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.
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