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Tom Acitelli

Tom Acitelli is author of “The Audacity of Hops.” He has written widely about beer, including as a regular contributor to All About Beer Magazine. He was a senior editor at The New York Observer for five years. Acitelli has also written for The New York Times, the New York Post, Town & Country and Redbook.

Carolyn Alessio

Carolyn Alessio is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. An editor for Crab Orchard Review and Fifth Wednesday Journal, she recently completed a novel, “Mijo.”

Allison Amend

Allison Amend, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is the author of the novels “A Nearly Perfect Copy” and “Stations West,” and the short story collection “Things That Pass for Love.”

American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon

At this event, contestants are given a definition and then must choose the word that matches it from several options.

Rey Andujar

Rey Andujar is a Chicago-based Dominican writer and performer. He is the author of “Candela” and “Saturnalia.”

Ted Anton

Ted Anton is a science writer, professor at DePaul University and the author of “The Longevity Seekers.”

AmyJo Arehart

AmyJo Arehart is a master’s candidate in poetry at Columbia College Chicago. She is also an editor for Columbia Poetry Review, and her work has recently appeared in Caliban Online and Columbia Poetry Review.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong spent a decade on staff at Entertainment Weekly, co-founded SexyFeminist.com, and is a freelance writer. She’s the author of “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted,” a history of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” published by Simon & Schuster; she’s also the co-author of “Sexy Feminism.”

Geoffrey Baer