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Events Thu Oct 17 2013

Hybrid Forms: Columbia College Celebrates Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction Week at Columbia College Chicago, the annual celebration of creative nonfiction and literary journalism, returns next week on October 21-24.

The schedule is packed with visual artists, storytellers, poets and writers showcasing a spectrum of forms of written expression. All events are at Columbia's Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave. unless otherwise noted.


On Monday, October 21 at 4pm, theLatina Voices reading includes current and former students of the Latina Voices course, and is hosted by assistant professor in Columbia's Journalism department Teresa Puente. At 7pm, poet, writer and Emmy award winner Kwame Dawes will read.

On Tuesday, October 22 at 4pm, expect a panel on Graphic Storytelling and Nonfiction Comics. Guest include comics artists and organizers of the Chicago Alternative Comic Expo Neil Brideau, writer and academic Anne Elizabeth Moore, Darryl Holliday and Erik Rodriguez, moderated by creative writing department staff member Greg Baldino.

At 7 pm a second panel, Telling Live Stories: Performance and Discussion will feature 2nd Story members Megan Stielstra and Bobby Biedrzycki, along with Shannon Cason and Andre Perez, moderated by associate professor Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin from Columbia's journalism department.

Wednesday, October 23 offers a panel touching upon the festival theme of hybrid forms. The panel Creative Nonfiction: Hybrids and Cross Pollinations begins at 1pm with guests David Stuart MacLean, Kathleen Rooney and David Trinidad. Hosted by Columbia Creative Writing professor, Garnett Kilberg-Cohen.

Visual forms are represented at 4pm in the panel Video Storytelling with Martha Irvine, associate professor of Columbia's Television department Eric Scholl, and Ted Hardin. Moderated by assistant professor in Columbia's Journalism department Jackie Spinner.

The day closes with a reading from Columbia faculty and students at 7pm.

The last day of the festival, Thursday, October 24 has two events. At 4pm join the final panel titled Entrepreneurial Paths to Publication with some of the city's top independent publishers. Panelists are Sarah Dodson from Make magazine, Mairead Case editor at Featherproof books and Yeti press, Paul Durica host of Pocket Guide to Hell tours and reenactments and Toure Muhammad of the Bean Soup Times. Moderated by Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin.

At 5:30pm, Columbia's South Loop Review will host a reading and release party for their newest issue Creative Nonfiction + Art. Contributors from the issue will be reading works. There will be a discussion of their work to follow. Free coffee, a book raffle and issues of the South Loop Review will be available. Note: This event will be held at Columbia College's Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 S. Michigan Ave., First Floor.

All events are free and open to the public.

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