Molly Dumbleton

Molly Dumbleton is Managing Editor of a small publishing house in Evanston, where she is the founding editor of two children’s magazines as well as countless books, CDs, and toys that look cute until you know how much work they involve. She’s a freelance writer and editor with a specialty in environmental education and marketing, and also teaches Creative Writing to adult students at DePaul University . In the spare (ha ha) moments sprinkled over the last four and a half years, she’s been slowly chiseling away at a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern, which she is inordinately proud to have just, finally, happily, great-big-sigh-edly completed.

Jill Pollack

Jill Pollack, founder of StoryStudio Chicago, is an award-winning communications consultant, writer and editor. A published author with 15 years experience in corporate communications, Jill teaches creative writing to individuals and leads customized seminars for businesses and professionals. Her work has appeared on the Internet, in newspapers, magazines, trade periodicals and political journals. Jill has authored three books for young adults: , Shirley Chisholm (First Book) named a Best Book by Science and Film Magazine; Lesbian and Gay Families: Redefining Parenting in America; and Women on the Hill: A History of Women in Congress (Women Then–Women Now). She is currently working on a novel and short …

Bruce Olds

Bruce Olds is the author of three novels: Bucking the Tiger, an American Library Association Notable Book adapted from the stage as The Confessions of Doc Holliday, and Raising Holy Hell, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and an IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominee that was also named Novel of the Year by the Notable Books Council of the ALA and winner of the QPB New Voices Award for Fiction, and The Moments Lost: A Midwest Pilgrim’s Progress, also a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His nonfiction work has appeared in Granta and American Heritage, among other publications, and has been anthologized by the MIT Press and Modern Library. He lives in Chicago where …

Mahmoud Saeed

Mahmoud Saeed is a prominent and award-winning Iraqi novelist. He has written more than 20 novels and short story collections, including Port Said and Other Stories, which was published in 1957. The first military-Baathist Iraqi government seized two of his novels in 1963. Saeed was imprisoned several times and he left Iraq in 1985 after the authorities banned the publication of some of his novels, including Zanka bin Baraka (1970), which nevertheless won the Ministry of Information Award in 1993. His new novel The World in Angel’s Eyes will be published in Cairo, Egypt. You can read some of his stories at

Rebecca Leece

Rebecca Leece studied at the New School MFA program and the Harvard Extension School. She’s taught at Parsons School of Design and City University of New York. Rebecca has also worked at the publications BOMB, Esquire, and was the prose editor of Lit Magazine. She recently left her teaching position at CUNY to write full-time, focusing on short stories, essays, and children’s literature. Currently, she’s enamored with Marcel Proust.

Corrina Wycoff

O Street by Corrina Wycoff OV Books second title Corrina Wycoff’s fiction and essays have appeared in Other Voices, New Letters, Coal City Review, The Oregon Quarterly, Brainchild, Out of Line, Golden Handcuffs, and the anthologies Best Essays Northwest and The Clear Cut Future. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon, and an MA in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She lives with her son in Seattle, Washington, and teaches English and writing at Pierce College.

Billy Lombardo

Billy Lombardo teaches creative writing at The Latin School of Chicago. His introduction into the writing world was through the Green Mill’s Uptown Poetry Slam. His book of short fiction: The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, was a Chicago Tribune, Best Fiction of 2005 selection. He is the founder and faculty sponsor of Polyphony H.S., a national literary magazine for High School Writers. He has just completed his second book, a novel, titled “The Man with Two Arms.”

Paul Jones

Paul Jones has had a story appear in The Greensboro Review and read an essay for WBEZ. His story Documentary was selected by Stuart Dybek as the winner in the 2005 Guild Complex Fiction competition, and appeared in MAKE magazine. He has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Katie Watson

Katie Watson is the author of several sketch shows and comic plays, most recently “War Is Bad: Sock Puppet Euripides.” Katie currently is a contributor to TimeOut Chicago, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and WBEZ’s “Eight Forty Eight,” and she’s a proud member of the country’s longest-running all-female improv group, Sirens. (Come see the new Sirens show “Chicken Scratch” at the Apollo Studio, every Saturday night in March and April!) In the other half of her life, Katie teaches law and medical ethics at Northwestern University, and is editor of a humanities publication called “Atrium.”

Frances Madeson

Playwright and novelist, Frances Madeson, holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the Graduate School and University Center of City University of New York. Her plays–The Candle Lit, A Purim Tango, Shylock’s Heart and Levin’s Eulogy–have been produced or read at The Cleveland Public Theatre, the Jewish Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, and other venues. She has written three novels: Restaurant Week, Dancing for the Godfather of Soul and Cooperative Village. Published in May 2007, Cooperative Village is her debut book. Frances is currently working with director Ari Laura Kreith on a one-woman-show based on Cooperative Village. In addition, she is happily at work writing her next comic …

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