CQR at the International House, University of Chicago, Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series

Thanks to the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series at the International House at the University of Chicago for hosting this April 4, 2017 reading to celebrate the South Asian American issue of the Chicago Quarterly Review! Featuring Syed Afzal HaiderFaisal MohyuddinDipika Mukherjee, Toni Nealie, Ravibala Shenoy, and Sachin Waikar, moderated by CQR editor Elizabeth McKenzie.

Happy pub date to the Chicago Quarterly Review’s South Asian American Issue!

Volume 24, Winter 2017, The South Asian American Issue

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 “There was a time when the South Asian writer treaded the linguistic register rather carefully. Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children shook things up and made many of us his children. Not anymore! The new South Asian American writer is a wild beast.”—from the Introduction by guest editor Moazzam Sheikh

Featuring Vidhu Aggarwal, Kazim Ali, Meher Ali, Neelanjana Banerjee, Nadia Chaney, Sayantani Dasgupta, Tara Dorabji, Ali Eteraz, Saadia Faruqi, Mala Gaonkar, Madhushree Ghosh, Ro Gunetilleke, S. Afzal Haider, Syed Ishaq Haider, Minal Hajratwala, Soniah Kamal, Kirun Kapur, Maya Khosla, Swati Khurana, Waqas Khwaja, Anu Kumar, Aditi Machado, Amit Majmudar, Shikha Malaviya, Zafar Malik, Vikas Menon, Faisal Mohyuddin, Dipika Mukherjee, Somnath Mukherji, Naomi Munaweera, Shabnam Nadiya, Shivani Narang, Ifti Nasim, Sophia Naz, Toni Nealie, Mahmud Rahman, Reema Rajbanshi, Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, Chaitali Sen, Moazzam Sheikh, Ravibala Shenoy, Ranbir Singh Sidhu, Pireeni Sundaralingam, Sadia Uqaili, Sachin Waikar, Tanu Mehrotra Wakefield.

“This rich issue of Chicago Quarterly Review is the perfect antidote for the cultural ignorance of those who demonize immigrants and fear the inevitable browning of America. In these memorable stories, essays, poems, and photos, we see past differences of culture, country, and religion straight into the heart of South Asian Americans, realizing that it is our own heart, one that powerfully reminds us of our shared humanity.” –Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage and The Way of the Writer

“In a time of mounting distrust of foreign cultures and unprecedented attacks against immigrants, this sweeping collection of writing by a new wave of South Asian writers is an antidote that both transports and illuminates. The irrepressible voices within rage against widely diverse assumptions and stereotypes and yet unite to remind us of the universality of the human condition.” —Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu

Cover illustration and design by Laura Williams

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Manil Suri on the upcoming South Asian American Issue

“In a time of mounting distrust of foreign cultures and unprecedented attacks against immigrants, this sweeping collection of writing by a new wave of South Asian writers is an antidote that both transports and illuminates. The irrepressible voices within rage against widely diverse assumptions and stereotypes and yet unite to remind us of the universality of the human condition.” –Manil Suri

CQR #23, Fall 2016


Volume 23, Fall 2016

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Contributors include: Robin Barber, Andrew W.M. Beierle, J. A. Bernstein, Lisa Bloomfield, J. Scott Brownlee, Claudia Buckholts, Lucas Carpenter, Dounia Choukri, Emily Culliton, Patricia Engel, Robin Estrin, Katharine Haake, Stanley Horowitz, Michael Hutchison, Greg Jenkins, Charles Johnson, Laura Jok, David Kear, Robert Kerwin, Jen Knox, Chuck Kramer, Shane Lake, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lee, Joan Li, Margit Liesche, Joseph Millar, Rod Val Moore, Eireene Nealand, W.P. Osborn, Cassandra Passarelli, Harry Mark Petrakis, Sofi Stambo, Jim Swierzynski, Jake Tuck, and Ian Randall Wilson.

The Fall 2015 issue of Chicago Quarterly Review

We are thrilled to announce the release of our Fall 2015 issue (cover illustration by Rumi Hara) featuring work by Aliki Barnstone • Sharon Barrett • Heather Bowlan • Margaret Chula • Stephen Cloud • Douglas Cole • Diana Crane • David Downie • Peter Ferry • Mauricio Montiel Figueiras • Victor Florence • Edward Garner • Rumi Hara • Natalie S. Harnett • Charles Holdefer • Gary Houston • Suzanne Jill Levine • Erin Lillo • Julia Malye • Michael P. McManus • Devin Murphy • James Paradiso • Charles Parsons • Harry Mark Petrakis • Nicolette Polek • Trenton Pollard • Richard Rapaport • James Reiss • Timothy Richard • Jonathan Rose • Ryan Salazar • Jay Shearer • Peter Stine • Goro Takano • Barbara Tannenbaum • Alison Touster-Reed • John Twohey • Josh Wardrip • Joe Weil • Luke Whisnant • Jerry Whitus • David Winner • Gary Young • Eric Zurita

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Guest editor of CQR #20, Michela Martini

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Meet the editor of our special Italian issue! Michela Martini, a native of Genoa, Italy, received her MA in Italian literature from the University of Genoa, where she studied with Edoardo Sanguineti. She has taught Italian language and culture at Suffolk University, Indiana University, Cabrillo College, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her translations of Italian poetry, also in collaboration with poet Robert Hahn, have appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, Catamaran Literary ReaderThe Literary ReviewPoetry InternationalGradiva, Journal of Italian Translation, Italian Poetry ReviewLiterary Imagination, International Poetry Review,Unsplendid, etc., and were anthologized by Geoff Brock in The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. She is currently working as a translator and editor specializing in information technology, literature, and photography.

CQR at Printers Row 2015!

CQR editors Elizabeth McKenzie and Syed Haider with CQR friend and contributor Gary Houston in the Poetry Foundation tent, Printers Row.

Syed Haider with CQR contributor Peter Ferry, celebrating the release of Ferry’s new novel Old Heart.

CQR friend and contributor Liz Radford

CQR editor Elizabeth McKenzie

CQR contributing editor Umberto Tosi, signing copies of his novel Ophelia Rising

CQR friend and contributor Signe Ratcliff with Syed Haider and CQR friend and contributor Gary Houston

Syed Haider and Gary Houston with CQR friend and contributor Sharon Solwitz

Printers Row

Chicago Quarterly Review at Printer’s Row!


Come see us, June 6 & 7 in the Poetry Foundation tent! Current and past issues, lovely postcards, friendly editors and contributors standing by! Here’s where:

Tent: MM 
Quadrant: 3
Quadrant 3 covers the southern half of Dearborn St. between Harrison St. and Polk St and the two short blocks of Polk St. between S. Plymouth St. and S. Federal St. Look for the Poetry Foundation banner. 

A reading for the CQR!


Eight Chicago Quarterly Review contributors will read from their work from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 17 at The Celtic Knot Public House on Church Street in Evanston. You’ll hear from:
SHARON SOLWITZ, award-winning author. Among her honors: the Carl Sandburg, Midlands Authors and Pushcart prizes, plus inclusion in Best American Short Stories of 2012.
LIZ RADFORD – Her work has appeared in Prick of the Spindle and AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle. She is an MFA candidate at Northwestern.
PETER FERRY – Evanston writer whose work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Fiction and Story Quarterly; he is the winner of an Illinois Art Council Award for Short Fiction. He is the author of Travel Writing, and his new novel, Old Heart, is due in June, 2015.
DIPIKA MUKHERJEE: novelist, poet, sociolinguist. Her novel, Thunder Demon (2011) was listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her poetry has been widely anthologized. She has edited two collections of Southeast Asian stories: Silverfish New Writing and The Merlion and Hibiscus. Her poetry collection, Palimpsest of Exile, was published by Rubicon in 2009.
STEVE CEJTIN – visual artist and principal of Hammer & Pixel designs, will read from CQR’s special issue featuring new literature from Italy, edited by translator Michela Martini.
GARY HOUSTON – well known actor/director, writer and editor emeritus of Chicago Sun Times “Show Book Week” and Chicago Literary Review.
UMBERTO TOSI – author and CQR contributing editor reads from Ophelia Rising, his new novel reimagining the life of Shakespeare’s fair maid before and after Hamlet.
ELEANOR SPIESS-FERRIS – noted Chicago narrative surrealist reads from her story, “The Art Store.”
Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church St
Evanston, IL 60201
(b/t Orrington & Chicago Aves)
Ph (847) 864-1679
Sunday 4-6 pm, May 17

The Italian Issue

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The Italian Issue. Cover illustration by Rossana Campo


It’s here! Guest edited by Michela Martini, long in the making, this special issue of the Chicago Quarterly Review is a stunning collection of poetry and prose translations of contemporary Italian literature, featuring these writers, translators and artists: Cristina Alziati • Traci Andrighetti • Jacob Blakesley • Margaret Brose • Rossana Campo • Mauro Casiraghi • Mauro Castellani • Patrizia Cavalli • Mara Cini • Bonnie Costello • Deborah Davies • Franca Di Muzio • John Domini • Fabio Donalisio • Rudi Dundas • Adam Elgar • Biancamaria Frabotta • Adria Frizzi • Sciltian Gastaldi • Georgia Emma Gili • Robert Hahn • Michael Kirylo • Alessandra Lavagnino • Ernesto Livorni • Valerio Magrelli • Nicola Manuppelli • Michela Martini • Silvana Mastrolia • Elizabeth McKenzie • Massimo Migliorati • Guido Morselli • Ellen Nerenberg • Aldo Palazzeschi • Katia Pansa • Gabriele Pedullà • Giacomo Pilati • Alta L. Price • Frederika Randall • Rosebud Rosabella • Edoardo Sanguineti • Angela Scarparo • Olivia E. Sears • Nicola Skert • Emanuele Trevi • Francesco Verso • Patrizia Vicinelli • Patrizia Villani • J. Rodolfo Wilcock.

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CQR reading at Green Apple Books/San Francisco

Zack Rogow and Syed Afzal Haider


Moazzam Sheikh
Zack Rogow reading from “Havana Twilight”
Elizabeth McKenzie and Syed Afzal Haider, Editors
Stephen Kessler reading selected prose poems from CQR #19
Catherine Segurson reading from “Flower Storm”
Evie Rucker reading “The Wonderful Day”
Donka Farkas reading her translation of David Frankel’s memoir “This is All I Remember”
In the Granny Smith room
contributors Evie Rucker and Stephen Kessler