Mahmoud Saeed was born in 1939 in Mosul, Iraq. He has written more than 20 novels and numerous short stories, winning literary awards in Iraq and Egypt. Since 1999 Mr. Saeed has lived in Chicago, where he teaches Arabic at DePaul University. He has contributed numerous articles to Arabic literary magazines and newspapers, as well as seven articles to Al Jadid magazine published in Engish. In 2003 his novel I Who Witnessed was published in an English translation by Dar As Saqi in London under the title Saddam City.
Sam Reaves is the author of seven Chicago-based crime novels, most recently Mean Town Blues, released by Pegasus in 2008.Under the pseudonym Dominic Martell he has published a European-based suspense trilogy.Reaves has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East but has lived in the Chicago area most of his life. He has worked as a teacher and a translator.
Laura Goldstein is a lover and a fighter. she does yoga and watches tv. she takes the bus and also walks. She has two books out, "ice in intervals" and "day of answers." She's been published recently in otoliths and pfs post. She also performs and makes sound work. She teaches at Loyola and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her new chapbook, "let her" is forthcoming from Scantily Clad Press. She usually writes poetry but loves quickies.
Josh spends the bulk of his time dominating small children on YMCA ping-pong tables all over the city. Josh has recently mastered the burrito. Finally, with a writer like Josh, it's easiest to focus on the places his work has not appeared; his work has not appeared in... oh, god, this is hard, there's just so few left. Oprah. His work has not appeared in Oprah... YET.
Tuesday, April 14
The Innertown Pub