The Columbia Chronicle


Story Week receives 3-year grant

By Megan Purazrang

January 24, 2013

Columbia’s Fiction Writing Department was granted new funding support for this semester’s Story Week Festival of Writers, an event that draws a diverse group of writers to the campus to help student writers find a voice through readings, conversation and author Q-and-As.Beginning this semester, the department will receive $9,000 annually until 2016 from the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foun...


By Estefania Martinez

April 9, 2012

Internationally known artist, Ann Silver, made her gallery debut at Columbia with "One Way, Deaf Way." In addition to the gallery, the ASL department hosted a presentation where assistant ASL professor Dr. Jim Van Manen and Silver discussed her journey as a deaf artist.

Story Week tells another chapter

By Lisa Schulz

April 2, 2012

Hundreds of people swarmed Columbia’s campus and sponsors’ venues to sit back and listen to the fictional stories, conversations, concerts and advice from faculty and featured authors.The 16th annual Story Week Festival of Writers encompassed 21 events from March 18–23 in locations throughout Chicago. Discussion topics ranged from gender differences in literature, Q-and-A sessions, music, publishing tips and more under t...

Story Week ‘dream’ survives, festival arrives

By Lisa Schulz

March 19, 2012

After traveling homeless with only his dog, Randy Albers, Story Week founder and Fiction Writing chair, was halfway to his doctorate degree at the University of Chicago 34 years ago when he realized his past academic success, fortunate upbringing and future were not in alignment.With help from others and some luck, he found Columbia, he said.“Surviving the American Dream” is the theme for the 16th annual Story Week, a festiv...

Fiction Writing chair’s contract not renewed

By Contributing Writer

March 5, 2012

by Monica ReidaContributing WriterIn a sudden development that has yet to be explained by Columbia administrators, as of Feb. 24, Randall Albers is no longer the chair of the Fiction Writing Department.According to Patricia McNair, acting chair of the Fiction Writing Department, the office of Eliza Nichols, dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, sent a letter Feb. 24 to the faculty and staff of the department with ...

Ordinance change preserves free speech

By Editorial Board

April 25, 2011

Chicago’s Law Department recently decided to stop enforcing an ordinance that prohibited protesting outside places of worship during religious services.The city changed its stance on the ordinance on April 11 when the Law Department ruled that a citation given to protesters outside the Chicago headquarters of the Church of Scientology last year was unconstitutional. The change in procedure closed a loophole being exploited to eff...

‘Common Sense’ brings interactive work to Oak Park gallery

By Matt Watson

April 18, 2011

Hanging from the walls and ceiling like a massive, colorful spider web, Sheila Pepe’s yarn installation exhibit, “Common Sense,” gives audience members a chance to interact with the artwork at the show’s finale. At Pepe’s recent show in Boston, some exhibit goers crocheted beer cozies using yarn from the exhibit, while another made a cap for her unborn baby.The traveling interactive exhibit by Pepe, opened at He Sa...

Renowned novelist contributes stories

By Amanda Murphy

March 28, 2011

Chicago-born author Jennifer Egan loves returning to the city, the place where she spent the first seven years of her life. Her recent visit to Columbia allowed her to spread words of guidance and experience to young writers—a status she recalls well.She served as one of the headlining authors for the Story Week festival this year and spoke on March 14, doing readings, discussions and book signings.Her most recent book, ...

Columbia welcomes writing wonders

By Amanda Murphy

March 14, 2011

Columbia has built its academics around immersing students in real-life experiences. That philosophy is once again illustrated by Story Week.This is the 15th year the Fiction Writing Department has organized a plethora of opportunities for students and faculty to learn what it means to be a literary success.The free festivities will begin on March 13 and last until March 18 with a literary lineup, including Scottish novelist Irvi...

‘Keep writing—no matter what’

By CiaraShook

March 15, 2010

As a writer, Aleksandar “Sasha” Hemon said he believes it is hard to create something within the privacy of one’s mind and to expose the creation to strangers.“This transference from a very personal space to a very public space is hard and you offer something you spend six, nine or 10 years thinking about,” Hemon said.In just one decade, Hemon has published four books and countless articles, op-eds and columns in English a...

Story Week 2010 to ‘bend genres’

By CiaraShook

March 1, 2010

The Fiction Writing Department is gearing up for their 14th annual  Story Week,  with this year’s installment offering a more diverse palette of guests, including Bread & Puppet Theater and headlining author Joyce Carol Oates.Columbia’s Story Week began as a three-day affair almost 15 years ago because Randy Albers, chair of the Fiction Writing Department, was inspired by a literary festival he visited years before i...

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