ELIZABETH McDERMOTT”s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Harpur Palate, Terrian.org, Watershed Review, Red Earth Review, Southern Humanities Review, and DIAGRAM. She received an honorable mention for the 2013 AWP Intro Journals Project and first place in the Regional Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest. She recently earned her PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and lives in New Lenox, IL.
JAKE HINKSON is the author of the novel Hell On Church Street and the novellas The Posthumous Man and Saint Homicide. Hinkson is a regular contributor to Macmillan’s website Criminal Element and the film journal Noir City. In addition, he has written for The Los Angeles Review Of Books, Mental Floss, Mystery Scene and Bright Lights Film Journal. His short fiction has been published in anthologies such as Beat To A Pulp and Lee, and his essays on film have appeared in anthologies such as Film Noir: The Directors. His books Hell On Church Street and The Posthumous Man have been acquired for translation into French by èditions Gallmeister and will be released in Europe in new hardcover editions in 2015. He lives in Chicago and blogs at TheNightEditor.blogspot.co
WILLY NAST is the co-host of the live lit show Essay Fiesta, which takes place on the third Monday of every month at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Willy also co-hosts the “completely unpretentious” literary podcast All Write Already! Willy is originally from Aurora, Illinois, and yes, he has seen the movie Wayne’s World an astounding number of times. You can find out more about what Willy is writing and where he’ll be reading at willynast.com.
TONI NEALIE writes and teaches in Chicago, where she earned her MFA in nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago. She previously worked in magazines, politics, and public relations in the U.K. and her native New Zealand. This essay is part of a collection in progress about journeys and homelands.
KAREN SHIMMIN is the co-host of All Write Already!, the “completely unpretentious” literary podcast. Karen also co-hosts and co-produces Essay Fiesta, which takes place at the Book Cellar on the third Monday of each month. Karen graduated from Northwestern’s creative writing and theatre programs and has performed her work around the city.