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'American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans' offers collective response to city's shooting violence

CHICAGO - More than 1,200 people have been shot in Chicago so far this year, and there have been more than 220 homicides - a level similar to 2016 and 2017, the most violent years in the city since the 1990s, according to data kept by the Tribune. In the wake of this violence, Big Shoulders Books just released "American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans."

The book, edited by poet and DePaul University English Department faculty member Chris Green, features the work of 100 local poets whose individual stanzas create one big poem about gun violence and its effect on our city. It's

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