Speakers

Chicago Book Expo Speakers

Pamela Sherrod Anderson is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, playwright, journalist and educator. She has worked as director, assistant director, producer, script supervisor and consultant on independent films. She was among those writers honored at the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s Carl Sandburg Literary Awards in October, 2012. She was recently selected to be in Kartemquin Film’s and Community Film Workshop’s Diverse Voices in Documentary pilot program. Her first feature-length documentary, “The Curators of Dixon School,” made its debut at the 2012 Black Harvest International Film Festival in Chicago and received the Black Harvest Audience Award for Best Feature. She also wrote and directed the short film, “Getting Directions,” which was an official 2006 selection at the Golden Gate Fiction & Documentary Festival in the category of art direction.  She has written and directed stage plays and screenplays, including the feature script “Natchez,” that won an America’s Best Writers Foundation award presented by filmmaker Oliver Stone. As a journalist, she has been an editor, reporter, photographer and features staff writer. Ms. Anderson has worked at the Chicago Tribune, United Press International news service, Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, Chicago Citizen, and Independent Bulletin Newspapers. She has also been a contributing writer to Essence magazine and a contributing writer to the book Black Women’s Health: Speaking for Ourselves. She contributed to the White House years research for the Emmy-awarded WTTW-TV documentary, “Paper Trail: The First 100 Years of the Chicago Defender.” As an educator, she teaches in the Film and Video Department at Columbia College in Chicago and at DePaul University in the School of Communications. (Noon, Film Row Cinema)

Born in Santo Domingo in 1977, Rey Andújar is the author of several works of fiction, including Los gestos inútiles (Premio Alba Latinoamericano de Novela 2015-Cuba), Candela (Alfaguara – PR Pen Club Awards 2009); Amoricidio (FIL-Santo Domingo Fiction Award 2006) and Saturnario (Ultramar Literature Prize NYC-2010). He’s been researching the connection between body, language and literature for several years. Andújar is Artistic Associate at Aguijón Theater, Editorial Director at Contratiempo magazine, and holds PhD in Caribbean Literature and Philosophy. Rey also writes for film and theater. He lives in Chicago and teaches Latin American History and Literature at Governors State University. (2:00pm, Room 837)

Gint Aras (Karolis Gintaras Žukauskas) has been trapped on planet Earth since 1973. He is the author of two novels, Finding the Moon in Sugar (Infinity, 2009) and The Fugue (Tortoise, 2016). His prose and translations have appeared in The St. Petersburg Review, Quarterly West, Antique Children, Criminal Class Review, The Hellgate Review, Curbside Splendor, Šiaurės Atėnai, STIR Journal, Dialogo, The Good Men Project and other publicationsAras earned his MFA in Writing from Columbia University, and a BA in English and American Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently lives in Oak Park, IL with his family. (2:00pm, Room 835-836)

Bill Ayers,  Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired), is the author or coauthor of Demand the Impossible!: A Radical Manifesto (Haymarket, 2016), Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident (Beacon Press, 2013),  To Teach: The Journey in Comics (Teachers College Press, 2010),  Race Course: Against White Supremacy (Third World Press 2008), Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom (Teachers College Press, 2011), Teaching toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom (Beacon Press, 2004), Teaching toward Democracy: Educators as Agents of Change (Paradigm, 2010), A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court (Beacon Press, 1997), and Fugitive Days: A Memoir (Beacon Press, 2001, 2008).  (4:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Esteban Colon, author of Things I Learned the Hard Way, is a poet and experiential educator who loves books almost as much as you do. (3:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Michelle Cox holds a B.A. in English literature from Mundelein College, Chicago, and is the author of the award-winning A Girl Like You, the first in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series.  She is known for her wildly popular blog, “How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps A Practical Guide,” as well as her charming “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. (3:00pm, Room 835-836)

Jim DeRogatis is a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program of the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, and together with Greg Kot, he co-hosts Sound Opinions, the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show, originating from WBEZ Chicago and syndicated to more than 100 stations nationally via PRX. He spent 15 years as the pop music critic at The Chicago Sun-Times before moving into academia full-time in the spring of 2010, though he continues to write music criticism and journalism for his Pop N Stuff column on the WBEZ Web Site. DeRogatis is the author of nine books, including Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic (Broadway Books, 2000), Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahomas Fabulous Flaming Lips (Broadway, 2006); Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Hal Leonard, 2003, a greatly expanded edition of the book originally published as Kaleidoscope Eyes: Psychedelic Rock from the ’60s to the ’90s), and Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the ’90s (Da Capo, 2003). Together with his wife, Carmél Carrillo-DeRogatis, he edited an anthology entitled Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics (Barricade Books, 2004). He also edited The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side (Voyageur Press, 2009) and co-wrote with Kot The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry (Voyageur, 2010), in addition to the non-music book Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian (Schiffer Books, 2008). He also has written for numerous magazines, including Spin, Guitar World, Modern Drummer, Penthouse, and GQ, in addition to serving as an assistant editor at Request magazine and, briefly, Rolling Stone. (Noon and 1:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Jeff Deutsch is the Director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Inc., which includes 57th Street Books, located in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Both stores are unique and valued places of discovery, Chicago institutions where browsing and conversation are nurtured. Prior to joining the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Inc., Jeff was the Director of the Stanford University Bookstore Group and the University of California, Berkeley Bookstore. (4:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

John Dugan was a rock drummer with D.C. area bands such as Chisel and Edsel, a graphic designer and human rights group organizer, and started his writing career with the Washington City Paper covering local music, arts and culture. Returning to the Midwest in 2000, the Notre Dame grad took full-time gigs covering nightlife, club music and trends for Citysearch.com and authored chapters for the Time Out Chicago guidebook. In 2005, he took over the nightlife editor role and participated in launching the weekly print edition of Time Out Chicago, where eventually he became Senior Web Editor. After a year as Web/Informer Editor at Design Bureau magazine, John moved on to launch the editorial blog for Pitchfork’s NothingMajor.com. Currently, John works in the architecture and design industry and freelances for publications including the Chicago Reader and The Economist online. John is also editor of The Empty Bottle Book (2016, Curbside Splendor). (1:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Chaz Ebert is the CEO of several Ebert enterprises, including the President of The Ebert Company Ltd, and of Ebert Digital LLC, Publisher of RogerEbert.com, President of Ebert Productions and Chairman of the Board of The Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, and Co-Founder and Producer of Ebertfest. (Noon, Film Row Cinema)

Laura Emerick is the digital content editor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the former arts editor at Chicago Sun-Times, where she edited Roger Ebert’s reviews. (Noon, Film Row Cinema)

Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a biographical collage of the Czech fairy tale writer, whom Milan Kundera calls the “Mother of Czech Prose.” Her previous books include Liliane’s Balcony (Rose Metal Press), a novella set at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, which won silver awards for the Independent Publishers, Foreword, and Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her story collection, For Sale By Owner (Kore Press), won the 2011 Next Genmichaeration Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana in Fiction. She has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary journals including Colorado Review, Passages North, Notre Dame Review, Superstition Review, Bellingham Review, Indiana Review, The Common, Western Humanities Review, and Image. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and teaches creative writing and literary collage at Indiana University South Bend. She blogs, now and again, at: http://phdincreativewriting.wordpress.com/ (4:00pm, Room 837)

Eve Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. She is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago; in 2018, she will begin as Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in fall 2017. Her work has been published in many venues, including Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Union Station, and the anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. She has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist for the Pamet River Prize, and a scholarship recipient for the New Harmony Writers Workshop. She co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources. Crescendo’s projects include the Emerging Poets Incubator and the Chicago Poetry Block Party. Eve is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. For ten years, Eve has been an educator in both traditional and community-based settings, including Chicago Public Schools, After School Matters, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. She is the current President of the Board of Directors of MassLEAP, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth, artist-educators, and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums throughout Massachusetts. Eve was born and raised in the Logan Square community of Chicago and is a proud alumna of Chicago Public Schools. She completed her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to that, she received an undergraduate degree with honors in English Language & Literature from the University of Chicago, with a focus on African-American literature of the twentieth century. She also holds an MAT in Elementary Education from Dominican University and an M.Ed in Education Policy and Management from Harvard. (1:00pm, Room 835-836)

Alison Flowers is an investigative journalist who focuses on social justice and criminal justice. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, TIME, The Village Voice, VICE, Chicago Reader and elsewhere. She is the author of “Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence and Identity” (Haymarket Books, 2016), and she contributed to the anthology “Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States.” In 2013, she produced a multimedia series about exonerees for Chicago Public Media and NPR affiliate WBEZ. The yearlong project was a finalist for a national Online Journalism Award. She is a two-time winner of the Hillman Foundation’s Sidney Award. She works at the Invisible Institute, a production company on the South Side of Chicago, where she was part of a team win for a 2015 Peter Lisagor Award for Best Data Journalism by the Chicago Headline Club and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine Award, a top national journalism award for contributions to open government. The Invisible Institute also won the Knight News Challenge on Data in January 2016, for its Citizens Police Data Project. Flowers is also a fellow with the Social Justice News Nexus, an investigative journalism project supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. From 2011 to 2013, Flowers worked as a research associate at Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project where she contributed to the investigations of potentially wrongful convictions and explored other systemic criminal justice issues. Flowers wrote several stories for the project’s “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome,” which was awarded a Peter Lisagor Award by the Chicago Headline Club. Flowers is a Northwestern University alumna, having earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism in 2009. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized a short documentary that Flowers produced as a semi-finalist for a student Academy Award in 2010, and the same piece won in a social change category in an online film festival. She also holds a graduate liberal arts degree in Religion and Literature. (Noon, Room 837)

Gina Frangello’s latest novel is Every Kind of Wanting. Her previous novel A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014) was selected for the Target Emerging Authors series, has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah, and was a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, the Executive Editor for Other Voices magazine, and the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies. She is currently the faculty editor of The Coachella Review, and teaches at Roosevelt University, the University of IL-Chicago, and the University of CA-Riverside Palm Desert’s low residency MFA. (2:00pm, Room 835-836)

Marnie Galloway is a comic artist and illustrator working in Chicago, Illinois. She was born in Austin, Texas and studied philosophy and symbolic logic at Smith College. Her three-part wordless comic series “In the Sounds and Seas” won a 2012 Xeric Grant, was nominated for the 2013 LA Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel and made the Notable Comics list in Best American Comics. She is a co-organizer of Chicago Alternative Comics Expo and a co-host of the biweekly panel podcast Image Plus Text with cartoonist Sam Sharpe. (4:00pm, Room 837)

Ruth Goring’s poetry collections are Soap Is Political and Yellow Doors; she works as a book editor at the University of Chicago Press. (3:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Jody Gray is the Director, Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach at the American Library Association. She was Executive Director of the American Indian Library Association (AILA). (4:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Joseph Gustaitis, a freelance writer and editor living in Chicago, is the author of Chicago’s Greatest Year, 1893: The White City and the Birth of a Modern Metropolis and many articles in the popular history field. Previously, Gustaitis worked as an editor for Collier’s Year Book and Collier’s Encyclopedia.  He has also worked in television and won an Emmy Award for writing for ABC-TV’s FYI program. (3:00pm, Room 837)

Kate Hannigan writes fiction and non-fiction for young readers. Her Cupcake Cousins is a three-book series with Disney-Hyperion. Her book The Detective’s Assistant was winner of the 2016 Golden Kite Award for best middle-grade novel from SCBWI, Illinois Reading Council “Illinois READS” 2016 pick, Bank Street College’s 2016 Best Books, Winner of a 2015 Nerdy Book Award from the Nerdy Book Club, Booklist Editor’s Choice pick for 2015, and a Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best 2015” book. (3:00pm, Room 835-836)

Cheryl Honigford has been writing stories since she could read (and telling stories even before that). She received her BA in Journalism, with a minor in English, from The Ohio State University. The Darkness Knows began life as a Nanowrimo novel, inspired by Cheryl’s love of mysteries, Chicago, and old-time radio (and all things 30s). It was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest and the overall winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense (Unpublished Category). Cheryl lives with her family in the suburbs of Chicago where she enjoys what her husband likes to call “the interests of an 80-year-old woman” (knitting, canning, cozy mysteries, and Fred and Ginger movies). The Darkness Knows is the first book in the Viv and Charlie Mystery series. (3:00pm, Room 835-836)

Angela Jackson is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Voo Doo/Love Magic (1974); Dark Legs and Silk Kisses: The Beatitudes of the Spinners (1993), which won the Carl Sandburg Award; and the National Book Award–nominated And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New (1998). Her novel Where I Must Go (Northwestern University Press, 2009) won the American Book Award. Jackson has written several plays, including Witness!, Shango Diaspora: An African-American Myth of Womanhood and Love, and When the Wind Blows. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, TriQuarterly’s Daniel Curley Award, and the 2002 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. (1:00pm, Room 835-836)

Renee James is the pen name of a Chicago-area writer who lives in two genders. In her male identity, James has been a full time freelance writer for several years, following a long career as a magazine editor and owner. In her male life, James has won dozens of awards for journalis­tic excellence and authored a biography. As Renee James, her first novel, Coming Out Can Be Murder, was the 2012 Chicago Writers Association Indie book of the year and a bronze medalist in ForeWord Reviews’ LGBT book of the year competition. Coming Out Can Be Murder was republished in March, 2014 by Magnus/Riverdale Books as Transition to Murder. James edited the Chicago Gen­der Society newsletter for many years, and participated in many of the other groups and activities that make the Chicago transgender community one of the most vibrant in the world. Coming Out Can Be Murder evolved from a fic­tional journal she wrote on business trips during her magazine editing years. The journal was a reflection on what her life might have been like if she had chosen to become a transsexual woman. Transition to Murder, a revised version of James’ first novel, was released in early 2014 Riverdale Avenue Books’ Magnus imprint. It is the basis for the sequel, A Kind of Justice. (3:00pm, Room 835-836)

Kolin Jordan has a habit of carrying a fully articulated human skeleton around with him wherever he goes. He uses a large hunk of squishy meat to write weird little things and to translate other people’s writing from one language to another. Kolin has translated two books of short stories, Saturnalia by Rey Andújar and Flowers & Mishima’s Illustrated Biography by Mario Bellatín for 7Vientos Press and countless other things for other people. He is a native of Chicago, likes cookies and whiskey (occasionally at the same time), dreams in Spanish, and wishes there were such a thing as vegetarian sancocho. (2:00pm, Room 837)

Steve Krakow (“Plastic Crimewave”) is a writer, illustrator, and musician. He is the editor of Galactic Zoo Dossier, founder of the Million Tongues Festival, and frontman for Plastic Crimewave Sound. He draws the “Secret History of Chicago Music” comic for the Chicago Reader and WGN and is the author of My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music. (1:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Annabel Lang writes and performs poetry and nonfiction. She co-hosts and co-curates the Junior Varsity workshop/variety hour at Emerald City coffee, is one half of a clown-dance duo, and another half of Mannabel, a writing team. By day, she serves coffee. On weekends, she organizes pick-up basketball for women, queers, and their friends. She’s been workshopping with CHIPRC since 2014. (1:00pm, Room 837)

Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based reporter, author, and journalism instructor.  currently work as co-director of the Social Justice News Nexus, a reporting fellowship based at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, which brings together graduate students and professional journalists to report on social justice issues including drug policy and mental health. She covers energy for Midwest Energy News and labor issues for Working In These Times; and freelances for other publications with a focus on energy, environment, immigration, labor and indigenous issues. Through 2009 she was a staff writer in the Midwest bureau of the Washington Post; after that she wrote for the Chicago edition of the New York Times through the Chicago News Cooperative. She is the author of four books, including Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun (City Lights, 2008), Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Window Factory Takeover and What it Says About the Economic Crisis (Melville House, 2009) and most recently Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99% (Haymarket Books, 2013). She also has taught journalism at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and she works with youth from marginalized communities through the non-profit journalism program We the People Media. (Noon, Room 837)

Sarah Macaraeg is an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and New America Media fellow. Her investigations into Chicago Police accountability have been published by the Guardian, VICE and Truthout, included in the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Macaraeg’s narrative journalism features include a Best American Essays notable and a book on women workers across Chicago, forthcoming from Haymarket Books in 2017.

Curt Matthews published a book of translated Japanese poetry 35 years ago, while teaching 19th-century American literature at Northwestern University, which led to other, more salable titles, and finally to a career in publishing. Curt is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Chicago Review Press, which currently publishes about 80 new titles a year, and of Independent Publishers Group (IPG), the first and now the second-largest independent press distributor. IPG distributes thousands of new titles each year, including academic and university press lists, hundreds independent publishers of all sizes, a fast-growing catalog of Spanish-language books, and Trafalgar Square, which sells titles from almost all of the major UK publishers, including Penguin/Random House UK, into the US market. (4:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Todd McCarty is a freelance writer, who teaches poetry and publishes widely. Honors include an Illinois Arts Council grant and a Vermont Studio Center residency. (3:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Marty McConnell is the author of wine for a shotgun and Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop, forthcoming in 2018 on YesYes Books. (3:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Faisal Mohyuddin teaches English at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois; his poetry has appeared in RHINO, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. (3:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

RoseAnna Mueller, Professor Emerita at Columbia College Chicago, teaches Latin American Literature and Art. She is the author of Teresa de la Parra: A Literary Life (2012) and the translator of Ana Isabel: A Respectable Girl(2:00pm, Room 837)

Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about homeland, dispersal, heritage and family, published by Curbside Splendor. Recent essays have appeared in GuernicaThe Prague Review, The Offing and The Rumpus. Her essay “The Displeasure of the Table” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from New Zealand, she holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She teaches and writes in Chicago, where she is Literary Editor of Newcity(3:00pm, Room 835-836)

Dominic A. Pacyga received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981. He has authored, or co-authored, five books concerning Chicago’s history, including Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago (1991, 2001), Chicago: City of Neighborhoods with Ellen Skerrett (1986), Chicago: A Historical Guide to the Neighborhoods (1979) with Glen Holt, Chicago’s Southeast Side (1998) with Rod Sellers. Additional books include Chicago: A Biography (2009) and Slaughterhouse (2015). He has lectured widely on topics ranging from urban development, residential architecture, labor history, immigration, and racial and ethnic relations, and has appeared in both the local and national media. Pacyga has been a member of the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department at Columbia College/Chicago since 1984. He has worked with various museums, including the Chicago Historical Society, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum in Chicago on a variety of public history projects. Pacyga has also worked with numerous neighborhood organizations as well as ethnic, labor, and fraternal groups to preserve and exhibit their histories. He and Charles Shanabruch are co-editors of The Chicago Bungalow (2001). Pacyga has won the Oscar Halecki Award from the Polish American Historical Association for his book, Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago and the Catholic Book Award for Chicago: City of Neighborhoods. In both 1999 and 2011 he received the Columbia College Award for Excellence in Teaching. Pacyga has been a Visiting Professor at both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2005 he was a Visiting Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford University. (3:00pm, Room 837)

Michael Phillips is the Chicago Tribune’s film critic. He has appeared on Turner Classic Movies, “CBS Saturday Morning,” “Charlie Rose” and the long-running nationally syndicated program “At the Movies.” He joined the Tribune in 2002 as theater critic, a post he previously held at the Los Angeles Times; the San Diego Union-Tribune; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and the Dallas Times-Herald. (Noon, Film Row Cinema)

Scott Roberts is a cartoonist who creates and prints experimental art comics. He also makes animated films, and founded the DePaul Animation program in Chicago. He shares a home and studio in Evanston with the cartoonist Keiler Roberts, their daughter Xia, and dog Crooky.

(4:00pm, Room 837)

Bill Savage is an Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University. He co-edited the 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm and the Newly Annotated Edition of Chicago: City on the Make, and has written several essays about Algren for both mainstream and scholarly publications. He is a Series Editor for Chicago Visions + Revisions, a series of nonfiction books about Chicago from the University of Chicago Press. He also co-edited and annotated, with Paul Durica, Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (forthcoming, NU Press, 2013), a guide to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. (4:00pm, Room 835-836)

Lucina Schell works in international rights for the University of Chicago Press and is founding editor of Reading in Translation. She organizes a workshopping group of Chicagoland translators. Her translations of Miguel Ángel Bustos appear in Ezra Translation Journal, The Bitter Oleander, Drunken Boat, and Seven Corners(2:00pm, Room 837)

Donna Seaman is the Editor, Adult Books, for Booklist, published by the American Library Association; current chair of the selection committee for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, a member of the advisory council for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. Her author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books. (4:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Amanda Seligman is professor of history and urban studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an editor of the Historical Studies of Urban America series. She is the author of Is Graduate School Really for You? (Johns Hopkins University Press), Block by Block: Neighborhoods and Public Policy on Chicago’s West Side (University of Chicago Press), and Chicago’s Block Clubs: How Neighbors Shape the City (University of Chicago Press). (3:00pm, Room 837)

Felicia Shakespeare is a bestselling author, brand strategist, motivational speaker and an award winning library media specialist. Her new book You Are Your Brand: Building from the Inside Out was released the summer of 2016. Shakespeare became a career changer in 2004 and has worked in the education sector in various capacities as teacher, teaching library media specialist, central office administration, and consultant. She has also provided professional development training to teacher leaders and school leaders. She was inducted into the Librarian Hall of Fame for two consecutive years for her contributions to the profession. Shakespeare holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, and is currently a doctoral student pursuing her PhD in Information Studies. (4:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Shawn Shiflett‘s debut novel Hidden Place has received rave reviews from newspapers, literary trade publications, and Connie Martinson Talks Books. Library Journal included Hidden Place in  “Summer Highs, Fall Firsts,” a 2004 list of most successful debuts. He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for his work and was a three-time finalist for the James novel-in-progress contest, sponsored by the Heekin Group Foundation. His essay, “The importance of Reading to Your Writing (Creative Writing Studies)” was published in the UK. Hey, Liberal! (Chicago Review Press), a novel about a white boy going to a predominately African American high school in Chicago during the late 1960’s, was published on September 1st, 2016. Excerpts from Shiflett’s novels and short stories can be found in Hypertext Magazine, various issues of F Magazine, and other literary journals. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago. (2:00pm, Room 835-836)

Rachel Slotnick is an author and an artist because she firmly believes Lichtenstein was onto something when he said that noses are semi-colons; and she’s also the author of In Lieu of Flowers. (3:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Neil Steinberg has been on the staff of the Chicago Sun-Times since 1987 and has written a regular column since 1996. He is the author of eight books, the most recent being Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery, written with Sara Bader, an editor at Phaidon in New York. He has also written for a variety of publications, including Rolling Stone, The New York Daily News, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Men’s Journal, Details, Granta, Spy, National Lampoon, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader and Michigan Avenue.  In addition to his blog, Evergygoddamnday.com, Steinberg has written for Salon.com, Forbes.com (as well as Forbes, the magazine) and is a contributing writer to Mosaic, the London web site of medicine and science run by the Wellcome Trust. (4:00pm, Room 835-836)

James Thindwa is Civic Engagement Coordinator at Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (ACTS), a member of In These Times’ Board of Directors, and a labor and community activist.  (2:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Sally Timms was born in Leeds, England. In 1985 she joined the Mekons as a full-time member and has regretted it ever since. (1:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Joy Triche is the founder and publisher of Tiger Stripe Publishing. Through Tiger Stripe, Joy seeks to develop books that celebrate diverse people and works with writers and illustrators from diverse backgrounds to bring stories to life in the form of print and electronic children’s books. Before launching Tiger Stripe in 2012, Joy spent more than 18 years in educational publishing as an editor and managing editor. (4:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Arne Weingart is a Chicago poet whose book, Levitation for Agnostics, won the New American Press Poetry Prize and was released earlier this year. (3:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Bill Yarrow, Professor of English at Joliet Junior College, is the author of The Vig of Love, Blasphemer, and Pointed Sentences. (3:00pm, Film Row Cinema)

Myth-Ink Speakers

Jay Bonansinga is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four books, including the Bram Stoker finalist THE BLACK MARIAH (1994), the International Thriller Writers Award finalist SHATTERED (2007), and the wildly popular WALKING DEAD novels. Jay’s work has been translated into sixteen languages, and he has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. In the world of film, Jay has worked with George Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD), Dennis Haysbert (24), and Will Smith’s Overbook Productions. In 2009, Jay’s directional debut, STASH, starring Tim Kazurinsky and Marilyn Chambers, won top honors at three separate independent festivals, as well as premiering in 50 million households on ON-DEMAND. Jay lives in the Chicago area with his wife, the photographer Jill Norton, and his two teenage boys, and is currently hard at work on the next Walking Dead book in the Woodbury quartet.

Richard Chwedyk is a Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer who lives in Chicago and teaches at Columbia College Chicago. He has also been nominated for the Hugo Award and shortlisted for both the Theodore Sturgeon and Rhysling awards. A collection of his “Saur” stories is currently making the rounds to publishers. He is hard at work on a novel, or at least that’s his cover story for now.

After a few of his stories appeared in their early anthologies, G. Winston Hyatt joined the Blood Bound Books staff in 2012. A collector of vintage black light posters, rare paperbacks, and Halloween masks, he holds a Certificate in Editing from the University of Chicago Graham School and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. He has edited or co-edited over ten books and is the author of the novel Birch Hills at World’s End.

Tina Jens teaches the Fantasy Writing courses at Columbia College-Chicago. Her short stories have appeared in numerous mass market and small press publications. the former editor and producer for Twilight Tales, she is a three-time Bram Stoker Award nominee; an International Horror Guild Award nominee; and winner of the National Federation of Press Women’s Award for Best Novel.

Keith Ryan Kappel is a freelance writer best known for his extensive work on the Star Wars Role Playing Game from Fantasy Flight Games. He also self-publishes genre fiction and game content online. Keith is a former Naval Intelligence Specialist for the United States Navy, and received a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago in 2011. For more information, check out Keith’s Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/KRKappel

Onrie Kompan received his B.A. in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago and is the recipient of multiple grants from the Weisman Scholarship. Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender is Onrie’s first professional entry into the world of comics. He spent the last three years doing research on the subject and has journeyed all the way to South Korea in order to bring Admiral Yi Soon Shin’s story to life. During his travels, Onrie befriended historians and military advisors from the Republic of Korea army and navy.

Jody Lynn Nye is an author of fantasy and science fiction books and short stories. Since 1987 she has published over 45 books and more than 150 short stories, including epic fantasies, contemporary humorous fantasy, humorous military science fiction, and The Dragonlover’s Guide to Pern. She collaborated with Anne McCaffrey on a number of books, including the New York Times bestseller, Crisis on Doona; and wrote eight books with Robert Asprin. She continues both of Asprin’s Myth-Adventures series and Dragons series. She’s also edited three anthologies, including one of stories entirely about mothers, Don’t Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear!

Lisa Rodgers grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She moved to New York City in 2012 and joined JABberwocky Literary Agency a few months later. She’s previously worked at San Francisco Book Review and Barnes & Noble, interned at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency, and was a submissions reader for Lightspeed Magazine. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.   

Along with being a two-time Hugo Award nominee as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013) Michael Damian Thomas co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis and Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. He also has worked as an Associate Editor on numerous books at Mad Norwegian Press, including the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea, 2010) and Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis, 2012). Michael is also a contributor to the SF Squeecast podcast and the Down and Safe Blake’s 7podcast.

Richard Thomas is the author of six books—the novels Disintegration andThe Breaker (Random House Alibi), The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books) andTransubstantiate, as well as the collections Herniated Roots and Staring Into the Abyss. His over 100 stories in print include Cemetery Dance, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2, and Shivers VI. He is also the editor of three anthologies: The New Black (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 25 Provocative Women Writers(Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk and Dennis Widmyer. In his spare time he writes for LitReactor and is Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press. He is the editor-in-chief of Gamut Magazine.

John Weagly‘s first play was produced in 1992. Since then, over 75 of his scripts have received over 100 productions by theaters around the world and have been published by Original Works Publishing, ArtAge Publications and Dramatic Publishing, among others. His short fiction has been nominated for a Derringer Award 6 times, winning one in 2008, and has been nominated for a Spinetingler Award.

Alexandra (Alex) Weiss is an Associate Agent for The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency and Books Writer for Bustle.com. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing and Publishing in 2015. Previously she’s worked as an Acquisitions Editor for the award-winning anthology Hair Trigger, interned as a publicist for Kaye Publicity, and was a loyal volunteer for Columbia’s annual Story Week: Festival of Writers. Her work has appeared in Buzzfeed, Bustle, The Story Week Reader and more.