Local Writer to Read From Short Stories on Life in Pilsen on March 23


CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–March 19, 2015. Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, a native of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, will read from his debut story collection, Painted Cities, at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23 in Room 700 of Roosevelt University’s Gage Building, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Published in 2014, Painted Cities captures Galviz-Budziszewski’s recollections of life growing up in Pilsen, including memories of gangs, violence, poverty and intense family relationships.

A resident of Berwyn, Ill., and a counselor to high school students in Chicago’s western suburbs, Galaviz-Budziszewski has been called “a young writer with genuine voice” by well-known Chicago writer Stuart Dybek and the Chicago Reader has described his work as “a moving, nuanced portrayal of how a neighborhood shapes people.”

Free and open to the public, the reading is part of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program’s Spring Reading Series and is co-sponsored by Roosevelt’s literary magazine, Oyez Review, and the University’s Department of Literature and Languages.

A reception for Galaviz-Budziszewski will be held immediately preceding the reading at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected] or 312-341-2417.