Gene Wolfe) and Fuller Award to Reginald Gibbons (September); Luis Alberto Urrea Fuller Award (October); and our Online Auction Fundraiser upcoming on December 10.

Along the way, we recommitted ourselves to diversity, added to the literary map and author bios on our website, won grants from the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and Illinois Arts Council Agency, partnered with bookstores and literary organizations across the city, added great new board members, formed an Associate Board and Advisory Council, and initiated strategic planning related to events, marketing, and fundraising with an eye to our long-term future.

Under the dynamic, creative leadership team of Founding Executive Director Don Evans and our excellent board, CLHoF has presented exciting events and new programs uniquely celebrating our literary riches. In 2022, along with staged readings, exhibits, and our annual induction and Fuller Award celebrations, we will create events in new and diverse neighborhoods, expand our youth writing classes to underserved communities, celebrate an exciting new Chicago poetry anthology, and continue to bring our city’s extraordinary literary legacy to the rest of the world.

Our efforts would not be possible without you! Please donate generously on our website at and selecting “Support CLHoF.” You can send a check to Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 4043 Ravenswood, #222, Chicago, IL 60613. Consider making your donation monthly. All contributions are tax deductible.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at our online auction on December 10 and in person at events in 2022.


Randy Albers
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Board President

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