Patty Templeton is roughly 25 apples tall and 11,000 cups of coffee into her life. She wears red sequins and stomping boots while writing, then hits up back-alley dance bars and honky tonks. Her stories are full of ghosts, freaks, fools, underdogs, blue collar heroes, and never giving up, even when life is giving you shit. She won the first-ever Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors Award and has been a runner-up for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. Her first novel, There Is No Lovely End, debuted in 2014. Say hi to her over on Twitter.
Erin Shea is a writer and editor. Her work has been noted in a number of publications, including Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, Self, the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, and she's published in the Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Oprah.com and the Chicago Sun-Times. She performs regular in Chicago at reading events such as Guts and Glory, Funny Ha-Ha and CHIRP. Erin's book, Tales from the Scale, was named one of the top six health-related books of 2005 by the Wall Street Journal. Erin irregularly writes at ejshea.com, and lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter. You can follow her on Twitter @erinjshea.
Kelly Swails is a writer and editor who pays the bills by editing an online scientific journal. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies including Coins of Chaos and Boondocks Fantasy. She relocated to Chicago this past summer and has been busy exploring her new home. When she's not writing or working she watches geeky TV and pretends she's not a crazy cat lady. There's a rumor she sleeps on occasion, but that has yet to be proven. You can find her online at www.kellyswails.com.
John Rich is a writer, performer, teacher, and arts administrator. He is currently the Director of the Guild Literary Complex, a cross-cultural presenting organization in Chicago, and was the founder of the Chicago Book Expo. He earned an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he currently teaches, and a BFA in Painting from Grand Valley State University. He is a recipient of the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting from Western Michigan University and a Ragdale Foundation residency in writing. He co-founded the collaborative theater group Attention Deficit Drama, served as company manager for Goat Island, and has performed with Every House Has a Door.
Please join John and all our superlative readers on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
James Kennedy is the author of The Order of Odd-Fish, a young adult fantasy that was named one of the Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children. Booklist praised Odd-Fish as "hilarious" and Time Out Chicago described it as "a work of mischievous imagination and outrageous invention." James is also the founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, in which kid filmmakers are challenged to create movies that tell the story of Newbery Award-winning books in 90 seconds or less, screening annually in New York, San Francisco, Portland, and other cities--including here in Chicago, on January 25, 2015, at Adventure Stage Chicago (1012 N. Noble)! James lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.
Please join James and all our outrageous readers on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Christopher Sweet spent virtually his entire working life cunningly disguised as a high school English teacher in the Chicago suburbs. He blogs irregularly at Chicago Now, "Truth and Absurdity Spotting in Chicago," under his boyhood nickname, Kit.
Please join Christopher and all our incognito readers on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive) aka James Gordon is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of six books of Poetry, including the award winning Readers' Favorite Poetry Book (Love and Romance) Revenge of the Orgasm and the Children's Book of the Year Hi My Name is Bobo. G.P.A. can also be seen in the movies (Animals and Persian Version) and on TV (Sirens, Shameless, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD). He can be found at GPA MEDIA INC and on Twitter at gr8estpoetalive.
Please join G.P.A and all our superlative readers on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Jonathan Eig is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and the New York Times best-selling author of four books: Luckiest Man, Opening Day, Get Capone, and, most recently, The Birth of the Pill. Ken Burns has called Eig a "master storyteller" and The Washington Post described The Birth of the Pill as "a gripping tale" and "essential reading."
Please join Jonathan and all our essential readers on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Jac Jemc's first story collection, A Different Bed Every Time, is newly out from Dzanc Books. Her novel, My Only Wife, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. She is the poetry editor for decomP and nonfiction editor for Hobart.
Please join Jac and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Clayton Smith is a writer of speculative fiction and an avid curser of winter weather. He writes novels, short stories, and plays, mostly. His work has been featured on the popular Internet site Amazon, and his plays have been produced rather mercilessly in St. Louis and New York City. His published work includes the novel Apocalypticon, the short story collection Pants on Fire: A Collection of Lies, and the upcoming novel IF.
Please join Clayton and all our winter-cursing readers on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.