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olympia at the 2018 los angeles & chicago international film festivals

Olympia, the feature film written, co-produced, and starringl McKenzie Chinn, and directed by Gregory Dixon, will make its world premier at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival on September 22 at 1pm at Arc Light, Culver City. Olympia Tickets are available here:

The film will follow up its LA world premier with a hometown premier at the Chicago International Film Festival, screening on October 15, 16, and 19. Tickets are available here:

From CIFF programmers, “Olympia is a heartfelt story for anyone who’s ever felt adrift on the rough seas of adulthood.”


FIVE FIFTHS available now through Candor Arts!

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective's Five Fifths features new poetry by the group's poets McKenzie Chinn and Mykele Deville, including the collected text from the collective's inaugural album WE HERE: Thank Your For Noticing. In this tandem collection of deeply personal work, Chinn and Deville interrogate the nature of selfhood, blackness, community, love, ritual, and vulnerability while celebrating perseverance and survival in the face of generational and systemic marginalization.

 poster design by Josh Rosen

poster design by Josh Rosen

Growing Concerns Vinyl and Book Release

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective celebrates the release of its first book, a collection of poetry of McKenzie Chinn and Mykele Deville, alongside text from the collective’s inaugural recording WE HERE: Thank You for Noticing, published by Candor Arts!
The evening will feature readings of new work by Chinn and Deville, performances by special guest artists, and a concert by Growing Concerns Poetry Collective. 
The book will be available for purchase at a one-time special discount, as well as limited-run vinyl pressings of their album, available courtesy of Tip Top Recordings.
Guest artists to be announced soon!

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Nothing to lose...but our chains

McKenzie joins the ensemble of the world premier of Nothing to Lose...But Our Chains at D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre, in co-production with Chicago's The Second City. Led by comedian Felonious Munk, the original sketch and stand-up based play chronicles the Life story of Munk from drug-dealer to one of the most relevant comics of our age. , Nov. 11 - Dec. 31.

 Photo by Olivia Obineme

Photo by Olivia Obineme

Growing Concerns featured in the chicago reader

Read about how Growing Concerns Poetry Collective got its start, what inspired its inaugural album WE HERE: Thank You For Noticing, and what's up next.

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growing concerns at the mca

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective peformes along with rapper, dancer, and producer Le1f, Fashion collaborative House of Diehl, and DJs Rae Chardonnay and Cqqchifruit for an after-hours event that taps in to the create pulse of Chicago.

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lottery day at goodman theatre

In his latest play, award-winning Chicago playwright Ike Holter weaves together characters from past works including Exit Strategy and Sender, to create a new story about the cost of belonging and the gift of community. At Goodman Theatre Sept. 20 - Oct. 7.

 photo by Zakkiyyah Najeebah

photo by Zakkiyyah Najeebah


Growing Concerns Poetry Collective released in inaugural album WE HERE: Thank You For Noticing in August 2017 to two sold-out shows at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre. A lyrical and sonic exploration of generational, racial, and gender identity, The Chicago Tribune's Brittany Julious says, "Their work focuses on...the struggle to be heard in a society that would rather ignore you. They are...creating art that speaks to the moment."

WE HERE is availabe to stream on Spotify and Soundcloud, and available to download on Bandcamp.