Chicago Writers To Watch: Pride Weekend Edition


With the 40th annual Pride parade this weekend in Boystown, Chicago Subtext is highlighting four local GLBT writers today with the help of the fabulous local writer and tech maven, Stacy Jill Jacobs, who is also director of marketing and development of Queerly Wed

J. Adams Oaks has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. He curates the RE:Action Reading Series for Around the Coyote and is a member of Serendipity Theatre Collective’s story development team. He has been published in Hairtrigger, River Oak Review, 2D, No Touching and The Madison Review and his work won Chicago Public Radio’s “Stories on Stage” competition. And his first novel, Why I Fight, (note: I really recommend this book) won both the National Society of Arts
and Letters regional competition and an Illinois Council Fellowship

An interview (and an audio clip of Mr. Oaks reading from Why I Fight) will be featured right here on Chicago Subtext shortly. Stay tuned!

Nikki Patin has taught
hundreds of workshops at various high schools, colleges and
universities on performance poetry, body image, sexual assault
prevention and LGBT issues.
Nikki, a veteran of the Chicago poetry scene, was a member of Chicago’s
2001 Mental Graffiti National Poetry Slam team and was also featured on
the fourth season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
In 2004, Patin was voted one of Chicago’s six most fabulous
20-somethings by Red Eye and in 2006, was voted one of 30
under 30 most influential LGBTQ people in Chicago by Windy City Times
and took the gold medal in the Gay Games International LGBT poetry
slam. She is a frequent editorial contributor to NPR’s 848 and is
working on her first full-length collection of writing. She’s currently
booking the “Phat Grrrl Revolution” tour in support of The Phat Grrrl
, a photo poetic
collection of poems, lyrics, editorials and diary entries.

Drew Ferguson is the author of The Screwed Up Life of Charlie The Second and received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. His work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, The James White Review, Hair Trigger, The Great Lawn
and other publications. He lives in Chicago, and if you’ve never had
the opportunity to hear the man speak on a panel, run– do not walk!–
at the next opportunity. Brilliant and hilarious.

Kathie Bergquist is co-author (along with Robert McDonald of Unabridged Books) of A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago, author of four biographies of pop stars for
teenagers and the
City Editor of the Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago.
Her writing has appeared in Best Lesbian Romance 2009,
Best Date Ever, Out in All Directions and
in Girlfriends Magazine, Diva, the Advocate, Out, Publishers Weekly and
The Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly. She is the publicist for
Women & Children First Bookstore, an adjunct faculty in the Fiction
Department of Columbia College Chicago, a frequent contributor to
Chicago Reader, and currently finishing her first novel. Her first novel, which I for one, cannot wait to read.


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  • (It was only after compiling the list I realized the abundance of Columbia College references. Hmm....)

  • Nice list, Amy and Stacy. Another one to watch is local lady Sarah Terez Rosenblum. She actually received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • oops, I meant she actually received an MFA from SAIC

  • Quite a task to select only four people. Let me tell you! Perhaps a more comprehensive list is in our future here at Subtext.

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