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First, Jonse highlights Chicagoland's smaller and newer literary festivals, including the Kriti Festival of South Asian writing. Then he urges us not to overlook the local publishing scene, as Evanston's Agate Publishing has made a splash with such works as Andrew Winston's Looped. But Golden Rule Jones cringes when he thinks of this year's celebrity reading at the Poetry Center, when musician and poet Jill Scott failed to show up for a crowd of hundreds.

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