Where We're At – No. 40
Stories & Beer Reading Series
The Stories & Beer Reading Series was founded in Urbana, Illinois, in 2010 by Hobart editor, Ninth Letter staffer, and current UIUC grad student Aaron Burch. Burch, who is also the author of the recently published story collection How to Predict the Weather, joined forces with Caleb Curtiss of Smile Politely, Champaign-Urbana's news and entertainment online magazine, to organize a reading series that offered a less formal, more social experience for Champaign-Urbana fiction and poetry fans. Held semi-regularly at Urbana watering hole The Iron Post, Stories and Beer has quickly become a popular event among the local writing and reading community. Featured readers have included writers from the University of Illinois' creative writing program, local authors, and regional authors from Chicago and Indianapolis and elsewhere. One of the few venues that truly attempts to combine University-based and local/regional talent, Stories & Beer has established itself as a lively, unpredictable, always entertaining way to enjoy storytelling and poetry reading while partaking, if you wish, of an icy cold one.
Writer featured at previous Stories & Beer readings have included current and former Ninth Letterstaffers Philip Graham, Matt Minicucci, Sara Gelston, Brian Kornell, Harmony Neal, and many others; as well as 9L authors Joe Meno, Matt Bell, William Gillespie, and Bryan Furuness.
The next Stories & Beer is scheduled for Sunday, March 13, following the official kickoff of the U of I Early Spring Literary Festival. Featured writers are local authors Ted Sanders and Laura Adamczyk, plus visiting authors Chad Simpson, Dave Housley and Jim Ruland. For more info about the series visit SmilePolitely.com.
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