Samuel Park is a Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he is a graduate of Stanford and USC. His short film Shakespeare’s Sonnets has played numerous film festivals, including San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and Southwest international gay and lesbian film festivals, and is available on DVD in the anthology Boys’ Briefs 3. Shakespeare’s Sonnets, published by Alyson Books, is his first novel.
Elizabeth Reeder,lived in Glasgow, Scotland for twelve years and her fiction appears in respected journals and anthologies in the UK and the US (Women’s Press, Polygon, Hanging Loose, Chapman, PN Review). Recently, she had an original drama, stories and an abridgement broadcast on BBC Radio 4. An excerpt of her novel, The Fremont Inheritance, has just been published by Long Lunch Press and is one in a series of slim volumes which pair well-known authors (Irvine, Welsh, Annie Proulx, James Meek, Edwin Morgan) with newbies, such as herself. She now lives in Chicago researching and writing her next novel and completing her PhD in Creative Writing.
Kristina Marie Darling is an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of four chapbooks, which include Fevers and Clocks (March Street Press, 2006) and The Traffic in Women (Dancing Girl Press, 2006). A Pushcart Prize nominee in 2006, her work has appeared in many publications, which include The Mid-America Poetry Review, PIF Magazine, Janus Head, The Midwest Book Review, The Arabesques Review, and others. Recent awards include residencies at the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow and the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts.
Tres Macdonald grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA, and holds a M.S. in Integrated Marketing and Communications from Northwestern University. After a stint in consulting, she found her way to Chicago’s non-profit arts and culture industry. She worked for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was the Founding President of Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education’s Junior Board. Currently, Tres is a freelance marketing professional and is working on her first novel.