Huzzah! Here come the literary fireworks and just in time for the new year! We’re welcoming four breathtaking writers to light up your evening and start off 2015 with a bang, boom, thunder, and abundant sparkle. Won’t you join us? At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.
Erika Anderson teaches for the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Gawker, Creative Nonfiction, Buzzfeed Books, Interview Magazine, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, where she co-hosts the Renegade Reading …
Donald G. Evans is the founder and executive director of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. He is the author of the novel Good Money After Bad and editor of the anthology Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year. He is the Chicago editor of the Great Lakes Cultural Review. He serves on the American Writers Museum’s Chicago Literary Council and the committee that selects the Harold Washington Literary Award.
Goldie Goldbloom’s novel, The Paperbark Shoe, won the AWP Award and the Novel of the Year from the Independent Publisher’s Association. Her writing has appeared in such journals as The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly and many others. This year, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Brown Foundation – Dora Maar Fellowship. Goldbloom teaches writing at Northwestern University and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She lives in Chicago with her eight children.
Eric Charles May is the author of the novel Bedrock Faith. A native of Chicago and a former reporter for The Washington Post, his short fiction has appeared in Fish Stories, Solstice, Hyper Text, Flyleaf Journal, F, andCriminal Class magazines. In addition to his Post reporting, his nonfiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribuneand the personal essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck.
Frances McNamara is the author of the Emily Cabot mysteries, historical mysteries set in Chicago in the 1890s –Death at the Fair, Death at Hull House, Death at Pullman, and Death at Woods Hole. The most recent book in the series, Death at Chinatown, is set in Chicago’s original Chinatown in the summer of 1896. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and is now a librarian at the University of Chicago. She is currently working on the sixth book in the series, Death at the Paris Exposition.
Mark Turcotte (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is author of four poetry collections, including The Feathered Heart andExploding Chippewas. His poems and stories have appeared in POETRY, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Sentence, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, and other journals. He has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Grant, and two Literary Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board. He currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing at Chicago’s DePaul University.
Join us at the first reading of 2015! January 25 at 7:00 p.m. Please note the new venue: Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St. (corner of Roscoe & Damen). Please join us in welcoming Donald Evans, Goldie Goldbloom, Eric May, Frances McNamara, and Mark Turcotte. We’ll see you there!
Donald G. Evans is the founder and executive director of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. He is the author of the novel Good Money After Bad and editor of the anthology Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year. He is the Chicago editor of the Great Lakes Cultural Review. He serves on the American Writers Museum’s Chicago Literary Council and …