Chicago | November 2007

Cris Mazza is the author of over a dozen books of fiction, most recently Waterbaby, released this month from Soft Skull Press. Her other fiction titles include the critically notable Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?, and the PEN Nelson Algren Award winning How to Leave a Country. She also has a collection of personal essays, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian. Mazza has had a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and three Illinois Arts Council literary awards. A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. Currently she lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jonathan Messinger is the author of the short story collection, Hiding Out. He’s also the books editor of Time Out Chicago and founder and co-host of The Dollar Store Show, a literary and comedy series featuring performances inspired by junk purchased from a dollar store. In 2005 he was named one of Chicago’s Top 30 Under 30 by UR Chicago, and in 2007 he was named to Newcity’s top 50 literary figures in Chicago. He co-publishes Featherproof Books, and his fiction has appeared in various places, including Resonance and Rainbow Curve, and is forthcoming in Other Voices and Awake!, an anthology from Soft Skull Press.

Stacy Hope Jones is a writer, poet, and founder of Waxing Gibbous Press, a small press of illustrated books for children and grown-ups filled with fantastical characters in real and make-believe worlds.Working in marketing for educational publishing for 12 years, Stacy has experience creating books and other products for Encyclopedia Britannica and currently with Shakespeare Squared. There she works with Simon & Schuster Children’s Books and Harper Collins Children’s’ and some of her writing in Spanish and English can be found at and in the children’s book Secret of the Sphinx from SRA McGraw Hill’s school division. Stacy was honored with a National Merit Scholarship and received a B.A. in Film and Media Communications from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stacy has continued to study short fiction and novel writing with StoryStudio Chicago for 2 years and will receive its Certificate of Creative Writing in Fall of 2007.


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