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An Introduction to Chicago’s Best Social Justice Books

Friday, September 11, 2020

Written by Patty Kelsey

The murder of George Floyd on May 25th of this year was, sadly, nothing new. American history before and since reflects the systematic and consistent social injustices waged against powerless people, particularly, as in this case, People of Color. This murder did not happen in Chicago, but Chicago reacted, as did the rest of the country, with various protests across the city…

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Jotham Burrello to Discuss Debut Novel on Saturday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

In the course of his tireless advocacy of literature and writers—a frenzied, decades-long career in which he has taught young writers, published great books, run literary festivals, and so much more—Jotham Burrello stole some hours to create his own novel. For the past ten years, as Jotham kept all his appointments, accepted still more projects, became a flower farmer, raised three…

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Fit/Lit Was a Highlight of Our Sheltering Summer

Friday, September 4, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

Dusty did not want to do it, I could tell. He is 16 and until this past spring his days were packed—academic work, rigorous soccer training and games (often playing on two teams simultaneously), the ping pong club, babysitting gigs, outings with friends. Sunup until sundown activity. But the health crisis shut down everything for Dusty as it did for all…

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Nate Marshall and José Olivarez in Conversation Thursday, Aug. 27

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

Volumes Bookcafe hosts award-winning writer, rapper, educator, and editor Nate Marshall this Thursday, Aug. 27, in celebration of his new poetry collection, Finna. Nate will be joined by his friend and fellow poet, José Olivarez.

This night of poetry and discussion will be on Zoom and FB live. Details are on the Volumes website. Copies of…

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An Interview with Publisher and Poet Al DeGenova

Monday, August 17, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

Al DeGenova writes poetry in a shed he built himself (“every nail and screw”), out back of his second home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where he has long been associated with the Clearing Folk School. Al fell in love with Door County even earlier than that first workshop with Norbert Blei nearly a quarter century ago—he and his family…

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The Chicago You Know, The Chicago You Don’t Know

Monday, June 29, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

The Summer 2020 Chicago Fit/Lit Challenge

July 13–Aug. 17, 2020

Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers (maybe adults, too—if you are interested, contact me)

Through Zoom and Discord. Site visits are self-guided. (Make it a family outing).

$75; Register Now!; scholarships available, just ask.

Whenever I find myself in a strange place, or even a…

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