Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski

 Chicago Stories cover by Rob Funderburk


For everyone who's always wondered what would happen if Roger Ebert had taken Oprah Winfrey to a critics' screening of REVENGE OF THE NERDS for their second date..

In Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski, each story is told in the persona of a famous Chicagoan, from Mrs. O’Leary to Barack Obama. 

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Chicago Stories: 8 Dramatic Fictions


About Michael Czyzniejewski:

Michael Czyzniejewski was born in Chicago and grew up in its south suburbs. He teaches at Bowling Green State University and is Editor of Mid-American Review. He is the author of the short story collection Elephants in Our Bedroom (Dzanc Books, 2009), and has been published in over 50 literary journals, including Another Chicago Magazine, Ninth Letter, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. In 2010, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for his fiction. During the summer, Czyzniejewski lives in Chicago, where he has worked over 20 seasons at Wrigley Field as a beer vendor. Find him at


Praise for Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions:

"Flexing impressive literary chops, the beer vendor/creative-writing professor captures both the tough, defensive exterior and the vulnerable, often-broken heart of his city." —Timeout Chicago

"Chicago, a page at a time. Michael Czyzniejewski gets right to the point in telling the city's stories." —Chicago Tribune

"...Michael Czyzniejewski’s Chicago Stories, forty fictional monologues riffing on the common culture of the Windy City’s shared history, projected forward into a possible future. Not quite historical fiction—more like historical jazz." —Newcity Lit

"In Chicago Stories, Michael Czyzniejewski summons all of Chicago — its ghosts, living and dead, its heroes and fools, sinners and saints, its people and places and all of its occasions — and in these pages they have gathered, strange and unlikely bedfellows, to sing a new song for Chicago. It will twist your arm behind your back, this song. It will break your fingers." —Billy Lombardo, author of The Man With Two Arms and The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories



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Production Details: 

150 pages
Curbside Splendor Publishing
ISBN: 9780983422853
Cover art: Ron Funderburk
Editor: Jacob S. Knabb

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