Shawn Shiflett is an associate professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. His novel Hidden Place (Akashic Books) has received rave reviews from newspapers, literary magazines, and Connie Martinson Talks Books (national cable television, UK and Ireland). Library Journal included Hidden Place in "Summer Highs, Fall Firsts," a 2004 list of most successful debuts. He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for his work and was a three-time Finalist for the James novel-in-progress contest, sponsored by the Heekin Group Foundation. NewCity newspaper elected Shiflett to their Chicago "Lit 50" list, an annual ranking of top figures in the Chicago literary scene. His essay, "The Importance of Reading to Your Writing" (Creative Writing Studies, UK) was published in 2013. He is currently finishing Hey, Liberal!, a novel about a white boy going to a predominately African-American high school in Chicago during the late '60s.