Chicago | March 30, 2008 : Sunday Salon

Chicago | March 30, 2008

MARY ANNE MOHANRAJ is the author of BODIES IN MOTION, a set of Sri Lankan-American linked stories, covering two families and three generations (HarperCollins). She currently teaches fiction writing and Asian American literature at Northwestern University, and is working on a mainstream novel, a memoir/travelogue, and a YA fantasy novel. Mohanraj recently received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose. She currently serves as the Executive Director of DesiLit (, an organization that works to support S. Asian and diaspora literature, and also directs the Speculative Literature Foundation( Mohanraj was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

ELIZABETH WETMORE’s stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals. A recent story can be read online at: She is currently writing two books: a novel set in the oil fields of West Texas and a collection of short stories set in Phoenix, Arizona. Both projects have been nurtured and sustained by the love and faith of her friends and family as well as generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. She is also grateful to the good people at Story Studio Chicago for providing advice, community, and excellent coffee. Elizabeth lives in Chicago with the poet Jorge Sánchez, their son Hank, and two grumpy old cats.

CONNOR COYNE grew up in the East Village of Flint, Michigan. He received degrees from the University of Chicago and the New School in New York City. He is a cofounder of the Gothic Funk Nation, and his work has been featured in the Saturnine Detractor. He and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of three bloodfin tetras and a very inquisitive (stuffed) shark named Sharky. Connor lives in Uptown, Chicago, and maintains a website at


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