Joe Meno

Joe Meno, a Chicago fiction writer and playwright, is winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Great Lakes Book Award, and a Story Prize finalist. His six novels include the recent Office Girl and two bestsellers, Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails. His story collections are Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir and Demons in the Spring. Meno's fiction has appeared in One Story, McSweeney's, Swink, LIT, TriQuarterly, Hayden Ferry's Review, Ninth Letter, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American-Review, Fourteen Hills, Washington Square Review, Other Voices, Gulf Coast, and was broadcast on NPR. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Magazine. Meno was a longtime contributing editor for popular underground magazine Punk Planet. His plays have been produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Paris. He is a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.