Readings from Contributors of the Chicago Quarterly Review
Join us at City Lit Books for readings from contributors to the Chicago Quarterly Review.
Issue #23 of Chicago Quarterly Review contains a rich blend of memoir, fiction, poetry and art. All will be represented at the City Lit Books reading. Join us for readings from selected contributors: Syed Afzal Haider, Gary Huston, Laura Jok, Chuck Kramer, and Liz Radford.
Syed Afzal Haider is a writer and senior editor at Chicago Quarterly Review. He was born in India, lived in Pakistan and studied in America. Haider’s short stories and essays have appeared in The Saint Ann’s Review, Amerasia Journal, Rambunctious Review, Marco Polo, Trajectory, The Journal of Pakistani Literature and Indian Voices, and other publications. Oxford University Press, Milkweed Editions, Penguin Books and Pearson, Longman Literature have anthologized Haider’s writings. His novel To Be With Her was published in 2010. His short story collection Tumbleweed Connection was a finalist for MVP competition. Life of Ganesh, his second novel, is under consideration. Lust. Loss. Longing, another collection of his short stories, is forthcoming.
Gary Houston is managing editor of Chicago Quarterly Review. At the Chicago Sun-Times, where his boss was the legendary Herman Kogan, he edited and wrote articles and book reviews for the Sunday supplement Show/Book Week. He has contributed fiction, non-fiction and poetry to the Chicago Tribune, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, Harpers, Libido, Aware, Kinesis, Detroit Free Press, Los Angeles Free Press, Chicago Literary Review and of course Chicago Quarterly Review. His story "Natural Leader" recently appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader. On Chicago stages he has portrayed William Blake, Ring Lardner, Nelson Algren and, recently, Captain Falcon in "Rutherford's Travels," Pegasus Theatre's adaptation of the Charles Johnson novel Middle Passage.
Laura Jok is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Houston, where she served as fiction editor for Gulf Coast. Her story, “Everyone I Know Is Here,” was named a Top 25 finalist in Glimmer Train’s June 2015 Fiction Open contest. Another story, "As It Were,” won third place in their August 2014 Short Story Award for New Writers. Her fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Alaska Quarterly Review, Nimrod International Journal, Chicago Quarterly Review and Green Mountains Review.
Chuck Kramer is a writing teacher with an MFA who cohosts Weeds Poetry at the Hideout every Monday night in Chicago. He also works as a freelance photographer and often finds himself bemused and confused by contemporary America.
Liz Radford is a Chicago-based writer and current MFA candidate at Northwestern University. Her fiction has been published in Prick of the Spindle, and her non-fiction appeared in AWP's The Writer's Chronicle. She has written feature stories for various news publications and is a marketing professional.