Britt Julious is a twenty-something journalist, essayist, storyteller and filmmaker. She regularly contributes to Esquire, ELLE, GQ, The Guardian, Vice, Pitchfork, and many others. Her work focuses on the intersection of feminism, race, music, art and culture. She's a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and an editor for Vice’s THUMP. She also hosts The Back Talk, a storytelling podcast featuring original stories from women of color. She wants to remind everyone that although 2016 was been terrible, both Beyonce and Solange released new albums, so there's that.
Freda Love Smith
Freda Love Smith is a writer, drummer, and lecturer living in Evanston. She was a founding member and drummer of The Blake Babies with Juliana Hatfield, and has since played with Antenna, The Mysteries of Life, and Some Girls. She interviews musicians about food for Paste and writes about food on her blog,lovesmiths.blogspot.com. Her memoir/cookbook, Red Velvet Underground, is now out on Agate.
Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. He is the winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Great Lakes Book Award, and a finalist for the Story Prize. He is the author of six novels including the bestsellers Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails. He is a professor in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.
You can find more information at joemeno.com