Writings by the West Side Writers Guild
by Mark Allen Boone ( and other contributors)
?With its slick cover, solid editing, and often compelling work, Guildworks: Writings by the West Side Writers Guild bears few signs of self-publication,? said the Literary Supplement of NEW CITY, Chicago?s arts and entertainment weekly.
An unusual anthology of works by natives of Chicago?s toughest and poorest section, a locale that fosters people who gain strength from adversity, Guildworks? highlights include poet Cranston Knight?s ?You Ain?t Got No Culture,? in which he ?disses? a friend for his lack of refinement, only to end by praising him for his loyalty; Boone?s ?A Visit to the Poe House,? that recounts his harrowing search for the poet?s Baltimore row house located in the heart of a drug den; Irene J. Smith?s novel excerpt that sets the stage for the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington?s 1983 mayoral campaign; and Tina Jenkins Bell?s lighthearted account of the sexual harassment she encountered on the road as a publishing sales representative.
--Literary Supplement of NEW CITY