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The Marrow

  • The Whistler 2421 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

In the wake of the election we weren't quite sure what to do with this show; we'd just changed the format to expand the scope to include live conversations, but the stuff we planned to talk about — primarily, how people make art — seemed, suddenly, superfluous. So, we called off November's show. 

But in the last month we've witnessed countless acts of advocacy and activism displayed by our friends and communities, and we've been encouraged by those who've insisted, in the face of harrowing circumstances, to create. It seems obvious to us now that the central question is, indeed, how does art get made? 

Please join us as we continue that conversation with local author GINA FRANGELLO and HANNAH NYHART, founder of Build Coffee. Both women will read from their published work and join us onstage for a discussion about their work and how they make it. 

DOORS: 5:30 pm
SHOW: 6:00 pm
The Marrow is always free and 21+.

GINA FRANGELLO is the author of the novel EVERY KIND OF WANTING, as well as three other books. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies. She is currently the faculty editor of The Coachella Review, and teaches at Roosevelt University, the University of IL-Chicago, and the University of CA-Riverside Palm Desert’s low residency MFA.

HANNAH NYHART is a sometimes writer, a former editor of the South Side Weekly, and the founder of Build Coffee, a coffee shop and community space in the Experimental Station. Surrounded by civic journalism projects and community-driven non-profits, Build is designed as a hub for good coffee and radical collaboration.

THE MARROW is a hybrid storytelling and conversation show hosted by Leah Pickett and Naomi Huffman. Each month we ask two of our favorite writers, artists, and activists to bring their work to the stage and sit still afterward while we ask them questions. Right now, we're curious about the words writers select to form full sentences, how audience awareness shapes the decisions artists make, and how anyone has the head space or heart room to Make Art in this increasingly claustrophobic, information-saturated, anxiety-riddled world.

Earlier Event: December 18
Cocktails for Ding Dongs Release Party