April Confab Preview: Meet the Speakers!

April Confab - Chicago Literacy Alliance


April Confab
Wednesday | April 18 | 9AM


Please join us at the CLA Confab with presentations from two incredible member organizations: Pangea Educational Development and Literacy Volunteers of Illinois Looking for a mini-preview of what you can expect? Learn more about our two speakers this month below!


Literacy Volunteers of Illinois - Chicago Literacy Alliance - ConfabDorothy M. Miaso is the Executive Director of the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, a position she has held since 1992. In her work with the Literacy Volunteers she has been involved with a variety of literacy and national service-related initiatives at the local, state and national levels, and has been involved with correctional education for adults and juvenile at the state and county levels.  Prior to joining the Literacy Volunteers, Miaso served in various capacities in the public sector in government and not-for-profit agencies. She served as the Assistant Director of Operation ABLE, a non-profit Chicago-based employment program for older workers, and, as the Director of Senior Programs in the Governor and Lt. Governor’s offices. She also worked for the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Miaso is a past member of the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (who recently named an award after her)and a past board member of the American Association of State Service Commissions, a national organization that provides leadership and support to state volunteer service commissions throughout the country.  She is a member of the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association and the Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration. Miaso holds a B.A. degree in English/Education from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s in Management of Public Service from DePaul University.

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois is a statewide organization committed to developing and supporting volunteer literacy programs that help families, adults and out-of-school teens increase their literacy skills.


Pangea Educational Development - Chicago Literacy Alliance - ConfabDrew Edwards is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pangea Educational Development. He is a research fellow for education in conflict & emergency situations with the Qatar Foundation and has been living and working in Uganda for 7 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from DePaul University and is currently a graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Pangea Educational Development is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering schools and unifying communities through sustainable education. Founded in 2011, PED partners with schools in Uganda through three phrases to jointly identify problems, map and implement sustainable projects, and equip them with the tools to manage their program in the future.


Excited to hear more, checking out the Literacenter, and networking with fellow literacy advocates? Join us on April 18th!

Meet the Chicago Review of Books



We caught up with Adam Morgan, Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Review of Books to get the scoop on the organization. Check it out:

The Chicago Review of Books dedicated to making the literary conversation more inclusive by covering diverse genres, presses, voices, and mediums; shining a light on Chicago’s literary scene; and serving as a forum for literature in the Midwest.

Why is it important to shine a light on Chicago’s literary scene?

I honestly believe Chicago is in the middle of its fourth literary renaissance, so I want to help bring our poets and writers into the national conversation. The city has so many great cultural institutions for readers and writers, but I felt it was missing a digital media outlet dedicated to covering the city’s creative output.

Why did the Chicago Review of Books decide to partner with Chicago Literary Hall of Fame for The Evolution of Chicago Comics and Comic Books exhibit and panel?

Diverse genres is part of our mission, so we try to cover comics and graphic novels/memoirs as often as possible (though not as often as we’d like). When the CLHOT approached us about a partnership, it seemed like a no-brainer. They had a lot of historical knowledge about Chicago’s past comic strips and illustrators, and I tried to bring a contemporary angle to the exhibit that would highlight the local writers and artists working today, like Michael Moreci, Ashley A. Woods, Gene Ha, Jenny Frison, Lucy Knisley, Nicole Hollander, Tim Seeley, and many more.


What would you like to collaborate with CLA members?

This is tough! We’re hoping to partner with another organization to provide writing workshops in the future, once we’ve secured nonprofit status and some grants, so learning about program implementation is important to me. It’s also a great networking opportunity for us, to meet like-minded, nonprofit-oriented people in Chicago who love reading and writing.

We’re definitely available to share our expertise when it comes to digital media and digital strategy for smaller organizations on a budget. And we’re always open to using our channels to promote local literary events and initiatives.

Visit chireviewofbooks.com to learn more!