Originally from Houston, Arnecia McGlory is a master’s degree candidate in fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago.
Earliana “Earl” McLaurin is a Chicago-based actor, writer and teaching artist. She has worked with such companies as Stockyards Theatre Project and Hell in a Handbag Productions, and is a company member with 2nd Story storytelling series.
A longtime correspondent with postings in Baghdad, Buenos Aires, Moscow and Mexico City, Colin McMahon has covered crime, armed conflicts, economic turmoil and political upheavals on five continents. He oversees Media on Demand, providing nonlocal news, features and books coverage in print and online for the Chicago Tribune and others.
Adam McOmber is the author of a novel, “The White Forest,” and a story collection, “This New & Poisonous Air.” He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, where he is also associate editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika.
Joe Meno, a winner of the Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, has written two story collections and six novels: “Office Girl,” “The Great Perhaps,” “The Boy Detective Fails,” “Hairstyles of the Damned,” “How the Hula Girl Sings,” and “Tender as Hellfire.” He also is a playwright and teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.
Nina Metz covers TV, film and theater for the Chicago Tribune.
Eileen Meyer is the author of “Who’s Faster? Animals on the Move.” Her poetry has appeared in “And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems,” Highlights for Children, and Ladybug. Her forthcoming picture books include “Ballpark” and “Sweet Dreams, Walrus.” eileenmeyerbooks.com.
Charles Miles is a community resource coordinator for youth guidance at Crane Technical Preparatory High School. His program called EarCandy Poetry, which is part of the Crane curriculum, focuses on art, self-esteem and anger management for students, and it has participants competing in poetry competitions. Miles is the author of “Verbal Fruit” and expects to publish a second book and a CD in the fall.
Steve Mills has been a reporter at the Chicago Tribune since 1994. He focuses on the criminal justice system and has written extensively on the death penalty and wrongful convictions. Most recently he worked on a series of stories exploring Sam Zell’s purchase of Tribune Co. and the company’s bankruptcy.
The best-selling author of seven books, Anchee Min was born and raised in Communist China. She came to Chicago in 1984 at age 27 speaking no English and without money. In her new memoir, “The Cooked Seed,” she describes her 30-year experience as an American immigrant.