Featured Writers

Lions in Winter is a full-day literary festival that includes author readings, craft talks by featured writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, an editors panel, a book fair, and more. Readings are free and open to the public.  All craft talks with authors require registration. Registration also includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Photo of poet Joanne DiazPoet Joanne Diaz is the recipient of fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She is the author of My Favorite Tyrants (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) and The Lessons (Silverfish Review Press, 2011), and with Ian Morris, she is the co-editor of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America (University of Chicago Press, 2015). She is an Associate Professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University.




Photo of Kelcey Parker Ervick. She is standing against a wall, wearing a blue shirt.

Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of three award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction: The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and visual art about a Czech fairy tale writer; Liliane’s Balcony, set at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater; and the story collection For Sale by Owner. Her comics and graphic essays have appeared in The Believer, The Rumpus, Quarterly West, Passages North, Ilanot Review, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. She is the co-editor, with Tom Hart, of the forthcoming Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature. Follow her daily-ish art habit on Instagram, or check out her web site: http://www.kelceyervick.com/



Black-and-white photo of Nick White

Nick White is the author of two books of fiction: How to Survive a Summer and Sweet and Low. His stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Catapult, Guernica, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere.