Visiting Writers & Artists

Jon Tribble

Jon Tribble is the editor of Crab Orchard Review and its Series in Poetry published by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the recipient of a 2003 Artist Fellowship Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, and his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including ...

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Colette

Born in Tunisia, Colette grew up in France before moving to America to begin her art career in New York City. Art critics have credited Colette’s innovative street performances in the 1970s with bringing public attention to the avant-garde art form. Additionally, Colette’s multimedia ...

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Jodee Stanley

Jodee Stanley was the featured presenter for Quiddity’s first-ever Midwestern Gothic Costume Ball.  From Sherwood Anderson to contemporary writers such as Dan Chaon, Cathy Day, Mary Grimm, and Michael Czyniejewski, Midwestern authors have explored the darkness that lies beneath the placid ...

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Joshua Doetsch, Guest Blogger

Quiddity guest blogger (2010-13), scrivnomancer, and magician Joshua Alan Doetsch presently resides in Montreal, where he writes for a video gaming company.  Previous addresses have included a gate in Norway and a house of magic in northern Illinois.  (We know about the gate because that’s ...

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Emma Bartholomew

Born in London, Emma Bartholomew earned a MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh where she will return to work on her PhD, focusing on poetry and cartography. Her work has been published in various literary magazines in the UK and the USA, and her first chapbook is forthcoming from ...

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Mylène Dressler

Born in The Hague, Mylène Dressler began her literary studies after a career as a professional ballet dancer. Her novel, The Medusa Tree (Macadam Cage 1997), was praised as “haunting” and “splendid” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler, and she soon followed it with The ...

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Allan Metcalf

Having earned his PhD in English from University of California Berkeley, linguist Allan Metcalf is a popular writer and humorist surrounding the English language, having as much fun employing the American dialect in his works as he does studying it. Metcalf’s most recent book, OK: The Improbable ...

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Magda Osterhuber

Croatian painter Magda Osterhuber grew up in Dolnja Dubrava, from which her family had to flee after being blacklisted during the guerilla war raging between the Croatian Army and the Partisans in the 1940s. Narrowly escaping Tito’s massacre at Bleiburg, Slovenia, she fled to the United States, ...

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David Bertaina

An assistant professor of comparative religion, poet and translator David Bertaina earned his doctorate in Semitic languages and literatures from The Catholic University of America. He taught at California State University before joining the faculty at the University of Illinois. His areas of ...

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Tracy Zeman

Tracy Zeman is a poet from the Midwest, and her most recent work explores that terrain. She’s interested in how the human environment mingles with the natural environment and how those two worlds coalesce. Tracy earned her BA from DePaul University and her MFA from George Mason University in ...

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