826CHI is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students. 826chi.org
Tom Acitelli is author of “The Audacity of Hops.” He has written widely about beer, including as a regular contributor to All About Beer Magazine. He was a senior editor at The New York Observer for five years. Acitelli has also written for The New York Times, the New York Post, Town & Country and Redbook.
Carolyn Alessio is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. An editor for Crab Orchard Review and Fifth Wednesday Journal, she recently completed a novel, “Mijo.”
Allison Amend, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is the author of the novels “A Nearly Perfect Copy” and “Stations West,” and the short story collection “Things That Pass for Love.”
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Rey Andujar is a Chicago-based Dominican writer and performer. He is the author of “Candela” and “Saturnalia.”
Ted Anton is a science writer, professor at DePaul University and the author of “The Longevity Seekers.”
AmyJo Arehart is a master’s candidate in poetry at Columbia College Chicago. She is also an editor for Columbia Poetry Review, and her work has recently appeared in Caliban Online and Columbia Poetry Review.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong spent a decade on staff at Entertainment Weekly, co-founded SexyFeminist.com, and is a freelance writer. She’s the author of “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted,” a history of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” published by Simon & Schuster; she’s also the co-author of “Sexy Feminism.”
Geoffrey Baer is the award-winning host and writer of many feature-length WTTW specials about Chicago architecture and history. He is a contributing writer to the book “10 Buildings That Changed America,” and the host and writer of the nationally televised program of the same name airing on PBS.
Edward Ball is the author of five nonfiction books, including “The Inventor and the Tycoon,” which tells the story of the birth of moving pictures, in California in the 1880s, in the hands of a murderous photographer named Edward Muybridge. Ball’s first book, “Slaves in the Family,” told the story of his family’s history as slave owners in South Carolina; it won the National Book Award for nonfiction, was a New York Times best-seller, and was featured on Oprah.
Blue Balliett is the author of the best-selling novels “Chasing Vermeer,” “The Wright 3,” “The Calder Game” and “The Danger Box.” Her awards include the Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award. Her newest novel is “Hold Fast.”
Eric Banks is a past president of the National Book Critics Circle and formerly the editor of Bookforum. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.
Tim Bannon has been a sports editor at the Chicago Tribune for four years. Before that he was the Tribune’s entertainment editor.
Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher. She is the author behind the seminal alt-weekly comic Ernie Pook’s Comeek, and the books “What It Is,” “One Hundred Demons” and, most recently, “The Freddie Stories.”
Rick Bayless is the author of seven cookbooks, including last fall’s “Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles, and Snacks.” The James Beard Foundation Chef of the Year award winner is chef/owner of Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and Xoco restaurants in Chicago, as well as several others. He also is known for winning the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and his ongoing public television series, “Mexico: One Plate at a Time.”
Ines Bellina is a writer, translator and performer. She is the social media and programming coordinator of the Chicago Writers Conference and a cast member of Improvised Jane Austen. She is at work on her first young adult novel.
Gregory Bellow, author of “Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir,” was a psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapist for 40 years and remains a member of the core faculty of the Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy. He lives in Redwood City, Calif.
Medea Benjamin is a c-ofounder of the peace group CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. A former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization, she is the author or editor of eight books, including the most recent, “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.”
Melanie Benjamin is a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser, who has written two contemporary novels. Her works of historical fiction are “Alice I Have Been,” “The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb” and “The Aviator’s Wife,” which was a New York Times best-seller. Benjamin lives in Chicago.
Raymond Benson is the author of 29 titles. His most recent thriller is “The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes,” the third book in his “Black Stiletto” series. Raymond was the fourth — and first American — author of James Bond novels, now collected in the anthologies “Choice of Weapons” and “The Union Trilogy.” raymondbenson.com
Robin Benway is the author of “Also Known As,” “Audrey, Wait!” and “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June.” Benway’s books have been published in 16 languages and been best-sellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Berg, whose newest book is “Tapestry of Fortunes,” is the author of many New York Times best-selling novels. She divides her time between Chicago and San Francisco.
Carlyn Berghoff is CEO of Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group. She is the author of two best-selling cookbooks, and her latest is “Cooking For Your Gluten-Free Teen,” written with her teenage daughter and two others.
Arnie Bernstein is a film historian, the author of “Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing” and a contributor to the World Film Locations series.
Lauren Beukes is the author of “Moxyland” and “Zoo City.” She is a recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
John Kenneth Bishop
John Kenneth Bishop is an undergraduate poetry student at Columbia College Chicago, and a member of the editorial board for Columbia Poetry Review, which has published his work.
Michael A. Black
Michael A. Black has written or co-written 18 books, including “The Incredible Adventures of Doc Atlas” and the forthcoming “Sleeping Dragons.” He also has written more than 100 short stories and articles, two novels with television star Richard Belzer and novels in the “Executioner” series.
Yelena Black recently graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in fine arts. She lives in New York City and is a full-time writer. www.facebook.com/DanceOfShadows
Scott Blackwood is the author of the story collections “We Agreed to Meet Just Here” and “In the Shadow of Our House,” and two forthcoming books about Paramount Records and the rise of early jazz and blues.
Dawn Jackson Blatner
Dawn Jackson Blatner is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics, and the author of “The Flexitarian Diet.” She is the nutrition consultant for the Chicago Cubs, a blogger with Huffington Post, and a nutrition expert on Fitness magazine’s advisory board.
Judy Blume is one of America’s most beloved authors and a champion of intellectual freedom. Most recently she has co-written and co-produced “Tiger Eyes,” the first feature film based on one of her books.
Justin Bog received a master’s of fine arts in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University. He is senior contributor and editor at In Classic Style. “Sandcastle and Other Stories” is his first book. “The Conversationalist” is his new suspense e-novella. He lives in the San Juan Islands.
Mike Bogart is a master’s candidate at Columbia College Chicago, where he also works as a writing tutor. His work will appear in the Dec. 13 issue of Big Pulp.
Kathy Bonnar is a professor at Concordia University, where she researches aging populations.
Maj. Gen. John Borling
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John Borling is the author of “Taps on the Walls: Poems From the Hanoi Hilton,” about his more than 6½ years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. A fighter pilot, he graduated from the Air Force Academy, National War College, and was a White House Fellow.
Christopher Borrelli has been a features reporter at the Tribune since 2008. He covers many different things, including books, pop culture and food.
Jen Bosworth is a performer and writer from Evanston. She is the writer and star of the solo show “Why Not Me ... Love, Cancer and Jack White.”
Manya Brachear joined the Chicago Tribune in June 2003. As the newspaper's religion reporter, she has chronicled two papal transitions in Rome and numerous other stories.
Marlene Targ Brill
Marlene Targ Brill is a Chicago-area author of almost 70 books for preschool through adult readers, including “Tooth Tales from around the World” and “Michelle Obama: From Chicago’s South Side to the White House.” She makes appearances at schools, libraries and organizations. marlenetargbrill.com
Barbara Brotman is a columnist and writer at the Chicago Tribune. Her columns have traced parenthood from the first day of kindergarten to the first tattoo, and are continuing beyond.
Jeffrey Brown is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Darth Vader and Son” and its sequel “Vader’s Little Princess” and a dozen graphic memoirs. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his art has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Ivan Brunetti is a critically acclaimed cartoonist, New Yorker cover artist and winner of a 2012 Eisner Award for his book “Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice.” His newest book is “Aesthetics: A Memoir.”
Greg Burns is on the Tribune’s editorial board, specializing in business. He previously served as a business columnist and blogger, senior correspondent and editor responsible for all business coverage. Before joining the Tribune, Burns wrote for Business Week magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times.
CM Burroughs’ poetry has appeared in journals including Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, jubilat, Ploughshares and Bat City Review. She is assistant professor of poetry and literature at Columbia College Chicago. cmburroughs.com
Pat Byrnes is a contributing cartoonist to The New Yorker and a former adman, voice actor, stage comedian and aerospace engineer. He is the author of “What Would Satan Do?” and “Because I’m the Child Here and I Said So.” He lives in Chicago.
Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney, now distinguished scholar in residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, founder and director of Loyola’s Life After Innocence, and author of 13 novels and one nonfiction book, “Long Way Home.” lauracaldwell.com
A Chicago Tribune investigative reporter since 2004, Patricia Callahan has shared two Pulitzer Prizes. Her work prompted an overhaul of national consumer product safety laws. She and colleagues revealed how a deceptive campaign by industry brought toxic flame retardants into our homes and bodies even though these chemicals don’t protect us.
Mark Caro has covered arts, entertainment, food and culture for the Tribune for more than 20 years. He is the author of “The Foie Gras Wars,” winner of the 2009 Great Lakes Book Award for nonfiction. @MarkCaro
Mairead Case is a writer, editor and teacher. Youth services assistant at the Poetry Foundation Library and a master’s candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Case has recent work in Best American Comics 2011, The Unified Field Collective and Bookslut. @maireadcase
A Baltimore native, Cassella has been a photojournalist at the Tribune since 2009. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, he interned in Seattle, Hartford and Cape Town, South Africa, before working at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. He covers a full slate of Chicago news, sports and features.
Nancy J. Cavanaugh
Nancy J. Cavanaugh is the author of the children’s book “This Journal Belongs to Ratchet.”
CP Chang contributed to “Briefly Knocked Unconscious By a Low-Flying Duck: Stories From 2nd Story.” He is the director of audience development and services for 2nd Story and received his master’s degree of fine arts in fiction writing from Columbia College of Chicago.
Joelle Charbonneau began telling stories as an opera singer, but these days she finds her voice through writing. She is the author of “Skating on the Edge” and the forthcoming “Skating Under the Wire,” among others. She lives near Chicago with her husband and son. joellecharbonneau.com
Maneet Chauhan, Food Network celebrity chef and James Beard Award recipient, is the author of “Flavors of My World,” which contains 50 food and beverage recipes from around the globe. maneetchauhan.com
Grab a seat behind the headlines of Chicago’s biggest stories at Chicago Live!, a stage and radio show produced by the Chicago Tribune in partnership with The Second City. The show is hosted by veteran Chicago reporter and author Rick Kogan and is broadcast on WGN Radio.
Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago. He is a Kung-Fu master and gymnast. His debut novel, “The Lives of Tao,” is out now. His second novel, “The Deaths of Tao,” will be released October.
Cirque Shanghai is a spectacle for audiences of all ages, featuring performers from China who are leaders in their crafts of tumbling, juggling and balancing. They will perform their show “Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder” at Navy Pier this summer.
Jeff Coen is a Chicago Tribune reporter working with the paper’s political investigative team. He has covered Chicago’s criminal courthouse and U.S. District Court. He is the co-author of his second book, “Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and Into Prison.”
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago, a diverse private, nonprofit arts and media college, offers a 21st-century education tailored for creative and motivated students preparing to become the next generation of artists and innovators.
Comedy’s Next Generation
Performances by alumni of Comedy Studies, a pioneering college program offered through Second City and Columbia College Chicago. Contratiempo Contratiempo is a Pilsen-based nonprofit literary organization that highlights the cultural contributions of the Spanish-speaking population in the U.S.
Contratiempo is a Pilsen-based nonprofit literary organization that highlights the cultural contributions of the Spanish-speaking population in the U.S.
Michael Corcoran is a certified Chicago tour guide and lecturer. He is the co-author of “Hollywood on Lake Michigan.”
Matthew Cordell is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including “Hello! Hello!” He lives with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.
Brian Costello is a Chicago writer and musician. He is the author of “The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs,” and his second novel, “Losing in Gainesville,” is set to be published in fall 2014. He also is the co-host of “Shame That Tune,” a monthly live comedy game show at the Hideout, and the drummer of Outer Minds.
Kevin Coval is the author of four collections of poems, including “Schtick” and “L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems.” Founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, Coval is artistic director at Young Chicago Authors and teaches at the School of the Art Institute. @kevincoval
Ted Cox has worked as a journalist in Chicago since 1981. From 1983 to 2008, he wrote “The Sports Section” for the Chicago Reader. He is the author of “1,001 Days in the Bleachers: A Quarter Century of Chicago Sports.”
Courtney Crowder is a reporter and digital producer for the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal.
Kevin Cullen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for the Boston Globe since 1985, was the first to raise questions about the gangster Whitey Bulger’s relationship with the FBI. He is a frequent commentator on NPR and the BBC.
Averill Curdy was born in the Pacific Northwest, where she worked as an arts administrator and in the software industry. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rona Jaffe Foundation, among others. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Northwestern University.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun