Allyson Walters

Allyson Walters is a Chicagoan and refugee of the research sciences,which she left behind two years ago to focus on the writing she always loved. Her next stop is the School of the Art Institute, where she will begin a graduate program in writing this fall. She is currently working on her first novel, as well as a collection of short stories based on Irish and British folklore.

Rahnee Patrick

Rahnee Patrick writes fictional and non-fiction essays to explore the lives of marginal folks, particularly lives of women, Asian Americans, and people with disabilities. In 1996, Rahnee won the Women’s Studies Essay Contest, Creative Category for her fictional essay The Living. In that same year, her short story Virtual Reality was awarded First Place in the short story competition of the Lester M. Wolfson Award writing contest. In 2000, Am I Who?, a non-fiction essay was first published Face2Face Press, a Web forum that discussed interracial concerns. Instructors frequently use Am I Who? as one of many representations of the Asian American experience.

Steven Sacks

Steven Sacks: Since returning to Chicago from Ecuador, where he lived for 12 years and founded the country’s first certified organic farm, Steven Sacks has read his short stories on Chicago Public Radio’s Writer’s Block Party, at the Uptown Writer’s Space, and for the “Mortified” show at the Green Mill, where he was also the featured performer for the “2007 Best of Mortified.”

Philip Stone

Philip Stone is a Chicago musician and writer. He currently plays drums for the nationally touring rock band, Sanawon. His short fiction has appeared in the anthology Life Sentences (Wipf and Stock, 2007) and Montage Magazine. Philip was a Splendid Magazine music critic for several years, but stopped once the threatening hate mail mentioned his family members by name. After a two year hiatus and strong encouragement from his therapist, Philip is writing again. Philip has a day job.

Chicago | June 29, 2008

Join us for a delightful evening of reading from Storystudio Students featuring the following Chicago writers:

Philip Stone is a Chicago musician and writer. He currently plays drums for the nationally touring rock band, Sanawon. His short fiction has appeared in the anthology Life Sentences (Wipf and Stock, 2007) and Montage Magazine. Philip was a Splendid Magazine music critic for several years, but stopped once the threatening hate mail mentioned his family members by name. After a two year hiatus and strong encouragement from his therapist, Philip is writing again. Philip has a day job.

Steven Sacks: Since returning to Chicago from Ecuador, where he lived for …

June Wanjiru Wainaina

Few achievements give her more pleasure than that of having brought to life literary liaisons that are now a key feature throughout Nairobi. Founder of the kwani? Readings as far back as 2003, and thereafter the kwani? Poetry Open Mic, June Wanjiru Wainaina hosts the Sunday Salon, Nairobi, held every third Sunday of the month at Kengeles, Lavington Green. In another life she was a technocrat, having developed the curricullum for and taught a six-month course in Computer Repairs and Maintenance at Egerton University in Nakuru, Kenya. For now, getting all kwani? Poets onto facebook is her goal.

Susan Sherman

Poet, playwright, and founding editor of IKON magazine, Susan Sherman has published four collections of poetry; a poetry, essay and short fiction collection, The Color of the Heart (Curbstone) and has had twelve plays produced off-off Broadway. Her translation of Shango de Ima (Doubleday) won eleven AUDELCO awards for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe production in 1996. Among her awards are a NYFA fellowship for creative nonfiction, a NYFA Fellowship in poetry and a Puffin Foundation Grant. Her latest book America’s Child: A Woman’s Journey through the Radical Sixties (Curbstone, November ’07) has garnered critical acclaim from the New York Times Book Review, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly and Lambda Book Review and …

Wah-Ming Chang

Wah-Ming Chang has received grants from the Urban Artist Initiative, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Bronx Writers’ Center, and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. She lives and works it in New York City.

Felicia C. Sullivan

Felicia C. Sullivan is the author of The Sky Isn’t Visible from Here: Scenes from a Life, which has been featured in Vanity Fair, Elle, USA Today, Newsday, and The Washington Post. She received her MFA from Columbia University’s writing program and has been awarded fellowships from Tin House magazine and SLS Literary Seminars. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in anthologies and journals. In 2001, she founded the award-winning literary journal Small Spiral Notebook. Sullivan lives in New York, where she works in publishing.

Ken Kamoche

Ken Kamoche’s debut collection of short stories, A Fragile Hope, made the Frank O’Connor long list in 2007 and the Commonwealth Writers First Book short list in 2008. ‘A glimpse of hope’ won second prize in the Olaudah Equiano Prize for African fiction in 2007. Ken’s stories have appeared in magazines like Ambit, Wasafiri, Kunapipi, New York Stories and in various anthologies, including Dreams, Miracles and Jazz recently released by Picador. For a day job, Ken works as a professor of management, currently at Nottingham Business School. He’s also a columnist for the Sunday Nation. www.kenkamoche.com

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