Featured Writers

The Lions in Winter 2015 featured writers are Stephen Graham Jones,
David Tomas Martinez, Edward Kelsey Moore, Julija Šukys, and Jessica Young.

 

Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is the keynote speaker for Lions in Winter 2015. He is the author of ten novels, two collections, one novella and countless short stories. Stephen has been a Shirley Jackson Award finalist three times, a Bram Stoker Award finalist, a Black Quill Award finalist, an International Horror Guild finalist, a Colorado Book Award Finalist, a Texas Monthly Book Selection, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction. He’s also been a Texas Writers League Fellow and an NEA fellow in fiction. His short fiction has been in Cemetery Dance, Asimov’s, Weird Tales, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, as well as Open City, Black Warrior Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and many others. He received his PhD from Florida State University. More at www.demontheory.net/

 

David Tomas Martinez

David Tomas Martinez

David Tomas Martinez’s work has been published or is forth coming in Poetry Magazine, Plough Shares, Oxford American, Forklift, Ohio, Poetry International, Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, Poetry Daily, Split This Rock, RHINO, Ampersand Review, Caldera Review, Verse Junkies, California Journal of Poetics, Toe Good, and others. DTM has been featured or written about in Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly, NPR’s All Things Considered, NBC Latino, Buzzfeed, Houstonia Magazine, Houston Art & Culture, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Bull City Press, and Border Voices. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing program, with an emphasis in Poetry. Martinez received his MFA from San Diego State University, and he is also the Reviews and Interviews Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, and a Breadloaf and CantoMundo Fellow. His debut collection of poetry, Hustle, was released in 2014 by Sarabande Books, which won honorable mention in the Antonio Cisneros Del Moral prize. More at http://davidtomasmartinez.com

 

Edward Kelsey Moore

Edward Kelsey Moore

Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, which was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2013. The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat was awarded the 2014 First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library
Association and was chosen as a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. The Supremes was also named a 2014 Illinois Reads book by the Illinois Reading Council. Edward’s essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and a number of literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, African American Review and Inkwell. His short story Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix was selected as an audience favorite on Chicago Public Radio’s Stories on
Stage series. In addition to his writing, Edward maintains a career as a professional cellist, performing with a number of ensembles, including the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Edward lives in Chicago, Illinois with his partner of many years. He is currently at work on his second novel. More at www.edwardkelseymoore.com.

 

Julija Šukys

Julija Šukys

Julija Šukys is assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is the author of two books of nonfiction, Silence is Death: The Life and Work of Tahar Djaout (Nebraska, 2007) and Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė (Nebraska, 2012). Epistolophilia was shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction, long-listed for the Charles Taylor Award in Literary Nonfiction and won the 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature. She is currently working on a personal story that starts in Lithuania, continues in Siberia, and ends in Canada. Julija’s blog, Writing.Life, explores the processes of writing creative nonfiction and living the life of a writer. Forms that interest her include memoir, biography, life-writing, the essay, and just about anything that involves the artful arrangement and reflection upon facts, life, and the world around us. Learn more at http://julijasukys.com.

 

Jessica Young

Jessica Young

NEW to Lions in Winter 2015, Story Hour and Workshop with a Children’s Book Author

Children’s author Jessica Young grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Jessica’s award-winning debut picture book, My Blue is Happy (2013, Candlewick Press/Walker UK) was included on the 2014 Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, the Texas Library Association’s 2014 2×2 Reading List, the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets 2013, the Library of Congress/Center for the Book’s 52 Great Reads list and many other lists. Her next picture book, Spy Guy The Not So Secret Agent, will be published in spring of 2015 by Harcourt Children’s Books. Her first chapter book series, Finley Flowers, for readers ages 6-9, will be published in spring/fall 2015 by Capstone Kids. Her early chapter book series, Haggis & Tank Unleashed will be published in Fall 2015/Spring 2016 by Scholastic. She will be providing a story hour for children on Saturday morning of Lions In Winter 2015. More at http://jessicayoungbooks.wordpress.com/.

 

Lions in Winter Literary Festival would not be possible without the generous support of the Doudna Fine Arts Center New and Emerging Artists Series, The College of Arts and Humanities, EIU Department of English, and the Coles County Arts Council.