Chicago | September 27, 2015
Please join us September 27 at 7:00 p.m. Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St. (corner of Roscoe & Damen). Please note the new venue! We’re featuring four outstanding authors this month: Bayo Ojikutu, Lynn Sloan, Garnett Kilberg Cohen and Barrie Jean Borich. We’ll see you there!
Bayo Ojikutu‘s critically-acclaimed first novel, 47th Street Black (2003), received both the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Great American Book Award. His second novel, Free Burning (RH/Crown – 2006), has been called “Gritty lyrical [and]intense,” by Kirkus Book Review, “the most foreboding love letter the city [Chicago] has ever received” (Tim Lowery- Timeout Chicago), and “a searing portrayal of one of the shameful realities within an oft unjust society” (Denolyn Carrol – Black Issues Book Review). Ojikutu’s fiction has appeared in the various anthologies, magazines and collections. His work has garnered a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. The author and his family currently live in the Chicagoland area.
Lynn Sloan is the author of Principles of Navigation (Fomite, 2015), a novel set mostly in small town Indiana, when a young couple, he’s a sculptor, she’s a small town journalist, decide to have a baby. This simple decision cracks open their marriage, and when they receive disastrous news, launches them on separate and complicated journeys. Lynn’s short stories have appeared in American Literary Review, The Literary Review, Nimrod, Puerto del Sol, Sou’wester, among other journals, and they have been nominated for the Pushcart Award, and finalists for the Dana Award, the Katherine Anne Porter prize, and the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. Also a visual artist, Lynn’s fine art photographs have been widely exhibited and collected by museums, galleries, and private collections in the United States and abroad. She received her master’s degree from the Institute of Design, and taught in the photography department of Columbia College Chicago. She lives with her husband in Evanston, Illinois.
Garnett Kilberg Cohen has published three collections of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press), How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press), and, most recently, Swarm to Glory, published by Wiseblood Books in September 2014. Some of her awards include a Notable Essay Citation from Best American Essays (2011), the Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize (2004); and four awards from the Illinois Council of the Arts, including a 2001 IAC Individual Artist’s Fellowship for prose. Her essays, poems and short stories have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction, Ontario Review, TriQuarterly, The Antioch review, Brevity, The Rumpus, The Gettysburg Review and many others. She has also published a chapbook of poetry, Passion Tour (Finishing Line Press) and poetry in two anthologies. She has served as an editor on several literary magazines, most recently as Guest Nonfiction Editor at Fifth Wednesday, and will co-editor the Columbia College Chicago Creative Writing Department’s new nonfiction journal, Punctuate. She is a professor at Columbia where she has taught for over 20 years.
Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series), winner of a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir and an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction. Her previous book, My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf), won the ALA Stonewall Book Award. Her work has been cited in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading and she’s currently working on a book-length essay about repurposed industrial landscapes, urban joy, and riding her bicycle on the mean streets of Chicago. Borich was the first creative nonfiction editor of Hamline University’s Water~Stone Review and is currently a member of the creative writing faculty of the English Department/MA in Writing & Publishing Program at Chicago’s DePaul University, where she’s developing Slag Glass City, a creative nonfiction and new media journal focused on sustainability, identity and the arts in urban environments. Borich earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop and lives now with her spouse Linnea, a few blocks from Lake Michigan, in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, which was recently voted the most “incomparable” gayborhood in the world.