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Visions of Freedom and Liberation

Chicago is a city of creatives and literary types; I think that's pretty clear. And one of the things that makes its arts community particularly remarkable is its relative inclusivity compared with other big cities in the country. But it's also a massively segregated city that doesn't often make the voices of the poor readily available to the rest of the population.

The Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) runs writing workshops for low income adults to help combat the problem, and publishes The Journal of Ordinary Thought, which compiles lots of the writing they see. Lest you doubt that writing is getting out there for the public, they've distributed more than 163,000 copies of 83 issues so far.

This Thursday, September 27, the Journal is holding a release reading party at the Harold Washington Library from 6-8pm for their next edition entitled, "The Open Gate: JOT Writers' Visions of Freedom and Liberation." The event is set to be hosted by Steve Edwards of WBEZ and is supported by Chicago Public Media.

Head to the Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Library, located at 400 S. State St., to catch the celebration from 6-8pm.

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