March has been a spectacular month for aspiring writers and writing programs. In Boston, the AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair featured over 500 readings, lectures and panel discussions to celebrate independent publishing and advance the careers of writers across the country.
Story Week is a wonderful introduction to the Chicago publishing community, but the book-nerd excitement doesn't have to end there. Our city is brimming with literary talent, and attending a reading/storytelling series like 2nd Story, Tuesday Funk, Write Club, Two Cookie Minimum or RUI: Reading Under the Influence is a great way to meet new people and glean inspiration for your own yet-to-be-published work.
In honor of our hard-working local writers (many of them my friends) who consistently amaze, inspire and fight for their stories to be heard, I present some of my favorite published works from Chicago authors past and present: