Artist Spotlight: Cathy Hannah

One of our art contributors for the next issue (Vol. 7) will be Cathy Hannah. If you are on Facebook, follow her, and your days will improve. For example, A RESILIENT TARDIGRADE WOULD HAVE APPEARED ON YOUR SCREEN TODAY. If you shun Facebook, check out her portfolio.

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What I’m Reading

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This is what my desk looks like right now. It’s fifty degrees and beautiful in Vermont today so I’m alternating Belle and Sebastian and homework like a typical “artsy” millennial. Pictured: Wordsworth, Lake Superior by Lorine Niedecker, a Black Arts packet, Claudia Rankine, Roxane Gay and the coffee that fuels this whole operation.

Absolutely no one in the literary world is not talking about Citizen by Rankine so I’m sure you have thoughts. Email us at packingtownreview@gmail.com, tweet us @PTReditors or post on our facebook wall and tell us what you think!

-KC the intern

International Women’s Day, Chicago 2015

If you are in Chicago and looking for a way to celebrate IWD this Sunday, March 8, your favorite people’s journal (that would be Packingtown Review) has tracked two options for you.

For a literary slant on the holiday, there is the writing workshop at the Jane Adams Hull-House Museum from 3 to 5 PM. It’s free, but space is limited. From the organizers: “Inspired by the feminist and visionary writing of Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Aurora Levins Morales, Arundhati Roy, and other amazing writers, Sage Community Health Collective invites feminist writers of all shapes, sizes, genders, abilities, and ages to come, take part in timed free-writing exercises, and share your genius writing (we dare you!) with other participants.”

Right after that, you can head to the nearby U.E. Hall and make Clara Zetkin proud. This socialist, anti-racist, feminist IWD event starts at 6 PM, and the organizers have this to say: “International Women’s Day in 2015: the system we live under is waging a war on women. Working class women; African American women and immigrant Latinas dealing with national oppression and racist discrimination; women in the oppressed nations of the world suffering under the wars and occupations of U.S. imperialism: all can take heart on this day. Women’s liberation is part of the bright future, where capitalism is ended and replaced by socialism.

A third option is to organize your own event, however small, with a group of friends. Maybe you’ll come up with a new -ism worth fighting for. If you do, please let us know.