Chicago Quarterly Review: An Anthology of Black American Literature NOTE NEW DATE!

This reading was originally scheduled for Sept. 9th. If you have already registered, you are all set and you'll get an event remindner from Crowdcast prior to start time!!

Number 33 of The Chicago Quarterly Review is guest edited by National Book Award winner Charles Johnson, who selected an amazing array of talented writers for this special issue.  We are partnering with the Review to present an online reading featuring some of the contributors. This virtual Crowdcast program is free. Register HERE to reserve your spot.

The Chicago Quarterly Review is a nonprofit, independent literary journal publishing short stories, poems, translations and essays by both emerging and established writers since 1994. Work from their pages has been chosen for Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology as they continue our mission to stimulate, entertain, and inspire. Learn more at

Readers include:

Delia C. Pitts is the author of a contemporary noir mystery series. The fifth novel in this private eye series, Murder My Past, was published in February 2021. Her short story, "The Killer," published in Chicago Quarterly Review #31, was selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021. More info at

Tsehaye Geralyn Hébert is a citizen-playwright and Bronzeville resident. She won the 2015 Alliance Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition;  was a Sundance Theatre Lab Finalist; a Frank McCourt Memoir semi-finalist; and a Rising Voices Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center.  Included in The Guild Complex list of Thirty Writers to Watch, Ms. Hébert, The 3Arts Fellow/University of IL Program on Disability Fellow, founded the Cook County Women Writers Workshop, Division IV, which she facilitated at Cook County Jail in Chicago for five years.

E. Hughes is a PhD student in the Program for Writers at the University Illinois at Chicago. She received her MFA+MA from the Litowitz Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University. Her poems have been published in Guernica Magazine, Poet Lore, Wildness Magazine, The Offing, and the Chicago Quarterly Review—among others. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Award. Hughes has been a participant in Tin House summer and winter workshops, the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation workshop as well as the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.

Clifford Thompson’s books include Love for Sale and Other Essays (2013) and What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues (2019). His first graphic novel, Big Man and the Little Men, is due out from Other Press in Fall 2022.

Peter J. Harris has published essays, poetry, and fiction since the 1970s. In 2010 he founded the Black Man of Happiness Project, an artistic exploration of Black men and joy. His book of essays, The Black Man of Happiness, won a 2015 American Book Award. His work on manhood and masculinity has been widely anthologized He is a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities at USC.

Epic narrative poet Arthur Burghardt, a professional actor since the age of 19, has held starring roles on television as well as on the stage, in a wide range of roles, from the Avant-Garde to American classics. He’s appeared many times on stage & on television as Frederick Douglass, earning him an Emmy in 1977 & an honorary doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Seton Hall University.

David Nicholson is the author of Flying Home: Seven Stories of the Secret City, and former editor and book reviewer for The Washington Post Book World. He is working on a book about his family, as well as a collection of stories, dysaesthesia Aetheopica. He is the founding editor of the magazine Black Film Review. Learn more at   

Event date: 

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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Chicago Quarterly Review Vol. 33: An Anthology of Black American Literature Cover Image
ISBN: 9798746947338
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Published: Independently Published - May 15th, 2021