Anne Calcagno

anne_photo_01Anne Calcagno’s first novel, Love Like a Dog, set in Chicago, won a 1st place award from the “New Generation Indie Awards,” the Bronze from the 15th Annual Independent Book Publisher Awards, and an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. She is at work on a second novel, Struck By Dina, about the Italian colonization of East Africa. For stories in her collection Pray For Yourself, Anne Calcagno won the San Francisco Foundation Phelan Award, an NEA Fellowship, and two IAC Artists Fellowships.  Her fiction has appeared in Triquarterly, Epoch, Denver Quarterly, the North American Review & other …

Kate Harding

kateminnehahaKate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do About It, which came out in August. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate grew up in the northwest suburbs and was a proud Chicagoan until her husband dragged her to Minnesota earlier this year. She’s currently at work on a Ph.D. in fiction and a novel …

Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith 500pxClayton Smith is a writer of speculative fiction living in Chicago, where he has become exceedingly good at cursing the winters. He writes novels, short stories, and plays, mostly, including Apocalypticon, Death and McCootie, and the upcoming Anomaly Flats. His work has been featured on the popular Internet site Amazon, and he has had plays produced rather mercilessly around the country.

Rebecca Makkai

rebecca makkaiRebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the story collection Music for Wartime, as well as the novels The Hundred-Year House (a BookPage “Best Book” of 2014 and winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award) and The Borrower (a Booklist Top Ten Debut). Her short fiction was featured in The Best American Short Stories anthology in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in publications such as Harper’s, Tin House and Ploughshares, and on public radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca teaches at Northwestern University, Lake Forest College, and StoryStudio …

Barrie Jean Borich

BEST_BJB-ties-wide-copy-300x451Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series), winner of a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir and an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction. Her previous book, My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf), won the ALA Stonewall Book Award. Her work has been cited in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading and she’s currently working on a book-length essay about repurposed industrial landscapes, urban joy, and riding her bicycle on the mean streets of Chicago. Borich was the first creative nonfiction editor of Hamline University’s Water~Stone Review and is currently a member of …

Garnett Kilberg Cohen

G Cohen photoGarnett Kilberg Cohen has published three collections of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press), How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press), and, most recently, Swarm to Glory, published by Wiseblood Books in September 2014. Some of her awards include a Notable Essay Citation from Best American Essays (2011), the Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize (2004); and four awards from the Illinois Council of the Arts, including a 2001 IAC Individual Artist’s Fellowship for prose. Her essays, poems and short stories have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction, Ontario Review, TriQuarterly, The Antioch review, Brevity, …

Lynn Sloan

Lynn-Sloan-color-headshot-500x518Lynn Sloan is the author of Principles of Navigation (Fomite, 2015), a novel set mostly in small town Indiana, when a young couple, he’s a sculptor, she’s a small town journalist, decide to have a baby. This simple decision cracks open their marriage, and when they receive disastrous news, launches them on separate and complicated journeys. Lynn’s short stories have appeared in American Literary Review, The Literary Review, Nimrod, Puerto del Sol, Sou’wester, among other journals, and they have been nominated for the Pushcart Award, and finalists for the Dana Award, the Katherine Anne Porter prize, …

Bayo Ojikutu

Bayo_Ojikutu_pic_courtesy_Jacob_KnabbBayo Ojikutu‘s critically-acclaimed first novel, 47th Street Black (2003), received both the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Great American Book Award. His second novel, Free Burning (RH/Crown – 2006), has been called “Gritty lyrical [and]intense,” by Kirkus Book Review, “the most foreboding love letter the city [Chicago] has ever received” (Tim Lowery- Timeout Chicago), and “a searing portrayal of one of the shameful realities within an oft unjust society” (Denolyn Carrol – Black Issues Book Review). Ojikutu’s fiction has appeared in the various anthologies, magazines and collections.  His work has …

James Shea

Author Photo (Shea)James Shea is the author of two poetry collections, The Lost Novel and Star in the Eye, which was selected for the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series. A former Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong, he is currently an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University.

David W. Berner

davidwberner2David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and professor at Columbia College Chicago. His first book, Accidental Lessons, was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His second memoir, Any Road Will Take You There won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writer’s Association for nontraditional nonfiction, and has been re-released by Dream of Things Book Publishing. His collection of essays – There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard – was released by Dream of Things in June, 2015. In 2011, David was named the Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida. You also may have heard his voice regularly on the …

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