Monday, June 27, 2011

Issue VII Release Reception

Your holiday weekend was just extended.

Join us on Tuesday, July 5th at COLE'S BAR to celebrate the release of our Summer issue, LSLR#7. The evening starts at 7PM.

It should be a time. We're working on a fantastic lineup of live readers who will grace the stage that night. Come by and congratulate the writers, meet the editors and talk the literary talk!

Don't miss it!

Friday, June 24, 2011


We need your work if we are going to put out a journal of quality. So, please be a sport and send us a piece of writing! Better yet, send us a number of pieces of writing. Get involved. Get published. Get compliments from an adoring public. It'll be good for you, we promise. We can't do it without you, the slaves-to-the-written-word who have the temerity to express their thoughts on paper and present them to total strangers.
July 26th.

Send your work to

Be as cool as this guy:

Friday, June 17, 2011

DIYCHI Poetry Workshop

Hey Everybody,

Our friends over at DIYCHI are launching a poetry workshop, and we're excited to be spreading the word. Matt Whispers, an LSLR contributor and Chicago Zinefest organizer, is among those spearheading the effort. Check it out:

This workshop will establish a diverse, supportive community of Chicago-based poets. We encourage our friends and contributors to join the fray.

E-mail diywritingworkshops@gmail.
com to sign up. Include your NAME, CONTACT INFORMATION, and 2 ORIGINAL WORKS with your e-mail. The first session will be held on TUESDAY, JUNE 14, from 8-10pm. Barring conflict, all subsequent workshops will be held at the same time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The LSLR Reads at Bucket O' Blood Books and Records

The Logan Square Literary Review is hosting another great evening of live readings featuring some excellent local talent!

The reading is at one of Logan Square's newest record and book shops, Bucket O' Blood Books and Records. We'll be shoving all the shelving out of the way and making room for all you beautfiul people to come relax and enjoy the literary stylings of:

Brad Brubaker
Amy L. Hayden
Georgi Johnston
Muyassar Kurdi
Jami Sailor
Pete Michael Smith

Readings begin at 7 p.m.

Issues of The LSLR will be available for purchase

This is a free event, and BYOB!!

We hope you'll join us in supporting local literature and Bucket O' Blood Books and Records. See you there!

If you would like to be a part of future readings, send an email to our events coordinator at with a brief description about yourself and a sample of material you'd like to read.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


For today, ready the nastiness embedded deep, deep down in your personality. Once you locate this hateful wasteland, use it to think of the worst possible, most damaging, wrathful and caustic thing (a single line) you could say to each of the following people:

- your mother
- your father
- your grandmother

- your sibling
- your own child
- Jim Carrey
- your current best friend
- Oprah
- your favorite teacher
- your current significant other

- yourself
- your doctor
- President Obama and his wife
- your first significant other
- your landlord
- George Clooney
- your dog
- Kim Jong-Il
- John Stewart

Send your list of devastating comments (which don't necessarily need to reflect your true beliefs) along with the targets' replies, as you imagine them, to

(If the whole operation leaves you feeling a bit empty or dirty inside, feel free to turn around and write the best possible, most uplifting thing you could say to each person on that same list.)

Friday, June 3, 2011


We're holding an LSLR Live Reading later this month, June 21st to be exact. Have a piece you're dying to share ? We're looking for six writer/readers to present their work onstage at Bucket O' Blood.
If you're interested in participating, please send send an e-mail to describing what genre you'd like to perform. Each speaker will be given 6-8 minutes. Please let us know ASAP if you're interested! There are only six slots, so hurry!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


For today, follow this link to meet your interview subject. You are profiling this figure for SEX HISTORY WEEKLY, an aptly named magazine.

He/She is an occasionally frustrating conversation partner, but try your best to discover his/her sexual history with penetrating questions. Copy and paste your conversation into a word processor frequently, because the website does not preserve it onscreen.

Send the completed interview to

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


For today, write a short story ten paragraphs in length. The first paragraph must contain a ten-digit number. The second paragraph must contain a nine-digit number..... and so on, until the final paragraph contains a single digit.

Send your story to