Chicago Quarterly Review #31!

Announcing the release of CQR #31, featuring work by: Karen Ackland * Evan Anders * Aaliyah Bilal * John Blair * Jaswinder Bolina * Lilah Clay * George Cotkin * Brad Crenshaw * Tandy Cronyn * Donna L. Emerson * Ethan Feuer * Amy A. Foley * Tim Griffith * Alan Gross * S. Afzal Haider * Syed Ishaq Haider * Shen Haobo * Bella Hayes-Roth * Raymond Hummel * Kristopher Jansma * Stephen Kessler * Thomas Lee * Michael Milburn * A. Molotkov * Jacob Anthony Moniz * Delia C. Pitts * Sarena Pollock * Richard Prouty * Molly Quinn * Malcolm Rothman * Yan Sham-Shackleton * Matthew Socia * Cutter Streeby * Shoshana Surek * Gabriella R. Tallmadge * Amanda Uhle * Anthony Varallo * Primo Ventello * John Walser * Zachary Watterson * R. Hunter Whitworth * Jennifer Wortman * Liang Yujing

Cover images by Syed Ishaq Haider

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The Chicago Quarterly Review presents: The Australian issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Art: “My Story is Your Story” by Jandamarra Cadd

This special Australian edition of the Chicago Quarterly Review, guest edited by Paul Williams and Shelley Davidow, presents a mosaic of diverse and exceptional writers’ voices from a multi-faceted multicultural land. Featuring work by: MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD * ROSE ALLAN * VAN BADHAM * YASAMAN BAGHERI * BEHROUZ BOOCHANI * HILARY BURDEN * JANDAMARRA CADD * SARAH CASEY * SIMON CLEARY * CLAIRE G. COLEMAN * SHELLEY DAVIDOW * QUINN EADES * ALI COBBY ECKERMANN * ANNAH FAULKNER * NIGEL FEATHERSTONE * PETE GOODLET * ARIA IQBAAL * ANNA JACOBSON * LEAH KAMINSKY * KRISSY KNEEN * MICHAEL LEUNIG * BELLE LING * KIM MAHOOD * DAVID MALOUF * FIONA KELLY MCGREGOR * PATRICK NUNN * FELICITY PLUNKETT * CANDY ROYALLE * INGA SIMPSON * SHERIDAN STEWART * MARIA TAKOLANDER * DEVI A. TELFER * OMID TOFIGHIAN * MARK TREDINNICK * DEWA WARDAK * SAMUEL WAGAN WATSON * PAUL WILLIAMS * EIRA WOLFF * JOHN WRENCH

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CQR Anniversary Issue reviewed in the Washington Post: Four toasts to literary gems that have survived the vagaries of publishing

“To mark the 25th anniversary of Chicago Quarterly Review, the fall 2019 issue is appropriately huge, as befits Carl Sandburg’s “stormy, husky, brawling,/ City of the Big Shoulders.” Here, in more than 400 pages, are 32 short stories, 20 poems, a suite of photographs and a dozen works of nonfiction. The result isn’t just a literary quarterly; it’s a tour of the bright and darkling plain we call contemporary American literature.”                –Michael Dirda

 

 

 

Announcing the Chicago Quarterly Review 25th Anniversary Issue

A mammoth issue to celebrate 25 years of CQR, featuring brilliant new work by:

Judith Aller, Christopher Todd Anderson, Billy Baites, Ann Voorhees Baker, Deni Ellis Bechard, Max Berwald, John Blades, Harold Bordwell, Steven Carrelli, Michael Collier, Gerardo Sámano Córdova, William Virgil Davis, Michael Day, Marcy Dermansky, Regina DiPerna, Christina Drill, Patricia Engel, Peter Ferry, Robert Long Foreman, Luke Geddes, Bob Glassman, Syed Afzal Haider, Liam Heneghan, Charles Hood, Gary Houston, Hugh Iglarsh, Cheryl Collins Isaac, Robert Kerwin, Waqas Khwaja, Chuck Kramer, Yumiko Kurahashi, Louise LeBourgeois, David Lehman, Bronte Lim, Kathleen McGookey, Elizabeth McKenzie, Michael Miner, Faisal Mohyuddin, Roberta Montgomery, Dipika Mukherjee, Gregg Murray, Scott Nadelson, Natalia Nebel, Naomi Shihab Nye, Harry Mark Petrakis, Elina Petrova, Genevieve Plunkett, Jory Post, Signe Ratcliff, Alyssa Ripley, Chuck Rosenthal, Craig Sautter, Emily Schulten, Moazzam Sheikh, Brian Allan Skinner, Christine Sneed, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Patricia Stacey, James Stacey, Umberto Tosi, Alvaro Villaneuva, Jake Young.

A full list of all contributors since 1994 included. 

Cover design by Alvaro Villaneuva.

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Newcity names CQR Founder/editor Syed Afzal Haider to its “Lit 50, Who Really Books in Chicago 2019”

Lit 50: Who Really Books In Chicago 2019, Newcity–Syed Afzal Haider, Founder and Senior Editor, Chicago Quarterly Review
“The twenty-fifth anniversary issue of the Chicago Quarterly Review is due this year. “From a very humble beginning it is gratifying that in the past few years the Chicago Quarterly Review has been honored by inclusion in ‘Best American Short Stories,’ ‘The O. Henry Prize Stories,’ the Pushcart Prize anthology, and ‘Best American Essays,’” founder Syed Haider says. “We owe much to our lively and devoted editorial staff, past and present.” Current staff includes senior editor Elizabeth McKenzie, fiction editor John Blades and managing editor Gary Houston. Special issues include a Chicago issue and 2017’s South Asian American issue guest-edited by Moazzam Sheikh. “We are proud of the growth of our magazine creatively and thrilled by our expanding readership all over the world.” Haider just published his second novel, Life of Ganesh.”

CQR reading at the Chicago Public Library Edgewater Branch, May 16, 6:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny Calegari was born in Australia and moved to the United States in 1995. He has lived in Boston, Tokyo and Cambridge (UK), and teaches mathematics at the University of Chicago. His fiction has appeared in Quadrant, Southerly, Overland, Chicago Quarterly Review, Dunes Review and The Age newspaper. He has three children.

Syed Afzal Haider is a writer and founding senior editor at Chicago Quarterly Review. His short stories and essays have appeared in such literary magazines as Saint Ann’s Review, AmerAsia, The Journal of Pakistani Literature, The Taylor Trust, Marco Polo. Indian Voices and Catamaran Literary Reader. Of his first novel To Be With Herformer Tribune books editor John Blades wrote: “A uniquely literate perspective on the plight of the exile… in the same vein as the work of Camus and more recently Kiran Desai, whose conflicted protagonists, like Haider’s, find themselves alone in an alien world.” His new novel Life of Ganeshwas published this year.

Malcolm Rothman, a regular on Chicago’s theatrical scene since 1978, has performed on stage, TV, film, voice-over and narration. For over 17 years he has portrayed Harry Caray at corporate and private events and for four years he was Judge Adrian Barnes in Canamac Productions’ Defamation–The Play, a touring interactive courtroom drama. Recently in Daniel Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy.at Actor Ensemble Theater, he is perhaps best known as Mr. Mushnik in Chicago’s first production of Little Shop of Horrorsat the Royal George Theater.

Thomas Wawzenek is a Chicago writer whose plays have been staged in Chicago, Milwaukee and New York and at various theatre festivals. He has collaborated with actors and musicians in performing and recording Stories in Motion, which integrates his short stories musically and theatrically. A staff writer for many publications and websites, he pens arts reviews for Third Coast Review. Thomas received his creative writing degree at Columbia College. For more about his work, visit wordbeat.net.

Announcing the release of CQR #28!

 

With cover art by Rumi Hara, and featuring new work by:

Farah Ali * Mir Anis * Samuel Rafael Barber * Andrew Beckner * Ryan Bloom * David Booth * Brett Busang * Hamida Banu Chopra * Kim Farrar * Bill Gaythwaite * Renny Golden * Deborah Gorlin * Emily Greenberg * Rumi Hara * Harry Hutson * Muhammad Iqbal * Peter Joseph Koch * Michael Lavers * Trudy Lewis * Louise Marburg * Jen Michalski * Jonathan Andrew Perez, Esq. * Andrew Porter * Jory Post * Jane Ratcliffe * Zack Rogow * Malcolm Rothman * Michael R. Schrimper * Eric Severn * Ashley Shelby * Irene Hoge Smith * Robert Solomon * Matthew J. Spireng * Janferie Stone * Hema Surendranathan * Barbara Sutton * Patrick Sylvain * Thomas Wawzenek * Catherine Wong * Alexi Zentner

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CQR Presents: Paul Skenazy, Dipika Mukherjee, and Jay Shearer at The Book Stall

  • Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM

    The Book Stall

    811 Elm St, Winnetka, Illinois 60093
  • Join us as we celebrate the work of three Chicago Quarterly Review contributors.

    Paul Skenazy taught literature and writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz for thirty-five years. He has written critical pieces on writers as diverse as James M. Cain, Saul Bellow and Maxine Hong Kingston, revised and edited a posthumous novel by a friend (Arturo Islas, La Mollie and the King of Tears) and published more than three hundred book reviews in newspapers and magazines nationwide. His new book, Temper CA, won the 2018 Miami University Press Novella Prize for 2018. He lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, poet Farnaz Fatemi, and an old cat and young dog who don’t see eye to eye.

    Dipika Mukherjee is a writer and sociolinguist. Her work, focusing on the politics of modern Asian societies and diaspora, includes the novels Ode to Broken Things(Repeater, 2016) and Shambala Junction (Aurora Metro, 2016). Language Shifts Among Malaysian Minorities as Effects Of National Language Planning: Speaking in Many Tongues, her co-edited collection of academic essays, was published by Amsterdam University Press (2011). She has been mentoring Southeast Asian writing for over two decades and has edited five anthologies of Southeast Asian fiction. She lives in Chicago.

    Jay Shearer’s writing has appeared, among other places, in Southeast Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Other Voices and Tikkun. He is the author of a novel, Five Hundred Sirens (Cairn Press), a chapbook novelette, The Pulpit vs. the Hole(Gold Line Press) and a play, The Full Treatment (which ran last year at Broom Street Theater in Madison). His story collection How Exquisite the Dead Girl was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (University of Georgia). He teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lives in the city with his family.