Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest and Two Freelance Jobs

Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest is coming up on April 28th. Poetry Fest is a free, day-long festival of entertaining poetry readings, workshops, performances and discussions taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center. Join us for a day filled with fresh voices, unique perspectives and compelling artists. For more information about Poetry Fest visit .

Award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca appears as the keynote speaker, replacing Les Murray, at the Chicago Public Library’s 13th Annual Poetry Fest on Saturday, April 28 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State Street. Baca presents his keynote address at 2:00 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. This program is cosponsored by The Poetry Foundation. (Please Note: Les Murray’s appearance has been cancelled. Chicago Public Library apologizes for any disappointment or inconvenience.)

After being sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison at the age of 21, Jimmy Santiago Baca learned to read and write and found his passion for poetry. Three of his poems became part of Immigrants in Our Own Land, published in 1979, the same year he was released from prison. Like many Southwestern writers, Baca identifies with the land around him and the myths that are part of his culture. Baca’s memoir, A Place To Stand, won the prestigious International Award. He also is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the National Poetry Award, two Southwest Book Awards and the International Hispanic Heritage Award.


Amy Sprenger is an Author/Blogger looking for a freelance book editor.

In Amy’s words: “I have recently completed an 85,000-word humorous women’s fiction novel and am looking for a freelance editor. The plot revolves around a character who unexpectedly finds out she has a high-risk pregnancy and is placed on strict bedrest for four months while she and her husband are gut-rehabbing their house; hilarity ensues. I am looking mostly for line edits, but would welcome any pacing/plot/character development comments. The copy is relatively clean as I am a former journalist and current blogger. I am hoping to publish this as an ebook this summer.”

Please contact Amy at if interested.


The American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation is seeking an editor/project manager who can work on a contract basis for two months, with renewal or permanent position possible. Work  consists of editing and posting the content of 12 Section of Litigation committees and preparing and sending committee e-newsletters. Additional responsibilities include choosing articles for social media release and writing blurbs to suit, copyediting and proofreading materials  prepared by other Section departments, tracking and reporting data, and other tasks for the Section and ABA Publishing as needed.

Skills and attributes preferred:

  • Solid copyediting/proofreading skills as demonstrated by performance on a test
  • Ability to handle numerous simultaneous projects and overlapping deadlines with equanimity
  • Highly developed project management/time management skills
  • Sophisticated  communication skills for daily interaction with lawyer volunteers and cooperative engagement with staff of numerous departments

Experience that is a plus:

  • Producing web content/rewriting editorial for web
  • Working with volunteer contributors/editors
  • Working with freelancers
  • Writing/rewriting headlines and decks
  • Editing legal materials
  • Curating editorial for social media distribution

Minimum of three years publishing experience is required. Please respond by sending a cover letter and resume via email to Monica Buckley (email below–no phone calls, please). Apply asap.

Monica Buckley
Director, Section of Litigation Periodicals
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL60654


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