Anita Solick Oswald is a Chicago native. She’s written a collection of essays, West Side Girl (working title), that are written from the point of view of her younger self and chronicle the colorful, diverse and oftentimes unpredictably eccentric characters and events that populated Chicago’s West Side neighborhood during the 50’s & 60’s. Her essays have appeared in The Write Place at the Write Time, the Faircloth Literary Review, Fullosia Press, The Fat City Review, and Avalon Literary Review.
The essays, set in Chicago, celebrate an era, a time of change, an urban childhood, ethnic neighborhoods, childhood, girls’ empowerment, and the benefits of growing up and a culturally diverse community.
Anita grew up in the 3rd story apartment above her family’s Bohemian restaurant on Madison Street, daughter of a fireman and a housewife/frustrated writer, and comrade of a ragtag brigade of migrant children who trooped into and found both themselves and the world-at-large on our neighborhood’s streets.
She studied journalism at Marquette University, earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and her M.S. in Management and Organization from the University of Colorado.
She is a founding member of Boulder Writing Studio. Anita served on the Board of Directors for the non profit.
Anita lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Ralph, and her cats, Figaro and Clio.
Links to West Side Girl essays:
Mama’s Got a Tattoo (print only)
Saturday at the Movies New Link
If I Were 21 I’d Vote for Kennedy
Aidan’s Road Trip
Some Assembly Required
Bethlehem on Madison Street
The Smile Club
Hot Diggity Dog and Interview (Winner, Best Non Fiction – The Write Place at the Write Time)
Death and Lemonade
Tito and the Gypsies
The Banjo’s Back in Town
Helen the Hotline
The Upside-Down Year
Founding member: Boulder Writing Studio http://www.boulderwritingstudio.org