| Feb 15, 2013
Something is terribly wrong.
Used to be, I could safely attend the annual Delta show at the Arkansas Arts Center here in Little Rock with serene confidence that I would never agree with the judge's picks. It gave me the feeling, hollow as it might be,...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
You have, no doubt, heard about the new Carl Sandburg poem.
Perhaps you have read it too. It is titled "A Revolver," and it was discovered a few weeks ago by Ernie Gullerud, a former professor of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 7:55 AM
With the debate over gun control heating up, a retired volunteer at a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign made a timely find.
Ernie Gullerud, a former professor of social work at the university, came upon a previously unpublished poem by Carl...
| Jun 3, 2013
Haki Madhubuti met the late, great poet Gwendolyn Brooks in 1967 in a South Side church where she was teaching poetry writing to members of the Blackstone Rangers street gang.
Back then, Madhubuti was a young, published poet who wasn't in a gang, just...
| Jun 6, 2013
Drive far enough for your radio presets to go fuzzy, where newspaper boxes and area codes look unfamiliar, and your car ride can now be deemed a road trip.
An hour from downtown Chicago is that placid slice of northern Indiana and southwestern...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Chicago makes a claim on many writers — Nelson Algren, David Mamet, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg — even if those scribes spent only a portion of their lives within its sweet confines. But Thornton Wilder, the author of such iconic plays...
| May 15, 2013
| 6:33 PM
It launched softly, almost silently, like the inaudible patter that Carl Sandburg called the fog that comes in on little cat feet.
The Morning Call's "Walk This Way!" campaign, sponsored by Highmark, began more than two months ago as a way to...
| May 17, 2013
| 10:35 PM
Deanna Pirpiris, Chicago, Taft High School
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Courtney Ackerman, Wilmette, New Trier Township High School
Leila Ayoub, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove High School
Emily Bartusiak, Lake Forest, Woodlands Academy of...
| Apr 14, 2013
A screenwriter who went by the pseudonyms of R. Hyde and Reinhold Timme died recently in Chicago. Others knew the man as Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Ebert's death got us thinking about interesting facts involving movie critics....
| Apr 12, 2013
From his stove, Nelson Algren saw a dark shape stumble out of the bar across Wabansia Avenue. It teetered once, then slumped under the Nectar Beer sign, sizzling neon in the bitter February cold. Eight degrees, an army fatigue jacket, and too many shots...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 2:10 PM
This column originally ran in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011. Some years ago when I was new to Chicago, I spotted Roger Ebert in the frozen-foods aisle of a grocery store. He was famous by then, and I did what any normal person does at the sight...