January 17, 2020

Salon Speaker: Rosa Anaya

November's Salon speaker was Rosa Anaya, who has been an advocate for peace in El Salvador for 20 years, working to change the lives of…

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August 11, 2019

Salon Speaker: Judith McCray

Judith McCray is a multiple Emmy award-winning writer, director and producer with more than twenty-five years of experience in broadcast production and programming. A former…

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August 11, 2019

Salon Speaker: Alex Kotlowitz

For September's Salon brought in Alex Kotlowitz, a writer, journalist, and storyteller. He is the author of four books, including his most recent, An American…

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August 11, 2019

Salon Speaker: Billy Moore

What is Salon? Every month we bring in a writer or artist to share their work and have a conversation with published Alumni Authors. Salon Speakers discuss…

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July 18, 2019

Salon Speaker: José Olivarez

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the prestigious PEN/ Jean Stein Award…

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October 2, 2017
A PIECE OF EL SALVADOR IN CHICAGO

A PIECE OF EL SALVADOR IN CHICAGO

When I got ready to go into Cook County Jail in Chicago, I went through the same check-over I do for prisons in El Salvador. No…

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October 2, 2017
A PIECE OF CHICAGO IN EL SALVADOR

A PIECE OF CHICAGO IN EL SALVADOR

Two days ago, I attended a Publication Celebration in Apanteos prison in El Salvador. Ten days ago, I attended a Publication Celebration at Division 10…

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April 18, 2017
31 STORIES IN 10 WEEKS.

31 STORIES IN 10 WEEKS.

It’s like walking through a dark tunnel with your arms out,reaching for the closest object to hold on to so that you don’t fall. Like…

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March 23, 2017
MS. MCCAMPBELL GOES TO JAIL

MS. MCCAMPBELL GOES TO JAIL

Yesterday, my high school English teacher came with me to Cook County Jail. “No one else can write what you do, if the story comes…

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February 13, 2017
DONE GOOD. DONE BAD. BOTH SUCCESSFULLY.

DONE GOOD. DONE BAD. BOTH SUCCESSFULLY.

I often talk about literature as a vehicle to develop empathy. And in class the other day, I really experienced it: the power of text-based-dialogue…

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January 27, 2017
THE APPLICATION PROCESS

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Forty-five detainees completed the Soy Autor application today at Cook County Jail. Forty five out of the 60 who have been invited to apply (we…

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