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Literary Odds 'n Ends

By Betsy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 18, 2011 8:40PM

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo runs March 18 - March 20.
Here are a few literary goings-on to keep on your radar.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo started today: Tons of fans, guests, authors, artists and exhibitors migrate to C2E2 each year to celebrate comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Starting today and continuing until Sunday, McCormick Place is swarming with panels, screenings, gaming, Q&As and even speed dating. A lot of big names in the industry have events, signings and Q&As, so check the roster of guests to see if one of your role models might be stopping by. Being the true geeks they are, C2E2 has both an iPhone and Android app, as well as a smart phone-enabled website, so it should be easy to get around and find different events and booths. A message from the organizers: 8 Hours of Sleep + 3 Meals a Day + 1 Shower = A Happy and Healthy C2E2 Attendee.

Story Studio kicks off their Spring season: Story Studio Chicago offers adult classes in everything from business to creative writing and starts their Spring one-night-a-week classes on March 28 and their 8-week craft and workshop classes on April 4. To see if you might be interested in taking a fiction or non-fiction class at Story Studio, stop by an open house; the Chicago location has an open house on March 22, and the new North Shore Winnetka location has an open house on March 23. The Chicago location offers night classes, and the Winnetka location offers day classes

Chicago’s Poetry Magazine wins a national award: The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry, won the National Magazine Award for Digital Media in the Podcasting category from American Society of Magazine Editors. Fellow finalists in the Podcasting category were the Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, Slate, and Tablet. The monthly podcast features lively discussion between editor Christian Wiman and senior editor Don Share, who talk to poets and critics, debate magazine content, and share their poem selections with listeners. The magazine was also nominated for the award last year for the podcast and walking tour Chicago Poetry Tour.