Features


2015


REVIEWS
Chicago Live Lit Makes Books // Alba Machado on Bare-Knuckled Lit and Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck, Jess Millman on Ugly Girls, Scott Eagan on Once I Was Cool, and Danette Chavez on Meaty // 1.12.15

WRITE-UPS
Story Stew Served Hot in the Chicago Cold // Corey Klinzing // 2.23.15
Scott Turow Champions the Rights of Authors in the Digital Age // Alba Machado // 1.15.15

REGULAR FEATURES
Staff Q&A: Online Writing Tools // 1.21.15
Staff Q&A: Our Most Anticipated Books of 2015 // 1.7.15


2014


ESSAYS
Language “Is Everything”: A Call for Creativity // Julia Fine // 7.27.14
Navigating the Massive Jungle of Online Book Purchasing // Todd Summar // 6.25.14
The Way of the Overlord: Hosting Live Lit the Write Club Way // Alba Machado // 6.18.14
Running and Writing: Thoughts on Solitary Practice // Sophie L. Nagelberg // 6.14.14
Writing (Wo)men // Jess Millman // 6.6.14
Jason Isbell and Stories in Music // Julia Fine // 6.2.14

REVIEWS
There Are No Saviors Up In Here // Danette Chavez // 9.16.2014
Her Priceless Advice: Jessie Ann Foley’s The Carnival at Bray //Julia Fine // 8.10.14
Mood Surreal: Boris Vian’s L’Écume des Jours // Julia Fine // 7.21.14
Not All Who Wander Are Lost // Jeff Toth // 7.18.14
The Power of Story // Scott Eagan // 7.12.2014
Living Stories in Poetry and Pedagogy // Daniel Camponovo // 7.2.14
A Good Book with a Bad Cover // Sophie L. Nagelberg // 6.21.2014
An Anthology of [North Side] Poetry // Daniel Camponovo // 6.11.14
Joining the Cult: Why Not to Fault The Fault in Our Stars //Julia Fine // 6.5.14
A Painful, Hopeful World // Brian Zimmerman // 6.4.14

INTERVIEWS
The Potential of Parody: Todd Summar // Alba Machado // 9.23.2014
Lykanthea’s Migration: Music Inspired by Literature // Sophie L. Nagelberg // 8.19.14
Coming of Age in Chicago Live Lit: Xavier Jordan // Alba Machado // 6.7.14

WRITE-UPS
Please Don’t Move This Chair: Nina Sankovitch at the Book Cellar // Jess Millman // 7.21.14
Guts & Glory: An Intro to Live Lit // Julia Fine // 6.23.14
One Thread: Writing Like Watchdogs // Jess Millman // 6.15.14
Performing Stories, Not Just Reading Them // Alba Machado // 6.11.14
An Exodus for the Rest of Us (CCLaP Sessions) // Danette Chavez // 6.3.14

REGULAR FEATURES
Staff Q&A: From Page to Screen // 7.20.14
Down-and-Dirty Writing Process: Jen Bosworth // 7.15.14
The Write Spot: Star Lounge Cafe // Danette Chavez // 7.14.14
Staff Q&A: Our Favorite Rereads // 7.6.14
The Write Spot: Dollop Lakeview // Julia Fine // 6.28.14


2011


ESSAYS
On the Web and Between the Covers // Alba Machado // 7.14.11
Life after the Creative Writing Program // Alba Machado // 4.22.11

REVIEWS
Down-to-Earth Verse // Mason Johnson // 10.6.11
A Guide for the Grieving // Lauryn Allison Lewis // 6.28.11
Quintessentially American // Lauryn Allison Lewis // 6.16.11
Literary Dynamite // Lauryn Allison Lewis // 5.31.11

INTERVIEWS
Word Saxophone: Kathleen Rooney and David Landsberger // Alba Machado // 7.24.11
Introducing a Weird New Literary Journal // Alba Machado // 3.29.11

WRITE-UPS
Write Club Returns // Alba Machado // 10.7.11
A Time for Laughter // Alba Machado // 8.3.11
Orange Alert: Where’d the Readers Go? // Mason Johnson // 7.24.11
Religion with Nerves of Steel // Alba Machado // 7.6.11
Quickies Says, “Good Riddance!” // Mason Johnson // 6.27.11
Two Cookie Minimum (With No Maximum!) // Mason Johnson // 6.14.11
Literary Death Match Returns to Chicago // Alba Machado // 6.8.11
The Beauty of Losing Someone // Alba Machado // 6.5.11
Fighting Words at Write Club // Alba Machado // 5.18.11
Print & Digital: So Happy Together // Alba Machado // 3.17.11


2010


ESSAYS
Open Books: Not Your Average Bookstore // 3.11.10

REVIEWS
The Science of Understanding // 11.13.10
The Rigelians are Here! (And they are not Jewish) // 6.29.10

INTERVIEWS
A Year of Essay Fiesta // 11.4.10

WRITE-UPS
Encyclopedia Show for the Metrophobic // 8.22.10
Making Your Audiences Squirm // 7.29.10
Indie Publishing in Chicago // 6.14.10
The Power of Essays // 5.19.10
Jhumpa Lahiri’s Alchemy of the Ordinary // 5.11.10
How to Trick People into Reading // 4.28.10
Joe Meno and Company Make Me Love Chicago (And Hate Glenn Frey) // 4.17.10
Heidi Durrow’s Bi-Racial Coming-of-Age Story // 4.6.10
Presenting Ordinary Thought as Philosophy // 4.1.10
Audrey Niffenegger: A Wayward Writer Artist // 3.31.10
Not Hiding Behind Bookcases with Stephen Markley // 3.27.10
Unapologetically Genre // 3.18.10
Is Cuban a Genre? // 3.17.10
Is Joyce Carol Oates Slumming It? // 3.16.10

NOTE: All 2010 pieces were written by Alba Machado, back when she didn’t know any other writers.