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ECC Writers Center Spring Reading Series kicks off February 10 with author Hugh Ryan


The Writers Center at Elgin Community College will host three writers for the Spring 2022 Reading Series. Due to ongoing social distancing practices, events will be held virtually. All readings start at 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, February 10, the Spring Reading series kicks off with writer and curator Hugh Ryan. Her first book, “When Brooklyn Was Queer,” won the 2020 New York City Book Award, was a 2019 New York Times Editors’ Choice, and was a finalist for the Randy Shilts and Lambda Literary Awards. Her next book, “The Christopher Street Jail,” explores New York’s women’s house of detention and the bizarre case of prison abolition. Hugh also received the 2020 Allan Berube Award from the American Historical Association for his exhibit “On the (Queer) Waterfront”.

• Author Eric May will read on Friday, March 17. May is an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago and author of the novel “Bedrock Faith,” the Chicago Public Library’s 2021 One Book, One Chicago selection, and a 2014 Notable African American Title by Publisher’s Weekly. A Chicago native and former Washington Post reporter, May is a former recipient of the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, president of the Guild Literary Complex, and a member of 2nd Story. His fiction has appeared in Fish Stories, F, Hypertext, Solstice, and We Speak Chicagoese magazines.

• ECC’s own English teacher, Chasity Gunn, will be reading on Thursday, April 14th. Gunn was a Laureate Fellow of the 2021 Academy of Poets and was the City of Elgin’s first Poet Laureate from 2019 to 2021. Gunn is the author of “How to Create a World”. His work has been published in Bitterzoet Magazine, BRAVO and Electric Moon. Gunn received a Cultural Arts Commission from the City of Elgin and a Teach for Justice grant from Teachers Pay Teachers. His spoken word has been presented at Bedlam Theatre’s 10×10 Fest and the Elgin Fringe Festival.

All readings are free and open to the public. To register, visit the ECC Writers Center page, elgin.edu/news-events/ecc-in-the-news/2022/ecc-writers-center-spring-reading-series-begins-feb-10.php, and scroll down for Zoom links. For the call number or more on the Writers Center, contact Rachael Stewart at [email protected]