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Dr. Amina Gautier is the author of the short story collections At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award and Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Her stories have been honored with the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, the Danahy Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the Lamar York Prize, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, and the William Richey Award as well as fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, Breadloaf Writer's Conference, Hawthornden, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, MacDowell Colony, Prairie Center of the Arts, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Writers in the Heartland, as well as artist grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Eighty of her short stories have been published, appearing in Antioch Review, Callaloo, Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train Stories, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, and Southern Review among other places.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Reginald Gibbons is the author of nine full-length volumes of poetry, two chapbooks, a novel, a collection of very short fiction, and numerous translations and edited books. He teaches at Northwestern University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Amy Guth’s expertise is at the intersection of digital media with journalism and literature. Guth co-writes a social media column for Tribune newspapers, holds the digital VP chair on the board for Association for Women Journalists Chicago, is author of the novel “Three Fallen Women,” and is a mentor-editor at The Op-Ed Project. Previously, she served as digital editor for Chicago Tribune's books section, where she covered the then-rise of digital publishing and literature. In 2007, she founded Pilcrow, a small press literary festival. She is also co-host of the Chicago reading series RUI: Reading Under The Influence.
Creative Nonfiction Writer
Oak Park, IL
Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a journalism and politics blog, with her partners Adrastos and Jude. She is the author of It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal (2008, Heritage Books) and Chicago’s Historic Irish Pubs (with Mike Danahey) (2011, Arcadia Books). She also edited the anthology Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War (2005, William, James & Co.). Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three pet ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.