Check out The Chicago Reader “Spring Books: Homages” feature articles in which five Chicago novelists write about the books and writers that inspired them. Joe Meno writes about Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughterhouse-Five in the article, “Vonnegut’s Disciple: Slaughterhouse-Five gave Joe Meno a path to The Great Perhaps.”
The other articles in the series on Chicago writers are: “Finding Thomas McGuane: Luis Alberto Urrea discovered a master in beat-up paperbacks;” “A Chelsea of One’s Own: Patti Smith Just Kids helped Gina Frangello remember the instant symbiosis of young artists;” “The Bop-Bop-Bop and Be of Ball: John Edgar Wideman showed Bayo Ojikutu where the silences are;” and “Tag-Along Apprentice: Chicago poet David Hernandez had a beat and Achy Obejas could dance to it.”
Ellen Bass just sent an email on Into the Heart of Poetry: Writing, Hearing, and Speaking Poems, a five-day poetry workshop with Ellen Bass & Kim Rosen at Mayacamas Ranch, Calistoga, CA, October 16-21, 2011.
Patty Somlo has a story “Warriors” in the current issue of Jackson Hole Review.