Kevin Stein is the Illinois Poet Laureate. He has published multiple books of poetry, criticism and anthology, including his 2013 collection, “Wrestling Li Po for the Remote."

Neil Steinberg

Neil Steinberg is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, where he has been on staff since 1987. He is the author of seven books, including “You Were Never in Chicago.” He lives with his family in Northbrook.

David Henry Sterry

David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut are co-founders of The Book Doctors and co-authors of “The Essential Guide To Getting Your Book Published.”

Heidi Stevens

Heidi Stevens is a lifestyles reporter at the Chicago Tribune, where she writes the weekly “Balancing Act” column.

Megan Stielstra

Megan Stielstra is the literary director of 2nd Story, co-editor of the anthology, “Briefly Knocked Unconscious By a Low-Flying Duck,” and author of the story collection, “Everyone Remain Calm,”. She teaches writing and performance at Columbia College Chicago and The University of Chicago.

Bill St. John

Bill St. John has written and taught about wine for more than 40 years. He writes for the Chicago Tribune; teaches at his wine school, St John on Wine; and lectures on history, food, wine and religion at the University of Chicago Graham School.


Sting, a composer, singer, author, actor and activist, was born in Wallsend, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, earned six Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. A strong supporter of many human rights organizations, he co-founded the Rainforest Fund, an organization that protects the civil rights of indigenous people living in rainforests, with his wife Trudie Styler in 1989.

Rebecca Stoelinga

Rebecca Stoelinga, known by her stage name Super Stolie, has entertained families since 2006. Showcasing songs from her latest kids' CD, ”Press Play!”, this high-energy show is an interactive experience, encouraging children and parents to embrace their own uniqueness by singing and dancing.

Julia Sweeney

Julia Sweeney is the author of “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.” She was a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1990-94, and has written and performed in several one-woman shows, including “God Said, Ha!” “In the Family Way” and “Letting Go of God.” She lives outside of Chicago.

Sonia Taitz

Sonia Taitz is author of “The Watchmaker’s Daughter: A Memoir.” Her previous books include “Mothering Heights” and “In the King’s Arms.”

TallGrass Writers Guild

TallGrass Writers Guild provides performance and publication opportunities for writers, including a quarterly newsletter, open mics, formal readings, and Performance Ensemble programs. Its annual anthology, now in its 18th year, awards $1,000 in cash prizes.