March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020

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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February 28, 2020

How long can you keep this up for?

“How long can you keep this up for?” Dimitri asked me as we drove South from the courthouse to Englewood. We’d spent the morning in…

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February 7, 2020

Salon Speaker: Dr. Michelle Gittler

For Feburary's Salon we brought out Dr. Michelle Gittler, who has been practicing rehabilitation medicine for almost 25 years at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Gittler…

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February 6, 2020

We’re starting a new blog.

My first job after college was as a 5th grade teacher in the South Bronx. PS 63, The Authors Academy, at 169th and Boston Road.…

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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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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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