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The Chicago Chapter of the Speculative Literature Foundation is free to join! To become a member, become a member of the chapter’s Facebook group and stay up to date with our events page and 2020 Events Calendar to meet us in person!



Chicago Chapter Announcement

The SLF (Speculative Literature Foundation) is pleased to announce the formation of its Chicago Chapter. The charter of the Chicago Chapter is to carry on the purpose of the SLF with a more regional focus. The aim of the organization is to encourage promising new writers, assist established writers, facilitate the work of quality magazines and small presses, and develop a greater public appreciation of speculative fiction.  The Chicago SLF Chapter, in close partnership with Volumes Bookcafe (www.volumesbooks.com), will continue the successful and long-running Deep Dish Reading series and hopes to expand the program in 2020 so as to include additional sessions, venues and networking/educational activities. 

If you are a creator or fan of speculative fiction, we’d love to hear from you. Membership is free of charge and includes regional and nationally known authors. Feel free to join us at http://speculativeliterature.org/membership


The next planned activity will be the Deep Dish reading series on Saturday, March 14th 2020, 6:30-8pm at Volumes Bookcafe (1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622). We hope to see you there!


You can access the meeting minutes from the latest chapter meeting here.


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To sign up for the Speculative Literature Foundation newsletter, click here.

To stay up to date on the Chicago Chapter’s meetings and events, join the SLF Chicago Chapter Facebook group.


Chicago Chapter Chairpersons



Chris Bauer is the author of numerous short stories. His work has appeared in anthologies such as Damnation and Dames, Dead Seas, Sunny With A Chance of Zombies and Abandoned Places. He is a graduate of Viable Paradise and Taos Toolbox and lives in the north suburbs.







Jeremiah John is a writer, activist, poet, and coder; he’s the author of the yet-unsigned novel Thinspace. He has written nonfiction for such outlets as Huffpo, Geez, and Nuvo, started a program at a nonprofit to organize communities around their own mutual aid, and served six months in federal prison for his nonviolent act of civil disobedience to close the notorious School of the Americas.






Dain Broadbent is a queer writer, community organizer and activist, humanities scholar, and proud cat parent. They are a Chicago transplant from the East Coast and an avid supporter of the arts in Chicagoland. You can find some of their poetry published in peculiar’s fifth issue.