Who We Are

The Chicago Review of Books wants to make the literary conversation more inclusive. In a media landscape dominated by bestsellers and the Big Five, we aim to give small and independent presses, and diverse writers and genres the attention they deserve. We also champion Chicago-based writers, poets, presses, and other literary institutions, both online and through local events.

We publish reviews, interviews, essays, and features — and through our sister publication Arcturus, original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In partnership with Yale Climate Connections, we cover the latest trends in climate fiction via Amy Brady’s monthly “Burning Worlds” column.

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Contact us at chireviewofbooks (at) gmail (dot) com. Our logo was designed by Chicago’s own Tiny Bold Creative from a concept by Erin Morgan. The owl’s name is Gwen.



Adam Morgan, Editor-in-Chief, is a writer, editor, and adjunct writing professor. He writes about books, arts and culture, and Chicago for Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Chicago magazine, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. His writing has also appeared in The Guardian, The Denver Post, Necessary Fiction, Strange Horizons, Bookpage, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter @adamm0rgan or visit him at Adam-Stephen-Morgan.com.

raddatzKristen Raddatz, Executive Editor, is a promotions manager at the University of Chicago Press. She is the VP of Strategic Planning on the Chicago Women in Publishing board. She tweets about books, publishing, and Chicago’s literary scene at @kristenraddatz.

ch3ofgaAmy Brady, Senior Editor, has written about books, film, and theater for Literary Hub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Awl, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a CLIR/Mellon Fellowship recipient. She also serves as Deputy Publisher at Guernica Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @ingredient_x.

YSticeB.pngRuben Quesada, Contributing Editor, is a contributor for the Ploughshares blog (US), Essays Editor of The Rumpus (US) and Senior Editor of Queen Mob’s Tea House (UK). He received an MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside, and a PhD in English at Texas Tech University. His writing and media have been featured at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Poetry Foundation, The American Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, The California Journal of Poetics, Guernica, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter @rubenquesada.

deviDevi Bhaduri is a writer, screenwriter, and playwright in Chicago. Her plays include The Freelance Matrimonial Consultant, Chee Chee Doesn’t Come From There, Mating Call, and Rani’s Emeralds. Her plays have been produced by Rasaka Theater Company and Dramatis Personae. She has also written for Chicago’s India Tribune and Indian Reporter, and is the recipient of a 3Arts Fellowship and a Writers Bootcamp Fellowship for Horror Feature.

nHdCf8H - ImgurSarah Blake is the author of Mr. West and the forthcoming collection, Let‘s Not Live on Earth (both from Wesleyan University Press). An illustrated workbook accompanies her first chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded a literature fellowship from the NEA. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.

Cz65mEuAaron D. Coats is a proud citizen of Chicago who grew up on the South Side and currently lives in the Hyde Park area. He is a graduate of Roosevelt University’s MFA program, where he focused on fiction and dabbled in screenwriting. Thanks to the encouragement of his lovely wife, Aaron continues to write literature and film, including his Chatham Chatter blog, and the short film Faux Pas, which appeared in film festivals around the country. You can follow Aaron on Twitter and Instagram @acoats103.

ZfRGeFIHeather Cox is the editor of Ghost Ocean Magazine and Tree Light Books. She is the author of three forthcoming chapbooks, Mole People (BatCat, 2016), Echolocation (Dancing Girl Press, 2016), and Magnificent Desolation(Finishing Line Press, 2016). She is the recipient of a Luminarts Fellowship, and her poetry and reviews appear in RHINO, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Nightblock, Bodega, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter @HeatherCox903 or visit her at looklookhere.tumblr.com.

5lecuhdo_400x400Rabeea Saleem is a freelance writer and book critic based in Karachi. Her work is appearing in Culturefly, Wales Art Review, Entropy, Minor Literatures, Books & Authors and elsewhere.

Sdye51hSara Cutaia was born and raised Texan, but she’s testing out the Midwest seasons in Chicago for a while. Currently an MFA – Fiction candidate at Columbia College Chicago, she is also a Graduate Student Instructor for Writing & Rhetoric. Her fiction work is published in South 85 Journal and 805 Lit. Besides being a foodie and a bibliophile, she tries her best to pet every dog she sees. You can follow her on Twitter @sncutaia.

j8s5fj0-imgurNeyat Yohannes is a writer. Mostly of tardy slips for Oakland school kids. She’s a regular book reviewer at Vagabond City Lit and her writing has appeared on sites like OkayAfrica, The Learned Fangirl, and Apartment Therapy. Find more of her writing here. She tweets as @rhymeswithcat.

NYFIkI2Christina Kloess is a writer living and working in Chicago. Her writing has appeared in Mythic Circles, a literary magazine produced by the Mythopoeic Society, and in Thirty Under Thirty, a book of short stories published by Starcherone Books. She was most recently featured in the Mauve Issue of The Fairy Tale Review.

bxJ5SEOTimothy Moore is a writer, instructor and bookseller in Chicago. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Entropy, and the Chicago Reader. Follow him on Twitter @timmoore19 and visit his website.

qMW6iJkRachel León is a writer currently interning for a literary agent. Her work has been published in the national magazines Breastfeeding Today and New Beginnings. She is currently working on a novel. Follow her on Twitter @RachelLayown and on her website.

faz1a9eAram Mrjoian is a regular contributor at Book Riot. His reviews, interviews, and essays have also appeared in TriQuarterly, Necessary Fiction, The Adroit Journal blog, and The Awesome Mitten. His stories are published or forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review, Gigantic Sequins, Limestone, The Great Lakes Book Project, and others. He is currently working toward his MFA in creative writing at Northwestern University, where he is a fiction editor at TriQuarterly.

ghat3x5Rochelle Spencer is founder of the AfroSurreal Writers Workshop and co-editor of All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women Writers of Color (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2014), which has been named a “must-read” feminist book of 2014 by Ms. Magazine. Rochelle has received fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and her work appears in a variety of publications, including the African American Review, Poets and Writers, Eleven Eleven, the East Bay Review, Callaloo, the Carbon Culture Review, the LA Review, and Mosaic. Rochelle is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a former board member of the Hurston Wright Foundation.

N9XKzXQDean Jobb is the author of Empire of Deception (Algonquin Books), the untold story of 1920s Chicago swindler Leo Koretz and winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s award for Nonfiction Book of 2015. He has written six other nonfiction books and his articles, commentaries and reviews have appeared in major newspapers and magazines in the United States, Canada, Britain and Ireland. Dean is an associate professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. Website: deanjobb.com. Twitter: @DeanJobb.

bnANIySJames Orbesen is a professor and writer from Chicago. He’s the author of a forthcoming book on the comics of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely with work appearing in The Atlantic, Jacobin, Salon, Guernica, Paste, and elsewhere.

Tg7NHdmMadeline Phillips is a middle school English teacher in Little Rock, AR. Her writing has appeared in Burner Magazine, Ellipsis, and Life in the Delta. Follow her on Twitter @madelinetypes.

bO0DGj5Lauren Stacks is a writer, novelist, and reader in San Francisco. She is on staff at Northwestern University, and received her MFA in creative writing from Roosevelt University. Her work has appeared in Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Family Magazine, and in Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25, an anthology published by HarperCollins. She tweets about being a literary citizen (among other things) at @LaurenStacks.

loriLori Rader-Day, author of The Black Hour and Little Pretty Things, is a two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee and the recipient of the 2014 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches mystery writing at StoryStudio Chicago and serves as the president of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter. Her third novel, An Elegant Hand, will be released by Harper Collins William Morrow in spring 2017. Follow her on Twitter at @LoriRaderDay or visit her at LoriRaderDay.com.

hilaryHilary Rice is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist in St. Louis. She has a Master of Arts degree in English from Roosevelt University. Follow her on Twitter @srsly-jk and check out her LinkedIn profile.

LKatzenberger Headshot BW.pngLisa Katzenberger is a freelance writer and editor based in the Chicago suburbs, and serves as an Editorial Assistant for Literary Mama. Her work has been published in 2017 Guide to Literary Agents, Chicago Parent, Hey Baby, PoemMemoirStory, and Jenny, among others. She is a picture book writer and Social Media Co-Coordinator for the Illinois Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Follow her on twitter @FictionCity or visit her at lisakatzenberger.com.


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