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Chicago’s Literary Outlaws are BARING ALL: CRIMINAL CLASS PRESS LAUNCHES THE LATEST ISSUE IN CONJUNCTION WITH NAKED GIRLS READING ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26thth.
EVERLEIGH SOCIAL CLUB (939 W. Randolph St.) hosts the release of CRIMINAL CLASS REVIEW 4.1 on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26th. CRIMINAL CLASS PRESS and NAKED GIRLS READING come together to kick off the year with beautiful, naked burlesque dancers reading this year’s most depraved fiction.
Criminal Class Press has just returned from their East Coast Tour and already they’re releasing issue 4.1, chocked full of historical fiction of the highest class about criminal exploitation.
Naked Girls Reading will be delivering the stories for you; founded by Michelle L’Amour, Miss Exotic World 2005, Naked Girls Reading is a literary reading combined with a burlesque dancing show, where beautiful women strip their covers to provide erotic storytelling from profound literature, both classic and modern.
EVERLEIGH SOCIAL CLUB, at 939 W. Randolph St, is part of Studio L’Amour—Chicago’s home of burlesque dancing. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 8:00, for an evening of beautiful literature and literal beauties taking the stage nude. Cover is $20, drinks b.y.o.b.
“2011 will be a very busy time for us as the press. We have much to complete and all I can say is I'm very grateful for the staff and friends we’ve made along the way. Business never stops but we keep pushing. We're solid.”
-Kevin Whiteley,Editor of Criminal Class Press
The following contributors to issue 4.1 have been confirmed for the event:
Patricia Ann McNair, author of the upcoming short story collection, The Temple of Air. She has been published in American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Other Voices, F Magazine, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and Air Canada’s en Route magazine. She is also published in The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction edited by Dinty Moore, and is a regular contributor to Elks Magazine.
Geoff Hyatt, contributor to Thuglit.com, Necrotic Tissue, Temenos, and Night Terrors: A Horror Anthology.
Bill Hillmann, contributor to WBEZ Chicago Public Radio’s 848; his first ever audio essay won a (big market) Regional Murrow Award for excellence in radio journalism. His Fiction has appeared at FoggedClarity.com, AnitqueChildren.com, in the Cubbie Blues Anthology, and he is a Liquor Store Lit Writer. He is the founder and host of the Windy City Story Slam.
Julia Borcherts, regular contributor to Chicago Tribune/Metromix/RedEye, Time Out Chicago and other publications. She is the co-founder of Reading Under the Influence.
Gint Aras (Karolis Gintaras Žukauskas), author of a novel Finding the Moon in Sugar.
Eric May, published in such literary anthologies as Fish Stories: Collective I, Sport Literate, Angels in My Oven, and f5 Magazine.
Tom Popp, Managing Editor of F Magazine, he was a winner in the Red Sky Books contest, "Writing About the Teaching Experience." His winning story, "A Hasty Conclusion," appeared in the anthology, Pass/Fail.
Editor Kevin Whiteley sat down with me to answer some questions about the Criminal Class Press East Coast Tour with me:
Q: What can we expect in Criminal Class Review 4.1?
A: This upcoming issue will be a peek at trying our hand at publishing historical fiction.
Q: Why did Criminal Class Press tour the east coast?
A: We launched the tour in order to bring more people into the know of our journal and to give our contributors the chance to read their work. It's always important for writers to get their stories "out there".
Q: What goals did you achieve on your tour?
A: Not only did we get more retailers, but we also established a live connection with our contributors as we have so many from all over the country. Our European visit was invaluable as well. We are now carried in London (Houseman’s, Joe Sandoe Books LTD.), Paris (Shakespeare and Company), and Australia (PolyEster Books).
Q: Where will Criminal Class Press go next?
A: Aside from a new managing poetry editor, Mr. Bucky Sinister, we at Criminal will be launching an E-option early next year. Also, as editor in chief, I'll be moving to NYC in order to build a strong representation in the literary hub of the world. We're also in the midst of landing Irvine Welsh and possibly Chuck Palahniuk. Be on the look-out for the June issue as Criminal Class Press will be releasing an All-Prison issue which will be a joint effort with Kent and Keith Zimmerman. The Zimmermans have also brought Mr. John Kappas to our attention who wants to write a book with them and they have brought us into the mix on that.
Editor in Chief
Kevin Whiteley received his M.F.A in creative writing from the California College of the Arts in 2009. He is contributing editor for Eleven-Eleven journal, and is author of two forthcoming novels: Chi-Town, My Town and Appeasement. With the collaboration of Ricardo Cozzolino and St. Johnnie Walker, he founded Criminal Class Press (C.C.P.) in San Francisco in the fall of 2008. C.C.P. encourages writers to delve into a personal aesthetic in their writing and to produce a layered plot in a gritty, apathetic and realistic tone that underlines the human condition. Kevin's writing has been published in Reservoir.com and New Expressions and he has ghost written articles for model Sarah Vanderhaar.
Ricky Cozzolino has been creating from his warped and humorous imagination since before he could write his own name. He helped found Criminal Class Press (C.C.P.) in 2008, and has illustrated numerous covers of the journal. A graduate of Colombia College Chicago with a B.A. in computer graphics, he is a film editor by trade who is currently working on a George Romero documentary. Currently based in Denver, CO, Ricky will someday take his skateboard and a backpack to travel the world on someone else's dime.
St. Johnnie Walker
St. Johnnie Walker is a poet, photographer and high school English teacher. He earned an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia College Chicago in 2005 and has authored several chapbooks of poetry. He helped found Criminal Class Press (C.C.P.) in 2008 and his poetry has been published in Criminal Class Review and Eleven-Eleven journal. He currently lives and works in his hometown of Saint Louis, MO.
ABOUT CRIMINAL CLASS PRESS:
Criminal Class Press is more than just a literary journal—it's a movement that provides a home to writers not typically supported by other literary journals. Founded in 2008 by Ricardo Cozzolino, St. Johnnie Walker, and Kevin Whiteley, a contributing editor of Eleven-Eleven Journal and author of two novels: Appeasement and Chi-Town, My Town. Whiteley created the journal in San Francisco after reading The Gift, a book by Lewis L. Hyde, and realized his talents could help other writers. CCP encourages writers to bleed onto the page and to delve into a personal aesthetic in order produce a layered plot with a gritty, apathetic, yet realistic tone. The journal has published five issues to date with number six set for a January 2011 release. CCP is unique in that it amalgamates the harsh, white-knuckled tones of the world’s slums, and amplifies it into one apathetic voice of the under-appreciated. CCP has hosted readings in San Francisco and Chicago and features writers based throughout the U.S. Past contributors include Jim Goad, Anne N. Marino, Michael Disend, Bucky Sinister, George Tabb, and David Corbett amongst others. It is the up-and-coming journal, soon to be the number one in the literary industry.