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Chicago/ July 30 / Rachel Jamison Webster

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.

Chicago/ July 30 / Amin Ahmad

 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 …

Chicago / July 30 / Dipika Mukherjee

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.

Chicago / July 30/ Nadine Kenney Johnstone

   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.

Chicago / May 21

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.

Chicago / May 21

Leslie Parry is the author of the novel Church of Marvels (Ecco, 2015). Her short fiction has appeared in such publications as The Missouri Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. She is the recent recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Chicago.

Chicago / May 21

Re’Lynn Hansen’s prose poem memoir, To Some Women I Have Known, is published by White Pine Press. Her work has appeared in Hawai’i Review, Prism, Rhino, New Madrid, Water~Stone, New South,  Poem Memoir Story, Fourth Genre and online at contrary and Slag Glass City. She is the recipient of the New South Prose Prize and the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her chapbook 25 Sightings of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker was published by Firewheel Press. Her Novel Take Me to the Underground was nominated for a Lambda Literary award. She edits Punctuate: A Nonfiction Magazine.  Her work is at www.relynnhansen.com

Chicago / May 21

Gint Aras (Karolis Gintaras Žukauskas) is the author of two books, the cult novel Finding the Moon in Sugar (2009), and The Fugue, finalist for the 2016 Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year award. He works as a teacher of Language Arts and Humanities in a community college and is the leader of the Gint Aras Prose Workshop in Oak Park where he lives with his family.

Quraysh Ali Lansana | Chicago | April 30

Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of eight poetry books, three textbooks, three children’s books, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is a faculty member of the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2011, where he was also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing until 2014. Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom …

Toni Nealie | Chicago | April 30


Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about borders, homeland, dispersal, heritage and family, published by Curbside Splendor. Her essays have appeared in Guernica, Hobart, The Offing, The Rumpus, Entropy, Midwestern Gothic, Essay Daily, Chicago Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for a Chicago Review of Books nonfiction award. Originally from New Zealand, she teaches and writes in Chicago, is Literary Editor of Newcity and co-editor of The Sunday Rumpus.

Toni will read at Sunday Salon Chicago’s Pop-Up at the Evanston Literary Festival on April 30, 7pm, …

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