Essays | Lit

The Weight of the Word

An excerpt from "Revise the Psalm: Work Inspired by the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks"

Revise the Psalm: Work Inspired by the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks, edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku will be published by Curbside Splendor in January 2017.

Column | Lit

Woodlawn’s New Book Fair

Asadah Kirkland discusses her new creation, the Soulful Chicago Book Fair

Javier Suarez

The creator of the Soulful Chicago Book Fair, Asadah Kirkland, is a go-getter extraordinaire. A New York transplant, Kirkland’s always worked in the literary world, from managing a bookstore to writing, but the idea for the fair began with a random conversation at a café she frequents. Local entrepreneurs were discussing putting together a book fair in Woodlawn, a community not known for culture. Kirkland decided she would take the conversation from idea to reality and created the Soulful Chicago Book Fair, which will be held Saturday, July 16 on 61st Street between Cottage Grove Avenue and King Drive.


Disappearing Act

José Orduña's "The Weight of Shadows

In The Weight of Shadows, his first book, Orduña recounts a lifetime as the “other”.


Exoneree Diaries

Exoneree Diaries calls attention to those fighting for a future after a wrongful conviction

Exoneree Diaries by Alison Flowers

“There was no playbook for helping an exoneree set up his life after nearly a quarter of a century behind bars.”[AR1] —Alison Flowers[AR2] [CB3]


Gay in the Midwest

Queer Clout sheds light on the forgotten history of Chicago’s political alliance between blacks and gays

His rich academic work sketches a Chicago likely both familiar and foreign to people who have only known it in the new century: a city as geographically divided as the one we know


A Second City for Black Comedy

All Jokes Aside by Raymond Lambert

“A comedian could look out into the audience and see his doctor at one table, his drug dealer at the next, his girlfriend at the next and his college professor at the table next to her.”


Becoming a Better Neighbor

UofC professor Bart Schultz talks about his work with the Civic Knowledge Project

Zelda Galewsky

“If people come back ten years from now, or fifteen years from now, and it looks as though what happened was urban renewal or gentrification under another name, well, you’ll be getting the same kinds of critical histories you got about urban renewal in the fifties and sixties, right?” – Bart Schultz