Leah Thomas frequently loses battles of wits against her students and her stories. Because You'll Never Meet Me, her debut YA novel about oddball penpals, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in Spring 2014. A graduate of Clarion 2010, more of her speculative fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Black Static, 3LBE, Pseudopod, and Ideomancer, among others. Tea is her lifeblood. When she's not huddled in cafes, she's usually at home pricking her fingers in service of cosplay. It's hard to be a dork, but she makes a good go of it.
Hannah Gamble is working on her second book of poems. She is the current artist-in-residence at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Recent poems appear in The Believer, POETRY, and the American Poetry Review. She lives in Chicago where she performs with the band Everything's Alright, and, occasionally, Slurp's Up.
It is with deepest regret that we inform you that Lawrence Santoro, writer, podcaster and so much more, passed away July 25 after a brief battle with duodenal cancer. He was 71. Gapers Block has an obituary.
Larry read at Tuesday Funk twice, in January 2012 and June 2013. Here he is reading "Root Soup, Winter Soup."
Memorial services are set for Friday, Aug. 1, at Lakeview Funeral Home, 1458 W. Belmont Ave. Viewing of closed casket is from 5 to 7pm, followed by a short memorial service at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, noting that you would like it to be earmarked for research into duodenal cancer, or to Imerman Angels, who provide one to one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. A toast and celebration of Larry's life is planned for sometime in September.
Christine Simokaitis' fiction and creative non-fiction has appeared in Calyx, Natural Bridge, Matchbook, Frigg, and many other print and on-line journals, as well as the anthologies, Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak about Healthcare in America and Mourning Sickness. She earned her MFA from Goddard College in 2001. Her work has been shortlisted for, most recently, the Subito Press 2013 prose manuscript competition, and she was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She currently teaches creative writing and composition at Northeastern Illinois University and lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons.
Britt Julious is a born and bred Chicagoan with a curiosity for weird, synthy music, shiny clothes, crappy television, and snappy pieces of really, really good writing. In 2014, Britt founded Inland, an online and print publication examining contemporary Midwest culture. She also writes for a variety of different publications and organizations including Vice, where she is the Chicago contributor, WBEZ, Pitchfork, Complex, and Rookie. In 2012, The Chicago Reader named her the city's "Best Local Writer Who Excels at Social Media." She is a champion for the underdog and a proud Black Hippie.
Lisa White is a born and raised Midwestern girl who's had numerous adventures and escapades writing. After moving here to attend college she fell in love with Chicago and despite a brief stint in New York returned to the city that feels like home. She cut her teeth writing about music and food around town for various outlets, including Heave, Gapers Block, IE and ChicagoStyle Wedding. She kinda went corporate for a while but like most writers never strayed far away from the clacking of laptop keys. She now is the associate editor at Chicagoist where she spends her days writing and editing work about all aspects of Chicago life.
Please join Lisa and all our other fantastic readers on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Norman Doucet hails from the den of the southern rebellion, Charleston, South Carolina. Influenced by the duality that exists there, he made some interesting decisions, starting with attending the college--founded after a slave revolt--which also has the dubious distinction of producing the two cadets who fired the first shots of the Civil War.
An English major as an undergrad, Norm decided to join the Marine Corps. He spent almost a decade there, earning his MA in English literature in the process. He loves telling stories, especially stories about those seminal moments that explain the duality that exists in most people.
Please join Norman and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Sheri Reda is a writer, editor, and Life-Cycle Celebrant who performs weddings, baby blessings, milestone ceremonies, and memorials for all comers. She has shared poems and stories and other ephemera at Czar Bar, Bop Shop, Soup and Bread, All She Wrote, Reading Under the Influence, Essay Fiesta, Here's the Story, The Skald, Storylab, This Much is True, Story Sessions, The Funny Story Show, and... places like that.
Her written work has appeared most recently in Spirits Quarterly, American Book Review, Progressive Populist, HQ Poetry Quarterly, Oregon Literary Review, and enough textbooks to make her brain hurt.
Evan Okun/E. Oks is employed by Circles & Ciphers, a Chicago-based restorative justice group that uses hiphop to engage young men who are court- and gang- involved in critical discourse. He recently graduated from Wesleyan University (CT), where he majored in Sociology, received a Certificate in Education, and completed the PreMed track. In his last three years at Wesleyan, Evan volunteered in the music therapy department of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, a nearby juvenile detention center, where he designed and implemented a class that examined literary technique and societal inequality through modern day hip hop songs. In the summer after he graduated, he served as a full-time employee of this facility, continuing his work with the music therapy department. Evan has published two hip hop albums, competed in the national collegiate spoken word poetry tournament, and runs a variety of writing workshops for youth ages ten to twenty.
Lisa Kirchner was once simultaneously the dating columnist for an alternative newsweekly, bridal editor for a society rag and the religion reporter for a gay and lesbian newspaper. Her new book, Hello American Lady Creature, is a darkly humorous memoir about getting everything she ever thought she wanted.