Billy Lombardo

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

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

Mary Losure, a former public radio journalist, now writes children’s nonfiction.

Sandy Lucas

Sandy Lucas is a performer, educator, keynote speaker and recording artist focusing on children's music.,

Demitria Lunetta

Chicago native Demitria Lunetta holds a bachelor’s degree in human ecology. “In the After” is her debut novel.

Benjamin Lytal

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.