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 dananorris.net. She has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Tampa Review, The Rumpus, and her stories have been featured on Vocalo.org (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 …
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’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’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.
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 lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. He teaches English and creative writing at Elgin Community College.
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 lives in Chicago. Her debut novel, Promising Young Women, was published in October by Dorothy.
Rachel DeWoskin’s most recent novel, Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011), is the recipient of the 2012 American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the top three books of 2011 by Newsday. DeWoskin’s memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing (Norton, 2005), about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries and is being developed as a television series by HBO. Her debut novel, Repeat After Me, which follows the unexpected romance between a young American ESL teacher and a troubled Chinese radical, won Foreword Magazine’s …
Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (forthcoming from Algonquin in Februrary 2014), Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press, 2010) and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus, 2006). She is the executive editor and co-founder of the independent fiction press Other Voices Books, and also serves as the Sunday editor of the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown. Gina’s short fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Fence, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, ACM and Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience. Her journalism and book reviews have appeared in many forums in …