Why Rafael Torch could be the best Chicago writer whose name you don’t know

Author and DePaul associate professor Miles Harvey, Justin Kaufmann and DePaul student Brittany Schmitt

DePaul University student Brittany Schmitt and Chicago writer, editor and DePaul University associate professor Miles Harvey join Justin on Extension 720 to discuss the incredible story of a literary revival. Miles and Brittany talk about, “The Garcia Boy,” a memoir left by essayist Rafael Torch, who died of a rare form of cancer in 2011. Thanks to the work of students in the creative-writing program at DePaul University, Torch’s memoir is now published for the first time. Miles talks about where the idea for this project comes from, why he wanted to get Rafael’s name out there, his goal of bringing a voice to underrepresented voices, how “The Garcia Boy,” despite being written 15 years ago, is still relevant today and his appearance this weekend at the Printers Row Lit Fest.

This is the podcast for Extension 720. The show originates from Chicago on WGN Radio and features newsmakers, tastemakers and trailblazers.  Hosted by award-winning broadcaster Justin Kaufmann, this talk show/audio magazine goes in-depth to help you better understand the city (and world) that you live in.

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