May Deadline Approaching!

Attention writers: we are currently accepting work for our May installation. The deadline is April 5th, so send us up to 3 pieces that are each under 500 words. Go to our Submissions Page for more details.

June will be our final installation, so this is your second to last chance to get your work on our LED display (and our website, and in our forthcoming print anthology)!

Cancer Baby Girl at Night

We were lucky to do our install on a cloudy morning and snag a few good photos, but we went back tonight to record our video of Ruby Figueroa’s piece, Cancer Baby Girl.

Here are a couple more images. Don’t miss your chance to visit the installation in person to read the whole poem and get the full experience!

Not pictured: the many people who stopped to pose in front of the camera as we recorded the video. Stay tuned for a blooper reel?

March Installation at Belli’s Juicebar

It’s a new month and that means a new installation! We are grateful that Belli’s Juicebar is partnering with us to share Ruby Figueroa’s writing with her own neighborhood, Pilsen.

Beginning this Saturday, March 5th, you’ll be able to read Ruby’s Cancer Baby Girl while you sip on delicious small batch juices (of course we’ve tried them – what sort of editors would install poetry in a juicebar without checking first?)

Belli’s is located at 1221 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608.
Their hours are:
T-F: 9:00 – 7:00
S-Su: 9:00 – 5:00

Of course, you’ll be able to read Ruby’s writing 24/7.

March’s Writer

We are happy to announce that our next featured writer is Chicago’s own Ruby Figueroa.

Ruby is a “23 year old living in Pilsen obsessed with love and human’s ability to overcome heartbreak.”

She tells us:
“I studied studio art, psychology, and bass clarinet in college, and I’m currently teaching myself how to play ukulele — all these different interests have turned my practice into a hybrid of visual art, music, and writing. I’m a graduate student at Columbia College Chicago in the Book and Paper MFA program where I concentrate on papermaking and printmaking. If I’m not at school, you can find me walking around the city with headphones plugged in carrying a backpack full of books, or at a coffee shop cackling to myself. When I hang out with my friends, I usually fill up my phone with notes about all these great (or not so great) ideas for the future TV-sitcom that’s going to be made about us. If all else fails, I’m people-watching and writing stories in my head about what they could be thinking, because I’m constantly trying to find connections with other people.”

Soon we will unveil the location where you will be able to read Ruby’s piece, Cancer Baby Girl. In the meantime, congratulations, Ruby!

Another Night of “Lambent”

Given the full moon, it seemed like an appropriate time to photograph Lambent again. That’ll make sense to those of you who have read the poem, which will stay up at Women and Children First through the end of the month.

If you’re in Chicago, then go out and read Lambent, by Chicago writer Laura Knickelbine, under the full moon for yourself. Otherwise you’ll have to wait another week for us to archive it online.

“Lambent” at Women and Children First

We once again braved the cold to bring you some photos of our current installation, Laura Knickelbine’s poem, Lambent. As you can see, we are lucky to share the window with a fantastic selection of important books as well as an impressive list of upcoming events.

Even with this weather, you will be glad you took the time to go and read Lambent! February is a short month, so don’t wait… but don’t worry it is a Leap Year.


February Installation at Women and Children First

Today we installed a new poem, Lambent, by Laura Knickelbine, at Women and Children First. Lambent is a short poem – we didn’t even get cold as we programmed the display through the window from outside – but it’s beautiful and sure to stick with you! If you’re familiar with this amazing feminist bookstore, then you’ll know why Laura requested to have her work shown there, and you probably would have guessed that they would generously throw their support behind a community-based publishing project like ours. We are so grateful and excited to share their window space this month.

You can find our installation in Andersonville, at 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640.

Of course, Laura’s piece will be scrolling on 24/7, but if you want to check out some other literature while you’re there, then make sure to show up during business hours:
M-T 11-7
W-F 11-9
Sat. 10-7
Sun. 11-6

Here’s a bit more about Women and Children First (from their website):

Women & Children First began in a modest storefront in 1979. Over the years we’ve moved twice and are now in a northside Chicago neighborhood known for its diversity, queer-friendliness, women-owned businesses and community spirit. Our staffers include teachers, graduate students, professional writers and storytellers, political activists, board members, and poets. Each of us is a reader, a feminist, and a bookseller. Our purpose in beginning the store 36 years ago was to promote the work of women writers and to create a place in which all women would find books reflecting their lives and interests. We strive to do this in an atmosphere in which all are respected, valued, and well-served. That is our purpose still, online as well as in the store.

The LEDs cycle too quickly to capture well with a smartphone camera, but we enjoyed how Carley, programming the display from outside, begins to blend in with the books and postcards on the other side of the glass.

Another “Hug From a Large Man for a Long Time, part VI”

As promised, here are a few more photos of our current installation at the Chicago Hostel. The work is Amanda Beekhuizen’s prose poem, “A Hug From a Large Man for a Long Time, part VI” and will be up and running for a few more days. If you’re in Chicago, make sure to check it out before we have to move to our next installation.

We particularly like the floating effect that the hostel’s curtains lend our LED display, as if the poetry simply emanates from the window. From a distance though, it is just one of many LED signs fighting for one’s attention – it takes a closer look to distinguish it from the landscape of commerce and transportation.