Black Writing from Chicago: In the World, Not of It? takes readers on a cultural trip through Chicagoâ€™s literary history. Editor Richard R. Guzman compiles the first comprehensive collection of the works of Chicagoâ€™s black writers from 1861 to the present day. The anthology, which includes works from newspaper writing, poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and historical and social commentary, seeks not only to represent a broad range of writings but also to focus tightly on such themes as hope and despair, racism and equality, spirituality and religion. More than sixty writers, from the anonymous â€śJ. W. M. (Colored)â€ť to Ken Green, unfold a story that reflects the literary periods in black American history. Each authorâ€™s selection is preceded by a biographical and a bibliographical introduction. Readers interested in Chicago, race relations, and literature, as well as scholars of history, sociology, urban studies, and cultural studies, will find the collection invaluable.