5:30 pm, Metropolis Cafe, 1039 W Granville
… is a yonsei writer whose work is influenced by the mythology and folklore of her Japanese, Taiwanese, and Okinawan cultures. Her speculative memoir, The Night Parade (Mariner Books), will be published in 2023. She is a former Catapult essay columnist and an NEA fellow, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Passages North, and elsewhere. She lives in the Chicago suburbs.
… is a Pushcart-nominated queer ghost nerd based in Chicago. He is a coeditor of Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Brevity, Iron Horse Review, Ghost City Review, and It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror. He coined the term “haunted memoir” in his essay of the same name published by Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.
… is a multi-genre writer and photographer invested in the everyday. Her work has received honorable mention in the 2022 and 2021 Academy of American Poet's Poetry Contest, been commissioned by the ACLU of Illinois, and exhibited in Porous Gallery. She is published in Bending Genres, Broken Pencil Zine, Allium Journal, and others. She is a Poet-in-Residence with The Chicago Poetry Center and Teaching Artist at Young Chicago Authors.
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