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Dec 27, 2021

For the last episode of 2021, Adam Morgan and Sara Cutaia talk about all things Chicago literature, past and present, plus, for some reason, You Got Mail.
Partial list of books and authors mentioned:
The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Steilstra
The Upstairs House by Julia Fine
Mitchell S. Jackson
Electric Arches...

Nov 29, 2021

In this episode, Kenyatta Rogers discusses the puzzle of poetry, doing the work, finding inspiration, seeking out places to send work, the difference between poetry and narrative, playing with constraints, reading work out loud, patience, starting with couplets, and writing at the supermarket.

Oct 26, 2021

Joseph Scapellato, author, on placing a novel in Chicago, following a work's intentions, making a sentence do more than one thing, emotional grounding and escalation, finding humor outside dialogue, and having your mom fill in the blanks.
You can find Joe online at and on Twitter at

Sep 28, 2021

In this episode, Melissa Febos talks about creative non-fiction, learning to love memoir, following curiosity, the most common fear among non-fiction writers, listening to your own standards as a reader, protecting yourself when publishing, letting your art take its own time, and to learning trust your psyche.

Aug 30, 2021

In this episode, Ines Bellina, author and storyteller, discusses all things networking, including how to be a human being, where to start, being a good literary citizen, conferences, and not being weird on social media.
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