Sam Roe

Sam Roe is a Chicago Tribune reporter who was part of the reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for an examination of unsafe children’s products. He also was a Pulitzer finalist in 2000, 2011 and 2013.

Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founder of Rose Metal Press and author of “Robinson Alone”; “For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs”; “Live Nude Girl”; and other books of poetry and nonfiction. Her novel “O, Democracy!” is forthcoming in 2014. kathleenrooney.com.

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal joined the Chicago Tribune as a columnist in 2005. Before that he was a television critic and sports columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and a critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News. Rosenthal is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gillian Royes

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Gillian Royes is the creator of the Shad series of mysteries, published by Simon and Schuster’s Atria imprint. The first in the series, “The Goat Woman of Largo Bay,” appeared in 2011 and the second, “The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks,” in December 2012. She teaches communications at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Brian Russell

Brian Russell is the author of the poetry collection “The Year of What Now.” He received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Houston and served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast. He lives in Chicago.

Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey’s novels “Good People” and the forthcoming “Brilliance” are in development as feature films. He also is the host of the television series “Hidden City” on the Travel Channel.

Patrick J. Salem

Patrick J. Salem is pursuing a master’s degree at Columbia College Chicago. His thesis is the novel-in-progress “St. Kevin of Cleveland.”

Susan Salidor

Susan is a singer/songwriter for children and families. She performs “The Dot and Susan Show” with storyteller Dot Kane.

Zak Sally

Zak Sally is a cartoonist, musician and the owner of La Mano 21, a micropublishing house in Minneapolis. His most recent work is “Sammy The Mouse.” zaksally.com.

Victoria Sanz

Victoria Sanz, a Miami native, is graduating from Columbia College Chicago in the fall with a degree in creative writing-poetry and American Sign Language.

Bill Savage