Graham School Events

A Celebration of the Rust Belt Chicago Anthology


Gleacher Center

450 Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611


Writer's Studio - Chicago Voices Event

The Writer's Studio at the University of Chicago Graham School presents A Celebration of the Rust Belt Chicago Anthology and an open mic of Chicago writing. Some contributors to this new anthology will read short excerpts of their poetry, fiction, and essays followed by an open mic of readings about Chicago or by favorite Chicago authors. Speakers include Bill Savage, Toni Nealie, Aleksandar Hemon, Eileen Favorite, Ola Faleti, and Dina Elenbogen.

Open mic readers are limited to two double-spaced pages in twelve-point, Times New Roman font. When you register for this event, you will have the option to reserve your open-mic spot, as long as spots are available. Three spots will be held for last-minute participants on the night of the event.

Anthologies will be available for purchase along with books by contributors.

“Writers like Stuart Dybek, Studs Terkel, Sandra Cisneros, Nelson Algren and Gwendolyn Brooks start to make up the city’s canon. They are required reading for every Chicagoan. But Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, the neighborhood cookbook taking the pulse of post-industrial Chicago right now seems like required reading as well.” —Emma Terhaar, Third Coast Review

Edited by Martha Bayne, Senior Editor, Belt Publishing
Cover image by Tony Fitzpatrick, design by Sheila Sachs

*The online sign-up to read at the open mic is now full. There will be three slots available in person.*

Register now

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