Scott Miles is from Downriver Detroit and lives in Chicago. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he’s had his short stories published in nationally distributed magazines such as LIT, Cimarron Review, Atticus Review, Storyglossia, Crime Factory, Beloit Fiction Journal, The MacGuffin, Oyez Review, The Summerset Review, and Pebble Lake Review.
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. The audio version was nominated for best recording by the American Library Association. A writer of both poetry and prose, she’s twice received Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowships (prose, 2001; poetry 2005). Her work has appeared in many publications, including Triquarterly, Folio, Chicago Reader, Poetry East, and Diagram. She’s been nominated for Pushcart Prize for fiction and nonfiction. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received …
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a non-profit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a collective of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. Her most recent book is the novel, O, Democracy! and with Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of the first ever English edition The Selected Writings of Rene Magritte, forthcoming in 2016. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Toast, the Poetry Foundation website, and the Chicago Tribune. Follow her @KathleenMRooney.
Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir, Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain, and her essays have appeared in many publications, including Fourth Genre, Ninth Letter, The Georgia Review, The Chicago Tribune, and The Best American Essays. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Association for University Women, the Illinois Arts Council, MacDowell Colony, and others. She lives in Chicago, where she directs the graduate program in writing and publishing at DePaul University.
Aviya Kushner’s first book, The Grammar of God, about the experience of reading the Bible in English after a lifetime of reading it in Hebrew, will be published by Spiegel & Grau (Random House) on August 18, 2015. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Partisan Review, Poets & Writers, A Public Space, The Wilson Quarterly, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Her poems, reviews, and translations have appeared nationally and internationally. She teaches in the MFA program in nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago and is a contributing editor at A Public Space.
Jeffrey Condran is the author of the story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated. His debut novel, Prague Summer, was published by Counterpoint in August 2014. His fiction has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and Epoch, and has been awarded the 2010 William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Co-founder of Braddock Avenue Books.
Jillian is the author of the upcoming memoir, EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED the New York Times bestselling memoir, SOME GIRLS: My Life in a Harem, and the novel PRETTY, all from Plume/Penguin. Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times,Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle and Salon, among others. She is a regular storyteller on The Moth. Jillian blogs about motherhood and writing at the award-winning www.jillianlauren.com. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
As a writer, Mare Swallow is working on her business book, “Pay Attention to the Brown M&Ms.” She is also a public speaking coach in Chicago. When she’s not doing those two things, she is the Executive Director of the Chicago Writers Conference.
Patricia Skalka wrote her debut mystery Death Stalks Door County, hoping to bridge the gap between the worlds of fiction and nonfiction. The book, which Publishers Weekly called a tight, lyrical first novel, was short-listed for the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award and was LOVEY nominated for Best First Novel. A Chicago native, Skalka is a former Reader’s Digest Staff Writer and freelancer with articles in national print and online publications and nonfiction books published by Random House, St. Martin’s, Avon and Rodale. Death at Gills Rock, the second book in her Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series, …
C. Russell Price works with TriQuarterly and StoryClub Magazine. Previous publications include Assaracus, Court Green, MiPOesias, North Chicago Review, Weave, and elsewhere. He’s been a finalist for the Edes Award for Emerging Artists, The Russell Prize, and the Boston Review/Discovery Prize. Price will be a 2015 LAMBDA Writers Retreat Fellow this summer. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Northwestern University. He paints and plays piano on the North Side.