Literary Chicago



Literary Chicago is a webzine that aims to celebrate and enrich Chicago’s literary life by featuring a convenient calendar of events and thoughtful commentary on its authors, publications, bookstores, events, and organizations. Click on the “Contact” tab above if you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to add an event to our calendar.


ALBA MACHADO is the Founding Editor of Literary Chicago. She created the webzine in March of 2010 with the intention of chronicling her adventures as an avid reader in the city’s vibrant literary community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Roosevelt University and her work has appeared in Curbside Splendor, Knee-Jerk Magazine, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, UR Chicago and Eclipse Magazine.

LAURYN ALLISON LEWIS writes fiction, essays, interviews, and bakery reviews. Her writing has appeared at Dogzplot, Bartleby Snopes, Knee-Jerk Magazine, and others. She regularly hosts all-night dance parties in her kitchen and has just published a haute chapbook of her story collection, The Beauties. She is an assistant editor and regular contributor at Barrelhouse Magazine and a managing editor at Curbside Splendor Press.

MASON JOHNSON has been a sales associate at Claire’s Boutique, ghost writer for Stan Lee’s ghost writer, Karate instructor, nanny, web designer, but never a circus acrobat. He has read at a lot of readings. Some of them have names.


DANETTE CHAVEZ is Literary Chicago’s staff photographer. When not out capturing the beauty of the city’s reading series with her powerful phone camera, she has a day job, blah, blah, blah. Few people find her objectionable; fewer still find her exceptional.

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