From the introduction: "A Jam Session consists of nonfiction pieces and short stories set in Chicago and completed within the last six years. May of the entries involve sports. That reflects my belief that one can learn insights about themselves and others through the heat of competition. I hope that these works will provide some inspiration, perspective, or perhaps a chuckle."
<p>"Sometimes a disquieting idea, for at its core, an alternative signals difference: a state some may dustrust, others tolerate, still others, embrace. Fortunately, divergent views remain energetically alive, experience brings hope, exhilerating no matter what the outcome. In this anthology on less traditional and predictable lifepaths, the intensity, humor and spirit of these writing actually transcends differences, evidence of the strength found in exploring less travelled roads."</p><p>Contributors, cont'd: Mary Damon Peltier, Shirley Powers, Rita Reinert, Ellen Rosen, P. Kelly Rugg, Amy Sanderson, Patti See, Claudia Rosa Silva, Carol Smith, Grazina Smith, Sandra Tatara </p>
Mildred Johnson is orphaned when her parents are killed in a violent protest for voting rights in the South in the 1950s. Her aunt takes her to Chicago, where, years later the two join a campaign to elect the city's first black mayor. When Mildred falls for the head of a grassroots organization involved in a voter registration drive, she is taken down a path of self-discovery as she learns the truth about her and Aunt Rose's past.
"Kaleidoscope Ink is a magazine devoted to the preservation of women's writing. By valuing our differences as women-for example, age, sexuality, ethnic background - we can celebrate uniqueness in a society that often applauds assimilation or that prefers creative energy that does not challenge the so-called "norm"
Novel set in the mid-1980s chronicling the misadventures of two roommates living in a loft just west of the Loop. They are the only inhabitants of their neighborhood, save for a few hookers and homeless people. Together they confront the ugly sights, sounds and smells of this urban frontier.
Urbesque is a collection of short (in the sense that most, though not all, of the pieces are shorter than forty pages) fiction (because they are untrue except, of course, for the parts that are). The characters who populate these stories do not travel to India or hang out with matadors. They do, however, go to job fairs, make furniture, leave their swords in the lockers at work, write letters to the objects that surround them and take pictures of it all, years after the fact, to remind them not to forget. If, one day, a copy of Urbesque should appear unannounced on your doorstep, looking a little worse for wear, with whiskey on its breath, invite it in. Make room for it on your couch or bookshelf. Or, better yet, read it. - Abstract from Green Lantern website
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