Chicago | September 28, 2014

September is just around the corner and we’re thrilled because it means we’ll be bringing you five outstanding authors (one more than usual) and we’ll be seeing you! Please join us! September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave. in Chicago.

Amina Gautier is the author of two short story collections: Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction has been supported with fellowships and scholarships from American Antiquarian SocietyKimmel Harding Nelson CenterMacDowell ColonyPrairie Center of the ArtsUcross FoundationVermont Studio Center and Writers in the Heartland.

Chris Green is the author of three books of poetry: The Sky Over Walgreens, Epiphany School, and Résumé. His poetry has appeared in such publications as PoetryNew York TimesNew LettersVerse, and Nimrod. He’s edited four anthologies, includingBrute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography and the forthcoming, I Remember: A Poem by Chicago Veterans of War. He co-founded LitCity (, a comprehensive literary site for Chicago. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University. More information can be found

Peter Orner is the author of two novels, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, set in Namibia and Love and Shame and Love, set in Chicago, and two collections of stories, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, just out in paperback. Of the new book the New York Times wrote last year, “This is an ideal moment to appreciate a master of his form.” Born in Chicago, Orner now lives in San Francisco.

Raised in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, Angela Pneuman was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, a Presidential Fellow at SUNY Albany, and the recipient of the inaugural Alice Hoffman Prize from Ploughshares. She is the author of a collection of stories, Home Remedies, and the just-released novel Lay It on My Heart.

Megan Stielstra is the author of Once I Was Cool, a collection of essays, and her first book, the story collection Everyone Remain Calm, was a Chicago Tribune Favorite of 2011. Her work appears in The Best American Essays 2013Poets & WritersThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. She’s the Literary Director of the 2nd Story storytelling series and teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.


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