Anita grew up in the 3rd story apartment above her family’s Bohemian restaurant on Madison Street in Chicago's west side in the 50's and 60's. The daughter of a fireman and a housewife/frustrated writer, she befriended a ragtag brigade of children of immigrants and migrants. Together, they found both themselves and the world-at-large on their neighborhood’s streets.
West Side Girl chronicles the colorful and oftentimes unpredictably eccentric characters and events of the area and time. Themes include social change, girls empowerment and the benefits of growing up in a diverse neighborhood. Seen through of the eyes of a child coming of age in the 1950's and 1960's, the stories of equality and nascent social justice are outrageous, insightful, funny, touching, inspiring and reflective.
Anita Solick Oswald is a Chicago native. She’s written a collection of essays, West Side Girl, that chronicle the colorful, diverse and oftentimes unpredictably eccentric characters and events that populated Chicago’s West Side neighborhood during the 50’s & 60’s. Her essays have appeared in The Write Place at the Write Time, the Faircloth Literary Review, Fullosia Press, The Fat City Review, and Avalon Literary Review. Anita grew up in the 3rd story apartment above her family’s Bohemian restaurant on Madison Street, daughter of a fireman and a housewife/frustrated writer, and comrade of a ragtag brigade of migrant children who trooped into and found both themselves and the world-at-large on our neighborhood’s streets.
She studied journalism at Marquette University, earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and her M.S. in Management and Organization from the University of Colorado.She is a founding member of Boulder Writing Studio. Anita lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Ralph, and her cats, Figaro and Clio.