Carson Grace Becker earned her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa. She has been commissioned from the Goodman, Nebraska Repertory, and Riverside Theater, won two Illinois Arts Council awards and a Jeff award for Best New Work. In 2004 her historical play about the Lewis and Clark expedition premiered in a Nebraska statewide celebration. She's been a resident artist at the William Inge Center for the Arts and a guest artist at the International Thespian Festival. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of Famous Door Theater Company.
Kathie Bergquist is the author of four biographies of popstars written for teenagers, co-author of A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago, and City Editor of the Not For Tourist's Chicago guidebook. A regular contributor to the Chicago Reader, her writing has appeared in books, journals, and magazines internationally. In 2008, she was chosen as a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writer Fellow. An anthology that she edited, Windy City Queer: GLBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast is forthcoming from University of Wisconsin Press. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago.
Bobby Biedrzycki is a writer, performer, and social activist who came to Chicago from St. Paul, Minnesota via The Bronx, New York. His writing has appeared in The Black Bear Review, Ghost Factory, Ante:thesis Volumes I & II, and Hair Trigger, and he is a company member of 2nd Story, where he serves as Director of Programming. Bobby has worked as book review for both Punk Planet Magazine and Time Out Chicago, and his stories have been produced Off-Broadway. He teaches personal narrative performance at Gallery 37 for the Arts and the Goodman Theater, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Fiction Writing Department where he also serves as Faculty Adviser to Fictionary Magazine.
Julia Borcherts earned her MFA/MA in creative writing and the teaching of writing at Columbia College Chicago and is a frequent contributor to Chicago Tribune, Metromix, Red Eye and Time Out Chicago. Her work also appears in and on FreshYarn.com, Criminal Class Review, Sin: A Deadly Anthology, Resonance Radio (London, UK), Chicago Fighting Arts Magazine, the Chicago Golden Gloves program and many other publications. This year, she has been a featured reader at Printers’ Row Lit Fest, 2nd Story, Quimby’s bookstore, the London Story Slam and other events and venues. Borcherts, a certified Story Workshop teacher, is the recipient of a Follett Fellowship, a Getz Graduate Award, two Schultz-Shiflett Scholarships for Academic Excellence and a first-prize award for non-fiction from the Columbia (New York) Scholastic Press Association. She is also a co-founder of the Reading Under the Influence monthly reading series.
Marcia Brenner is an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department where she has been twice nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award. She has taught Story Workshop classes for the Schultz Group, Inc. with students of every age from second grade on up, and since 2005 has led the Creative Writing program for teens through After School Matters Gallery 37 Summer Arts Program. Brenner received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, has been an editor for two award-winning issues of Hair Trigger, and was a recipient of the Dwight D. Follett Fellowship. She has published short stories, essays, nonfiction, and selected work from her first novel, Stalking Nirvana, and her work has garnered awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Better Business Bureau. She gets to combine her love of metaphors with body work by teaching Classical Pilates at Chicago’s Frog Temple, where she is also a certified Pre and Postnatal Specialist. She is currently at work on deliciously geeky non-fiction material exploring educational neuroscience.
Jotham Burrello is an arts entrepreneur—writer, publisher, editor, video, and radio producer, and resident faculty member at the Yale summer writing conference. A teacher of both core writing classes and specialty courses in the Fiction Writing department, Burrello created and now directs the Publishing Lab, a resource for emerging writers, and the Review Lab, an online forum for reviewing and writing. In 2010 he founded Elephant Rock Books, an award-winning press of fiction and nonfiction. With Janet Burroway, he co-wrote and produced the instructional DVD, So, Is It Done? Navigating the Revision Process, and Submit! The Unofficial Guide to Submitting Short Prose. His writing has appeared in literary journals and the Christian Science Monitor. He is the former editor of Sport Literate, a journal of creative nonfiction. Burrello lives (and drives a tractor) on Muddy Feet Flower Farm in Ashford, CT.
Mort Castle has written or edited fourteen books including the novel Cursed Be the Child, about which Rave Reviews wrote "...a classic of its kind," and the essential reference work On Writing Horror: The Handbook of the Horror Writers' Association. He's published 500 or so "shorter things," mainly stories, in anthologies and magazines including Still Dead, Cemetery Dance, Cavalier, Best Underground Fiction: Volume 1, Le Livre des Livres de Stephen King, Writer's Digest, The Spider Chronicles, Bombay Gin #32, and all five editions of the acclaimed Masques series edited by J. N. Williamson. He's won or been nominated for the Bram Stoker award, the Pushcart Prize, the International Horror Guild award, the Emerson Fiction Award, the DeMarco Prize, and others, has had several dozen stories cited in Year's Best complications in the horror, suspense, fantasy, and literary fields. As writer-in-residence, Castle teaches in two Chicago area high school districts and in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago.
Richard Chwedyk won a Nebula Award for his novella, "Bronte's Egg." He has also been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Rhysling Award and shortlisted for the Theodore Sturgeon Award. His fiction has appeared in the anthologies Nebula Awards Showcase 2004, Year’s Best SF 7, Tales From the Red Lion, Visual Journeys, Hell in the Heartland and Cthulhu and the Coeds, or: Kids and Squids; and in the magazines Fantasy and Science Fiction, Amazing Stories and Space and Time. His poetry has appeared in Year's Best SF 8, Strange Horizons, Tales of the Unanticipated and Snow Monkey. A lifelong Chicagoan, Chwedyk received his undergraduate degree from Columbia in 1979 and appeared in the first three issues of Hair Trigger as well as The Best of Hair Trigger. He received an M.A. in in English from Northwestern University in 1988. He has led or moderated numerous writing workshops since 1991, taught Freshman Rhetoric/Composition and Short Story Writing for several area community colleges. He is currently working on a collection of stories. Rumors of a novel abound. Most recently, his novella "Orfy" appears in the Sept./Oct. 2010 issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction and his poem "Rooms Must Explain Themselves" was chosen for a special "festschrift" volume presented to author Ursula K. Le Guin in honor of her eightieth birthday (to be published by Aqueduct Press). Chwedyk is married to poet and Columbia alum Pamela Miller.
Brian Costello was born in Laurel Canyon, California, where his parents lived next door to Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band as they rehearsed the music that would later appear on the album Trout Mask Replica. Costello graduated with a BA in Political Science at the University of Central Florida, where he wrote humor columns and was later Opinions Editor of the school's newspaper. He moved to Chicago in 1997, started graduate work at Columbia College Chicago in 2000, and here's where it gets relatively interesting. Since 2000, Costello has regularly taken part in readings throughout Chicago. From 2001-2007, he was the host of The Brian Costello Show with Brian Costello, a live talk show at the Empty Bottle in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago. He has performed, recorded, and toured with various bands this entire time-singing and playing guitar in some, drumming in others-and continues to do so. He earned an MFA in Fiction Writing/Teaching of Fiction Writing from Columbia in 2005, and his thesis project-the novel The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs-was the first publication from local indie-press featherproof books in 2006. From 2009-2010, Costello hosted and curated the reading series "Second City/Third Person" at the Book Cellar in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago. He has written cover stories for New City, reviewed books for Time Out Chicago, and has contributed to Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight program. His writing most frequently appears in the Chicago Reader, where he writes about music, with occasional forays into writing about comedy, as well as a cover story in 2009 on the 30th Anniversary of the notorious Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park. Most recently, Costello co-hosts a live comedy musical game show called "Shame That Tune" at The Hideout in the Streets and Sanitation District of Chicago. Finally, he's the greatest drummer working at Columbia College Chicago, and will take on any challenges to this assertion-anytime, anyplace.
Mark Davidov received his Ph.D. in Semiotics from the Institute for Standardization in Moscow. He is a writer, poet, linguist and translator. Mark's publications include Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears: Reflections of Moscow’s Mayor Yri Luzkov and The Island of the Sweet Dew, a book of poems, 1999.
Chris DeGuire transferred to Columbia College Chicago after a brief stint as an English major at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, receiving his BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia in 1996. He has worked since then as the assistant coordinator of the Fiction Writing Department's Tutoring Program, tutoring and advising Fiction Writing students. In 2003 he returned to Columbia as a graduate student, still commuting from his hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin, pursuing the Combined MA/MFA degree in Fiction Writing and the Teaching of Writing. He is an adjunct faculty member and has taught Story Workshop classes for the Story Workshop Institute.
Gina DiPonio is an adjunct faculty member in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, where she is also an MFA candidate. She teaches all sorts of writing elsewhere around Chicago, including Roosevelt University and University of Chicago. Her work appears in Traverse Magazine, The Sun, Contrary Magazine, Two Hawks Review, and Hair Trigger, among others. She is currently working a novelistic memoir.
Winner of the One Book, One Chicago flash fiction writing contest, Robert Duffer’s (www.robertduffer.com) work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, MAKE Magazine, Chicago Reader, Curbside Splendor, Time Out Chicago, Monkeybicycle, Chicago Public Radio, Annalemma, New City, Flashquake, Knee-Jerk Magazine, Word Riot, Pindledyboz, The 2nd Hand, Hypertext, and other coffee-table favorites like Canadian Builders Quarterly. His work has been anthologized in The Way We Sleep, Amsterdammed: An Anthology of Place, and The Taj Mahal Review. He edits a Sunday column on fatherhood, Experiments in Manhood, and is co-host and co-founder of the monthly reading series RUI: Reading Under the Influence.
Gina Frangello is the author of two critically acclaimed books of fiction, Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010) and My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus 2006). The longtime editor of the literary magazine Other Voices, she co-founded its book imprint, Other Voices Books (www.ovbooks.com) in 2005, and is now the Executive Editor of the press. She is also the Fiction Editor of the popular online literary collective The Nervous Breakdown (www.thenervousbreakdown.com). Gina's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a wide array of publications including Prairie Schooner, Fence, StoryQuarterly, Swink, A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collision and Connection, MAKE magazine, ACM, F Magazine, and the Chicago Reader. Her journalism, book reviews and essays have been published in the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and many other print and online publications. In addition to her editing work at Other Voices, she has served as the guest-editor for the anthology Falling Backwards: Stories of Fathers and Daughters (Hourglass Books 2004) and was the faculty supervisor for the inaugural issue of TriQuarterly Online at Northwestern University. Gina has been the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Individual Fellowship for Prose, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, and recently won the Summer Literary Seminars fiction contest judged by Mary Gaitskill. She has been a part-time member of Columbia College's Fiction Writing Department for more than a decade. Her novel, London Calling, will be published in 2012. Gina can be found online at www.ginafrangello.com.
J.C. Gabel is the founding editor and publisher of STOP SMILING magazine, and now edits and publishes books at STOP SMILING BOOKS. He also writes regularly for Wallpaper, Print, Wired, Bookforum, and lives in Chicago.
Aaron Golding is an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department where he also earned his MFA. He is currently at work finishing his first novel, Stuck in Salem. His short fiction has appeared in various literary journals including the award winning Hair Trigger. He also creates audio documentaries for various local and national markets.
Viki Gonia currently teaches Fiction Writing I at Columbia College. She writes a weekly column for her suburban-Chicago paper, The Doings, as well as freelance writing for several online publications. Viki is working to complete her MFA thesis. An excerpt of the work was published in f7.
Craig Gore was raised on an island off the coast of North Carolina, and spent three years studying English at Cape Fear College. He then moved to Chicago and transferred to Columbia, where he received a degree in Fiction Writing in 2000. After graduating he moved to Los Angeles and served as a script reader for various talent agencies while working as a research assistant for Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist, William Kelley. Craig has a writing partner (another Columbia alum) and is currently optioning books and adapting them to pitch for TV/Film projects. Craig is the lead instructor for the specialized Adaptation session, which focuses on optioning the rights to books, graphic novels and life stories. Craig is repped by managers Ensemble Entertainment and The Kaplan-Stahler Agency, and currently has several drama pilots in development at Fox TV Studios, CBS-Paramount, and Spike TV.
Philip Hartigan is a visual artist who has worked for more than two decades as an artist, writer, editor, and photographer. His own creative work relies on the personal narrative and memoir. His paintings, prints, short films, and installations have been shown in solo and group exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic. He has recently collaborated with Fiction Writing Department Associate Professor Patricia Ann McNair on two projects: a sound and print installation "Climbing the Crooked Trails" based on photos and letters of McNair's missionary grandfather; and a public art project in rural Illinois combining text and image.
Lott Hill is a poet, fiction writer, photographer, and a strong believer in active citizenship. He received his MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago, where he now serves as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. He is a teacher of Creative Writing, Poetry, and community-based learning and Service-Learning classes. Lott's fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in multiple issues of Hair Trigger, Columbia Poetry Review, Fish Stories, B-City, Metropolitan Universities, The Spoon River Poetry Review, AdBusters, Demo, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities Peer Review and is a regular featured reader at Serendipity Theater's Second Story reading series.
Geoff Hyatt is the author of the novel Birch Hills at World's End (Vagabondage Press). His stories have appeared in the anthologies Night Terrors and Rock & Roll is Dead: Dark Tales Inspired by Music, as well in the journals Criminal Class Review, Midwestern Gothic, Knee-Jerk Magazine, and elsewhere. A former staff writer for a mediaproduction company, he received his MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago in 2009.
Jeff Jacobson teaches in the Fiction Writing and Film/Video Departments of Columbia College Chicago, as well as a number of writing classes around Chicago. His fiction has been published in f Magazine, Hair Trigger, and Spec-Lit. He lives with his wife and far too many animals in the northern suburbs.
Cynthium Johnson-Woodfolk received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and is currently completing both an MA in the Teaching of Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing. She is a teaching artist with the Arts Integration Mentorship Program (Project AIM), and has worked with Columbia's Office of Community Arts Partnerships, as well as Saturday Scholars, Act/Write, and the Story Workshop® Institute (SWI). Cynthium won the Academic Excellence award, Hermann Conaway Leadership award, Dwight Follett Fellowship and was a fellow in the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program for 2004/2005. Her work appears in Hair Trigger 9, 10, 25, and 26.
Stephanie Kuehnert is the author of two young adult novels, Ballads of Suburbia and I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, both published by MTV Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. She got her start writing bad poetry about unrequited love and razor blades in eighth grade. In high school, she discovered punk rock and produced several DIY feminist 'zines. She received her BA and MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and lives in Forest Park, Illinois, where she is an award-winning columnist for the Forest Park Review.
Since 1986, Laurie Lawlor has written more than 37 award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She is the 2010 recipient of the Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children presented by the Illinois Reading Council. Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis won the Carl Sandburg Award and the Golden Kite Honor Book Award. This Tender Place: The Story of a Wetland Year, a natural history/memoir, was selected for Outstanding Achievement by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee. Young adult historical novels published in 2006 include The Two Loves of Will Shakespeare and He Will Go Fearless. Muddy As a Duck Puddle and Other American Similes, a full-color picture book provides a humorous look at figures of speech. Her newest book, Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World (Holiday House), celebrates the life and work of environmentalist Rachel Carson, whose path-breaking Silent Spring turns fifty this year.
Deb R. Lewis is a writer, storyteller, story development team leader, and sometimes-curator for 2nd Story, a hybrid music and storytelling series with a growing audience. She's performed for Pilcrow Lit Fest, Story Week Festival of Writers, Literary Gangs of Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Strawdog Late Night, Lifeline Theatre's Fillet of Solo Festival, Goodman Theatre's Women in Theatre Festival, Sappho's Salon, Literary Gangs of Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Homo Solo, Theatre Seven, Homolatte, and she's been a two-time feature on the Printer’s Row Lit After Dark stage. Her writing has most recently appeared in Cellstories.net, Criminal Class Review, The Windy City Times Pride Literary Supplement, IsGreaterThan.net, Gertrude, and F Magazine. She has won The Windy City Times Pride Literary Supplement Prose Prize, and placed semi-finalist or better in Project Queer Lit (Top-Three Finalist), the Many Mountains Moving Flash Fiction Contest, and The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Novella). She holds a BA in English Rhetoric from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, where she also currently teaches fiction writing. DebRLewis.com.
Tom Mula is an MFA candidate in the Fiction Writing Department and teaches at Columbia as an Artist-in-Residence. He has been an award-winning playwright, actor, and director for nearly 30 years. In 1991 he received two Joseph Jefferson Awards for his play, Golem, at the National Jewish Theatre and for his work on Nicole Hollander’s hit musical, Sylvia's Real Good Advice. In 1995, Adams Media published his novel, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, and it became a Chicago Tribune bestseller; the play version premiered at the Goodman Theatre and received an After Dark Award and the Cunningham Prize from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul. Mula’s most recent work, W!, a cabaret-style satire on the Bush administration, recently played in Chicago and Portland, and received a Jeff Nomination for Outstanding New Work.
Timothy McCain has a BFA Theatre and an MFA Playwriting from Roosevelt University. He was a founding member of the Scan, and Goat Island Performance Group. As an actor, writer, and director, his work has been seen throughout the regional U.S. and Europe. He has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Program, and British Arts Council Grant for his work in theatre/performance and playwriting. His theatre process has been written about in The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, and The Analysis of Performance Art.
Michael McColly's essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Sun, Ascent, In These Times, The Chronicle Of Higher Education and many other journals. His new memoir, The After-Death Room: Journey Into Spiritual Activism has just been released this fall by Soft Skull. He has also worked on documentary projects on AIDS in Vietnam. He began his artistic career as an actor, performing here in Chicago until he entered the Peace Corps and served in Senegal. He has degrees in Religious Studies from The Divinity School at the University of Chicago and Creative Writing from the University of Washington. He's won numerous awards and fellowships for his blend of activism, the study of spirituality and creative nonfiction: Pen America grant for writers with HIV; fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, Ragdale and Blue Mountain; Lisagor Journalism Award for editing radio essays for WBEZ on Chicago Neighborhoods; Illinois Arts Councils awards for Nonfiction; and a Puffin Foundation Grant for his collection of immigrant essays, The World Is Round. He frequently lectures around the country to college audiences on role of spirituality in AIDS activism. He is also a trained yoga instructor and has taught workshops around the world for people living with HIV.
Andrew Micheli earned his MFA from Columbia College and teaches in the Fiction department. He is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council in Chicago (A&BC). His short story "Spaghetti Urban" appeared in NOCTURNE and his play Train of Thought was produced at American Theater Company in Chicago. He's also written numerous monologues and short works for the stage and has performed in over 40 productions and solo works for the theatre throughout Chicago and New York. Andrew recently completed his novel, Arlo.
With more than 6 million books in print, Patricia Pinianski, writing as Patricia Rosemoor, has written 89 novels for Harlequin, Silhouette, Carina Press, Del Rey, HarperCollins and Dell. RT Book Reviews honored her with two Career Achievement Awards and two Reviewers’ Choice Best Intrigue Awards for her Harlequin Intrigues. Her latest release is Purebred.
Devon Polderman teaches fiction writing at Columbia College. With the Schultz Group, Inc., he directs creative writing programs in the city and suburbs for children grades 4 through 12. Portions of his current novel-in-progress, Famous Kalamazoo Bullshit Stories, appear in Hair Trigger 23, Hair Trigger 24, and f5. In 1998 he won the John Schultz and Betty Shiflett Story Workshop® Scholarship. He is from southwest Michigan but now lives in Chicago.
Tom Popp is the Managing Editor of F Magazine, a nationally distributed literary journal with a unique emphasis on publishing excerpts of novels-in-progress. He is the Faculty Coordinator of Fiction Writers at Lunch, a successful program of the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago that hosts readings, visiting writers and editors, and open forum discussions on student life and writing process. He was a featured reader and speaker for the Writing Life series at Binghamton University/SUNY and has hosted and been a featured reader and panelist at various literary and publisher events in the U.S. and Canada. He was the Fiction Editor and a columnist for Velocity Magazine, a nationally distributed publication of "accelerated culture." He was a winner in the Red Sky Books contest, "Writing About the Teaching Experience." His winning story, "A Hasty Conclusion," appeared in the anthology, Pass/Fail. He is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, having taught all levels of the core Fiction Writing Department classes as well as three specialty classes: Dreams and Fiction Writing, Story and Journal, and Small Press Publishing.
Mica Racine, Midwestern son, earned an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago, a BA in Communications/Advertising from Sioux Falls College, and attended Marquette University Law School. He currently teaches fiction writing and film classes at Columbia College Chicago, literary appreciation classes at the Illinois Institute of Art, and creative writing and film classes at the International Academy of Design and Technology -- all in Chicago's Loop. In addition, he teaches a variety of English and liberal education courses online. And as a member of the AmeriCorps program, he taught and supervised after-school programs for Atlanta Public Schools. Work outside of the classroom includes award-winning design and layout contributions to Columbia College Chicago's annual lit anthology Hair Trigger, as well as the fiction writing department's F Magazine. He also served as fiction editor for bowwow¸ a Chicago-based zine that was recognized with a Writer's Digest small press publishing award. His writing and photography have been featured in Pigeon, Sleepwalk, Hair Trigger, The Atlanta Citizen, Chicago Life, and for four years he was a regular contributor of fiction and nonfiction to South Dakota Public Radio. His parody of Nikolai Gogol's "The Nose" was given a first place award for experimental fiction in college magazines by the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association. At the institutions he teaches at, Racine has been nominated four times for recognition as educator of the year, and in 2002 he was recognized as Educator of the Year at IADT, Chicago. A native of Wisconsin, Mica now lives just outside Chicago with his wife, son, daughter, and Lucie, their little black cat. In his spare time he likes to read, fix things, drink coffee, and play guitar.
Arnie Raiff, writer, has taught at the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department and at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside since 1989, came to the teaching of writing from a background of social activism that has included organized protest, social work, union organizing, and work in an adolescent treatment center. His involvement in the arts has roots in acting (with Friends Mime Theater and other venues) and play and poetry writing. His poem "The Awakening" has been published and translated into Spanish and Polish. His fiction appears in The Best of Hair Trigger. His political pamphlets have found their ways into hearts and hands across communities and cultures. His recent projects include writing a poetry chapbook, serving on the P-Fac (part-time faculty union) Negotiation Committee, and participating with colleagues at Columbia in a teach-in about the War on Terrorism.
Lisa Redmond earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing here at Columbia College. She is currently at work on her debut novel, Blackberries and Sweet Juice. Excerpts of this work have been published in Hair Trigger 26 and F Magazine. Her article "African-American English: Dialects in the Classroom" was published in AIMprint: New Relationships in the Arts and Learning, and her creative nonfiction has been published in The South Loop Review. She is also a Teaching Artist within Columbia’s Office of Community Arts Partnerships working with K-12 schools. Her students’ writing and photography are annually displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. The exhibit is entitled, Talkin’ Back: Chicago Youth Respond. She was a fellow within the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program (ICEOP). She has also won the finalist award for the John Schultz and Betty Shiflett Story Workshop Scholarship for the years, 2002, 2003, and 2004, and the Graduate Opportunity Award in 2000 and 2001.
Chris Maul Rice Christine Rice’s most recent fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared on CellStories.net and her audio essays can be heard (and read) on Chicago Public Radio’s daily magazine Eight Forty-Eight. Chris is also the editor of the new online magazine HypertextMag.com. Chris’ fiction has appeared in F Magazine, Banditlit.com, Pigeon, Emergence II, MetroTimes fiction edition and Hair Trigger. Her feature stories have appeared in Chicago Tribune’s Health and Family Section, Columbia College Chicago’s Gravity magazine and Detroit’s MetroTimes and MetroParent newspapers. Chris has been an adjunct professor in the Fiction Writing Department since 1992, has chaired the Fiction Writing Department’s national Young Authors writing competition since 2000, and has been the faculty advisor for the Fiction Writing Department’s award-winning student anthology Hair Trigger 23 through Hair Trigger 33. She has also presented at the 79th-83rd Columbia Scholastic Press Association conferences at Columbia University in New York City.
A native of San Francisco California, Augustus Rose earned his MA in creative writing at University of California, Davis, and has a novel, Conman, forthcoming from Pugilist Press. He has published fiction and non-fiction in f7, The Berkeley Fiction Review, Readymade Magazine, Whole Earth Review, and Publishers Weekly, among others. He won F Magazine's first novels-in-progress contest for an excerpt from his novel Revolutionaries. Rose has received fellowships to the Squaw Valley Writer's Conference and the Eastern Frontier Society's Norton Island Residency. He currently teaches at University of Chicago's creative writing program and at the Columbia College Fiction Writing Department.
Lynn Shapiro is a freelance writer, director, and choreographer. She covers Chicago dance for DANCE MAGAZINE, writing feature stories, reviews and news articles. Her plays have been produced by CBS TV, as well as by regional theatre companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. Prior to Columbia, Ms. Shapiro taught at Goodman School of Drama (now The Theatre School, DePaul University), Barat College, and The Latin School of Chicago. She has been an Artist In Residence with the Illinois Arts Council and other organizations. She has directed and choreographed for Piven Theatre Workshop, Famous Door Theatre, Goodman Children’s Theatre, Light Opera Works, Opera Midwest, and North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, among other venues. She has also written and directed productions for corporate training through theater. In New York City where she danced professionally, Lynn attended The Martha Graham School and Juilliard. She received her BA in English Literature from the University of Illinois and her MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College. Last spring she directed The Diary of Anne Frank for Metropolis Performing Arts Center and is currently working on a novel.
James Sherman is the author of the plays Magic Time, The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest a Second!, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man's Friend, and Affluenza! He began his professional career as a writer and performer with The Second City in Chicago and received an M.F.A. degree from Brandeis University. He is currently a member of the Victory Gardens Theater Playwrights Ensemble. James has been a teacher of Playwriting and Acting on the faculties of The Second City Training Center, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, Victory Gardens Theater and at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He was a visiting professor for the spring '01 semester in Seoul, South Korea, at the Korean National University of the Arts. James was awarded a Playwrighting Grant from the Illinois Arts Council for 2002 and The Old Man's Friend won the Streisand Festival of New Jewish Plays in La Jolla, California. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo.
Claire Shulman received her M.A. in Literature and Linguistics, from the University of Florida. She is a Part-time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award winner, Columbia College Chicago. She is currently working on a book, Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain: The Power of Speech in the African-American Community, part of the African-American Literary Series for Greenwood Press. She has been a presenter at national conferences, and is a fellow of the Columbia College Chicago Center for Teaching Excellence. Claire is a certified Story Workshop Director, Master Candidate.
Germania Solórzano graduated from Columbia College Chicago’s M.F.A. program in Creative Writing. She has taught in the Chicago Public Schools both as a full-time instructor and as a teaching artist. In addition to teaching Fiction Writing at Columbia College, she works at the Chicago Teacher’s Center as a Writing Specialist. Her writing can be found in Hair Trigger, The2ndhand, and Sleepwalk magazines.
Megan Stielstra is the Literary Director of the 2nd Story storytelling series and co-editor of Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories From 2nd Story (Elephant Rock Books 2012). She’s told stories for The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chicago Poetry Center, Story Week, Wordstock, The Neo-Futurarium, Victory Gardens, Theater on the Lake, and Chicago Public Radio, among others, and is a regular performer with 2nd Story, The Paper Machete, and Write Club. Her story collection, Everyone Remain Calm (Joyland/ECW 2011), was a Chicago Tribune Favorite of 2011, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Pank, The Rumpus, Make Magazine, Other Voices, Bluestem, The Nervous Breakdown, F Magazine, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz, Swink, Necessary Fiction, Shareable, and elsewhere. She teaches writing and performance at Columbia College and The University of Chicago and lives online at meganstielstra.com.
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.
Elizabeth Yokas has been a member of adjunct faculty since 1995. Her work has been featured in The Selected Papers from the Sixth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf and the Arts, Sleepwalk, Glasshouse, The Tap, Pigeon, The Temporary Binder Project, various editions of Hair Trigger, among others. She has also taught various workshops for children with Schultz Group, Inc. and at-risk youth with Kaleidoscope, Inc., a social services agency. Elizabeth is currently working on a collection of essays, and a novel in stories.
Jessica Young is a writer and adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago. She has a Performance Studies degree from Northwestern University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College. She has won awards for her fiction and nonfiction, published in Columbia College's Hair Trigger and Fictionary, and elsewhere. Jessica is a contributor to Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty Eight. She is currently at work on a book about race, gender, family and her upbringing in the black middle class.