Doug Whippo grew up in Chicago and completed his undergraduate work at Marquette University before pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Columbia College. He was a recipient of the John Schultz and Betty Shiflett Story Workshop Scholarship. Excerpts from his novel, Jelly's Last Dance, appeared in Hair Trigger 22, 23, and 28, F Magazine, and Cellstories. After his story "Marla" appeared in Hair Trigger, it was purchased and made into a short, independent film. A play, titled "Tree Studios," was chosen to be performed in Theater Seven's staged reading of the Chicago Project. His work has been featured on National Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight, and most recently at Lifeline Theater's Filet of Solo storytelling festival, as well as New York's Bohemian Archeology Reading Series. He has been a featured performer at Serendipity Theater's 2nd Story and elsewhere. Whippo is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago and teaches classes in creative writing, reading development, and English-as-a-Second Language at various schools throughout the city.