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Hot On The Presses

May 18th—

Compendium III, a compilation of the greatest pieces from 826CHI, is at the big printing press right now. If you can't wait for the book to be fully printed and assembled by enormous machines in Canada, you can head on over to WBEZ's website where they're currently featuring some of the great stories.

An update

May 16th—

Earlier this year, 826CHI said farewell to executive director Mara Fuller O'Brien after six years of service to the organization.

Barry A. Benson joined 826CHI following nearly a decade in the not-for-profit world primarily as a fundraiser and champion of literacy causes. Prior to that, Barry had incarnations in publishing, the visual arts, and higher education--and he remains tethered to those areas through a variety of affiliations. Barry's undergraduate education happened at the University of Michigan, and he received his M.A. in psychology and men's studies from Norwich University/Vermont College. He has spent much of his life in New Orleans but has lived in an ample handful of states and overseas in France and Denmark. He lives for adventure travel and stays relatively sane through regular doses of swimming and making ceramics.

Thank You To The People Who Ate And Gave

May 9th—

A breakfast clubber, a yankee hotel foxtrotter and a pulitzer prize finalist all walk into a gorgeous, medieval room downtown and help raise over $100,000 for 826CHI. 826CHI's People Eating and Giving fundraising event, with special guests Molly Ringwald, Jeff Tweedy and Luis Alberto Urrea,  was a fantastic success this year. Thank you to all the guests who ate and gave so that Chicago students can continue to have free access to creative writing workshops and afterschool homework help. 

Act Like I Was There The Whole Time

Act Like I Was There The Whole Time

April 24th—

Ever wonder where 826CHI students like to Hide? The tactics they use when they Seek?  Ever encountered Falafel Wafflebrains? The latest chapbook from students in the after-school program explores these questions and more. Pick up your copy of Act Like I Was There The Whole Time at the Boring Store today!

April 23rd— was out of this world (wide web)! For all who came out to make the night a success, thank you! Check out some shots from the squirrelbombed photo booth here or take it some non squirrelbombed photos here.

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