The 82 is the Creative Writing minor's reading series, featuring distinguished Chicago writers of all genres, Northeastern faculty members and Northeastern student writers. The series hosts four to six events per academic year, and is named after the CTA's Kimball bus line, which gets many Chicagoans to our Main Campus and El Centro locations. 

Upcoming Events

Student Writers End of Semester Reading

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020
3 p.m.
Email Olivia Cronk,, for Zoom link

Get excited for the Creative Writing Minor's Biannual Student Writers Reading! Come celebrate the hard, great work you've been doing all semester long and take part in our special community. 

The reading will feature Israa Abbas, Cathy Colton, Mike Fudacz, Xochitl Garcia, Nathan Kaplin, Zahra Sajwani, Ana Santillan and Joanna Vaklin

Past Events

Lit & Luz Festival: "Remix: Respond, rebuild"

Oct. 3-9, 2020
Full schedule

Northeastern will serve as a community partner of this year’s Lit & Luz Festival, a one-of-a-kind series of events featuring renowned authors and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico in cultural exchange and conversation. Every October, Chicago hosts readings, conversations, artist talks and performances all over the city, and every February, Mexico takes a turn. In years past, Northeastern has hosted bilingual Lit & Luz participant events featuring Mexican writers such as Natalia Toledo and Verónica Gerber Bicecci.

The events have been organized in collaboration with the Creative Writing Minor, the English Department, the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, and the Department of World Languages and Cultures. This year, the festival has gone virtual under the theme of “Remix: Respond and Rebuild,” and it will run from Oct. 3-9, featuring a keynote from award-winning writer Cristina Rivera Garza, and continuing with master classes, conversations, poetry readings and studio visits. Northeastern Spanish instructor and author Raúl Dorantes will take part in “Literatura en español en Chicago,” a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. Additionally, NEIU student and Independent journalist Leslie Hurtado will serve as an audio producer for the festival. Hurtado's audio documentary, "When Art is Action/Cuando el arte es acción," featuring Sandra Cisneros and Kristiana Rae Colón, will air Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The week will culminate with the “live magazine” show, a series of collaborations and translations between the participating writers and artists, including recent visitors to campus such as poet José Olivarez and writer/performer Jessica Anne

All events are virtual, free and open to the public. 

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