I’m beyond excited to share that I recently got the opportunity to start freelancing with the Windy City Times covering local author events, poetry and literary news, book reviews, and more! This is a huge step in my freelancing career and I’m so grateful to be a part of such an important and historic Chicago institution. The writers in this city are doing exciting and brilliant stuff all the time, and I love that I get to spread the word about the work LGBTQ writers are doing. My boo John Stadelman is on the journey with me–he also began freelancing for the Times, covering local music.
It happens to be the Times’ 33rd anniversary this year and they threw a party last week to celebrate this, recognize long-time Publisher Tracy Baim before she moves on to the Chicago Reader, recognize the leaders stepping up to cover her workload, and welcome new freelancers. Apparently this was a pretty rare occasion, as many of the attendees who had been working together for a while were just meeting in person for the first time. It was great to put names with faces and talk shop with other new-ish writers and pros who have been with the paper for 10+ years.
Here are some links to my first pieces, but of course, there is more exciting news to come!
Off the beaten path: From steelworks to truckers, Anne Balay writes about LGBTQI lives 9/19/18
Checking out the fall literary scene 9/19/18
Poetry in the air, Chicago poetry events Fall 2018 9/19/18
PHOTOGRAPHY Collaborative work spotlights older trans, GNC individuals 9/28/18