Help us shape literature and arts in Illinois.

The Problem:

The publishing industry still struggles with representing marginalized communities on a national level; the stories that continue to be prioritized are of Western languages and of white-identifying populations. 76% of all representation in publishing is through the lens of non-BIPOC writers, editors, and artists. And it’s through this lens that historically underrepresented cultures, narratives, and a sense of belonging are throttled.

Our Solution:

With support from Illinois Humanities, Lucky Jefferson is surveying Black-identifying writers and artists residing in Chicago’s North Side, West Side, and South Side neighborhoods to better evaluate the needs and interests of local creatives.

How You Can Help:

These focus groups and self-guided survey will deepen our understanding of the local literary community as we plan to cultivate storytelling and interactive experiences, between neighborhoods and artists.

Three virtual focus groups took place in February 2023. Stay tuned for future dates.


Take 5-10 minutes to support our research and shape the literary landscape of Chicago through this digital survey:

Create your own user feedback survey

As a thank you, your information will be entered into a raffle for $100.

Let’s connect on social.

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Other ways to support.

Every dollar and any amount helps.

This project was made possible by funding from Illinois Humanities. Learn more about our work together here.

For questions, email us here.

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