We are thrilled to host the release party of Chicago Center for Literature and Photography’s newest anthology, The View From Here: Stories about Chicago Neighborhoods.
Chicago goes by many nicknames—the City on the Lake, the Windy City, the Third Coast, the City of Big Shoulders, the Second City. But for the people who call it home, perhaps the most fitting sobriquet is the City of Neighborhoods, hundreds of them altogether, each containing their own defining character, physical boundaries, and identity. Representing almost two dozen students of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, this second annual CCLaP “city all-star” anthology takes you on a tour of many of these neighborhoods, from the north side’s Rogers Park to the west side’s Austin, to Bronzeville on the south side and beyond. With an introduction by famed local author Patricia Ann McNair, the voices in this collection are as different as the neighborhoods they represent, and in them you’ll get a snapshot of what the next generation of Chicago writers have to say about their hometown, whether born here or adopted into the city.
Patricia Ann McNair’s short story collection The Temple of Air, was named Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Readers Award, and Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award. McNair’s fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Prime Number, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and other publications. She teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, and lives less than a mile from the once bustling but now closed and dilapidated Edgewater Hospital where she was born.