Despite the uncertainty of our pandemic-stricken world, Chicago students move forward! As part of 826CHI’s 2020 Publications Fest—a literacy festival that takes place throughout the Spring to celebrate Chicago’s newest young authors—we are releasing three new e-book publications written by students who participate in our tuition-free writing programs. Join us in celebrating our students by attending our upcoming virtual release events! All events are free. Only one RSVP to 826CHI’s Publications Fest 2020 is required to receive Zoom invites and e-book versions of each publication as they become available. We'd love to see you there!
Tuesday, May 5th, 6-7pm
Via Zoom: Video Conferencing Platform
We’re kicking off this year’s fest with the virtual release of our After-School Tutoring & Writing students’ newest bilingual chapbook, Happy as a Rollercoaster // Tan feliz como una montaña rusa. Come celebrate with students, parents, volunteers, and staff as we read aloud poems, translated in English & Spanish, about feelings and emotions. After-school students were encouraged to illuminate their own emotional journeys and share them with the world.
Thursday, May 21st, 6pm
Special Release Featuring Google Earth
Join 826CHI to celebrate the release of our 2020 Young Authors Book Project, Chaos Comes Naturally on Google Earth. This release will feature student profiles, voice recorded readings by students and volunteers, with locations marked all over the globe to take you on each writer’s journey. Aptly titled for our time, this is an anthology of lyrical essays written by ninety 12th-grade students at George Washington High School in Eastside. From October through January, 826CHI staff members visited the school weekly to facilitate discussion, reflection, and writing on how these young writers’ ideas of belonging have evolved as they’ve grown up in our city.
Teen Writers Studio Release Celebration
Only one RSVP to 826CHI’s Publications Fest 2020 is required to receive Zoom invites and e-book versions of each publication as they become available.