(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “literary masterpiece” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen gets poetic on his wedding weekend, chats with an organizer of a local literary party, checks in with a Time Out Chicago writer to see what she’s writing about these days, and learns about a website that is a local literary hub.

The OTL Poetry Corner

Mike gets sentimental on his wedding weekend and reads a poem he wrote when he was 12.  It was published in Creation Spirituality magazine in 1993.

Fred Sasaki Associate editor of POETRY

Friday, July 31 the Fifth Annual Printers’ Ball takes place in Chicago and it’s quite the literary throw down!  Fred gives us the details about the party and talks about the local literary scene.

Jessica Herman – Writer for Time Out Chicago’s “The Get”

We catch up with Jessica to see what she’s writing about these days, including taking a peek into some Chicagoans homes.

Gretchen Kalwinski – Co-founder of

If you want to be in the know when it comes to the literary scene in Chicago you need to check out Literago!  We learn more about the site on this week’s show.

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