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February Marks National Black History Month

Written on February 11, 2016

February is designated National Black History Month. A time to examine, embrace, and honor the collective contributions of people of color. In keeping, today’s pieces will highlight the poetic works of some of the most celebrated African-American writers throughout history. Enjoy!   In the Inner City Lucille Clifton In the inner city or like we call it home we think a  Continue Reading »

Raise a Glass to Great Authors at a Literary Bar

Written on December 23, 2015

  Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be one of the most famous and iconic literary figures of all time? Or the environments from which their muse created their “magic”? Well, with the help of the team of writers over at Assignmentmasters.co.uk this interesting infographic can take you on a whirlwind  Continue Reading »

Maintain Your Writing Momentum During the Holidays!

Written on December 15, 2015

  To paraphrase a famous writer: “It is the best of times; it is the worst of times.” The holiday season is a magical period, filled with bright lights, shopping trips for loved ones, cherished family traditions, and elaborate meal preparations and plans. Beneath the frigidly cold weather, and all the hustle and bustle, there’s  Continue Reading »


Written on November 16, 2015

It’s mid-November. A time when many writers are navigating their way through NANOWRIMO, and trying to finish their novels before the deadline draws near. If you’re one of them, this infographic should prove helpful in providing information and inspiration for your aspirations. NANOWRIMO, (National Novel Writing Month) officially began in 1999, and became a 501 C3 non-profit  Continue Reading »

Author Pens Book to Empower Battered Women

Written on October 13, 2015

If you think that the scariest thing associated with October is Halloween, think again. October marks National Domestic Violence Month–a time to increase awareness of stalking, date rape, and mental and physical abuse in relationships. Domestic violence affects women of every age group, race, religion, educational background and walk of life. Statistics show that 1  Continue Reading »

A Month in a Writer’s Life-by Alan Gelb

Written on September 26, 2015

  Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat: A Month in a Writer’s Life Spent in Chicago By Alan Gelb When I was asked to write a guest post for the Windy City Writers Blog, I accepted—and then immediately froze, telling myself that I had too much on my plate. That was not the real  Continue Reading »

Grieve Like a Widow by Barbara Samuel

Written on September 13, 2015

When my former husband died, he became my husband again and I became a widow. I didn’t expect anyone to understand, and I told no one. His death freed me to love him again, miss him, celebrate the years we were strong partners, and mourn his passing. Tom and I married young. It was love  Continue Reading »

Thursday’s Thoughts-A Poem

Written on August 27, 2015

RESIDENCY   Despite the crime, Despite the grit and grime, Despite the rhetoric Challenging his citizenship, Let the records show For all the nation to know, For future generations And history’s preservation, That the 1st Black President lived here, The home of Home Run Inn Pizza, Buildings tall enough to kiss God, Brutal winters, And  Continue Reading »

Our new infographic!

Written on August 11, 2015

Infographic design by Marcie Hill                              

April is National Poetry Month

Written on April 4, 2015

Though Chicago’s weather may not reflect it, spring has sprung.  And there’s no better time to embrace the beauty of the season and our senses’ awakening, than to celebrate it along with a little poetry. After all, “Roses are red. Violets are blue.” April is officially designated as National Poetry Month. Established originally in 1996, by the  Continue Reading »