Introducing A Tale of Four Cities

A Tale of Four Cities is an online literary magazine featuring fiction and creative nonfiction set in real locations in four cities — New York, London, Mumbai, and our first featured city, Dubai. This magazine seeks to highlight the similarities and differences between our cities, creating a cultural mosaic of writers and locations in a world that has grown increasingly small.

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Scott Onak

Scott Onak ‘s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Willow Springs and Quick Fiction. He is program manager at StoryStudio Chicago, where he also teaches fiction.


Kate Harding

Kate Harding is co-author of Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body, and founder of what was for a time the internet’s most popular body-acceptance blog, Shapely Prose. She has contributed to numerous online publications, including Salon, Jezebel, The Guardian and the L.A. Times, and published essays in the anthologies Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2009) and Feed Me: Women Writers Dish About Food, Eating, Weight and Body Image.

Jennifer Ann Coffeen

Jennifer Ann Coffeen’s novel Priceless Deception, and novella Lover’s Gamble are both available  now from The Wild Rose Press. She is a founding member and featured performer with the kates, a group of women solo performers who perform the last Saturday of every month at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Jennifer has also  written and performed original work as part of Numbskull, the Human Blockhead, The Muffin Basket Cases and Beastwomen Female Cabaret. She is a graduate of Columbia College and has studied at StoryStudio, where she currently works as part of the Chicago Literary Alliance. Jennifer is …

M. Molly Backes

M. Molly Backes is the assistant director of StoryStudio Chicago and the author of the young adult novel The Princesses of Iowa, which will be published in May 2012 by Candlewick Press. In addition to writing novels,  Molly is a member of the 2012 class of bloggers at The Debutante Ball, pens the “Writing Tips” column for The Prairie Wind (the newsletter for the Illinois chapter of SCBWI) and is a frequent contributor to StoryStudio’s blog Cooler by the Lake. Her story “Teacher’s Pet” appears in the anthology Good Dogs Doing Good (LaChance, 2009).

Chicago | Nov. 28, 2011

We’re back to Monday this month, for an evening with writers and instructors from StoryStudio Chicago. Join us as we hear from M. Molly Backes, Jennifer Ann Coffeen, Kate Harding and Scott Onak. 6:30 p.m. at Katerina’s, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd.