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Story Week Story Week Festival: Chicago Classics

From March 15-21, the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing presented its 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers. Story Week 2015 offered a schedule jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago—all free and open to the public.

In this annual Story Week marquee event, authors and prominent Chicagoans read selections that are by other Chicago authors or are related to Chicago. Linda Bubon, Kevin Coval, Jennifer Day, James Finn Garner, Bill Hillmann, Mitchell S. Jackson, Tina Jens, Sheryl Johnston, Billy Lombardo, Eric Charles May, Patricia Ann McNair, Christian Picciolini, James Porter, Donna Seaman, Joe Shanahan and Regina Taylor read their favorites from a wide array of work.

Hosted by literary publicist Julia Borcherts and playwright, actress, blogger, Body/Courage creator Danielle Pinnock.

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Topics: chicago classics, danielle pinnock, julia borcherts, story week

Artist Interviews Hologram Kizzie

Chicago Hip-hop artist, Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One met up with Katie Owens before her set at Hideout's annual SXSW sendoff show on the first sunny spring day of the season. Hologram Kizzie spoke about her alternative path which made her a natural role model to Chicago youths and the LGBT community, she also mused about the inherent barriers to women in rap and the importance of overcoming them. 

Hologram Kizzie released Hug Life in 2014 out on Bonafyde. You can catch her next at The Promontory on June 4.

Produced by: Jessi D

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Topics: bonafyde, chicago artist, chicago hip-hop, hideout chicago, hologram kizzie, jessi d, katie owens, psalm one, rhymesayers, sxsw sendoff

First Time First Lie - Alison Flowers

Alison is a Chicago journalist who focuses on social justice and criminal justice. She is the author of Exoneree Diaries, a narrative non-fiction multimedia series for Chicago Public Media and NPR affiliate, WBEZ 91.5. The series was a finalist for a national Online Journalism Award in 2014. Her work has appeared in VICE, The Village Voice, the ABA Journal and many other outlets.

Podcast produced by Dan Epstein

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Topics: 7 awful things, chicago, confession, gerald dowd, guilt, liam davis, lie, live lit, prank, scott stevenson, steve frisbie

Artist Interviews Beat Connection

Mid-week at SXSW 2015, CHIRP's Dylan Peterson caught up with Tom, Jarred, Mark and Reed of Seattle's Beat Connection (after one of their seven shows at the festival) to talk about what listeners can expect from the band's yet-to-be-released full-length album, blending 90s R&B with PC Music at their DJ nights, and riding that fine line of freshness and wackness.

For their next show in Chicago, Beat Connection will play at Lollapalooza.

produced by Dylan Peterson

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Topics: beat connection, dylan peterson, ginuwine, pc music, seattle, sxsw

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