Devon Polderman is academic manager for the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. He is former executive director of the Schultz Group, Inc. and its nonprofit sister, the Story Workshop Institute, and Midwest director of instruction for the Institute of Reading Development. He has presented and chaired panels at national conferences for the AWP, National Council of Teachers of English, Midwest Modern Language Association and others. His writing is published in Criminal Class Press, F magazine, bluelit.com, Opus and Hair Trigger. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.