On Sunday, June 26 we’re kicking off summer with five fantastic writers: Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Kim Brooks, Amina Gautier, Rana B. Khoury, and Christine Rice. All of them will be sharing from their latest published works. We meet at Riverview Tavern in Chicago at 7 p.m.
Ignatius Valentine Aloysius completed his MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on fiction from Northwestern University, where he received the Distinguished Thesis Award. A finalist for The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists competition, he was a guest panelist at the 2015 Chicago Writers Conference. Ignatius teaches in the Integrated Design and Strategy graduate program at Northwestern University and his writing has appeared in a variety of publications including TriQuarterly, Newcity, the Chicago Tribune.
Kim Brooks‘ first novel, The Houseguest, is now available from Counterpoint Press. Her memoir, Small Animals: A Memoir of Parenthood and Fear, will be published in 2017 by Flatiron Books/ Macmillan. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, Five Chapters and other journals, while her essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, and Buzzfeed. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children.
Amina Gautier, is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy and the The Loss of All Lost Things. Gautier’s stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Agni, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. For her individual short stories, Gautier has been the recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize, the Danahy Fiction Prize, among many others. A recent former professor at DePaul University, she currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami and now divides her time between Miami and Chicago.
Rana B. Khoury is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. Her book, As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation, was published in May of this year by Kent State University Press, and tells the stories of average Americans living in a moment of record income inequality and declining standards of living. She has received writing awards from Northwestern and Georgetown and research support from the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and the Buffett Institute. Khoury has lived as far afield as Syria and Singapore, but Ohio is the place she calls home.
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.