If you live in the Chicago area—or really, really want to go to Chicago in February and need an excuse—you should really go to the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on February 12. The good people at Polyphony HS, a literary journal that publishes work by high school students throughout the nation, are holding a reading to raise funds.
Appearing at the reading will be—get this—Stuart Dybek, Gina Nahai, and Alexsandar Hemon. Dybek wrote “We Didn’t.” Hemon wrote “The Life and Work of Alphonse Kauders.” This means that the event includes the authors of two of my favorite short stories ever. (Nahai I don’t know beyond reputation. Sorry about that. I’m sure she’s very good, too.)
If you are not in Chicago, consider helping Polyphony HS with a small donation. And tell them HTMLGiant sent you.
One of the co-founders of Polyphony HS is Billy Lombardo. Billy is a heck of a guy, and a damn fine writer. His book How to Hold a Woman is forthcoming from OV Books.