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Events Wed Feb 01 2012

AWP Off Site Event: There Will Be Quickies

As part of the humungous literary convergence that is AWP, on March 2nd local reading series Quickies teams up with Orlando, Florida based reading series There Will be Words. The "Chicago meets Orlando" connection was fostered by Quickies host and author Lindsey Hunter who is a transplant from Orlando. There Will Be Words is an outlet for Orlando's Burrow Press.

"I had participated in Burrow Press's 15 Views of Orlando," says Hunter," a point of pride as I hail from Orlando. That's how I got to know Ryan Rivas, who runs BP. We just started planning a show with the idea that it'd be like "Chicago meets Orlando."

The format that Quickies follows is one that fosters flash fiction, allowing readers only 4 minutes to perform. The time limit is maintained by the hosts who blow a whistle to emphasis this. Mary Hamilton, the other force behind Quickies, moved to LA this past fall, but returns to reprise her roll manning the whistle. Joining them will be TWBW host Jesse Bradley.

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"We chose the readers to rep Quickies by trying to select writers who make us proud to be in Chicago. We also wanted to include Natalie Edwards and Jill Summers, as they are Chicagoans who hail from Central Florida," says Hunter.

The rest of lineup includes: Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Andy Farkas, Kirsten Holt, Samantha Irby, Jonathan Kosik, David James Poissant, Joseph Rippi, Jess Stoner, and Chris Terry.
As a supplement, Burrow Press will release a chapbook including pieces from all the readers, available at the reading for $5.

With some many other events happening, the event begins early at 3pm in School of the Art Institute Chicago Ballroom, 112 South Michigan Avenue.

 
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