An Interview with Charles McCleanon

October 18, 2017

Charles McCleanon is a local photographer who is the latest to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. A Chicago native and a retired Dean of Information Technology at City Colleges, McCleanon’s appreciation of 35 mm film inspired him to begin his photography career 25 years ago. He formed the company […]


An Interview with Evanston artist Jim Parks

August 19, 2017

Jim Parks is an Evanston artist who is the latest to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. In 2015 – after a long career in theater, radio, and television as the host of HGTV’s “New Spaces” – he converted his dining room into a studio and devoted himself “to producing […]


Talking with Evanston artist Melanie Deal

July 18, 2017

Melanie Deal is an Evanston artist who is the latest to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. Inspired by her fascination with grids, tessellations, and repeated shapes, Deal’s striking paper collage and mixed media works “reflect both the humdrum and the humor of everyday living” and are “influenced by a lifelong […]


Poet Profiles: Aozora Brockman

April 25, 2017

Even though National Poetry Month is winding down, we’re not done celebrating here at EPL. This Sunday, April 30 at 4 pm we’re thrilled to welcome poets Aozora Brockman and Anita Olivia Koester as part of the 2017 Evanston Literary Festival. Both will read from their latest collections, and in anticipation, we recently spoke with […]


Talking with Evanston artist Kristen Neveu

April 20, 2017

Kristen Neveu is an Evanston artist who is the latest to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. A painter and collage artist whose work has shown at Woman Made Gallery, the Beverly Hills Art Fair, Evanston Made, and in the personal collection of Community actor Joel McHale, Neveu threads Americana and […]


Poet Profiles: Anita Olivia Koester

April 14, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and here at EPL we’re celebrating with a very special poetry event. On Sunday, April 30 at 4 pm we’re excited to welcome poets Anita Olivia Koester and Aozora Brockman as part of the 2017 Evanston Literary Festival.  Both will read from their latest collections, and in anticipation, we recently […]


Talking with Chicago jazz musician Greg Ward

April 11, 2017

On April 15, 2017 at 4pm, Evanston Public Library will host the second concert in WNUR’s Birdhouse Jazz Series, featuring the Greg Ward Quartet. Ward has been a key figure in the Chicago jazz scene since the alto saxophonist was handpicked to run the jam sessions at the near-South Side jazz mecca The Velvet Lounge. […]


An Interview with “Pioneering Cartoonists of Color” author Tim Jackson

February 28, 2017

Tim Jackson knows a thing or two about cartoons.  A syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Herald, and many other newspapers, Jackson recently became a cartoon historian with the publication of his book Pioneering Cartoonists of Color.  Praised as “an unprecedented look at the rich yet largely untold […]


NAMI Reads and EPL Present “Out of the Shadows”

February 6, 2017

Depression affects millions of people each year, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is here to help. Founded in 1979, NAMI is the country’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people and families affected by depression and other mental illnesses through support, education, advocacy, and research. On Wednesday, February 8th […]


Discussing “Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams in Damascus”

January 29, 2017

While theater lovers know Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as two great pillars of 20th century American playwriting, most are surprised to learn of their enormous popularity on the Syrian theater scene.  On Wednesday, February 1st at 7 pm, the award-winning Syrian dramatist and director Riad Ismat visits EPL for “Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams […]