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June 10, 2019

826CHI Presents its 2019 Publishing Fest

With the end of school year comes new 826CHI publications! Join us in celebrating our students at our 2019 Publishing Fest, a week of literary release events across Chicago showcasing the work of young writers ages 6-18. All events are free & open to the public.

2019 Young Authors Book Project Release

Wednesday, June 12th, 6-8pm
KAM Isaiah Israel // 1100 E Hyde Park Blvd

Join 826CHI and the young authors of George Washington High School in celebrating our 2019 Young Authors Book Project, "How to Dream a City." Featuring a foreword by poet José Olivarez ("Citizen Illegal"), this new collection of essays and poems tackles the question, "What would Chicago look like if young people were in charge?" The responses tackle real-world problems with inventive solutions. Some ideas are practical (stricter gun control laws), some are fantastical (free pizza for all), but all represent a vision for a new, youth-centered, youth-powered, and youth-led Chicago.

After-School Tutoring & Writing Zine Gallery

Thursday, June 13th, 4:30-6pm
826CHI // 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave

We're celebrating the accomplishments of our After-School Tutoring & Writing students with a final book release event, a zine gallery! Join our students in the 826CHI writing lab to walk through our gallery of unique poetry zines. Each zine is hand-crafted by an individual ASTW student and features original poetry and illustrations. For the first time ever, every student will be creating their own publication!

Teen Writers Studio Community Celebration

Friday, June 14th, 5-7pm
826CHI // 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave

Catch and release butterflies, belt "I Want You Back" in the backseat, and feel your heart flutter as you make the first move in "This Is What It Feels Like to Exist," the latest publication from the 826CHI Teen Writers Studio. Featuring a foreword by poet Tara Betts, this new anthology navigates identity, growing up in a city, and finding hope in the smallest of things. Throughout the school year, members of the Teen Writers Studio meet at 826CHI to practice writing and explore their personal styles. Professional authors visit to lead workshops, share their experiences as writers, and introduce students to a variety of genres. Students explore literature and writing across the rich cultural landscape of Chicago, attending live lit events and Chicago Ideas Week talks. This chapbook is the culmination of all of that hard work and growth, and cause for celebration. Join 826CHI students, staff, volunteers, friends, and family for  a community celebration of "This Is What It Feels Like to Exist" and the brave young writers behind it. The festivities will include readings by the student authors, snacks, and refreshments.