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Randy Albers, Columbia College

Bucking its general inclinations, the Tribune ran a nice profile yesterday of Randy Albers, chair of the fiction writing department at Columbia College Chicago.

"My job is to help people find their own voice...I love to see the moment when students realize they have a story to tell and a voice to tell it with. Teaching is an art -- a high-wire act, if it's done well -- and you have to remain open to surprises."

Besides training a new generation of young writers, Columbia is also to be commended for gainfully employing many excellent writers--including Joe Meno, Don DeGrazia, Sam Weller, Shawn Shiflett, Brian Costello and Megan Stielstra--as faculty, thus effectively underwriting good literature in this literary-averse society of ours.

(Trib site requires registration...if not already registered, use "double@mailinator.com" to log on, with "123456" as the password. Thanks to bugmenot.com, as always.)

September 18, 2006 in Books | Permalink