In the Frunchroom: Tina Jenkins Bell

In 2017, Chicagoans of all backgrounds have celebrated the 100th anniversary of Gwendolyn Brooks, our city’s pre-eminent chronicler of African-American life. For our October show, we’re grateful to be joined by some artists who have been influenced by Miss Brooks’s work as they’ve created their own voices.

Tina Jenkins Bell is a fiction writer, playwright, freelance journalist, and literary activist. She lives in North Beverly with her husband, two sons, and neighborhood dog Bella. Recently, her collaborative hybrid fictitious account of Robert Sandifer’s (the young boy who was murdered by his own gang) last hours, entitled “Looking for the Good Boy” was accepted for publication in a Black Lawrence Press anthology.

In January 2017, her short story, “The Last Supper” appeared in Revise the Psalm, an anthology that honors the life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks and has been favorably reviewed by Chicago magazine, New City, and The New York Times.

Tina is currently completing edits on Mud Pies, which is her first novel; an excerpt from it was published in the award-winning Hairtrigger anthology.

Her other stories and prose have appeared in BAC Street Journal, Expressions, and Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review, and Guildworks anthologies. Tina supports the publishing efforts of Pithead Chapel Literary Journal as a reader.

As a freelancer, she has written for the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Upscale Magazine among others. As the president of FLOW (For Love of Writing), Ms. Bell creates and collaborates with other writers and organizations to offer literary programming on Chicago’s South Side. She’s also a two-time DCASE Individual Artist Project grant recipient, a two-time Ragdale resident, and a 2015 short story fellow with Colgate University and the Midwest Writer’s Conference.

Tina will read a humorous piece that address the evening’s topic of race and identity. See her and four other readers on Tuesday, October 3rd at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center.

Need a reminder of this event? Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

About Scott Smith

Chicagoan, husband, father, writer.
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