Anthony Madrid

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

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.

Domenica Marchetti

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

Gail MarksJarvis

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Holly McDowell

Holly McDowell is the author of the serial thriller, “King Solomon’s Wives.”