Poetry

Urei

The stubborn rose fights today’s unexpected wind until its head bleeds—  frantically circles the indistinct opponent, grapples with a ghost. Dressed for the season, my…

Fiction

Relationship Rules

Jack Yelcher’s breakup speech caught Joanna off guard, especially when he lifted a hand to stop the waitress for another stout. Breakups were usually straightforward,…

Nonfiction

The Wilson Avenue Water Crib

It keeps a distance, out on the water. From the shoreline, you can only make out its shape: short and round, with a low conical…

Photography

Chicago in Black and White

I'm not from Chicago, but a regular visitor to the area. There's always something to photograph in the city. I prefer black and white because…

First Friday Series

Book Review: Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood by Dawn Turner

Released a year ago in September 2021, Three Girls from Bronzeville has been reviewed to great acclaim in the Washington Post, New York Times, and…

Narrative Map Project / Nonfiction

Summer Harbor

Even from 35,000 feet, I can spot it, the sandy sweep of Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, then a little dimple carved into the giant expanse…