Bob Costas Wishes He Could Introduce Our February Lineup

Unfortunately, Bob’s eyeball is preventing him from attending. But he told us that he wants everyone take a break from watching curlers faceplant to join us at The Book Cellar on Monday, February 17th at 7pm. We’ll be raising money for 826CHI and draping medals around the necks of these essay champions. 

PaulPaul Luikart is going to finish his Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing this spring. Can you believe that? His short stories and essays appear in places like Yalobusha Review (fun to say!) and Barrelhouse Magazine. He has never yet won a major literary award, but he has been the runner up for some minor ones! He writes and performs with Blewt! Productions too, the weirdos who gave you Impress These Apes! and Don’t Spit the Water!

Katie Pecho is an aspiring writer living in Chicago. Hailing from the city’s south suburbs, Katie studied Creative Writing in college and then moved to Chicago to work a series of weird, unrelated jobs. She has worked for a politician, taught swim lessons to autistic children, tutored at a college and now works for an IT firm.

KendraStevensKendra Stevens is a Chicago-based writer, Live Lit performer, comic and rapper. She is a co-producer of the monthly show, Serving the Sentence, has performed her original work with the katesStory ClubChicago Women’s Funny Festival, and will be at Write Club Feb. 18. She is also one-fourth of Chicago’s All-Female Beastie Boys Tribute, She’s Crafty, spitting rhymes as Ken D. Find her at and on Twitter @kendra_stevens.

The product of nine years in San Francisco and eight years in St. Paul, Rose Lannin is pleasantly surprised to have lived in Chicago for almost a decade. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s Creative Writing program, she has been an editor for Gapers Block’s Book Club and Slowdown sections, an online coupon writer, technical support for car dealers, and many more things involving the Internet and writing in some capacity.

david macleanDavid Stuart MacLean is a PEN/American award-winning essayist. He has a PhD from the University of Houston and co-founded the Poison Pen Reading Series. His memoir, The Answer to the Riddle is Me, was just recently published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


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