This Event Builds Community: How Hyper-Local Collaboration Can Support the Arts and Free Expression

City Lit Books is hosting a fundraiser event for TRANSIT, a not for profit Chicago-based residency that serves artists in the Midwest, to bring you THIS EVENT BUILDS COMMUNITY: How Hyper-Local Collaboration Can Support the Arts and Free Expression.

Referencing Woody Guthrie’s famous 1941 “this machine kills fascists,” this event will feature a discussion led by Curator and Educator Jessica Cochran with Brandon Graham about the value of the arts in a time of funding threats and escalating censorship. This is a ticketed event: purchase tickets in advance for $10, or $12 at the door. Admission includes one limited edition letterpress poster.

Both of Brandon’s books, Good For Nothing and Missing People, will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion. Ticketed attendees will receive a limited edition letter press poster mased on Missing People, created by Joseph Lappie, Associate Professor of Art at St. Ambrose University in Iowa and illustrator for the cover of Good for Nothing. Proceeds from the ticket and poster sales will benefit TRANSIT Residency, a chicago based 501(c)3 arts organization. 

Jessica Cochran, named a "curator to watch" by Chicago Magazine in 2013, has curated exhibitions for the Contemporary Arts Council, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Center for Book Arts in New York, and other venues nationally. Her writing has appeared in journals, magazines and exhibition catalogs for numerous museums, organizations and artists. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of Spudnik Press. 

Brandon Graham has had bookwork accepted in more than 35 collections; both nationally and internationally. He has published creative writing and academic papers, co-curated exhibitions, events, and presented papers at national conferences. He worked as a gallery director, a commercial printer, academic researcher, free-lance potter, and as an adjunct professor of both art and English composition. His novels Good For Nothing and Missing People were published early in 2017 (Simon and Schuster). Good for Nothing has been optioned for a movie and the adaptation has recently been completed. Meanwhile he continues working on several artists’ books and his third novel.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

Event date: 
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
Good for Nothing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781507201626
Availability: Out of stock, usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery Books - January 1st, 2017