Chicago Chapter: Midwinter Reading + Open Mic Night

Join the Authors Guild and Chicago Regional Chapter Ambassadors for a midwinter reading and open mic. Meet up with authors in your community and hear work from this fabulous line up of readers. Any questions and to RSVP, please email ambassadors Alta and Arnie at

Readers include:
-Valerie Wallace’s debut poetry collection House of McQueen (March 2018) was chosen by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry. In their starred review Publishers Weekly said that Wallace created “…a literary seance…serving as a scholar of and medium for the late iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen….” Her work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award, and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry, as well as many grants to support her work, for which she is extremely grateful. Find out more about Valerie at

-Nami Mun grew up in Seoul, South Korea and Bronx, New York. For her first book, Miles from Nowhere, she received a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, The Hopwood Award, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Asian American Literary Award. Previously, Nami has worked as an Avon Lady, a street vendor, a photojournalist, a waitress, an activities coordinator for a nursing home, and a criminal defense investigator. After earning a GED, she went on to get a BA in English from UC Berkeley, an MFA from University of Michigan, and has garnered fellowships from organizations such as Yaddo, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, and Tin House. Find out more about Nami at

-David Jay Collins is the author of two indie novels: Gaybash (LGBT fiction, set in Boystown) and Summerdale (LGBT horror, set in Andersonville). The second installment of the Summerdale trilogy is due out this October. David lives in Chicago and works at Northwestern University. Find out more about David at

-Amy Timberlake’s work has won a Newbery Honor, an Edgar and a Golden Kite Award. Lifeline Theatre has adapted several of her books for the stage (one as a musical). Recently, Amy sold a three-book series (illustrations by Jon Klassen!) to Algonquin Young Readers. The first book, Skunk & Badger, will appear Fall 2020. For more information:

Date & Time

Thu, Feb 21, 2019
7:00PM – 9:00PM CST


The Red Lion Pub
2446 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614