Justyn Harkin lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. His work has appeared in Word Riot, Thieves Jargon, and The Angler. He also has a cat, Frida, with a nervous condition that makes her lick all her fur off her belly. It’s the weirdest thing.
P. Genesius Durica has had work appear or is forthcoming in ACM, the Seattle Review, Indiana Review, Tin House, and Mid-American Review among other places. He is the fiction editor of Chicago Review and the founder of Pocket Guide to Hell tours.
Some people say Melanie Datz is really mean, other people say she's kinda awesome. She's published stories in Night Train, Red Clay Review, Knee-Jerk and other places. She pays rent by writing those annoying Facebook ads that encourage you to get your degree online.
James Tadd Adcox
James Tadd Adcox is the Editor in Chief of Artifice Magazine (www.artificemag.com). He has work published or forthcoming in The Literary Review, Barrelhouse, Another Chicago Magazine, and n+1, among other places. He lives in Chicago.
Elizabeth Wylder took the scenic route to Chicago, stopping along the way to peddle foam rocks at Epcot, teach a college course on Clint Eastwood movies, and deliver milkshakes. Currently, she teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago and is the editor of PureFrancis.org. Her poetry collection, Antarctica is for Sleepers, is out this month from Another New Calligraphy.
Brian Costello is the author of "The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs," is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Reader, plays guitar and sings in Johnny and the Limelites, and plays drums in Other Minds.
Billy Lombardo was born and raised in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. He is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection, How to Hold a Woman, (OV Books 2009), a book of poetry/prose, Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns (EM Press 2009) and The Man with Two Arms, (Overlook Press 2010). Billy has just completed a Young Adult novella titled, The Day of the Palindrome. Billy is the co-founder and artistic director of Polyphony H.S., a student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors (www.polyphonyhs.com).He has had fiction, essays, and nonfiction published or anthologized in StoryQuarterly, Cicada, TriQuarterly, Bryant Literary Review, Other Voices, The Spoken Word Redux, Elysian Fields Quarterly, River Oak Review, The Forest Park Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Knee-Jerk!, and other publications. Billy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and BA from Loyola University. He teaches English literature and creative writing at Latin School of Chicago and teaches fiction for UCLA's Extension program. Billy lives in Forest Park, Illinois, thirteen miles from 35th and Shields, where the White Sox play ball. You can contact him at email@example.com.
AND. This month we are being sponsored by Old Style, Chicago's favorite beer! If you like drink specials and fun, this is the event for you. And bring your dollar bills, because we'll be raffling off all kinds of goodies to benefit Doctors Without Borders!