Journal of Ordinary Thought - Still Alive

Today on the Front Porch we take a moment to look back at what was, to celebrate the present of what is, and to share the future of what will be. Just eleven months ago you read a post here about the dissolution of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. Today, we’re here to tell you that the Journal of Ordinary Thought is, as Hall writer David Nekimken writes, “Alive and Still Kicking.” Four community workshops, Bezazian Branch in […]

Banned Book Week

Banned Book Week is September 21 through September 27. The Chicago Public Library has many events planned, follow the link to their Celebrate Banned Books Week web page.  Chicago as a whole has several events at various locations, (follow links for details): Banned Book Week Display at after-words’ bookstore, 23 E. Illinois St. Banned Book Week Events at DePaul University, various locations Intergenerational Banned Books Week Performance Event at CityLit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. […]

I have been remiss in blog posts for various reasons over the past several months. For this, I apologize. The Every Person Is a Philosopher blog remains in operation along with the Journal of Ordinary Thought, and I will try to post more frequently. Today, on The Front Porch, Ida Watanabe from our King Branch workshop, discusses her feelings on youth violence, not only in Chicago, but across the country. The particular incident Ida writes about […]

Remembering Writer Mayi Ojisua by Donna Kiser

Please help to plant blooming flowers, become a harvest to others.                                      Mayi Ojisua On September 6 Chicago lost another extraordinary voice when Mayi Ojisua passed into peace. He was a musician, a poet, a painter, a dreamer, believer, and definitely a “harvest” to many. He is sorely missed and greatly remembered. We who love him are asking for a […]

To Migrate to this Place Delores Tolliver Hall Branch Workshop When children can walk and play in their neighborhood and parents have no fear, I have migrated to the right place. When the color of skin is removed from the heart that once determined or classified another, I have migrated to the right place. When character is judged by integrity, total wholesomeness of man, I have migrated to the right place. When love for each […]

Migration Writing Prompt

The Journal of Ordinary Thought writers are honored to partner with the Chicago Public Librarys’ One Book One Chicago on their 2013-2014 book “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson. Our five workshops are writing and workshopping personal narrartives as well as thinking outside the box about the word “migration.” I took the liberty of pasting the complete works from the Hall and King Branch workshops into Wordle. The results are interesting and thought […]

Journal of Ordinary Thought Writers, CPL, and the American Writers Museum

The Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Community Trust, and S&C Electric have co-sponsored for the American Writer’s Museums first pop-up exhibit: From Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America. The exhibit features Chicago writers Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansbury, Studs Terkel, and Richard Wright. This Chicago Authors exhibit could become the prototype for the Chicago Room, part of the design plan for the American Writers Museum. Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America opens today, March […]

Written by Donna Pecore Blogging is sharing, and I want to share an exciting event!  I facilitate the Journal of Ordinary Thought writing workshop at the Budlong Woods Branch Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave., and this week we continue our tradition of special workshops by hosting an on-site event. In conjunction with the Reva Logan Poetry Series, and our theme of “Migration and Chicago Neighborhoods” project with One Book One Chicago, we are honored to […]

Writing Workshop on “Migration and Chicago Neighborhoods”

Writers of The Journal of Ordinary Thought will have an added opportunity to generate more ideas for the theme of “Migration and Chicago Neighborhoods.” Jessica Savitz, a workshop leader from the Reva Poetry Series at the University of Chicago, will present a writing workshop based on the writing of Rosanna Warren, Reva Logan Series commissioned poet, encouraging personal explorations into our own journeys and migrations. The workshop will be held at Bezazian Library, 1226 West […]

Chicago Press Reacts to NWA Closing

The “Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia” on 91.5 WBEZ will present a discussion regarding the closing of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA), and the impact on the communities is served. You can also catch it streaming online at Storify. There will also be a story on the Chicago Reader‘s blog, The Bleader, Friday, December 6, 2013. Stay tuned for information regarding a core group of workshop leaders and writers who will be working as volunteers to […]