Conversation with Stuart Dybek

A Conversation with Stuart Dybek 

Saturday May 20, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Raised on the South Side within a family of Polish immigrants, poet and short fiction writer Stuart Dybek has become one of Chicago’s finest voices. Using dreams, imagination, and religious iconography, he examines the gritty details of the working class, ethnic neighborhoods of his youth. With writing published in five short story collections, two books of poetry, and magazines such as Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, Dybek has earned multiple literary awards including the PEN/Malamud Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the O. Henry Award. He was also awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007. Books will be available for purchase. Please join us for coffee and conversation.


More Short Stories and Poetry

Short Film Festival
Fridays, May 5, 12 & 19, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Leading up to our conversation with short story writer Stuart Dybek on May 20th, we're presenting a festival of short films. Stop in each week for a new selection of short films.

Polish Heritage Book Club: The Coast of Chicago
Thursday, April 13, 3:00–4:30 PM
Every other month the Polish Heritage Book Club discusses an English-language book related to Polish culture.
This month we’re reading The Coast of Chicago, Stuart Dybek’s collection of short stories reflecting the everyday beauty of Chicago.

50 Words in 50 Minutes
Tuesday, May 16,  6:00–7:00 PM 
In honor of short story writer Stuart Dybek’s visit, we’ll write our own short stories, really short stories, fifty words or fewer. Using fun prompts and games, learn to make writing your own stories easy and exciting.


After Hours Teen Poetry
Fridays, March 10 & May 12, 5:00–8:00 PM 
After everyone has gone home for the night, teens in grades 6–12 are invited to get poetic at Eisenhower. 
On March 10, share your thoughts at an open mic night. REGISTER NOW
On May 12, transform old books into works of black-out poetry art. REGISTER NOW


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