Dina Nayeri

Dina Nayeri was born in Iran during the revolution and emigrated to Oklahoma at 10 years old. She is the author of “A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea.” She has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and master’s degrees in business administration and education from Harvard. She is a Truman Capote fellow and a teaching writing fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Near South Planning Board

The Near South Planning Board’s mission is to plan, guide and support development in the Near South business and residential community. Neighborhood Writing Alliance The Neighborhood Writing Alliance holds weekly writing workshops that engage adults in low-income communities in writing and dialogue about family histories, personal experiences, and neighborhood issues. Select pieces from the workshops are published in the Journal of Ordinary Thought. jot.org.

Nelson Algren Awards, Chicago Tribune

Each year the Chicago Tribune recognizes accomplishment in the art of the short story with its Nelson Algren Awards. The well-respected contest draws entries from around the nation and counts many prominent writers among its winners. The first place winner of the Nelson Algren prize will be declared at Printers Row Lit Fest, and the three finalists and six runners-up also will be announced.

Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee is the author of the novels “The Icon Thief,” “City of Exiles” and the forthcoming “Eternal Empire.” His work has appeared in such publications as Analog Science Fiction and Fact, the Los Angeles Times, Salon and The Daily Beast. He lives in Oak Park with his family.

NewTown Writers Inc.

NewTown Writers, Inc., is Chicago’s longest-running lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers group offering free workshops, publication and performance opportunities for LGBT writers and their supporters since 1982. NewTown Writers Press publishes an annual anthology, “Off the Rocks.” newtownwriters.org.

W. Nikola-Lisa

W. Nikola-Lisa, a former elementary school teacher, is an author, storyteller and musician. His two dozen books span a variety of age levels, from the pre-kindergarten crowd to young adults. nikolabooks.com.

Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen is an artist and the author of the books “Big Questions,” “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow,” “Dogs and Water” and “The End,” among others. His work has been translated into several languages and shown internationally. He lives in Minneapolis.

David Nirenberg

David Nirenberg is a professor of medieval history and social thought at the University of Chicago. His work focuses on the interactions of Jewish, Christian and Islamic cultures in history.

Josh Noel

Josh Noel writes about travel and beer for the Chicago Tribune.

Dana Norris

Dana Norris is the founder and host of Story Club (storyclubchicago.com), a monthly storytelling show in Chicago. She has been published in McSweeney’s.net, TheRumpus.net, and RoleReboot.org among others. She frequently performs around Chicago. dananorris.net.