June 9, 2020

Civil Silence

To stay connected with our Authors behind bars, we’ve sent them letters with writing prompts and invited them to publish pieces on our blog. This…

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May 27, 2020

We Still Can’t Breathe

I feel trapped. Over the past few days I’ve felt restrained, as if someone were yanking on my collar, as if my very skin were…

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May 20, 2020

Dear Lisa

Dear Lisa, I laugh to think of all we’ve gone through in the time that we’ve known each other. In November, we will reach four…

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May 20, 2020
The Luckiest Girl in the Zoom

The Luckiest Girl in the Zoom

I once was told to aim to be the dumbest person in the room. To surround myself by people who are smarter, passionate, motivated. And…

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May 8, 2020

Open Cyber Circle: Week of May 3rd

Our team aims to stay mission-driven during these questionable times. While the world feels like a sci-fi movie, we continue to encourage the writing and…

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May 6, 2020

Blurs and Erases

We find ourselves at an interesting moment. Pivotal in fact. As we collectively attempt to navigate uncharted waters I am constantly thinking about how prepared…

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April 30, 2020

3 Generations at 2pm

I am struck by how quickly and easily these 2pm calls, Cyber Circles, communions, have found a place in my daily rhythm. And I can’t…

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April 24, 2020

The Waiting Place

My name is Anne Ruelle. I am the “petitioning spouse,” if you ask US Citizenship and Immigration Services. I married my partner, Rafael, on March…

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April 22, 2020

Cyber Circle: Week 6

Our team aims to stay mission-driven during these questionable times. While the world feels like a sci-fi movie, we continue to encourage the writing and…

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April 10, 2020
Cyber Circle: Week of April 3rd

Cyber Circle: Week of April 3rd

Our team aims to stay mission-driven during these questionable times. While the world feels like a sci-fi movie, we continue to encourage the writing and…

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April 9, 2020

Sheltered in Place. In Michigan.

I am sheltered in place in the country. Ninety minutes from downtown Chicago, one block from the white sand beaches of Lake Michigan (one of…

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April 5, 2020
Cyber Circle: April 3

Cyber Circle: April 3

Our team aims to stay mission-driven during these questionable times. While the world feels like a sci-fi movie, we continue to encourage the writing and…

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April 2, 2020

Not a chapter that will end; the prelude to a new book

It’s been over two weeks since we left our offices at the Chicago Literacy Alliance. We got the “urgent” email on Thursday March 12, gathered…

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