Chicago | June 2007

Jean Thompson is the author of Throw Like a Girl (Simon & Schuster, June 2007) as well as the novel City Boy; the short story collection Who Do You Love, a 1999 National Book Award finalist for fiction; and the novel Wide Blue Yonder, a New York Times Notable Book and Chicago Tribune Best Fiction selection for 2002. Her short fiction has been published in many magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, and been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize. Jean’s work has been praised by Elle Magazine as “bracing and wildly intelligent writing that explores the nature of love in all its hidden and manifest dimensions.” Jean’s other books include the short story collections The Gasoline Wars and Little Face, and the novels My Wisdom and The Woman Driver. Jean has been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, among other accolades, and taught creative writing at the University of Illinois–Champaign/ Urbana, Reed College, Northwestern University, and many other colleges and universities.

Jenn Hollmeyer is a writer, painter and graphic designer who has worked in a variety of publishing and marketing environments. She also serves as Art Editor / Designer of Fifth Wednesday Journal, a new biannual literary magazine that will make its debut on October 31, 2007. Her stories and poems have appeared in Ariel, ART TIMES and Rivulets. Originally from North Carolina, she and her husband now live in the Chicago suburbs. Ruan Wright was born and raised in Great Britain. She has lived in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago since 1996. She has published poems and short stories in a variety of journals, most recently ART TIMES, RADIX, WINDHOVER, MOON JOURNAL, and THE TAJ MAHAL REVIEW. She is currently working on a fantasy novel for young adults as well as putting together a chapbook of poetry. She is co-chair of the Naperville Writers Group


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