A nice intimate time was had at our event for Cris Mazza and Elise Blackwell last night. I always find it fascinating to hear how teaching writing affects writing itself. Mazza teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago, a similar school in profile to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Mazza remembered the days of the "urban 13", but neither of us knew if this program was still functioning. And you know I like a good Shakespeare tie, and it turns out that Varous Men Who Knew us as Girls is thematically, if not structurally, tied to Hamlet. Hey, you can review the book with The Tragedy of Arthur!
Both authors were quiet engaging, and who knew that they had not previously met? But good news for Chicago fans. They are both reading tonight at Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. More on their website.
I feel compelled to make a pitch for a couple more of our indie nonprofit literary press fiction titles. Mark your calendars for two great events in June.
It would have been nice to do a whole blog piece on both events, organizations, and coordinators, but Artists Rallying Together's Fundraiser is tomorrow. So that's what I've got to say. Rally