Praise for EFE

“This collection of stories, poems and essays is thought-provoking and truly captures the spirit of the Englewood community. I am pleased to see the literary and artistic skills and talents of so many individuals – KKC faculty, staff, students and community residents – included.” ~Wayne Watson, Ph. D., former chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago.

“Words, images, and ideas explode across the pages – grim and gritty, funny and courageous. We need these voices.” ~Sandra Jackson-Opoku, award-winning novelist and fiction coordinator, Chicago State University. 

“High praise for Expressions From Englewood! This vibrant, richly detailed and superbly edited publication captures the authentic flavor of the Englewood community. With stories told from the perspective of people who live, work in and have deep-rooted ties to the eponymous community it is titled after, Expressions From Englewood offers an engaging glimpse into the extraordinary experiences of ordinary lives.” ~Michele McFarland-McDaniels, Writer

“Hall’s book affords the determined citizens of this neighborhood a chance to present and express themselves in ways that defy stereotypes. This book is not only a source of inspiration and hope, it is also a rebuttal to the oversimplified explanations of life in urban neighborhoods throughout America.” ~Jon E. McCoy, MDiv, PhD, Saint Mark United Methodist Church

“Corey Hall has found a way to encourage the telling of stories: truths, dreams, and slices of life from a diversity of voices. This collection of short stories, memoir and poetry celebrates the human spirit in all of us. I applaud each of the contributors for sharing their voices with us.” ~Gwendolyn Mitchell, Poet and Editor

“Mr. Hall, thank you for your vision and the insight for both of these heartfelt and enjoyable journals. I look forward to the next one.” ~Shelly Wilson, Supporter 

“I could not be more impressed with the first two volumes of Expressions From Englewood. They are gatherings of incredibly different voices. They are really universal voices. These are urban voices. Some are very specific to Englewood, but I still think these stories could be told – in slight variation – in any neighborhood in Chicago. The books are truly amazing.” ~Rick Kogan, Host of “Sunday Papers” on WGN-AM 720