Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022

5:00 pm, Metropolis Cafe, 1039 W Granville


Megan Stielstra

… is the author of three essay collections: Everyone Remain Calm, Once I Was Cool, and The Wrong Way to Save Your Life. Her work appears in the Best American Essays, New York Times, The Believer, Tin House, Guernica, and elsewhere. A longtime company member with Second Story, she has told stories for National Public Radio, Radio National Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and many, many bars. She lives in Chicago.

Julia Fine

… is the author of The Upstairs House, winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction, and What Should Be Wild, which was shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Superior First Novel Award. Her third novel, Maddalena and the Dark, is forthcoming in June 2023. She teaches writing in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and children.

Dionne Irving

… is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She is the author of the short story collection The Islands (Catapult, 2022) and the novel Quint (7.13 Books, 2021). Her work has appeared in Story, Boulevard, LitHub, Missouri Review, West Branch, and elsewhere. She teaches in the University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.

Fred Schmalz

… is an artist and writer. He is the author of Action in the Orchards and several chapbooks and often produces writing in conversation with dance, music, and visual art. His writing has appeared in Poetry, A Public Space, Spinning Jenny, jubilat, and elsewhere. He also makes art with Susy Bielak in the collaborative Balas & Wax.

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