Welcome to LitCity312!

BooksellersWelcome to LitCity312! We are your new resource for news, commentary, and observation of the independent literary culture in the Chicagoland area. We hope to cover everything you need to know about the independent literary scene: independent publishing issues and trends, live lit performances and literary readings, independent bookstores, indie titles, and indie authors. We also hope to soon bring you a new literary magazine focused solely on the work of writing students currently enrolled in Chicagoland writing programs.

Why are we doing this? For the love of independent lit! We want to work with everyone in this wonderful community to celebrate and raise awareness of Chicago’s literary culture.

This project began in Spring 2012 in a DePaul University MAWP (Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing) independent press course, led by professor and poet Chris Green. The graduate students together gathered interviews with more than 100 independent presses around the country and globe. This information will be gathered into an ebook titled Independent Voices: A Small Press Sampler.

Realizing how exciting the culture right here in Chicago is, graduate student Marcy Farrey began gathering video interviews with independent presses in the area. Wondering what to do with all of this great information, Chris and Marcy spent the next year evaluating and organizing the content. After much thought and review, they decided to create a website focusing on Chicago’s indie lit scene, and LitCity was born.

We have brought some dedicated DePaul interns onto our team, and they help us keep this site alive with great content! Be sure to check out our first batch of reviews from writer and DePaul student Amanda Hanna.

LitCity312 remains a work in progress, but we hope that you will join us on this journey as we build and expand the scope of our website. Be sure to email us with any thoughts, suggestions, or submissions at litcity312@nullgmail.com.

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Marcy Farrey is a storyteller with a passion for all things literary and independent. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. Despite living in Illinois most of her life, she only recently became an official resident of the City of Chicago. She spent the first two years of her career working as a one-man band TV news reporter and producer, and she's still recovering. She now works as a corporate communications professional in Chicago.

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