Melissa Fraterrigo and Gina Frangello
readThursday, August 17th, 7:30 PMfree
Melissa Fraterrigo’s collection of short stories, THE LONGEST PREGNANCY, won the First Tartt Fiction Award in a national competition sponsored by Livingston Press. Her stories have been nominated for the Fountain Award from the Speculative Literature Foundation and for a Pushcart Award. She was awarded the Charles B. Wood Award for Distinguished Writing from The Carolina Quarterly in 2001 and in 2000, won the Sam Adams/Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest. A graduate of Bowling Green State University?s MFA program in creative writing, she now lives and writes in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Gina Frangello is the Executive Editor of the award-winning literary magazine OTHER VOICES and its new fiction imprint OV Books. Frangello’s highly-acclaimed first novel, MY SISTER’S CONTINENT was released in January, 2006 by Chiasmus Press. Her short fiction has been published in many literary journals, including Swink, StoryQuarterly, two girls review, Blithe House Quarterly, and Fish Stories. She guest-edited the anthology Falling Backwards: Stories of Fathers and Daughters (Hourglass Books) and has been a freelance journalist for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader. A graduate of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois-Chicago, she has taught literature and creative writing at several Chicago universities and is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council literary award and individual fellowship. She lives with her husband and children.
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