Chicory was a magazine of poetry, prose, street chatter, and art, published from 1966-1982 in Baltimore, MD. Funded initially with money from the War on Poverty through the Enoch Pratt Free Library, it continued thanks to the library's support for years after federal funding ended. In 1969, selections from Chicory were published as Chicory: Young Voices from the Black Ghetto edited by the first two editors of the magazine, Sam Cornish and Lucian Dixon. Forgotten today, Chicory, written by residents of the poorest neighborhoods of Baltimore, is an atlas of the thoughts, desires, politics, and concerns of people who are often left out of the historical narrative.
This collection is a pilot project intended to think through how to make the magazine Chicory available to the public. To read selections, click browse items on the left. You can also use the search to find items by keywords included in the titles or descriptions.
The physical magazine can be found at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Images were taken by me at the library (in some cases, they are low quality).
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