Meet Our Readers

Mixtaaaappppppes! I don’t know what I’m more excited about, this month’s theme or the readers we have doing it justice. Hopefully I decide by Wednesday night, and don’t kick off the evening with random blubbering and “you are all so great you can just talk about whatever”, and just kidding we know that’s going to happen no matter what.

Jes Skolnik

Jes Skolnik is the op-ed features editor at Impose Magazine and a regular contributor to Pitchfork, Flavorwire and Paper Magazine, among other publications you may or may not have heard of. A child of DC punk, Positive Force and zine life, they have lived in Chicago for the past decade, currently residing with their partner, two rude cats and too many records in Hermosa.

Abby Sheaffer

12717820_1076426239076832_1072611637941893078_nAbby Sheaffer is the founding editor-in-chief of Chicago Literati, a nonprofit literary magazine and organization, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Vignette Review. When she is not working, she nerds out to The X-Files, Hannibal, and other shows with her adorable bulldog, Winnie.




Emily Hilleren

CVmY6ffXIAA6VG4Emily Hilleren is a North Dakota expat and former mathlete living in Avondale. She is a founding member in The Emilies, Chicago’s newest, nicest girl gang. She posts pics of thrift shop finds at @emilythrifts and co-edits the music blog Store Brand Soda, where you’ll find her annual report on twee bands and sad punks at South By Southwest in March. She sometimes writes things when she’s not annoying her cat with indie pop (Catimir Pulaski HATES indie pop) and is currently working on a zine about dating website profiles, which you will be able to buy at Chicago Zine Fest.


Angela Benander

AABelevatorAngela Benander wrote her first story titled Little Ed Under the Bed in Kindergarten and has been writing in one form or another ever since. Raised in a small town in the woods of Northern Michigan, she graduated from Albion College with a degree in political science. Angela worked for nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill as a policy aide and press secretary for two Democratic senators. In 2007, she retired from politics and moved to Chicago in an attempt to become a normal human being. She is the co-producer of That’s All She Wrote, a monthly Live Lit Series in West Town. Angela has performed at Story Club, Story Lab, Solo in the 2nd City, Here’s The Story and Guts and Glory and she is currently working on a novel.


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