We sang Chicago to each other. We sang its highs and lows. We sang its long, straight streets perfect for getting lost when you’re in the mood to do so. We sang the communities that made us young black girls and the bars that made us wild and wanton gentrifiers. And I even got a … Continued
The lovely Christine Rice at Hypertext Magazine invited me to be part of their ongoing “One Question” feature. The prompt: “What question do you wish you’d been asked about this anthology and/or your own writing?” I took a stab at an answer here.
UPDATE: We did it! Thanks to all who contributed. Look for the festival at Constellation in Chicago August 4-6, 2017. But before we get to the the haunted house, we — Theater Oobleck — have another massive project on the more immediate horizon. Closed Casket: The Complete, Final and Absolutely Last Baudelaire in a Box is … Continued
Coming in August from Belt Publishing …. it’s a book, edited by me. A book about Chicago and how it relates to the Rust Belt, and doesn’t. Inside are essays, personal narratives, journalism, fiction, and poetry from 52 contributors. On the outside is this beautiful piece of art, created by Chicago legend Tony Fitzpatrick. By … Continued
“You know how there’s the eye of the hurricane? You could be surrounded by the storm but there’s a place where it’s quiet and it’s tranquil, where you can still think. Where you can prepare yourself and meet with people, and come up with a strategy for defense and secure yourself. That’s what I think … Continued
They all looked tired, but Amirisefat was lit. “Under the new administration I have to wait in the airport for five or six hours, while my brother in law is detained for no reason? This is insane!” On Saturday, January 28, I drove out to O’Hare with my friend Andrea (who proved to be an … Continued
In Southwest Michigan, many aren’t shrugging off the march
“Donald Trump’s upset victory has been held up as—among many things—an alarming triumph of emotion over reason. But what’s less discussed in all the hot takes is the notion that emotion can and should be taken seriously in public life as it is in private. As establishment liberals experience political fear, many of them … Continued
The “projects” page has been updated. Go there to read all about A Memory Palace of Fear — a haunted house, about housing, that I’ve been working on for the last howevermany months.
In July, I spent a week in Cleveland coordinating coverage of the Republican National Convention for Belt Magazine — and I even managed to write a few stories myself. Our entire package can be found here. For my part, I covered a group of clowns protesting Trump’s denigration of their good name and the toxic crowd scene at an … Continued