Here in the 21st century, Chicago has been receiving an increasing amount of attention as one of the premiere literary cities in the United States; but what often gets overlooked is the thriving educational community that exists here as well, with over two dozen institutions in the area teaching thousands of student writers, under the tutelage of some of the most celebrated published authors on the planet. And now the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography is proud to kick off its first in a series of annual looks at the best of such student work, gathered around a specific theme each year in order to spur daring and original new pieces by these writers. This 2014 collection features 31 students in the fields of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, turning in everything from sentimental family portraits and funny coming-of-age stories to cutting-edge horror and science-fiction, and capped with a brand-new introduction by revered author (and beloved local professor) Don De Grazia. It provides a fascinating and highly entertaining snapshot of how this city is being viewed by its youngest adults here in the Millennial years, and shows that Chicago is not just the current home of some of the brightest writers of our generation, but will continue to be so for generations to come.
Contributors include: Virginia Ilda Baker (Columbia College), Hal Baum (Columbia College), Marquise Davion (Columbia College), Cam Enos (University of Illinois-Chicago), Austin Eskeberg (Columbia College), Francisco Espinal (Wilbur Wright College), Angie Flores (Dominican University), Alyssa Fuerholzer (Columbia College), Kendra Hadnott (National Louis University), Charlie Harmon (Columbia College), Alicia Ann Hauge (Columbia College), Eric Houghton (DePaul University), Melissa Huedem (Columbia College), Libby Kalmbach (DePaul University), Amy Kisner (Columbia College), Thom Kudla (DePaul University), Elizabeth Major (Columbia College), Maggie McGovern (Columbia College), Mary Mellon (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Ka'Mia Miller (Columbia College), Nicole Montavlo (Columbia College), Matthew Morley (DePaul University), Rachel Lee Ormes (Columbia College), Aaron Osborne (DePaul University), Phallon Perry (Northwestern University), Zack Reiter (Columbia College), Megan Shattuck (Columbia College), Robert Eric Shoemaker (University of Chicago), Lauren T. Silverman (DePaul University), Kendall Steinle (DePaul University), and Nicholas Szczepanik (School of the Art Institute of Chicago).
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Editors: Taylor Carlile, Jasmin DeLaCerda, Travis Fortney, Jacob Hall, Robert O'Connor, Jason Pettus and Kelsey Sohns
Lead Institution: Columbia College Department of Creative Writing
The editors of this anthology would like to immensely thank Jotham Burrello and Julia Borcherts at Columbia College Chicago for their advice and assistance in putting this book together.
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