Vu Tran’s first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book of 2015. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his short stories have appeared in publications like the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Best American Mystery Stories. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.
Gina Frangello’s fourth book of fiction, Every Kind of Wanting, was released by Counterpoint in September. Her other books of fiction include the novel A Life in Men, Slut Lullabies, and My Sister’s Continent. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame,Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, theChicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies.
Ben Tanzer is the author of Orphans, Lost in Space, The New York Stories, SEX AND DEATH and Be Cool – a memoir (sort of), among others. He has also contributed to Punk Planet, Clamor, and Men’s Health. He serves as Senior Director, Acquisitions for Curbside Splendor and frequently speaks on the topics of messaging, framing, social media, blogging, fiction, essay writing and independent publishing. He can be found online at tanzerben.com, the center of his vast lifestyle empire.
Dan Stolar is the author of a collection of short stories, The Middle of the Night, a BookSense 76 Pick and runner up for the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Literature.
His fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in a number of places including The Missouri Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Utne Reader, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader. He is an Associate Professor of English at DePaul.
Doro Boehme is a visual artist and writer with an MFA from the Kunstakademie
Stuttgart and MLIS from Dominican University. She teaches in the Interdisciplinary Arts program at Columbia College and oversees library special collections at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has contributed to, produced, and edited reference books and exhibition catalogs, all of which discuss the visual conventions and history of artists’ publications and contemporary DIY culture. Her short stories have been published byYew Journal, Canopic Jar, and Nailed Magazine.
Martin Seay’s first novel, The Mirror Thief, was released by Melville House in May. Other writing has appeared recently in Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Publishers Weekly, MAKE, and The Believer. Originally from Texas, he lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney.
EMILY ROBBINS is the author of the novel A WORD FOR LOVE, forthcoming from Riverhead Books, January 2017. She has received Fulbright Fellowships for writing in both Syria and Jordan, and has lived and worked across the Middle East. A former Chicagoan, she’s just moved to Brownsville, TX, where she writes and translates.
ROSS RITCHELL served in the 75th Ranger Regiment and upon his discharge, enrolled at Northwestern University where he earned an MFA in Fiction writing. His novel THE KNIFE was published in February of 2015 by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. He lives in Illinois with his family.
KATHY FLANN’S short story collection, Get a Grip, won the George Garrett Award and was released by Texas Review Press. It was named a top book of 2015 by Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore City Paper, and it won the short story category for the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards and the International Book Awards. A previous collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. For five years, she taught creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England, where she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of …
Christine Rice is the author of Swarm Theory (University of Hell Press/April 2016). Most recently, her short stories have been published in The Literary Review, Rusted Radishes, F Magazine, and online at Roanoke Review, F Magazine, Chicago Literati, and Bird’s Thumb. Her essays and long-form journalism have appeared in numerous papers, including the The Big Smoke, The Millions, the Chicago Tribune; her radio essays have been produced by WBEZ Chicago. Christine is the managing editor of Hypertext Magazine and the director of Hypertext Studio Writing Center.