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AfterWater Fiction: Show Me The Well

Chicago poet, playwright and educator Kristiana Colon is an ensemble member of Teatro Luna, the all-Latina theater company in Chicago. Show Me the Well is her radio play for After Water, a fusion of science, art and journalism that asks writers to imagine a world 100 years in the future, when clean water is a dominant social issue. This play is right in line with Colon’s vision of art as a tool to ‘reinvigorate the learning experience, build social awareness and provoke critical analysis...

After Water Fiction: The Way of the River

Roxane Gay lives and writes in the Midwest. She is the author of “Ayiti,” “An Untamed State,” and “Bad Feminist,” a New York Times bestseller. “The Way of the River” is Gay’s contribution to After Water, a WBEZ Chicago flash fiction project that invites writers to examine the impact of climate change on future generations around the Great Lakes. In this story, a wife and mother pushes against despair and thirst to keep her humanity, and her family together.

After Water: An interview with author Peter Orner

In his story "The Last Cribkeeper," Peter Orner introduces us to Harry Osgood--the last man to work on Chicago's water cribs. Harry spends his days walking along the shores of Lake Michigan, peering out at the water that has shaped the city's identity and his own. Author Peter Orner sat down with WBEZ's Shannon Heffernan to talk about his lifelong obsession with those tiny houses off Chicago's shores and his homesickness for the blue of Lake Michigan. (Flickr/Steve Rhodes)

After Water Fiction: World After Water

What happens 100 years from now when, if climate change has brought us to a point where water has become one of our scarcest resources, and more precious than oil or gold? We've asked fiction writers to imagine the Great Lakes region a century or more on, and help us paint an audio portrait of that world. In her story, "World After Water", Chicago author Abby Geni brings us to a city flooded by dirty, toxic water. We follow the struggle of four boys, forced to steal clean water from their...