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2nd Story is a collective of story-makers and story-lovers working together to build community through the power of storytelling. They host story-sharing experiences in Chicago and beyond, in the form of both performances and workshops that fuse page and stage to deliver a unique, live literary/theatrical experience.
826CHI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826CHI regularly publishes student writing.
Chris Abani is the author of “The Secret History of Las Vegas.” He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award and the Hurston Wright Award. Born in Nigeria, he is currently a board of trustees professor of English at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago.
Adventure Sandwich is a children’s show that promotes creative problem solving and collaboration through videos, songs and live performance. adventuresandwich.org
Hisham D. Aidi
Hisham D. Aidi is the author of “Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture” and a lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He has been a George Soros OSI Fellow, Carnegie Scholar and columnist for Al Jazeera.
Carolyn Alessio is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and the Pushcart Press. She recently completed a novel of psychological suspense, “El Favorito.” She also is prose editor for Crab Orchard Review and contributing editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal.