Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is the author of the novel “The Borrower” and many award-winning short stories. Her second novel, “The Ghosts,” is scheduled to be published in 2014. She teaches at StoryStudio Chicago and Lake Forest College, and lives on the North Shore. rebeccamakkai.com.
Domenica Marchetti’s latest book, “The Glorious Vegetables of Italy,” is set to be published this fall. Among her books are “The Glorious Pasta of Italy” and “The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy.” She is a co-founder of AmericanFoodRoots.com. domenicacooks.com.
Gail MarksJarvis is the Tribune’s national financial columnist, a TV commentator and author of the best-seller “Saving for Retirement (Without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery).”
Christopher Marnach is a master’s degree candidate at Columbia College Chicago. He won Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers in November and was awarded a fellowship by the Lambda Literary Foundation last year. His work appeared in Word Riot and will be published in Glimmer Train.
D.T. Max is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has worked as a journalist and editor at publications ranging from The New York Observer to Elle, and is author of “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story” and “The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery.” He lives outside of New York City with his wife and children.
Colum McCann is the author of the newly released, “TransAtlantic,” as well as five other novels and two story collections. He has received many international honors, including the National Book Award, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. McCann is best known for his novel “Let the Great World Spin."
Marty McConnell is the author of “Wine for a Shotgun.” McConnell has a master’s of fine arts from Sarah Lawrence College and has participated in several national poetry slam championships.
Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith are The Hearty Boys. They are Chicago caterers, owners of Hearty Restaurant, authors of “Talk with Your Mouth Full,” and were hosts of Food Network’s “Party Line With the Hearty Boys.” Their newest book, “The New Old Bar,” is an everyman’s guide to the cocktail movement. heartyboys.com.
Holly McDowell is the author of the serial thriller, “King Solomon’s Wives.”
Originally from Houston, Arnecia McGlory is a master’s degree candidate in fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago.
Earliana “Earl” McLaurin is a Chicago-based actor, writer and teaching artist. She has worked with such companies as Stockyards Theatre Project and Hell in a Handbag Productions, and is a company member with 2nd Story storytelling series.
A longtime correspondent with postings in Baghdad, Buenos Aires, Moscow and Mexico City, Colin McMahon has covered crime, armed conflicts, economic turmoil and political upheavals on five continents. He oversees Media on Demand, providing nonlocal news, features and books coverage in print and online for the Chicago Tribune and others.
Adam McOmber is the author of a novel, “The White Forest,” and a story collection, “This New & Poisonous Air.” He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, where he is also associate editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika.
Joe Meno, a winner of the Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, has written two story collections and six novels: “Office Girl,” “The Great Perhaps,” “The Boy Detective Fails,” “Hairstyles of the Damned,” “How the Hula Girl Sings,” and “Tender as Hellfire.” He also is a playwright and teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.
Nina Metz covers TV, film and theater for the Chicago Tribune.
Eileen Meyer is the author of “Who’s Faster? Animals on the Move.” Her poetry has appeared in “And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems,” Highlights for Children, and Ladybug. Her forthcoming picture books include “Ballpark” and “Sweet Dreams, Walrus.” eileenmeyerbooks.com.
Charles Miles is a community resource coordinator for youth guidance at Crane Technical Preparatory High School. His program called EarCandy Poetry, which is part of the Crane curriculum, focuses on art, self-esteem and anger management for students, and it has participants competing in poetry competitions. Miles is the author of “Verbal Fruit” and expects to publish a second book and a CD in the fall.
Steve Mills has been a reporter at the Chicago Tribune since 1994. He focuses on the criminal justice system and has written extensively on the death penalty and wrongful convictions. Most recently he worked on a series of stories exploring Sam Zell’s purchase of Tribune Co. and the company’s bankruptcy.
The best-selling author of seven books, Anchee Min was born and raised in Communist China. She came to Chicago in 1984 at age 27 speaking no English and without money. In her new memoir, “The Cooked Seed,” she describes her 30-year experience as an American immigrant.
Megan Miranda is the author of “Fracture.” She studied biology and anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she twice won an award for research in bioengineering. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children.
Charlene Mires, a historian at Rutgers University-Camden, is also the author of “Independence Hall in American Memory” and a co-recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in journalism.
David Misch is the author of “Funny: The Book/Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy.” His screenwriting credits include “Mork and Mindy,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” He has taught comedy at the University of Southern California, musical satire at the University of California-Los Angeles, and lectured at Columbia University and the Chicago Public Library. His play “Occupied” is scheduled to be produced in the fall in Los Angeles. davidmisch.com.
David A. Moran
David A. Moran, born to Latino immigrants, is pursuing a major in creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.
Jason Mott, a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of the novel, “The Returned,” as well as two poetry collections. He lives in North Carolina.
Corinne Mucha is a Chicago-based cartoonist, illustrator and teaching artist. Her comics work includes “My Alaskan Summer,” “The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions,” and “Freshman.”
Journalist Shelley Murphy is the author of “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.” She has covered James “Whitey” Bulger and Boston’s organized crime since 1985, beginning at the Boston Herald and moving to the Globe in 1993. She is the winner of the George Polk Award for National Reporting.
Sahar Mustafah’s work has appeared in Word Riot, Chicago Literati and Hair Trigger 35. She is pursuing a master’s degree in fiction at Columbia College Chicago.
Kevin Nance is a Chicago-based cultural and literary journalist and a contributing editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. He contributes regularly to Printers Row Journal, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Gallery News, American Theatre and other publications.
Amy Sue Nathan
Amy Sue Nathan lives and writes in Flossmoor. She hosts the popular book blog Women’s Fiction Writers. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and many other publications. “The Glass Wives” is her debut novel. She has a son and daughter in college.
Dina Nayeri was born in Iran during the revolution and emigrated to Oklahoma at 10 years old. She is the author of “A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea.” She has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and master’s degrees in business administration and education from Harvard. She is a Truman Capote fellow and a teaching writing fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop.
Near South Planning Board
The Near South Planning Board’s mission is to plan, guide and support development in the Near South business and residential community. Neighborhood Writing Alliance The Neighborhood Writing Alliance holds weekly writing workshops that engage adults in low-income communities in writing and dialogue about family histories, personal experiences, and neighborhood issues. Select pieces from the workshops are published in the Journal of Ordinary Thought. jot.org.
Nelson Algren Awards, Chicago Tribune
Each year the Chicago Tribune recognizes accomplishment in the art of the short story with its Nelson Algren Awards. The well-respected contest draws entries from around the nation and counts many prominent writers among its winners. The first place winner of the Nelson Algren prize will be declared at Printers Row Lit Fest, and the three finalists and six runners-up also will be announced.
Alec Nevala-Lee is the author of the novels “The Icon Thief,” “City of Exiles” and the forthcoming “Eternal Empire.” His work has appeared in such publications as Analog Science Fiction and Fact, the Los Angeles Times, Salon and The Daily Beast. He lives in Oak Park with his family.
NewTown Writers Inc.
NewTown Writers, Inc., is Chicago’s longest-running lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers group offering free workshops, publication and performance opportunities for LGBT writers and their supporters since 1982. NewTown Writers Press publishes an annual anthology, “Off the Rocks.” newtownwriters.org.
W. Nikola-Lisa, a former elementary school teacher, is an author, storyteller and musician. His two dozen books span a variety of age levels, from the pre-kindergarten crowd to young adults. nikolabooks.com.
Anders Nilsen is an artist and the author of the books “Big Questions,” “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow,” “Dogs and Water” and “The End,” among others. His work has been translated into several languages and shown internationally. He lives in Minneapolis.
David Nirenberg is a professor of medieval history and social thought at the University of Chicago. His work focuses on the interactions of Jewish, Christian and Islamic cultures in history.
Josh Noel writes about travel and beer for the Chicago Tribune.
Dana Norris is the founder and host of Story Club (storyclubchicago.com), a monthly storytelling show in Chicago. She has been published in McSweeney’s.net, TheRumpus.net, and RoleReboot.org among others. She frequently performs around Chicago. dananorris.net.
Loretta Nyhan is an author and professor of literature. She is the author of “The Witch Collector” and the co-author of “I’ll Be Seeing You.” She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and sons.
Achy Obejas is the author of “Ruins,” “Days of Awe” and three other books of fiction. Her translation of Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” was a finalist for Spain’s Esther Benitez Translation Prize. Born in Havana, she lives in Chicago.
Clare O’Donohue is the author of the “Kate Conway Mysteries” and the “Someday Quilts Mysteries.” She is the vice president of the Mystery Writers of America, Midwest Chapter, and a TV writer-producer. Her seventh novel, “The Double Wedding Ring,” is scheduled to be released in September. clareodonohue.com.
Ignacio Olmos is the executive director at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago. He has published several papers on philosophy and cultural policy.
S. Jay Olshansky
S. Jay Olshansky is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Center on Aging, and a recipient of a MacArthur grant to study longevity. He is the co-author of “The Quest for Immortality.”
Amye Day Ong
Amye Day Ong is master’s candidate in nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago. She holds a master’s degree in religion from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Transylvania University. She has read her nonfiction work at the 2nd Story reading series and Essay Fiesta. She is from Villa Hills, Ky.
Peter Orner is the author of “Esther Stories,” newly re-issued by Little, Brown with a new foreword by Marilynne Robinson, and the forthcoming story collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, out this August. He is also the author of the novels, “The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo,” and “Love and Shame and Love.” He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes. Born in Chicago, he lives in San Francisco. peterorner.net.
Erica O'Rourke is the young adult author of “The Torn Trilogy.” Her latest novel, “Dissonance,” is set to be published in March 2014. ericaorourke.com; @erica_orourke.
Kevin Pang is a features reporter at the Chicago Tribune, writing about food and pop culture. He won the James Beard Award in 2010 for “The Cheeseburger Show.” His writing is featured in the 2010-12 editions of the “Best Food Writing” anthology.
George Papajohn is an associate managing editor at the Chicago Tribune and has worked on investigative projects since 1999. Many of these stories have made a significant impact on public policy while earning recognition from journalism peers. “Hidden Hazards,” a project he directed, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008.
Sara Paretsky is the author of the V.I. Warshawski detective novels. Her next Warshawski book, “Critical Mass,” is scheduled to be published in October. saraparetsky.com.
Laura Park is a cartoonist who lives and works in Chicago and is the author of the minicomics series “Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream.”
Samuel Park is the author of “This Burns My Heart.” samuelpark.com.
Daniel Scott Parker
Daniel Scott Parker is a master’s candidate in poetry at Columbia College Chicago.
Brigid Pasulka’s first novel, “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” won the 2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her second novel, “The Sun and Other Stars,” set in Italy, is scheduled to be published in February 2014.
Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a national nonprofit striving to make interfaith cooperation a social norm on America’s college and university campuses.
Audrey Petty is an associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Ford Foundation grantee, and her work has been featured in Colorlines, StoryQuarterly and Saveur, among others.
April Peveteaux is the creator and cook behind the blog and book “Gluten Is My Bitch.” Before moving to Los Angeles and being diagnosed with celiac disease, she worked as an editor and writer in New York for print and online publications.
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and other arts agencies, is designed to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Chicago-area winners will recite poetry. poetryoutloud.org.
Jill Pollack is the founder and director of StoryStudio Chicago, a center for writing and writers. Pollack teaches creative and business writing courses, is the co-founder of the Chicago Literary Alliance, an author, and a presenter on using stories in our personal and professional lives. storystudiochicago.com.
Henriette Lazaridis Power
Henriette Lazaridis Power is the author of “The Clover House.” She taught at Harvard for 10 years and is the founding editor of The Drum, a literary magazine published in audio form.
Michelle Pretorius was born and raised in South Africa. She has lived in London, New York and the Midwest, and is a graduate student in fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been published in Word Riot, Everyday Fiction, The Copperfield Review and the Story Week Reader.
Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist John Primer borrowed his first guitar and started to strum at age 8, and hasn’t stopped playing since. This Chicago bluesman played rhythm guitar for legends such as Muddy Waters and Magic Slim before releasing his solo debut, “The Real Deal,” in 1995.
Dan Protess is a critically acclaimed producer and writer for television programs at WTTW. He wrote and produced the Emmy-winning, James Beard-nominated “Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History.” He is the author of “10 Buildings that Changed America,” and writer/producer for the program of the same name.
Psalm One is a hip-hop artist and a native Chicagoan. She has partnered with the Intonation Music Workshop to bring Rhymeschool to children in Chicago.
Christina Pugh is the author of the poetry collections “Grains of the Voice,” “Restoration” and “Rotary.” She is an associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Moira Pujols is executive director of Contratiempo, a nonprofit literary organization that highlights the cultural contributions of America’s Spanish-speaking population. She is a language services consultant and interpreter.Copyright © 2015, CT Now