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Chicago | March 29, 2015

We’ll be bringing you five outstanding authors on March 29 at 7:00 p.m. Note the new venueRiverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St. (corner of Roscoe & Damen). Please join us in welcoming Michelle Falkoff, Rebecca Johns, C. Russell Price, Patricia Skalka, and Mare Swallow. We’ll see you there!

 

Michelle Falkoff’s fiction and reviews have been published in ZYZZYVA, DoubleTake and the Harvard Review, among other places. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently serves as Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning at Northwestern University School of Law.

Rebecca Johns’s first novel, ICEBERGS, was a finalist for the 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Award. Her second, THE COUNTESS–a fictionalization of the life of Elizabeth Bathory, the “Blood Countess”–was published in October 2010 from Crown Books and subsequently around the world. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, the Mississippi Review, Printer’s Row Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Self, and Seventeen, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Missouri School of Journalism, she teaches in the English Department at DePaul University in Chicago.

C. Russell Price works with TriQuarterly and StoryClub Magazine. Previous publications include Assaracus, Court Green, MiPOesias, North Chicago Review, Weave, and elsewhere. He’s been a finalist for the Edes Award for Emerging Artists, The Russell Prize, and the Boston Review/Discovery Prize. Price will be a 2015 LAMBDA Writers Retreat Fellow this summer. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Northwestern University. He paints and plays piano on the North Side.

Patricia Skalka wrote her debut mystery Death Stalks Door County, hoping to bridge the gap between the worlds of fiction and nonfiction. The book, which Publishers Weekly called a tight, lyrical first novel, was short-listed for the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award and was LOVEY nominated for Best First Novel. A Chicago native, Skalka is a former Reader’s Digest Staff Writer and freelancer with articles in national print and online publications and nonfiction books published by Random House, St. Martin’s, Avon and Rodale. Death at Gills Rock, the second book in her Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series, will be released in June.

As a writer, Mare Swallow is working on her business book, “Pay Attention to the Brown M&Ms.” She is also a public speaking coach in Chicago. When she’s not doing those two things, she is the Executive Director of the Chicago Writers Conference.

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Mare Swallow

Mare SwallowAs a writer, Mare Swallow is working on her business book, “Pay Attention to the Brown M&Ms.” She is also a public speaking coach in Chicago. When she’s not doing those two things, she is the Executive Director of the Chicago Writers Conference.


Patricia Skalka

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPatricia Skalka wrote her debut mystery Death Stalks Door County, hoping to bridge the gap between the worlds of fiction and nonfiction. The book, which Publishers Weekly called a tight, lyrical first novel, was short-listed for the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award and was LOVEY nominated for Best First Novel. A Chicago native, Skalka is a former Reader’s Digest Staff Writer and freelancer with articles in national print and online publications and nonfiction books published by Random House, St. Martin’s, Avon and Rodale. Death at Gills Rock, the second book in her Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series, will be released in June.


C. Russell Price

C. Russell PriceC. Russell Price works with TriQuarterly and StoryClub Magazine. Previous publications include Assaracus, Court Green, MiPOesias, North Chicago Review, Weave, and elsewhere. He’s been a finalist for the Edes Award for Emerging Artists, The Russell Prize, and the Boston Review/Discovery Prize. Price will be a 2015 LAMBDA Writers Retreat Fellow this summer. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Northwestern University. He paints and plays piano on the North Side.


Rebecca Johns

rebecca johnsRebecca Johns’s first novel, ICEBERGS, was a finalist for the 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Award. Her second, THE COUNTESS–a fictionalization of the life of Elizabeth Bathory, the “Blood Countess”–was published in October 2010 from Crown Books and subsequently around the world. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, the Mississippi Review, Printer’s Row Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Self, and Seventeen, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Missouri School of Journalism, she teaches in the English Department at DePaul University in Chicago.


Michelle Falkoff

Michelle FalkoffMichelle Falkoff’s fiction and reviews have been published in ZYZZYVA, DoubleTake and the Harvard Review, among other places. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently serves as Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning at Northwestern University School of Law.


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Christine Sneed's story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, won AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first-fiction category. It also won the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year award and Ploughshares' John C. Zacharis Award. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, is just out from Bloomsbury. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, New England Review, Glimmer Train, Southern Review and a number of other journals. She lives in Evanston, IL and teaches for Northwestern University's and Pacific University's writing programs.




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