Who We Are


“The Chicago Review of Books has played a vital role in uplifting and celebrating local authors in critical ways.”
—Eve L. Ewing

“In an age when newspaper review space is scarcer and scarcer, well-curated literary coverage is vital and magic. Chicago Review of Books is a force of good in the world.”
—Rebecca Makkai

“I love the Chicago Review of Books.”
—Jeff VanderMeer

“There are so many reasons to cherish the Chicago Review of Books for its work in the world, for the conversations it facilitates and the questions it explores and the writers it supports. At the moment, I’m particularly cherishing their innovative climate-fiction column ‘Burning Worlds.'”
—Helen Phillips

Reading the Chicago Review of Books feels like having a conversation with your brainy and down-to-earth Midwestern friend—you walk away with a handful of smart, eclectic recommendations every time.”
—Kathleen Rooney

“The Chicago Review of Books is a site where passionate readers can find and fall for powerful writers. Incisive interviews, reviews that dig to the heart of every book, and topical round ups—for when you’re in a browsing the shelves state of mind, yet stuck at your desk—are just the beginning of what you’ll find. A must-see, thoroughly remarkable resource!”
L.X. Beckett

“The Chicago Review of Books is a great asset to readers and authors alike, sharing a fresh and in-depth perspective on exciting new books!”
—Jill Heinerth

“The Chicago Review of Books is fresh, vigorous, and unpredictable.”
—Michael Franks

—Breitbart News


The Chicago Review of Books is a publication of StoryStudio Chicago dedicated to making the literary conversation more inclusive by covering diverse genres, presses, voices, and mediums; shining a light on Chicago’s literary scene; and serving as a forum for literature in the Midwest. In partnership with Yale Climate Connections, we cover the latest trends in climate fiction via Amy Brady’s monthly “Burning Worlds” column.

Our sister publication Arcturus publishes original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Our logo was designed by Chicago’s own Tiny Bold Creative from a concept by Erin Morgan. The owl’s name is Gwen.


Email us at editors@chireviewofbooks.com


Editorial and Publishing Staff

Michael Welch – Editor-In-Chief
Dana Dunham – Managing Director
Julia SwearingenArt Director
Sarah Blakley-CartwrightPublishing Director
Ian. J. Battaglia – New Initiatives Director & Editor
Christina Drill – Social Media Editor
Farooq Chaudhry – Daily Editor
Rachel LeónDaily Editor
Elizabeth McNeillDaily Editor
Victor Ladis SchultzDaily Editor
Cait StoutDaily Editor
Sara Batkie – Editor-at-Large
Mandana Chaffa – Editor-at-Large
Sara Cutaia – Editor-at-Large & Arcturus Editor-in-chief
Greer Macallister – Editor-at-Large, Historical Fiction & Lit on Screen



Amy Brady – Contributing Editor, Publishing Consultant & Burning Worlds Columnist
Patrick Brennan – Assistant Editor
Clancey D’Isa – Project Editor
Chelsea Fiddyment – Chicago Events Manager
Jordan Foti Gulino – Editor-at-Large
Whitney LaMora – Partnerships Manager
Cody Lee – Daily Editor
Adam Morgan – Founding Editor
Aram Mrjoian – Editor-at-Large, Fiction
Chanel Parks – Executive Editor
Abeje Schnake – Assistant Editor
Jen St. Jude – Managing Director
Todd Van Luling– Senior Director
Kyle Williams – Director of Communications and Contributing Editor


Contributing Writers
Ryan Asmussen
Devi Bhaduri
Garrett Biggs
Sarah Blake
Meredith Boe
Casella Brookins
Teddy Burnette
Tobias Carroll
Aaron Coats
Ross Collin
Keith Contorno
Grace Ebert
Brian Evenson
Aidan Falk
Michael Fournier
Elliot Frank
Amy Giacalone
Taylor Griggs
Jessica Gross
Yasmin Gunaratnam
Dana Hansen
Joseph Houlihan
Sarah Huener
Megin Jimenez
Dean Jobb
Brock Kingsley
Rachel León
Ian MacAllen
Mesha Maren
Marcie McCauley
Lincoln Michel
Taylor Moore
Timothy Moore
Megan Otto
Eliot Peper
Michael Pittard
Malavika Praseed
Lori Rader-Day
Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Kathleen Rooney
Rabeea Saleem
Bradley Sides
Kat Solomon
Amber Sparks
Jeff VanderMeer
Sara Webster
D.W. White
Tryphena Yeboah
Neyat Yohannes

Interns Past & Present
Cait Stout
Yosan Alemu
Miranda Malinowski
Christiana Jones
Nora Grubb
Rachel Demata


The Chicago Review of Books could not exist without the financial support of these individuals.

Dean Jobb  (Author of Empire of Deception)

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