This year’s Guggenheim Fellowship winners include Chicago author Eula Biss, who teaches nonfiction writing here at Northwestern University. The purpose of these grants is to provide recipients with six- to twelve-month blocks of time to work with the greatest possible creative freedom. Biss is the author of the essay collection Notes from No Man’s Land and a founding editor of Essay Press, dedicated to publishing artful, innovative, and culturally relevant essays.
TriQuarterly Online contributor Francine J. Sanders was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation from its newly-created investigative reporting fund. The grant will fund a one-year research and writing project examining the role of civilians in police brutality cases. Sanders’ essay, “Witness Report,” deals with her investigation of Jon Burge during her years working with the Chicago Police Department’s civilian investigative unit.
Reginald Gibbons and Ed Roberson will join Ari Brown, Mabel Kwan, Christina Pugh, and Rachel Jamison Webster for an evening of poetry and music at “Poetry off the Shelf,” a presentation co-sponsored by the Pianoforte Foundation and the Poetry Foundation. The event is Saturday, April 16, at 7:00 PM at 410 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Tickets are available in advance and discounted for students.