ACM 50v1-The Chicago Issue

Another Chicago Magazine 50

volume 1

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ACM is releasing its 50th issue, an issue dedicated to our hometown of Chicago. To be perfectly honest, we never thought we’d make it to a 50th issue. ACM has never been known for fundraising skills, financial acumen, or an airtight organizational structure. Mostly we’ve just been known for being independent since 1977 and for publishing young and exciting writers as frequently as we can manage it on a shoestring budget. We like it that way. So when we realized that we were in fact still around and viable and putting out our 49th issue, it struck us that the best way to celebrate that nice, round number was to set about celebrating our roots and publishing a Chicago issue.

Some really amazing things are happening in Chicago right now. Our city is flourishing with writers, presses, journals, and reading series. It’s an exciting time for us. And people are catching on. There is a reason that AWP has had its annual conference here twice this decade, a reason that the venerable British publication Granta chose Chicago as the theme for a recent issue (one that has become one of Granta’s best selling issues, I would happily note). And that makes us proud because we know that good things are happening here and the attention is very much welcomed. Still, it seems to us that there is a need for some sort of comprehensive overview, some sort documentation of the writers working here now and that hasn’t quite been captured by the good folks at Granta. We felt it was time for us to give it a shot.

And that is how ACM50 “Another Chicago Issue” was born. We felt the name was only logical and in keeping with our publication and its style and bluster. It’s also a playful jab at Granta since there was a conspicuous lack of Chicago writers in their Chicago Issue (though they certainly did put out a fine collection of writing). We’ve been at work on this project for nearly two years now and it’s grown into such a sprawling collection of amazing work from a wonderful host of Chicago writers that we have decided to go for comprehensiveness and split issue 50 up into two volumes, as you can see, gentle reader, since you are now holding volume #1. This first volume contains a selection of writers from wildly different backgrounds and styles: novelists, experimental poets, writers with agents and book deals, writers who’ve only just begun to place work, editors, publishers, and general roustabouts and hermits alike. We hope this first blast of writing will excite and inspire you as much as it does us. We still can’t believe our good fortune to be in this place at this time and to have been given the wonderful chance to publish these writers. So read this from cover to cover and spread the word. Share the issue with friends and family, students and teachers. Come to Chicago and experience what is happening here for yourself. And if you like what you find here, then keep your eyes peeled for volume two, which will be released in the late winter.

Table of Contents

The Chicago Issue


Garin Cycholl, from Horse Country

Christopher Gallinari, Muse

Dan Godston, Survival Skills

Katie Hartsock, At Lake Berlin with the Dempseys

Qurayash Ali Lansana, mama sense: an elegy

Simone Muench, Wolf Cento

Mike Puican, Poem with Many Endings

Kathleen Rooney, Their New Apartment Came With A Garden; Setting Up Housekeeping In San Francisco

James Shea, Tiny Cathedral

Jennifer Steele, Hotel

Erin Teegarden, Name Calling

David Trinidad, Moon Street; Poems Written with My Nemesis Looking Over My Shoulder

Alexander York, Nothing is Living in the Lake


Tadd Adcox, Five Shorts

Garin Cycholl, American Necropolis #5

Zach Dodson, The Pink Kitty Fly Swatter

Lindsay Hunter, Food Luck

Ryan Kenealy, Uncle Dave

Ling Ma, The Palmer House

Jonathan Messinger, Cermak/Chinatown

Achy Obejas, Kimberle

Bayo Ojikutu, The Fatherland Race

Patrick Somerville, Pangea

Creative Non-Fiction:

Miles Harvey, 17-Year Itch

Peggy Shinner, Elective

Et. Al.

Joseph Gallimore, Tuesday Night in Coatcheck, 12/23/08

Fred Sasaki, Real Estate

Jill Summers, Dad Wears Short Shorts