Essays

Joe Mackall

Yesterday’s Noise On a winter day in the early part of the twentieth century, my great-grandfather Casey walked carefully and quietly through the Pennsylvania woods. An avid hunter his entire life, on this day his quarry was deer. Not long into his hunt he…

May 24, 2018
Book Reviews

Review by S. Ferdowsi of Sick: A Memoir

Sick: A Memoir Porochista Khakpour 276 pages, paperback, $10.90 Harper Perennial June, 2018 In Sick, Porochista Khakpour explores the entanglements of immigration and illness, addiction and ability, in a memoir that spans her early childhood to the near present. Only a toddler when she…

May 24, 2018
Interviews

Nadine Kenney Johnstone in Conversation with Punctuate

The Chicago Writers’ Association Book of the Year for 2018 was awarded to Nadine Kenney Johnstone for her book Of This Much I’m Sure. In this memoir, Kenney Johnstone reflects on her Chicago upbringing, the first years of her marriage, and the challenges she…

May 24, 2018
Essays

Kelle Groom

Live Music  The white rose is for remembrance, the death of a child. Lilies, chrysanthemums for sorrow. It could be a bouquet, a basket, an altar covered in flowers. But I can’t see it from here. The surprise of the lie blanketing. I thought…

May 24, 2018
Interviews

20 Questions for Peter K. Steinberg

Asked by David Trinidad What is your first memory? I have some co-first memories. I don’t know how real they are. But first is being dropped; falling. My mother was carrying me from the living room into our “play room.” There is a step…

May 24, 2018
Book Reviews

The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms

The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms Edited and with an introduction by Kim Adrian Foreword by Brenda Miller Postscript by Cheyenne Nimes 276 pages, paperback, $24.95 University of Nebraska Press April, 2018 Shell Games When you think about the “essay,” what comes…

April 25, 2018
Essays

Zoe Raines

The Desk I moved into my first apartment in Chicago, and became a real writer. Being a writer had certain conditions that absolutely had to be met. I needed a place—secured. I needed a desk and a chair. The desk I wanted flat and…

April 25, 2018