2620 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm CDT
great weather for MEDIA’s first Chicago event!
Featuring Savon Bartley, Cornelius Fortune, Anna Holmquist, Billy Tuggle, Jacob Victorine, plus great weather editors David Lawton and Jane Ormerod
Savon Bartley is an exhilarating black American storyteller known for his dynamic readings. Featured at venues around the world such as the Apollo Theater, MTV UK, and The United Nations, Bartley uses poetry to creatively address the narrative of young black men. His electric performances have allowed him to tour internationally as well as work in theater, film, and television alongside The Wu Tang Clan, The Black Panthers, Russel Simmons, and Tony Award winners. His work can be found or forthcoming in The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker, Slate Magazine, Blavity, The New York Times, Suspect Press, and Afropunk.
Cornelius Fortune is a Detroit-based freelance journalist, editor, and playwright. His work has appeared in DBusiness magazine, Detroit Metro Times, Yahoo News, iPhone Life Magazine, Cinema Blend, and others. His play, “Dislocations,” was selected for performance during the Thespis Festival in New York (2014) and was a finalist for the DUFT (Downtown Urban Theater Festival). In 2015, Fortune participated in Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival with “Against Human Nature,” a retelling of the fall of man (from the angel’s perspective). Most recently, the play was adapted in audio drama format for Backwell Playhouse, which you can listen to here. Additionally, he’s written content for a Fortune 500 company, ghostblogged for a circus performer, won an award for enterprise reporting, and rebranded a popular emagazine. Follow him on Twitter@Arlingtonscribe.
Anna Holmquist is a poet, songwriter and creator currently residing in Chicago, IL. She is currently working on albums for two musical projects, The Curls (https://thecurls.bandcamp.com/) and Night & Gale (https://nightandgale.bandcamp.com/).