Thursday, June 24 to Thursday, July 22
4-5 p.m. CST
Jerakah Greene, recent recipient of the Pen America 2021 Emerging Voices Fellowships, will lead this summer's Chicago Literary Hall of Fame virtual creative writing workshop for high school students. "Chicago Voices" is free, but registration is required. Throughout this one-month workshop, high school-aged students from across Chicagoland will form their own writing community engaged in reading and writing exercises related to the city. Jerakah will help students find and develop their own voices as they produce and elevate work inspired by their lives, their city, and a diverse selection of notable Chicago literature. The workshop meets 4-5 p.m. CST every Thursday from June 24 until July 22.
Greene graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Creative Writing and a double minor in Literature and Gender Studies. Greene was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net Prize in 2019 for stories published in Crabfat Magazine (October 2019) and Impossible Archetype (Issue 6). Greene moved back to their hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, after they were awarded a position in Tulsa Service Year, a pilot program aimed at pulling recent college graduates from all over the country to better the Tulsa community. Greene has started work at Tulsa Public Schools.
Read more about Greene in an interview on our blog.