WBEZ | Young Chicago Authors http://www.wbez.org/tags/young-chicago-authors Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jogging with Blagojevich http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/jogging-blagojevich-94720 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/original.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It was well known that Rod Blagojevich enjoyed long jogs around his North Side neighborhood, a luxury he will have to give up when he checks into prison.</p><p>But it was during one of those jogs that local poet <a href="http://kevincoval.com/" target="_blank">Kevin Coval</a>, artistic director of <a href="http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/" target="_blank">Young Chicago Authors</a>, met the former governor.</p><p>That encounter inspired Coval to pen a poem, which he shared with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.</p></p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/jogging-blagojevich-94720 Hot Doug’s Sohn reflects on Chicago’s former foie gras ban http://www.wbez.org/story/hot-doug%E2%80%99s-sohn-reflects-chicago%E2%80%99s-former-foie-gras-ban-85581 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-22/hot dogs 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Next week marks five years since the start of Chicago’s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/27/us/27foiegras.html">short lived foie gras ban</a>. The fatty duck and goose livers, produced by force feeding fowl through metal tubes inserted in their throats, are either a delicacy or the product of horrific animal cruelty, depending on who you ask. Its banishment from Chicago’s white-linen tables was bundled into other legislation, approved by a voice vote, poorly enforced and <a href="../../story/news/foie-gras-headed-back-chicago-menus">repealed two years later</a>.</p><p>The dizzying back-and-forth left some people feeling like the ban was lifted mostly because Chicagoans were embarrassed by the national attention and public ridicule from outside city limits. Celebrity chef/raconteur/vegetarian-hater Anthony Bourdain said the foie gras ban made Chicago look like “some stupid cow town,” and as <em>Chicago Tribune</em> food critic Phil Vettel <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-foie-gras-ban-perspective,0,3199140.story">put it</a>, “a city trying to become an Olympic destination doesn't want to look like a stupid cow town.”</p><p>Animal rights activists, who surely would have bristled at Bourdain’s characterization, were sad to see the law go. But one person who celebrated its repeal was Doug Sohn, proprietor of the gourmet hot dog joint that bears his name.</p><p>At <a href="http://www.hotdougs.com/">Hot Doug’s</a>, Sohn sometimes incorporates foie gras into his recipes, like his special duck sausage. It’s made with foie gras and Sauternes, and is served with truffle aioli, foie gras mouse and fluer de sel. (No surprise perhaps that particular entrée was a favorite of Bourdain’s when he visited Hot Doug’s for the Chicago episode of his Travel Channel TV series, <em>No Reservations</em>.)</p><p>Sohn was recently interviewed for Young Chicago Author’s periodic cabaret known as the Encyclopedia Show. Amid jokey questions probing his thoughts on the “best spice” (salt, cumin) and the “worst spice,” (fenugreek) Sohn dished on the period from 2006 to 2008 when he tried to figure out how to respond to the ban. On one hand he says the city “didn’t have the sense of humor I thought they might about this issue.” On the other he says he feels like he “ignored the law and won.” You can hear more of his reflections in the audio excerpt posted above.</p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from <em>Chicago Amplified’s</em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Doug Sohn was interviewed at an event presented by <a href="http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org/">Young Chicago Authors</a> in April. Click <a href="../../story/culture/art/encyclopedia-show-series-3-volume-8-spices-85302">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety, and click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Dynamic Range</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 21:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/hot-doug%E2%80%99s-sohn-reflects-chicago%E2%80%99s-former-foie-gras-ban-85581 Louder Than a Bomb: Remembering Cabrini Green http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-remembering-cabrini-green <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-07/Aliyah photo 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="451" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/22102209?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="601"></iframe></p><p>April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate poetry here in Chicago, WBEZ brings you four short videos featuring <a href="http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org/">Louder Than a Bomb</a> youth poets performing their work on location.</p><div>The series starts with 16-year-old Aliyah Oyemade, whose poem <em>When a City Loves</em> honors recently &ldquo;deceased&rdquo; public housing complex Cabrini Green. Over its sixty-some years Cabrini Green became synonymous with the problems of public housing: drugs, gangs, violence, and crushing poverty. Still, it was a bittersweet moment for some former residents when demolition began on the complex&rsquo;s sole remaining building last week.<br /><br />Oyemade&rsquo;s boyfriend, Paris Marlow, 20, is one such resident. He grew up in Cabrini Green and is &ldquo;kind of sad it&rsquo;s going down,&rdquo; Oyemade says, explaining that for all its problems, Cabrini was Marlow&rsquo;s childhood home. Still, she says he feels &ldquo;that it has to happen.&rdquo;<br /><br />Oyemade never lived in Cabrini Green herself but attends nearby Walter Payton High School and based her poem on conversations with Marlow and several other former residents. Her poem is constructed around the metaphor of the housing complex as a mother who shelters her children despite their sins and mistreatment from the outside world. An early draft of the poem was featured in artist Jan Tichy&rsquo;s <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-22/entertainment/ct-live-0323-cabrini-tichy-20110322_1_cabrini-green-cabrini-connections-public-housing/2">Cabrini Green Project</a>, which was installed days before demolition. Oyemade&rsquo;s was one of several recordings synced to flickering LED lights visible throughout the building&rsquo;s empty apartments after dusk.<br /><br />You can check out Oyemade&rsquo;s impassioned performance in the video above.<br /><br />WBEZ is a presenting partner of Young Chicago Authors&#39; Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Competition and Festival. Click <a href="http://www.chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/ltab">here</a> for more information. Special thanks to <a href="http://www.kuumbalynx.org/">Kuumba Lynx</a> for connecting us with Oyemade.</div></p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 21:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-remembering-cabrini-green Aja Monet’s Nuyorican dream http://www.wbez.org/story/aja-monet/aja-monet%E2%80%99s-nuyorican-dream-83940 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-18/aja photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org/">Louder Than a Bomb</a> teen poetry festival wrapped up its annual competition last week, and gems from the event are already <a href="../../../../../../episode-segments/2011-03-11/louder-bomb-young-chicago-poets-inspiration-83549">making their way onto our airwaves</a>. Here&rsquo;s another golden nugget, taken from one of the many performances associated with the series.</p><p>In this poem, <a href="http://www.nuyorican.org/">Nuyorican Poets Café</a> alum and Brooklyn native <a href="http://ajamonet.com/">Aja Monet</a> envisions herself sitting on a Bedford Avenue curb as a parade of deceased neighborhood icons saunter by - Biggie, Basquiat, Jackie Robinson. It&rsquo;s a nuanced and nostalgic depiction of city life, and you can hear it in the audio posted above.</p><p><em>Dynamic Range showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Aja Monet performed before an audience assembled by </em><a href="http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org/"><em>Young Chicago Authors</em></a><em> in March. Click </em><a href="../../../../../../story/culture/art/all-women-reading"><em>here</em></a><em> to hear the event in its entirety, and click </em><a target="_blank" href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast. </em></p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 20:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/aja-monet/aja-monet%E2%80%99s-nuyorican-dream-83940