Tag Archives: Black Writing from Chicago: In the World-Not of It?

Black Writers Picture Themselves – Part 1

It all began some time in the early 60’s at New York’s famous club The Village Vanguard.  Burt Britton was tending bar, subbing for a friend, and one customer kept asking for more. It was Norman Mailer.  Britton tried to … Continue reading

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Marita Bonner Inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Because of the economics of publishing, books can only be so big.  As one reviewer wrote of my book Black Writing from Chicago, my Afterword seemed too much like a long list of apologies.  Exactly.  It was.  And the second … Continue reading

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The “Intercollegiate Wonder Book” and the “New Negro”

“Realizing the need of an organization to bring together the few colored students attending the college and universities of Chicago in summer and living in various parts of the city, two social workers, Miss Mary McDowell and Mrs. Celia Parker … Continue reading

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