Who We Are

Our Mission

Literature for All of Us uses books and writing to facilitate circles of connection, healing, and growth in the face of social inequity. By inviting participants to explore the transformative power of their own voices, we help build resilience.

We value:

  • Literature as a means to make connections, and discover strength and meaning in our lives
  • Writing as a way to access our voices, share our stories, and free our imaginations
  • Shared learning and dialogue in safe environments of mutual respect
  • The inherent strengths of individuals, families, and communities
  • Equity and social justice

 

Our vision:

We envision a world where everyone, regardless of race, class, culture, or gender identity, has opportunities to access their voices, embrace meaning in their lives, and imagine possibilities for the future.

Our Staff

Elise Mackevich Salchli

Elise Mackevich Salchli

Executive Operations Director

Our Board

Newlin O. Wollaston, President
Julie Victor, Vice President
Liz McCabe, Secretary
Paul Keller
Emily Argentine, Treasurer
Cheryl Wooten

Leadership Council

Kathy Bresler
Sue Brodarick
Marilynn J. Cason
Patty Coghlan
Carol Lynn Connell
Barbara Disko
Susan Doctors
Howard S. Dubin
Noreen Edwards
Mary Erickson
Tom Figel
Rozellyn Gibson
Carol Gifford
Jennifer Grau
Mildred Harris
Keri Holleb Hotaling
Susan K. Kaden
Lissa Karron
Judy Keller
Ann Lagory
Lisa E. Lewis
Nancy Liebman
Chic Marasa
Iris Marreck
Casandra Melton
Leslie J. Millenson
Helen Moshak
Bonnie Oberman
Ann Ohlrogge Johnson
Michele Pockross
Elizabeth Posner
Roberta Rubin
Sandra Shane-DuBow
Eileen L. Share
Rob Simmons
Debbie Smith
Susan Sneider
Linda Stevenson
Eliseo Thorrens
Rekha Tobaccowala
Angela Valavanis
Jan Valukas
Bernice Weissbourd
Denise Philip Winter

Writers Council

Sandra Cisneros
Aaron Coleman
Abby Geni
Jane Hamilton
Joy Harjo
Cristina Henriquez
Parneshia Jones
Nami Mun
Sara Paretsky
Kathleen Rooney
Erika L. Sánchez
Diane Seuss
Barbara A. Shapiro
Anna Solomon
Gail Tsukiyama
Dawn Turner

“BOOK GROUP MADE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEBODY. MADE ME WANT TO BE SOMEBODY.”

— Nicole Williams, Book Group Alum

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Contact

Address

5940 N. SHERIDAN RD.
CHICAGO, IL 60660