Stephanie Anderson is the author of one full-length book, In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments (forthcoming from Horse Less Press in Summer 2013) and several chapbooks, including The Nightyard (winner of the 2009 Noemi Press Chapbook Prize) and In the Particular Particular (winner of the 2006 DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press Chapbook Prize). She is editor of the chapbook press Projective Industries and poetry editor of the Chicago Review.
Jeffrey Brown was born in 1975 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While earning his studio MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brown abandoned painting and began drawing comics with his first autobiographical book 'Clumsy' in 2001. Since then he's drawn more than a dozen books for publishers including TopShelf, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, McSweeney's, Chronicle Books and Simon & Schuster. Brown has also directed an animated video for the band Death Cab For Cutie, had his work featured on NPR's 'This American Life,' and co-wrote the screenplay of the film 'Save The Date.' In 2012, his book 'Darth Vader and son' was a NYTimes #1 bestseller. His art has been shown at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his wife Jennifer and their son.
Garin Cycholl’s recent work has appeared with Admit2, Rain Taxi, Exquisite Corpse, New American Writing, and Seven Corners. He is author of Blue Mound to 161 (winner of the 2003 Transcontinental Prize), Nightbirds, Levitations, and Raeftown Georgics. Since 2002, he has been a member of Chicago’s Jimmy Wynn fiction collaborative.
Rachel DeWoskin’s most recent novel, Big Girl Small, (FSG 2011) is the recipient of the 2012 American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the top 3 books of 2011 by Newsday. DeWoskin’s memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton 2005) about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries and is being developed as a television series by HBO. Her debut novel Repeat After Me, which follows the unexpected romance between a young American ESL teacher and a troubled Chinese radical, won a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award. Her next novel, Blind, is forthcoming from Viking Penguin in 2013. Rachel has written essays and articles for Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers, and for anthologies including Found: Requiem for a Paper Bag, and Wanderlust. She has published poems in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, New Delta Review, Nerve Magazine and The New Orleans Review. She teaches memoir and fiction at the University of Chicago, and divides her time between Chicago and Beijing with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two little girls.
Paul Durica has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and is a PhD candidate in the Department of English Language & Literature at the University of Chicago. His writing has appeared in Tin House, Indiana Review, and Mid-American Review among other places and is forthcoming in ACM and The Chicagoan. He is the founder of Pocket Guide to Hell, a series of tours and reenactments that have been written about in the New York Times, Huffington Post, ReadyMade, and Vice. He lives in Chicago with his two cats.
Baird Harper’s fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, Tin House, The Chicago Tribune, Mid-American Review, Another Chicago Magazine, CutBank, and Printers Row Journal. His stories have been anthologized in Best New American Voices 2009 and 2010, and won the 2009 James Jones Fiction Contest and the 2010 Nelson Algren Award. He holds an M.A. in English from the University of Montana and an M.F.A. in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently living in Oak Park with his wife and two kids, he teaches writing at Loyola University and The University of Chicago.
David S. MacLean was named the Best Emerging Non-Fiction Writer by the PEN/American Society in 2011. He is a graduate of The University of Houston (PhD), New Mexico State University (MFA), and Warren Wilson College (BA). He was a Fulbright Scholar in India and a co-founder of the Poison Pen Reading Series in Houston, TX. His essays and stories have been published in Ploughshares, Guernica, Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, and featured on the radio program, This American Life. His memoir The Answer to the Riddle is Me will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Fall 2013.
Mickle Maher is a cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck and the author of numerous plays, including An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening, and The Hunchback Variations. Recent plays include The Strangerer, Spirits to Enforce (Theater Oobleck),Cyrano (translator) and The Cabinet (Redmoon Theater), and Lady Madeline (Steppenwolf). His plays have appeared Off-Broadway and in numerous theaters around the world. He is published by Hope and Nonthings. He has been the recipient of a Creative Capital grant (for The Strangerer) and, recently, an NEA grant to develop his Hunchback Variations into an opera. He currently teaches at the University of Chicago.
Jeff McMahon has written for daily newspapers including the Arizona Republic, alternative weeklies including New Times and Newcity, and innovators in online journalism including The New York Times Company's Lifewire syndicate, Forbes Media's Trueslant.com, and The Weather Channel's climate site, Forecast Earth. A specialist in environmental reporting, he has won dozens of awards for news writing and commentary, including top honors from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. A graduate of Chicago's Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, he is a founding editor, along with other MAPH alumni, of Contrary magazine. He also serves as MAPH's writing advisor.
Peter O’Leary graduated from the College and the Divinity School. He has published three books of poetry, Watchfulness (Sputen Duyvil), Depth Theology (Georgia), and Luminous Epinoia (Cultural Society), as well as a book of literary criticism, Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan & the Poetry of Illness (Welseyan). As Ronald Johnson’s literary executor, he has edited three books: To Do As Adam Did: Selected Poems (Talisman), The Shrubberies (Flood), and Radi os (Flood). Two new Ronald Johnson books, The Outworks and a new edition of ARK are both forthcoming from Flood. Likewise, a selected poems of John Taggart, Is Music, which he edited, has been published by Copper Canyon. He is a longtime editor of LVNG, an advisory editor for the Cultural Society, and an integral member of the Chicago Poetry Project.
Daniel Raeburn is the author of The Imp, a series of booklets about underground cartoonists. He also wrote the book Chris Ware. His other essays and memoirs have appeared in The Baffler, Tim House, and the New Yorker. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He earned his BA at the University of Iowa and his MFA from Bennington College.
Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry--"Facts for Visitors" (University of California Press, 2004) and "Voyager" (University of California Press, 2011) --as well as a scholarly study, "Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry" (Oxford University Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in various journals, including APR, Grand Street, Fence, and Ploughshares, and his critical writing has been featured in publications such as the New Republic, Raritan, and American Literature. He has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Whiting Foundation (in the Humanities), and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, Reddy is an Assistant Professor in English and at the College.
A native of San Francisco, Augustus Rose's fiction and non-fiction have been published in The Berkeley Fiction Review, Readymade Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and F Magazine, where he won the Novel-in-Progress Award. He has received fellowships from the Squaw Valley Writers' Conference and the Eastern Frontier Society Foundation. He earned his MA in creative writing at UC Davis and currently teaches fiction writing at University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.
Jennifer Scappettone is a poet, translator, and scholar, the author of the poetry collection From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009) and of several chapbooks: Beauty [Is the New Absurdity] (dusi/e chap kollektiv, 2007), Err-Residence (Bronze Skull, 2007), and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale (La Camera Verde, 2008), translated into Italian in dialogue with Marco Giovenale. Exit 43, an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-up pastorals, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a letterpress fragment forthcoming from Compline Press. She edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which won the Academy of American Poets' biennial Raiziss/De Palchi Book Award. She edited Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse (Belladonna, 2009), featuring her pop-ups and prose and new writing by Etel Adnan and Lyn Hejinian. Her poetry is featured in a range of anthologies, including Novas Poéticas de Resistência/Poetics of Resistance, edited by Graça Capinha, Emergency Index, a documentary performance anthology (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), La alteración del silencio: Poesía norteamericana reciente (Das Kapital, 2010), and The Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner, 2004). Recent collaborative projects include sonic performances of Exit 43 with the Difforme Ensemble (Marco Ariano, Renato Ciunfrini, Roberto Fega); the performance work PARK, under development with choreographer Kathy Westwater and architect Seung Jae Lee and presented in 2010-12 at Dance Theater Workshop, Reed College, LentSpace, and Fresh Kills Landfill; and X Locus, twinned installations for the courtyard and tract of Trajan’s aqueduct at the American Academy in Rome, designed with AGENCY Architecture (Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller) and composer Paul Rudy, in 2011. Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, her critical study of the premodern city as a crucible for twentieth-century experimentation across literature, politics, the visual arts, architecture, and urbanism, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.
Jeremy Smith is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Chicago and working under the name, "Onsmith." His work has appeared in The Chicago Reader, The Portland Mercury, Oxford American Magazine, Hotwire Comics (Fantagraphics Books), Vice Magazine, both volumes of Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories (Yale University Press), and may be viewed at here. He has exhibited in several galleries, including Hyde Park Art Center, Western Exhibitions, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Roger Brown Study Collection, Columbia College (where he also teaches), and others. Also, see the collaborative artwork made with fellow artist, Paul Nudd, at WesternXeditions.The majority of which was made during artist residencies at Anchor Graphics and Spudnik Press.
Megan Stielstra is the Literary Director of 2nd Story and editor of their forthcoming print anthology (Elephant Rock Books 2012). She’s told stories for The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chicago Poetry Center, The Neo-Futurarium, Victory Gardens, Theater on the Lake, and Chicago Public Radio, among others, and is a regular performer with 2nd Story, The Paper Machete, and Write Club. Her story collection, Everyone Remain Calm (Joyland/ECW 2011), was a Chicago Tribune Favorite of 2011, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Pank, Make Magazine, F Magazine, Other Voices, The Nervous Breakdown, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz, Swink, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. She teaches writing and performance at Columbia College and The University of Chicago.
Vu Tran’s fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery Stories, A Best of Fence, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and other publications. He has received honors from Glimmer Train Stories and the Michigan Quarterly Review, and is a recipient of a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award and a 2011 Finalist Award for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. His first novel, This Or Any Desert, is forthcoming from WW Norton. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow in fiction at the Black Mountain Institute.
John Wilkinson's most recent books of poetry are Lake Shore Drive (Salt 2006) and Down to Earth (Salt 2008). Born in London and educated at Cambridge, he worked in mental health services in the industrial West Midlands, South Wales and the East End of London before moving to the University of Notre Dame as Writer in Residence in 2005. He joined the English Department at Chicago in 2010. As well as nine books of poetry and several chapbooks, he has also published a critical collection, The Lyric Touch (Salt 2007) and critical essays on modernist and contemporary British and American poetry.
Leila Wilson's The Hundred Grasses is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. Her poems have appeared in A Public Space, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, The Canary, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation and an Academy of American Poets College Prize. She received her MFA from Indiana University and her MA from University of Chicago. A former editor at Chicago Review, she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jessica Savitz is a graduate of Kenyon College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was the inaugural winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize, and Lake Forest College Press published her book Hunting is Painting. Savitz lives in Evanston with her husband, Michael, and their two wondrous daughters, Eugenia and Aurelia.