After “Chicago ’71” was published upon winning the 2014 Grand Prize at the Texas Writers Journal, the rights reverted back to me. I just have to provide a first publication credit to TWJ. So here is the link and credit to the piece for those who are interested:
NOTE: I’ve been asked what is history and what is family lore. The story is a collection of historical facts about how families survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Parts that are mixed in from family stories passed down to me:
– Herman was my Great Great Grandfather.
– A canary was found and kept in a jar.
– The furniture was buried in the dunes.
– The oriental rug was a fixture of my Grandmother’s house for a long as I can remember.