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January 14, 2019

Fellow local author Maureen Lang and I moderated the first meeting of the Cook Memorial Library's writing critique group earlier this month, and look forward to many more. The group meets at the Cook Park Memorial Library in Libertyville, IL on the first Thursday of every month. For details or to register, please visit the library website


March 26, 2018

Head over to the Black Fox Literary Magazine website to read "Filigree," the mostly true story of a cheap necklace and an expensive hospital visit. You can find the essay in Issue #17 (Winter 2018). The entire issue is embedded in the video frame, so flip to p. 93 and enjoy.

My name is Lina Chern and I write stories on my phone while sitting in traffic. I have also written trivia questions, word puzzles for a TV game show, paranormal romances, dialogue for...



I'm Reading...

January 14, 2019

BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, by Attica Locke.

I am late to this Attica Locke party, but I'm having a great time and don't want to go home. 



Get Over Yourself

October 22, 2017

My essay "Get Over Yourself" has won the 2017 Writer's Block Prize in creative nonficton, proving once and for all that my writer's block game is second to none. Read "Get Over Yourself" in the Fall 2017 issue of The Louisville Review. 

Great Composers

November 15, 2017

My short piece "Great Composers of the American Popular Song" will be included in a printed anthology of the best writing from 100 Word Story. If you can't wait until April 3, 2018, you can pre-order on Amazon or from the publisher Outpost 19. The piece was also nominated for inclusion in Best Short Fictions 2018.





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