Sharon Solwitz’s stories and essays can be found in numerous anthologies and creative writing textbooks, including Best American Short Stories 2012 and 2016. She has published the novel Bloody Mary, a collection of stories Blood and Milk, and, most recently, Once in Lourdes (Spiegel and Grau), about four students who make a suicide pact during the fraught days of the War in Vietnam. Her literary awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Katherine Anne Porter, the Carl Sandberg Award and the Nelson Algren runner-up, three times. She teaches fiction writing at Purdue University.
Ruben Quesada is a poet, editor and translator His writing and media have been featured at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Poetry Foundation, Oxford American, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, The American Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. Find on Twitter @rubenquesada.
Jan English Leary lives in Chicago with her husband, John. She received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of two books: a novel, Thicker Than Blood (Fomite, 2015) and a collection of short stories, Skating on the Vertical (Fomite, 2017). Her short fiction has been published in Pleiades, The Minnesota Review, The Literary Review, Carve Magazine, and other journals, and she has received three Illinois Arts Council awards for prose.
Paula Carter’s essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Salon, and Prairie Schooner.
Based in Chicago, she is part of the nonfiction storytelling community and a company member with 2nd Story. She is the editorial manager of the digital magazine INTER and has taught writing at Indiana University, University of Kentucky and Concordia University Chicago. No Relation is her first book.
Our first January reading is coming up fast! Please join us at our temporary venue, Celtic Crown Public House Chicago, near Lincoln Square. http://celticcrownpub.com on the last Sunday of this month for an outstanding lineup of writers. Paula Carter, Jan English Leary, Ruben Quesada and Sharon Solwitz will be sharing from their latest novels, memoirs, short story collections.
Paula Carter’s essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Salon, and Prairie Schooner. Based in Chicago, she is part of the nonfiction storytelling community and a company member with 2nd Story. She is the editorial manager of the digital magazine INTER and has taught writing at Indiana University, University of Kentucky and …
Cornelia Spelman won a fellowship in non-fiction at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference; was a radio program host in Vermont and a writer/performer with a political comedy program on Vermont Public Radio. A clinical social worker, her picture books for children, including “The Way I Feel” series about managing emotion, have been translated into nine languages. She’s author of a memoir, Missing, about the emotional legacies in her family, which was described by writer Alex Kotlowitz as “memoir writing at its absolute finest.” Cornelia has kept a diary for 36 years, and her several hundred volumes are being archived at the Schlesinger Library on the History …
Naeem Murrʼs first novel, The Boy, was a New York Times Notable Book. Another novel, The Genius of the Sea, was published in 2003. His latest, The Perfect Man, was awarded The Commonwealth Writersʼ Prize for the Best Book of Europe and South Asia, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His work has been translated into eight languages. He has received many awards for his writing, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pen Beyond Margins Award. He has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Missouri, Western Michigan, and Northwestern University, among others. Born and brought up in London, he has lived in America since his early twenties, and currently resides in Chicago.
Cris Mazza is the author of seventeen books, including Charlatan: New and Selected Stories (Curbside Spledor, October 10, 2017). Her last title, Something Wrong With Her, was a real-time memoir chronicling the 25-year journey to reunite with a boy from her past. She was also co-producer, writer, and lead actress for a feature film, Anorgasmia, a fictional sequel to that memoir, a groundbreaking blend of memoir, documentary and fiction. Mazza has sixteen other titles including her first novel, How to Leave a Country, which won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction, and the critically acclaimed Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? She is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago….
Gerald Brennan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and earned a Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s the founder of Tortoise Books, as well as the author of Resistance, Zero Phase, Public Loneliness, and Island of Clouds. He’s been profiled in Newcity and featured in Hypertext Magazine, and his writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Good Men Project, and Innerview Magazine. A self-described corporate brat, he grew up all over the eastern half of the continent but calls Chicago home.
Rachel Jamison Webster is the director of Creative Writing at Northwestern University and author of the book of poems, “September” (Northwestern University 2013) and the cross-genre book, “The Endless Unbegun” (Twelve Winters 2015). Her essays and poems have been published in journals including Tin House, The Paris Review, and Poetry.