Awakenings Project: Literature


The Awakenings Review

Begun in cooperation with the University of Chicago Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in 2000, The Awakenings Review has been published approximately annually since the first issue, Summer 2000. The Review has been acclaimed internationally and draws writers from all over the United States and from several other countries including Israel, South Africa, Australia, Finland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

About 10% of all the submissions received make it into the Review, making it a relatively competitive journal in which to be published. A writer need not have a mental illness to be published in The Awakenings Review; submissions are also open to family members and friends of people with mental illness. We prefer that writers be willing to write about their experience of mental illness, but for most issues that does not have to be the focus of submissions.

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Writers' Workshop

The Awakenings Writers' Workshop currently meets weekly at The Awakenings Studio on Saturdays from 11am-2pm.

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Literary Events

We have held many poetry readings over the years, some with percussion, others with original music provided by Awakenings musicians at venues such as Gallery 200 in West Chicago, Borders Books and Music in Geneva and Wheaton,among others, and we have done several poetry readings and even one poetry slam at the now defunct Bundles of Books & Gifts in Glen Ellyn. One of our largest undertakings yet was a Gala Celebration of the 10 year anniversary of The Awakenings Review at the beautiful Lake Ellyn Boathouse in Glen Ellyn.

If you know of a venue that would like to host a live poetry reading, or if you'd like to help organize or participate in one, please contact us.

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