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Creative Nonfiction Week, 2007

Creative Nonfiction Week, 2007

Daily Schedule

Sunday/ October 14
5 PM Fiction Department Alumni Reading
Featuring Arnie Bernstein, Christina Katz, and Molly Each.
Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash, 1st floor

Monday/ October 15
3 PM Student Reading
Featuring English students Jose Orduña and Piper Daniels,
Fiction Writing students Faisal Mohyuddin and Marianne Murciano,
and Journalism students Beth Palmer and Steve Yaccino,
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

7 PM  Joanna Frueh
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

8 PM  Alphonso Lingis
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

Tuesday/ October 16
3 PM  Anne-Marie Oomen
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

7 PAlex Kotlowitz
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

Wednesday, October 17
1 PM Faculty Reading
Featuring Alexis Pride (Fiction), Curtis Lawrence (Journalism), and Garnett Kilberg Cohen (English)
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash

3 PM  Ivan Brunetti
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

7 PM  Scott McCloud
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

Thursday, October 18
3 PM Stories Through Sound and Image
Panel on telling stories through sound and image with Chicago Tribune photographer Antonio Perez, Chicago Public Radio senior content developer Justin Kaufmann, Chicago Public Radio reporter Natalie Moore, storyteller Megan Stielstra, and documenter Ted Hardin.
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

7:30 PM Art Spiegelman
Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash, 1st floor

Friday, October 19
2 PM South Loop Review Reading
Celebration and Reading for South Loop Review, the nonfiction journal published by the English Department.
C-33 Gallery, 33 E Congress, 1st floor

Speaker Bios

Ivan BrunettiIvan Brunetti currently works as a web designer and has taught classes on editorial illustration and comics at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Chicago. In 2005, he curated The Cartoonist's Eye, an exhibit of 75 artists' work, for the A+D Gallery of Columbia College Chicago; the exhibit was a preview for An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (Yale University Press, 2006), which he edited. A second volume of this Anthology is scheduled for Fall 2008. In addition to all of the above, he draws a sporadic strip for The Chicago Reader and other alternative weekly newspapers. He has drawn comics and illustrations for The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Mother Jones, Fast Company, The Baffler, The Comics Journal, In These Times, McSweeney's, and (inexplicably) Scooby-Doo. To date, Fantagraphics Books has published four issues of his comic book series, Schizo, and two collections of his morally inexcusable gag cartoons, HAW! and its miniature companion, HEE! Moreover, and Misery Loves Comedy, a collection of the first three issues of Schizo as well as a host of early and obscure work. In 2007 Buenaventura Press will publish Mr. Brunetti's Cartooning booklet, included as a supplement to the magazine Comic Art, Number 9.


Joanna FruehJoanna Frueh is an art critic and art historian, a writer, an actress, a singer, and a multidisciplinary and performance artist. Her most recent books, Swooning Beauty: A Memoir of Pleasure and Clairvoyance and (For Those In The Desert): Performance Pieces 1979-2004 feature the exploration of love, eros, and human relations that are characteristic of her work. Frueh is Distinguished Professor in the School of Art at the University of Arizona.





Alex KotlowitzAlex Kotlowitz is the author of Never a City So Real, The Other Side of the River and There Are No Children Here. The New York Public Library selected There Are No Children Here as one of the 150 most important books of the century. The Other Side of the River was awarded The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. Mr. Kotlowitz contributes to The New York Times Magazine and public radio's This American Life. His work has also appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker and The Atlantic, as well as on PBS and NPR. His play An Unobstructed View (co-authored with Amy Dorn) premiered in Chicago in June of 2005. He is a writer-in-residence at Northwestern University, and a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame as the Welch Chair in American Studies. Mr. Kotlowitz was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal from 1984 to 1993, writing on urban affairs and social policy. His journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the George Polk Award and the Thurgood Marshall Award. He is also the recipient of four honorary degrees and the John LaFarge Memorial Award for Interracial Justice given by New York's Catholic Interracial Council. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct., Mr. Kotlowitz grew up in New York City. He currently lives with his family just outside Chicago.

Alphonso LingisAlphonso Lingis, a professor of philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, has published: Excesses: Eros and Culture (1984), Libido: The French Existential Theories (1985), Phenomenological Explanations (1986), Deathbound Subjectivity (1989), The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common (1994), Abuses (1994), Foreign Bodies (1994), Sensation: Intelligibility in Sensibility (1995), The Imperative (1998), Dangerous Emotions (1999), Trust (2003), Body Modifications (2005), and The First Person Singular (2006).







Scott McCloudScott McCloud has been writing and drawing comics since 1984. His book Understanding Comics was a New York Times Notable book for 1994 and is available in 16 languages. "Sin City" and "300" creator Frank Miller called him "just about the smartest guy in comics." His new book, Making Comics, explores the art and craft of telling stories visually.

Anne-Marie OomenAnne-Marie Oomen writes haunting lyrical stories of farm, fields, and family. With rural culture as its heart, her first nonfiction collection, Pulling Down the Barn, a Michigan Notable Book, is now in its second printing. House of Fields (Wayne State University Press) and Un-coded Woman, (Milkweed Editions); two chapbooks of poetry, Seasons of the Sleeping Bear, and Moniker (with Ray Nargis) all offer insight into country living at its quirkiest and most tender. Her poetry is also represented in New Poems of the Third Coast: Contemporary Michigan Poetry. She edited Looking Over My Shoulder: Reflections on the Twentieth Century, an anthology of seniors' essays funded by Michigan Humanities Council; has written and produced several plays including the award-winning Northern Belles, as well as Wives of An American King based on the James Jesse Strang story. She serves as Chair of Creative Writing at Interlochen Arts Academy where she is faculty editor for the Interlochen Review. She is also nonfiction instructor for the Solstice Writers Conference of Pine Manor College, MA. She and her husband have built their own home in Empire, Michigan where they live with a large cat named Walt Whitman.


Art SpiegelmanArt Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus - which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents' survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content.

Having rejected his parents aspirations for him to become a dentist, Art Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 16. He went on to study art and philosophy at Harpur College before becoming part of the underground comics movement. As creative consultant for Topps Bubble Gum Co. from 1965-1987, Spiegelman designed Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and other novelty items, and taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979-1986. In 1980, Spiegelman founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine, with his wife, Françoise Mouly. They've more recently co-edited Little Lit, a series of three comics anthologies for children published by HarperCollins ("Comics-They're not just for Grown-ups Anymore") and Big Fat Little Lit, which includes the three comics in one volume. In 1997 Spiegelman created a picture book for young children called Open Me... I'm A Dog with the same publisher. His work has been published in many periodicals, including The New Yorker, where he was a staff artist and writer from 1993-2003. A collection of his New Yorker work is soon to be published by Pantheon, who also published his illustrated version of the 1928 lost classic, The Wild Party, by Joseph Moncure March.

In 2004 he completed a two-year cycle of broadsheet-sized color comics pages, In the Shadow of No Towers, first published in a number of European newspapers and magazines including Die Zeit and The London Review of Books. A book version of these highly political works was published by Pantheon in the United States, appeared on many national bestseller lists, and was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004.

A new edition of Art Spiegelman's 1978 anthology, Breakdowns, will be published in spring 2008; it will include an autobiographical comix-format introduction almost as long as the book itself, entitled Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! Also in preparation is a book with DVD about the making of Maus, entitled Meta Maus. A major exhibition of his work was arranged by Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of the "15 Masters of 20th Century Comics" exhibit (November 2005). In 2005, Art Spiegelman was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He was named to the Art Director's Club Hall of Fame in 2006.

"Spiegelman has become one of The New Yorker's most sensational artists, in recent years drawing illustrations for covers that are meant not just to be plainly understood but also to reach up and tattoo your eyeballs with images once unimaginable in the magazine of old moneyed taste ... From his Holocaust saga in which Jewish mice are exterminated by Nazi cats, to the The New Yorker covers guaranteed to offend, to a wild party that ends in murder: Art Spiegelman's cartoons don't fool around."

- Los Angeles Times


Panelist / Reader Bios

Arnie Bernstein, MA 1993 is the author of three nonfiction books, including The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago’s Civil War Connections. He new book Killers are Made, Not Born: The Bath School Bombing of 1927 will be published next year by the University  of Michigan Press. Roger Ebert, the late Senator Paul Simon, and Geoffrey C. Ward, writing partner of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, have all praised his work.  Arnie has been interviewed about his work by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, Rick Kogan’s “Sunday Papers” program on WGN Radio, “848” on WBEZ-FM, and “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW Channel 11.  Arnie received a Puffin Foundation Grant for his writing, and was honored as an Illinois Author by the Illinois State Library in Springfield.  His book Hollywood on Lake Michigan won first place from the American Regional History Publishing Awards.


Piper Daniels is a junior at Columbia College Chicago where her concentration is Creative Nonfiction. Currently, she works for Echo Magazine and Hotel Amerika. She lives with her partner on the north side of Chicago.


Minnesota native Molly Each spends her time writing, teaching, and making elaborate travel plans. She is the Style Editor for New City, on the Story Development Team for the 2nd Story reading series, and is the co-founder and editor of a creative non-fiction literary magazine called No Touching. Her work has appeared in publications such as UR Chicago, Time Out, espn.com, journeybeyondtravel.com, julib.com, Hair Trigger, Analemma Quarterly and on Chicago Public
Radio's 848.

After Ted Hardin received his M.F.A. from the Ohio State University, he worked with a variety of artists at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada as director of photography, director, editor, lighting director, and assistant director. Ted has collaborated with the alternative media collective Paper Tiger Television in New York, and researched and shot projects for German Television on "Dark Near-Death Experiences." Heavily influenced by his studies of German Expressionism, his own work has shown at festivals and galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe.  In collaboration with partner Elizabeth Coffman, Ted made a documentary about Bosnia. ONE MORE MILE: A DIALOGUE ON NATION-BUILDING (82 min, 2002) concerns the reconstruction process in Bosnia after the end of the Balkan Wars and has screened in festivals and at universities around the country, and received several national broadcasts in Bosnia. Ted and Elizabeth’s video essay LONG DISTANCE has also shown in film festivals and galleries around the world. Ted and Elizabeth are currently working on a feature documentary about Louisiana poet Martha Serpas, and a reflective video essay about traveling through Kenya.

Christina Katz is the author of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids (Writer’s Digest Books 2007) and has published hundreds of articles in national, regional and online publications. She has been a featured presenter at conferences, expos and writing programs around the country. Christina has been teaching writing-for-publication classes for six years and has appeared on Good Morning America. She is the publisher of two zines: "Writers on the Rise" and "The Writer Mama." Christina lives in Wilsonville, Oregon with her husband Jason, daughter Samantha, and a menagerie of pets. She blogs daily at http://www.thewritermama.wordpress.com/ and  is currently writing her second book for Writer's Digest.  To learn more visit http://www.thewritermama.com/.


As senior content developer for Chicago Public Radio, Justin Kaufmann is responsible for the Chicago Public Radio Web site. He is also an ensemble member of the comedy group Schadenfreude, which formerly had a weekly radio program on Chicago Public Radio. Justin joined the staff of Chicago Public Radio in the summer of 1994 as an associate producer for the program, Talk of the City, later becoming a producer for the programs Metropolis and the John Dempsey Show. He was also a founding senior producer for Eight Forty-Eight, Chicago Public Radio's award-winning weekday morning newsmagazine. Justin is the recipient of two James Beard Foundation Awards for his culinary reports with Eight Forty-Eight food contributor Steve Dolinsky. He has also earned Peter Lisagor Awards, Illinois Associated Press awards and a Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) Award. Justin has a B.S. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

Garnett Kilberg Cohen's most recent piece of Creative Nonfiction, “The Truth About the Truth,” appeared in the Fall 2006 Antioch Review Special Nonfiction issue.  Her prose awards include the 2004 Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize for her short story, "Second Sight"; the Lawrence Foundation Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review for "Bad News," the best story to appear in the journal in 2003 calendar year; and four awards from the Illinois Council of the Arts, two literary awards for stories that appeared in Illinois Literary magazines, a 2006 finalist fellowship, and a 2001 Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist's Fellowship for prose of $7,000.  Her short stories have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction, Ontario Review, TriQuarterly, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, Other Voices, Descant, The Roanoke Review, and The Nebraska Review. Her first collection of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls was published by the University of Missouri Press in 1996.

From 1994 until 2005, she served as the Chairperson of the Department of English at Columbia College Chicago, where she has been a professor for 18 years.   Prior to assuming the chairpersonship, Garnett directed the college Writing Center.  In 2007, she was named one of the two Distinguished Artists at Columbia College Chicago.  She teaches both literature and writing courses.


Curtis Lawrence began teaching in the graduate journalism department at Columbia College Chicago in 2002 while working as an urban affairs reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. After teaching as an adjunct in the journalism graduate department for three years, Lawrence joined the full-time faculty in 2004. Since 1980, he has worked at six daily newspapers and at the Chicago Reporter, a monthly publication that focuses on race and poverty. Most recently, Lawrence worked at the Sun-Times from 1997 to 2004. There he covered a number of urban issues including extensive coverage of the Chicago Housing Authority's plan to replace its high-rise with mixed-income housing. One of the highlights of his career was a two-week stint in West Africa where Lawrence filed stories for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature and Mass Communications from Augustana College. Lawrence earned his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1982. In 2002, he received the Studs Terkel Award for excellence in reporting on Chicago's diverse communities. He has also been honored with the Peter Lisagor Award for reporting and with several other awards for his work on housing issues. He is an active member of the Columbia College Faculty Organization and is currently the secretary of the Columbia College Council.

Faisal Mohyuddin is a graduate student in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.  His work has appeared in several journals, including Atlanta Review, Poet Lore, and English Journal.  He has been teaching English at Highland Park High School since 2003.


Natalie Y. Moore is a reporter for Chicago Public Radio's bureau in Englewood. Prior to joining the Chicago Public Radio staff in May 2007, Natalie was a city hall reporter for the Detroit News. She has also been an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem. Natalie's work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. She is co-author of the book Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.


Marianne Murciano is a senior consultant in the media relations practice of the Chicago office of Hill & Knowlton, specializing in speaker and media training. She currently co-hosts The Sunday Night Radio Special on WGN 720 with her husband, Bob Sirott and is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune. She is a graduate student in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.


Jose Orduña was born in Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz.  He is twenty two years of age, and has lived twenty of those years wandering Chicago. He is in his senior year at Columbia College as a film and video major.


Beth Palmer is a senior print journalism major at Columbia. After graduation she plans to move to New Orleans and help with Hurricane Katrina relief. Her mother emphasized the importance of freedom of press and the power of the pen, creating a passion and respect for journalism. Beth is interested in reporting as the watchdog of human rights and of regulations affecting the scientific research community. She finds traveling, around Europe and Mexico recently, inspires her passion for life and her desire to write. Chicago has as much sensory interest as abroad, but perhaps her residence in the city on and off over the 23 years of her life has decreased the shock value of windy city characters. During the past two years, Beth has been published in The Columbia Chronicle, The College of Lake County Chronicle and the United Nations’ milleniumcampaign.org.


Antonio Perez is a full time staff photographer with the Chicago Tribune newspaper. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in photography from Columbia. He has worked as a photojournalist/documentary photographer for over 20 years. His photographs have been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian Museum, and the Wright Gallery at UCLA. His photographs have also appeared in several publications and well known magazines such as People Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune Magazine. He enjoys participating in photodocumentary projects as they challenge him to capture the uniqueness of a community and its people. "Changing Chicago/Focus Infinity" and "Americanos: Latino Life in the US" are two of his favorite projects that he has passionately worked on. His most current project was "City in the Year 2000". Alongside 50 other photographers, Antonio documented various events and images of the City of Chicago.


Alexis Pride, coordinator of Fiction Writing Department and Story Week outreach events, earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago where today she is a full-time professor. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her plays have been produced in Chicago and Rockford, and she established AJ Ensemble, a theatre production company. She is now at work on her next play, “The Trouble with Adam's Rib,” and she is also writing and producing “Stolen,” a documentary about her father's struggle to gain access to his son. Pride edited the anthology Praguemalian, a collection written by Columbia College students studying abroad in the Czech  Republic. Her first novel, Where the River Ends (Utour Publishing),  is a story inspired by Mama Hawk, a Chicago educator and social activist. She is also at work on her second novel, Willie C’s Find.

Megan Stielstra is a writer, storyteller and Director of Story Development for 2nd Story, Chicago's urban storytelling series held in wine bars where she regularly tells stories to drunk people.  She's performed for The Chicago Poetry Center's No Love For Love show featuring Ira Glass, Neo-Solo at the Neo-Futurarium, Storyweek Festival of Writers, Literary Gangs of Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Undershorts Film Festival, The Dollar Store, WBEZ's Writer's Block Party and 2nd Story; her writing has appeared in Other Voices, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz, Swink, Perigree, In the Fray, Punk Planet and was recently nominated for Dzanc's Best of the Web 2007 print anthology.  She teaches fiction writing at Columbia College and the University of Chicago; has presented for Associated Writing Programs, The National Association of Writing in Education in London and the Center for Art in Public Life in San Fransisco; and served as a storytelling judge for the Third Coast International Audio Festival.  She and her husband live in Chicago and are currently expecting their first child.

Steve Yaccino is a junior journalism major and creative nonfiction minor. He has published work in Chicago magazine, The Beachwood Reporter, Echo magazine and The Columbia Chronicle.