Susan Hahn was editor of TriQuarterly for 14 years. She is author of a recent novel, “The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter”; nine books of poetry, including “Self/Pity” and “The Scarlet Ibis”; and two produced plays.
Michael Hainey is the deputy editor of GQ and has been with the magazine for 14 years. He is the author of “After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story.” His poetry has appeared in Tin House, among other publications. Hainey attended the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He lives in Manhattan.
Kate Hannigan’s debut novel is the forthcoming middle-grade “Cupcake Cousins,” due out in spring 2014. She is the founder of the Hyde Park/South Side Network of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. katesbooks.com
Melissa Harris is a Chicago Tribune business columnist covering the city’s corporate elite and how they wield influence. A graduate of Northwestern and Johns Hopkins Universities, she previously was a reporter at The Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel.
Michael Harvey is the author of “The Chicago Way” and “The Fifth Floor,” and is a journalist and documentary producer. His work has won numerous national and international awards, including multiple Emmy awards and an Academy Award nomination.
Michael Hawthorne is an investigative reporter focusing on the environment for the Chicago Tribune. A 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting, he has written extensively about health hazards from air pollution, mercury and hormone-disrupting chemicals. @scribeguy.
Suzanne Hayes is an author and teacher. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and children. Her debut novel, “The Witch of Little Italy” (written under the name Suzanne Palmieri), was released in March. She also is co-author of “I’ll Be Seeing You.”
Eric Hazen is a Master of Fine Arts student at Columbia College Chicago and the producer of the 2nd Story Podcast.
David Heinzmann has covered crime and government for the Tribune for more than a dozen years. He is also the author of a pair of crime thrillers, “A Word to the Wise” and “Throwaway Girl,” about Chicago private investigator Augustine Flood. @davidheinzmann.
Libby Fischer Hellmann
Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of nine novels, including “A Bitter Veil,” “Set the Night on Fire,” and the Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis crime fiction series. She has lived in Chicago for 35 years.
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of “The Book of My Lives,” “The Question of Bruno,” “Nowhere Man” and “The Lazarus Project.” He has received of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.
Christine Heppermann reviews children's and young adult books for The Horn Book Magazine. She is the author of the forthcoming young adult poetry collection “Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty.” She has also written nonfiction books for children, including “City Chickens.”
Judy Hevrdejs, a features writer, currently writes about food, family and travel for the Chicago Tribune and its food-and-dining blog, The Stew. She has appeared on TV in the U.S. and Mexico (where she was features editor for an English-language newspaper) and written for People and Time magazines.
Brian Hieggelke is the editor/co-founder of Newcity. He graduated from the College at the University of Chicago, where he also received a master’s in business administration. He has written about media, running, books, film, art, music, food, fashion, theater and dance.
Elin Hilderbrand is the author of the novels “Summerland,” “The Blue Bistro” and “The Beach Club,” among others. The forthcoming “Beautiful Day” is her 12th novel. She has lived on Nantucket for 20 years.
Lott Hill is a writer, teacher and regular contributor to 2nd Story in Chicago.
Jane Hirt is managing editor/vice president of the Chicago Tribune. She supervises news gathering for the newspaper, chicagotribune.com and other digital platforms. Previously, Hirt was founding co-editor and editor of RedEye, the Tribune’s pioneering news source for young, social Chicagoans. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Henry Hodges, who has been acting since age 4, is the author of “How to Act Like a Kid.” He has performed in Broadway and off-Broadway shows, regional shows, national tours, opera, TV and films. henryhodges.com
Samantha Hoffman is the author of “What More Could You Wish For,” and her stories have appeared in “Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul” and other print and online publications. She also writes a blog about life in Chicago, samanthahoffman.blogspot.com.
Hologram KizzieHologram Kizzie is the alter ego of hip-hop artist Psalm One.
Mei-Ling Hopgood is a journalist and the author of “Lucky Girl” and “How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm.” She teaches at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Randall Horton is an assistant professor of English at the University of New Haven and the author of “Pitch Dark Anarchy: Poems.” He is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award and a National Endowment of the Arts literature fellowship.
Hoy is the second largest Spanish language daily newspaper in the United States, based in Chicago. Its mission is to inform, entertain and educate Hispanics, serve as an advocate and provide a link to Latino culture.
Wenguang Huang is a Chicago-based writer, journalist and translator. He is the author of “The Little Red Guard” and co-author of “A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel,” and he has translated several of Chinese writer Liao Yiwu’s books.
Kelsie Huff is a Chicago stand-up and storyteller, performing at venues such as Zanies and Chicago’s Laugh Factory and at comedy festivals around the country. She produces the all-female showcase the kates, and teaches Chicago’s only all female stand-up class, Feminine Comique. thekates.org; femininecomique.com
New York Times best-selling author Julie Hyzy writes amateur sleuth adventures, including the “White House Chef Mysteries” and the “Manor House Mysteries.” She also has released several independent e-book titles.
Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
The Instituto Cervantes of Chicago is a not-for-profit organization promoting the engagement of Hispanic art and culture and the teaching of the Spanish language in Chicago.
The Intonation Music Workshop is a music education program for kids ages 6 through 17 in Chicago’s underserved communities. Instituto Cervantes of Chicago The Instituto Cervantes of Chicago is a not-for-profit organization promoting the engagement of Hispanic art and culture and the teaching of the Spanish language in Chicago.
Samantha Irby writes the blog ”Bitches Gotta Eat” (bitchesgottaeat.com) and co-produces Guts & Glory, a live lit reading series featuring essayists.
Tribune Deputy Metro Editor Mark Jacob is the co-author of six books, including two in the last year. They are “Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold’s Plot to Betray America” (with Stephen H. Case) and the forthcoming “10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything” (with Stephan Benzkofer).
Anchor, investigative reporter and political commentator Walter Jacobson has won more than 40 Emmys for his reporting and commentaries on three television stations: WBBM, WMAQ and WFLD. He is the author of “Walter’s Perspective: A Memoir of Fifty Years in Chicago TV News.”
Gary T. Johnson
Gary T. Johnson is the president of the Chicago History Museum. He is also the president of Museums in the Park, a coalition of 11 of Chicago’s major museums.
Parneshia Jones is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and has published in several anthologies, including “She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems,” edited by Caroline Kennedy. Jones is poetry editor for Northwestern University Press.
A. Van Jordan
A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: “Rise,” “M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A,” “Quantum Lyrics” and “The Cineaste.” His awards include the Whiting Writers’ Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Marvin Kalb focuses on media’s impact on public policy and politics. He also is an expert in national security, with a focus on U.S. relations with Russia, Europe and the Middle East. His most recent book is “The Road to War.”
Cynthia Kallile blends 30 years of corporate experience with a lifelong interest in food at her storefront restaurant, The Meatloaf Bakery. Kallile is the author of “The Meatloaf Bakery Cookbook: Comfort Food With a Twist.”
Dot Kane performs her storytelling shows all over the Chicago area, has a weekly in-house TV show at Lurie Children’s Hospital, and performs the Dot and Susan Show with the singer/songwriter Susan Salidor. dotkane.com
John Kass is an award-winning Chicago Tribune journalist who has covered a variety of topics since arriving at the paper in 1983. The son of a Greek immigrant grocer, Kass grew up on Chicago’s South Side and in Oak Lawn, and studied film at Columbia College in Chicago.
Julia Keller is a former culture critic for the Chicago Tribune, where she won a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of "A Killing in the Hills." A recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she was born in West Virginia and splits her time between Chicago and Ohio.
James Kennedy is the author of the young adult fantasy “The Order of Odd-Fish” and the founder of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the entire plot of a Newbery award-winning book in 90 seconds or less. jameskennedy.com.
Thomas E. Kennedy
Thomas E. Kennedy’s novels include “In the Company of Angels,” “Falling Sideways,” and “Kerrigan in Copenhagen.” Kennedy teaches writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. thomasekennedy.com.
Gerould Kern was named senior vice president and editor of the Chicago Tribune in July 2008. As editor, he has focused the Tribune on local investigative reporting to expose political corruption, government mismanagement and consumer safety issues. Kern joined the newspaper in 1991 and has held a number of senior editing roles. Before joining the Tribune he was executive editor of the Daily Herald, Chicago’s largest suburban newspaper.
Denise Kiernan is the author of “The Girls of Atomic City,” “Signing Their Lives Away” and “Signing Their Rights Away.” Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Reader’s Digest and other national publications.
Corey Klinzing is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Columbia College Chicago. Nicole Knepper Nicole Knepper, a licensed clinical professional counselor, is the author of “Moms Who Drink and Swear,” and has a Facebook page and blog of the same name. She blogs for the Chicago Tribune.
Nicole Knepper, a licensed clinical professional counselor, is the author of “Moms Who Drink and Swear,” and has a Facebook page and blog of the same name. She blogs for the Chicago Tribune.
Keith Koeneman is the author of “First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley.” He is a third-generation Chicagoan, holds advanced degrees from Harvard University, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and writes on Chicago politics, history and culture for the Huffington Post.
Rick Kogan is a senior writer and columnist at the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of a dozen books, including “Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth,” “America's Mom: The Life, Lesson and Legacy of Ann Landers” and “A Chicago Tavern.”
Alex Kotlowitz is the author of three books, including “There Are No Children Here” and “The Other Side of the River,” which won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for nonfiction. He is the producer of the documentary “The Interrupters” and a regular contributor to This American Life and The New York Times Magazine. He is a writer-in-residence at Northwestern University. alexkotlowitz.com.
Carol LaChapelle is a writer, teacher and author of “Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories.” Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, “The Writing Group Book” and Adventure Cyclist. She conducts writing workshops in personal essay, memoir and writing family stories.
Tyler Cain Lacy
Tyler Cain Lacy is a master’s candidate at Columbia College Chicago. His work can be found in Sprung Formal, Columbia Poetry Review and Caliban Online, among others.
Kiese Laymon is the author of “Long Division,” his debut novel. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Vassar College, and contributing editor at Gawker.com.
Edward Lazarus, executive vice president/general counsel of Tribune Co., is the author of “Black Hills/White Justice: The Sioux Nation Versus the United States, 1775 to the Present” and “Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court.” A former federal prosecutor and chief of staff to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Lazarus also served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Michael Lenehan is a Chicago-based writer and editor who was the longtime chief editorial executive at the Chicago Reader and a contributing editor for the Atlantic. His book, “Ramblers,” explores Loyola University’s 1963 national champion men’s basketball team, which featured an integrated lineup.
Thomas Leslie is the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University, where he teaches building design and technology. His research focuses on historic examples of integrated engineering and architectural practice. He is the author of “Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934.”
Adam Levin is the author of the novel “The Instructions” and “Hot Pink,” a short story collection.
Abraham D. Levitan
Abraham D. Levitan co-hosts “Shame That Tune,” a monthly live comedy game show at the Hideout. He is founder and head of Piano Power, which offers at-home piano, guitar, voice and drum lessons to more than 250 students in Chicago and the northern suburbs.
Anne Libera is the coordinator for the degree of comedy writing and performance program offered by Columbia College Chicago and The Second City. She is the author of “The Second City Almanac of Improvisation.”
Tao Lin is the author of the novels “Taipei,” “Richard Yates” and “Eeeee Eee Eeee,” the novella “Shoplifting From American Apparel,” the story collection “Bed,” and the poetry collections “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy” and “You Are a Little Bit Happier Than I Am.” He lives in Manhattan.
Amy is pursuing her master’s degree in poetry at Columbia College Chicago.
Angelina Llongueras is an actress, playwright and director who was the leading actress in “Metamorphosis” by La Fura dels Baus. She has performed her one-woman show, “Phoolan Is All of Us,” around the world.
Robert Loerzel is the author of “Alchemy of Bones: Chicago’s Luetgert Murder Case of 1897,” and president of the Society of Midland Authors.
Billy Lombardo, a Nelson Algren Award winner, is the author of “How to Hold a Woman” and “The Man With Two Arms.” He is also the founder and managing editor of Polyphony H.S., an international literary magazine for high school writers and editors. He is a writer-in-residence at Roosevelt University while on sabbatical from the Latin School of Chicago.
Robert M. Lombardo
Robert M. Lombardo is an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Loyola University Chicago. He is a 35 year police veteran having served 30 years with the Chicago Police Department and five years as the deputy chief of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department.
Karen R. Long
Karen R. Long manages the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, the only juried prize that honors books about racism and diversity. She was book editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland for eight years. She is a vice president of the National Book Critics Circle.
Ray Long is a statehouse correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and president of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association. He has been inducted into reporting halls of fame at two universities. He has covered five governors, including two who went to prison.
Mary Losure, a former public radio journalist, now writes children’s nonfiction. marylosure.com.
Sandy Lucas is a performer, educator, keynote speaker and recording artist focusing on children's music. firstname.lastname@example.org, sandylucasmusic.com.
Chicago native Demitria Lunetta holds a bachelor’s degree in human ecology. “In the After” is her debut novel. demitrialunetta.blogspot.com.
Benjamin Lytal is the author of “A Map of Tulsa.” He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The London Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, The Believer, McSweeney’s and The Nation. For four years he wrote the New York Sun’s “Recent fiction” column. Originally from Tulsa, Okla., Lytal lives in Chicago.