Category Archive: Our Friends

Jun 19 2014

21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Competition

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Like Storyluck.org, the Guild Literary Complex is dedicated to giving diverse, emerging, and often under-served voices opportunities to share their creative work with the Chicago community. Much of this inspiration stems from African-American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks who spent much of her life writing in the South Side of Chicago and who collaborated with …

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May 16 2014

Chicago Lit Fest Highlights: Rea Frey and Dawn Jackson Blatner

Those looking for the vegetable-based funk should head down and see Rea Frey and Dawn Jackson Blatner are the Chicago Lit Fest. Frey has been spreading the word about the perks of a vegan based lifestyle; she has a blog, a website, and a documentary – “Vegucated” -, and generally promotes a Power Vegan lifestyle. …

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Aug 13 2013

Elevator Thoughts

I have been riding hospital elevators for over 30 years. I didn’t do this for fun or because I possess some type of “vator” fetish. I have worked in hospitals for over 30 years.

I’ve not only ridden internal hospital elevators but also external elevators. In more cases than not these elevators carry people who have parked their automobile, motorcycle, and sometimes bicycle in a large ominous looking structure adjacent to a hospital.. These folks frequently go from one floor to the next with a blank stare trying to find their vehicle. The dysphoria created by the spaciousness and lack of familiarity with the cavernous concrete lots that house the elevators compound the spookiness of the contraptions’ themselves. Now throw in the anxiety that most people have visiting their physician, or loved one who may be infirmed and you have one big “phobia”.

Today I was in one of those lots and found two women wondering around talking to each other pointing as if each auto they were pointing to could be, but wasn’t, their own.

“I think that’s it”

“No it’s a Nissan, but its not the right color”

“How bout that one?”

“Yes…..no that’s not it. It’s a Toyota”

“What floor were we on?”

“I didn’t look when we left the lot and got on the elevator”

“I always do that and then end up feeling so stupid”

After observing this for a moment or two I offered gallant assistance.

“Did you ladies lose your car?”

Blank stares at me and fearful stares at each other.

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Jun 26 2013

Lit Fest Memories

On the weekend of June 8 and June 9, 2013, Printer’s Row Lit Fest was held on a block of Dearborn where printing and publishing houses were located. In previous years, I have only ever attended Lit Fest as a casual observer of the beautifully bound vintage books, the old movie posters, the speakers, panels, and cooking demonstrations. This year, working with Here’s the Story, I helped man the table where we sold t-shirts, talked about our organization, and my gumball machine poem dispenser made its debut.

My overall experience of Printer’s Row Lit Fest was a warm one. In addition to the heat pounding on the tops of our heads, we were met by the warm words of countless people who stopped by at the Here’s the Story table. Setting up a gumball machine dispensing poems printed on brightly colored paper meant that people stopped to buy poems, take pictures, or talk to the poet and the organization that supported her.

With the exception of one vocal person.

“No, those aren’t candy, those are poems, you don’t want those,” a man said as he tugged on the hand of his son who was maybe eight years old tops.

I don’t know if he knew that I had heard him, but my outward reaction was a theatrical one for the benefit of the group that had stopped to buy poems.

“Ouch,” I said, clutching at my heart as if I had been mortally wounded by the unintentionally barbed words. “Happy Lit Fest!”

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May 13 2013

Stoop-Style Stories

When Dan Boyd suggested that I meet him at Stoop-Style Stories, I said, “Sure, I’ll be there!” It was about ten minutes later when my worry started to kick in:

“I don’t know where this place is, how will I get there? What if I’m not cool enough? Or what if it’s super awkward to go up to strangers and ask if they’re Dan Boyd? It’ll be dark. I could get struck by lightning. Or kidnapped by goblins.”

To at least muffle the voice of my worries, I brought a friend. Goblin crisis averted.

Before Stoop-Style Stories, I had never been to a storytelling show, so I had no idea what to expect when I waltzed into Rosa’s Lounge. What I did find, as the evening progressed, is something that regular storytelling audience members will take as a matter of fact: this is a ritual.

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May 12 2013

Thursday May 23rd Story Swap!

Here’s the Story will be hosting a Story Swap on may 23rd at Roman Susan Art Gallery.

Roman Susan is located at 1224 West Loyola Avenue.

We will be there from 7-9.

We hope to see a lot of journiers there to share stories about the race. I have a couple I’m really looking forward too sharing with people.

The way the evening will work is that we will sit down share some pizza, (feel free to bring food, wine or drinks,) take in the art and if anyone has a story to tell, we’ll listen. Simple as that.

We will be picking up 2 extra large pizzas and any Journey volunteers who show up get first dibs.

Thanks so much everyone who ran with us tonight, it was a real blast. Hope to see a bunch of you again if not on the 23rd than perhaps at another Here’s the Story NFP event or our Sept. 14th Journey.

Roman Susan Open Story Swap Facebook invite!

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May 11 2013

Journey to the End of the Night May 11th!

We will all be running in the next JEN! We didn’t organize this but we are supporting it!

This is a rajen poster but the link goes to today’s race:

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Sep 20 2012

Another Great Google Maps Write Up

Tom Ko is one of our favorite players. Here is his night’s run.


View RAJEN 2012 in a larger map

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Sep 20 2012

October 7th Here’s the Story Show!

Good people! We have a delicious line-up of storytellers for your hungry ears at our show on October 7th. We choose features for the interesting lives they lead, their skill as performing artists, and the unique and valuable things they have to share. This month, we bring you five people who elegantly embody all these, and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Keep on coming to Here’s the Story, and keep on watching us prove that the funniest, wisest and most fascinating folks are just like you in lots of ways. Across disciplines, specialties, histories and heritages, we have a lot more in common than we think.

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Sep 17 2012

This is a quick & dirty cut of how the night ended

Here you have the night’s solo winner!

And here is a great bit of work created by team serpentine, the only team to make it in alive. (Special nod goes to all the teams who signed up, you did some great work.)

We are lucky to have you on our side!


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