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Couple Win Grant To Give 'Not Too Abstract' Magazine to Red Line Riders

CHICAGO — A Pilsen couple are using a $10,000 Crusade Engagement Grant to launch a twice-monthly, free publication they plan to pass out to Red Line riders.

Danielle and Joseph Wilcox's publication, .LDOC, will feature short stories and essays and photos that are "accessible" and "not too abstract." They plan to distribute 3,000-4,000 copies twice a month on the Red Line using the grant, which was awarded last month. .LDOC's first issue is set to come out this fall.

The grant focuses on engaging people with photography, Joseph Wilcox said, and .LDOC gives the Wilcoxes a chance to fulfill the grant's mission and combine their talents: Joseph is a photographer and Danielle is a writer.

"We also really liked the medium of newsprint," Danielle Wilcox said. "It feels kind of vintage ... we wanted to combine that idea of photography and writing."

.LDOC will also feature work from local contributors. One issue will pair photos of life as a second-generation Mexican-American man with stories from a woman about her Palestinian culture, and another issue will have a story about a man seeing the ghost of his father on the train paired with photos depicting death and the afterlife.

The Wilcoxes chose to distribute .LDOC on the Red Line because it is heavily used and runs through a variety of neighborhoods, so they can reach people from all over the city. The name combines the Red Line — the "L" — with "document" and starts with a period so readers are reminded of a digital file, Joseph and Danielle Wilcox said.

They said they're pursuing funding options so the publication can be self-sustaining beyond the grant's funding. They hope to provide subscriptions at .LDOC's website and have twice-yearly collections of their stories and photos.

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