Beth Finke Author

NPR commentator Beth Finke is an award-winning author, teacher, journalist and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She also happens to be blind.

“To face extraordinary challenges with grace and courage is remarkable in itself. To write about it as eloquently as Beth Finke does is a gift.” — Jean Thompson, author of  She Poured Out Her Heart


Upcoming Events

December 7, Thursday, noon, The Admiral at the Lake,
Memoir-writing workshop, 929 W Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

November 28, Tuesday, University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, Guest Lecture
Animal Science 250: Companion Animals in Society
Urbana, Illinois

November 17, Friday, all day, Clarendon Hills Middle School, emoir-writing workshop for 6th graders, 301 Chicago Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

September 6, Wednesday, 7:30 pm, Women & Children First, presenting Writing Out Loud, joined by two of the members of her senior memoir-writing classes: Regan Burke and John Craib-Cox, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640, 773.769.9299


August 24, Thursday, 7:00 pm, Trails Book Club, Writing Out Loud, Discussion and Q&A
Urbana, IL

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The Story Behind our StoryCorps Interview

November 24

More than 300,000 people lined Pennsylvania Avenue on this day in 1963 to watch a horse-drawn caisson carry President Kennedy’s casket from the White House to the Capitol Rotunda. Giovanna Breu, a writer in one of my memoir classes, was there, but Not as an onlooker. She was covering JFK’s funeral and burial for Life […]

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How this sixth-grader discovered his spirit animal

November 22

This just in! The Hinsdalean newspaper did a great article on our visit. You can read it here if you want to get another point of view on our class visit.   Whitney and I spent an entire day last week with sixth-graders at Clarendon Hills Middle School (CHMS). I’ve visited students at hundreds of […]

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Mondays with Mike: The grand dames of Moscow, Milwaukee and Michigan Avenue

November 20

Beth’s a voracious book listener, and as she’s mentioned before, I end up hearing large parts of lots of her books—if I want to, anyway. She usually falls asleep each night listening. If it’s something I like, she places her little audio device so we both can hear it as we fall out. If not, […]

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