A History of the Society of Midland Authors, Part 2

A History of the Society of Midland Authors, Part 2

Part 2: Getting Organized BY ROBERT LOERZEL The authors who gathered at the Auditorium Hotel in Chicago on November 28, 1914, didn’t expect a free dinner. But they were somewhat stunned when the writer who’d invited them, John M. Stahl, picked up the tab for everyone....
A History of the Society of Midland Authors, Part 1

A History of the Society of Midland Authors, Part 1

Part 1: How the SMA Began BY ROBERT LOERZEL In 1914, Carl Sandburg called Chicago “Hog Butcher for the World.” Edgar Lee Masters, a Chicago lawyer born in Kansas, was giving voice to the common folk buried in a cemetery in the fictional town of Spoon River. Other...