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 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 Concordia University …
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.
Amin Ahmad was raised in India, and worked as a banker and an architect before turning to fiction. His essays and stories have been published in literary magazines and listed in Best American Essays. As A.X. Ahmad, he is the author of the suspense novels The Caretaker and The Last Taxi Ride, one of NPR’s ‘Best Books of 2015’. He created the ‘Novel Year’ program at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and is now a 2017-18 Visiting Artist in Residence at Northwestern University. He also teaches at Story Studio in Chicago. He was awarded a 2015-16 …
Dipika Mukherjee is a writer and sociolinguist. Her second novel, Shambala Junction, won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction (Aurora Metro, 2016) and her debut novel was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and republished as Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016). Her short story collection is Rules of Desire (Fixi, 2015) and edited collections include Champion Fellas (Word Works, 2016), Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). She has two poetry collections: The Third Glass of Wine (Writer’s Workshop, 2015), and The Palimpsest of Exile(Rubicon Press, 2009). She is a Juror on the The Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2017.
Nadine Kenney Johnstone is the author of the memoir, Of This Much I’m Sure, about her IVF challenges and the healing power of hope. Her infertility story has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Today’s Parent, MindBodyGreen, Metro, and Chicago Health Magazine, among others. She teaches at Loyola University and received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago. Her other work has been featured in various magazines and anthologies, including Chicago Magazine, The Moth, PANK, and The Magic of Memoir. Nadine is a writing coach who presents at conferences internationally. She lives near Chicago with her family.
Elise Paschen’s new book of poems, The Nightlife, will be published this spring by Red Hen Press. Other books include Bestiary, Infidelities (winner of the Nicholas Roerich prize) and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Yorker and Poetry Magazine. Co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, she teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.