Working for the city as Managing Editor for Chicago Publishes is one of my proudest accomplishments. I was the liason between the city and over 300 local publishers, in charge of promoting Chicago as a publishing destination. I got the job at the recommendation of the Poetry Foundation, where I had just completed an internship. I loved getting to know new people and publishing houses all across the city, forging connections and learning more about the industry.
I was promoted to Managing Editor of the Chicago Publishes website, a position I held until DCASE (the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) was closed in June 2012. I was in charge of the editorial calendar, assigning content to interns and graphic designers, editing articles and publishing them. It was here that I learned many of my project management skills. With the new creative freedom I was given, I initiated a weekly column called “From the Neighborhoods.” It focused on the literary offerings and history of one Chicago neighborhood at a time, and became one of the highest-traffic areas on our site. Through my connections with Chicago’s illustration community, I was able to enlist the help of high-profile artists and graphic designers for our monthly banner art feature. In April of 2012, I also became very involved in the organization and promotion of O’Reilly Media’s “Tools of Change” conference for tech and Agile development in publishing.
Articles from this month included:
The “issue” below includes practical information for members of Chicago’s literary scene. There’s an upcoming event featured in more depth than our calendar typically offered, and an article pointing to new offerings in the Publishers Gallery (our physical space.) I was especially thrilled that I was able to commission this month’s banner art from acclaimed cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier, who also gave us a great interview:
This week featured a podcast between Chicago Writers Conference founder Mare Swallow and Tom Flynn of 57th Street Books. Notable guests on the Chicago Publishes podcast included Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveller’s Wife), Aleksander Hemon (The Lazarus Project), Dominique Raccah (CEO of Sourcebooks), and others.
Our last banner artist was Ivan Brunetti, best known for his New Yorker covers:
A look at Chicago Publishes: