Dana Norris

Dana Norris is the founder and host of Story Club. She once went on a lot of Internet dates and she writes about those mistakes for the websites In Our Words and Role Reboot. She blogs at her website She has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency,  the Tampa Review, The Rumpus, and her stories have been featured on (89.5 FM). She performs around Chicago with Mortified, The Paper Machete, The Kates, Essay Fiesta, This Much is True, Write Club, Beast Women, and many others. Dana is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Northwestern …

Shannon Heffernan

In addition to her work on Life of the Law, Shannon Heffernan is a producer for Chicago Public Media/WBEZ’s in-depth reporting project Front and Center, where she has reported on everything from tribal fishing rights to the validity of GED testing. Prior to working at Chicago Public Media/WBEZ, Heffernan was an Open Society Foundation Media Fellow.

Steve Trumpeter

Steve Trumpeter’s short story “Sky Boys” won the Chicago Reader’s 2012 Pure Fiction contest. His short stories have also been published in Jabberwock Review and selected as a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open contest and Third Coast’s Jaimy Gordon Fiction Prize. Steve lives in Chicago with his wife, Kathryn, and Talisker the cat. He is currently toiling away at his first novel, Glow.

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai’s first novel, The Borrower, was a Booklist Top Ten Debut of 2011. Her short fiction was chosen for The Best American Short Stories in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in places such as Harpers, Tin House, Ploughshares, and New England Review, and on public radio’s Selected Shorts and This American Life.  She has just completed her second novel, The Happensack, as well as a short story collection. She lives in the northern suburbs.

Chicago | March 24, 2013

Our March reading event features four of our favorite writers from StoryStudio Chicago; Rebecca Makkai, Steve Trumpeter, Shannon Heffernan, and Dana Norris. We’re extremely excited that they will be our March feature, presenting a new slate of their instructors and students. 7 p.m., Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen. See you there!

Host: Eileen Favorite

Eileen Favorite’s first novel, The Heroines (Scribner, 2008), was named a Best Debut Novel by The Rocky Mountain News, and has been translated into Finnish, Italian, Russian and Korean. She’s twice received Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowships (prose in 2001; poetry in 2005). Her work has appeared in many publications, including TriQuarterly, Folio, the Chicago Reader, Poetry East and Diagram. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Graham School of Continuing Studies at the University of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.


John Kersey

John Kersey lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. He teaches English and creative writing at Elgin Community College.


James McManus

Illustration: Joe Ciardiello

James McManus is the author of ten books of poetry, fiction and fact, including Going to the Sun and Positively Fifth Street (both from Picador). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Believer, Esquire, Harper’s, Paris Review and Best American anthologies of poetry, sportswriting, political writing and science and nature writing. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Cecilia Pinto

Cecilia Pinto received a degree in creative writing from Knox College and an MFA in the same subject from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in Esquire, Diagram, Fence, Rhino, Snake Nation Review, This Literary Magazine, qartsilunni, PoetsArtists, Mississippi Review, The Seneca Review, Quarter After Eight, TriQuarterly and elsewhere.


Suzanne Scanlon

Suzanne Scanlon lives in Chicago. Her debut novel, Promising Young Women, was published in October by Dorothy.


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