- Guest Poetry Editor: Simone Muench
Guest Fiction Editor: Eileen
Simone Muench was raised in Louisiana and Arkansas and now resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is the author of four poetry collections: The Air Lost in Breathing (Marianne Moore Prize; Helicon Nine, 2000), Lampblack & Ash (Kathryn A. Morton Prize; Sarabande, 2005), Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010) and Disappearing Address, co-written with Philip Jenks (BlazeVOX, 2010). A former editor of ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), she is now an editor for Sharkforum, a faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review, and an advisory board member for Switchback Books. Her honors include two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, two Vermont Studio Center Fellowships, a Lewis Faculty Scholar Award, UIC’s Frederick Stern Award for Teaching, the PSA’s Bright Lights/Big Verse Award, and others. She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently directs the Writing Program at Lewis University where she is an associate professor and teaches creative writing and film studies. She is a vegetarian and a life-long horror film fan. Learn more about her at
Eileen Favorite's first novel The Heroines (Scribner, 2008) was named a Best Debut Novel by The Rocky Mountain News, and has been translated into Finnish, Italian, Russian, and Korean. The audio version was nominated for best recording by the American Library Association. A writer of both poetry and prose, she's twice received Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowships (prose, 2001; poetry 2005). Her work has appeared in many publications, including Triquarterly, Folio, Chicago Reader, Poetry East, and Diagram. She's been nominated for Pushcart Prize for fiction and nonfiction. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA in Writing and at the Graham School of Continuing Studies at the University of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. Learn more about her at www.eileenfavorite.com.
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Luis Alberto Urrea talks with Jim Ballowe about poetry and truth, and shares five new poems that eloquently express his views. Richard Bausch shares his quick humor and his views about book reviews, including reviews of his own books, all with an off-stage interviewer. Philip Sultz shares some of his fascinating Arnie Stories and illustrates them to boot. You'll have to like Arnie and his friends. Maybe you'll write to ask for more. Andrea Witzke Slot shares her take on the art of the book review and the importance of dialog, real honest to goodness dialog in our evolving Facebook world. All this, then add 200+ pages of the freshest fiction, poetry, and photography in the market today.
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