CQR reading at the Chicago Public Library Edgewater Branch, May 16, 6:30 pm













Danny Calegari was born in Australia and moved to the United States in 1995. He has lived in Boston, Tokyo and Cambridge (UK), and teaches mathematics at the University of Chicago. His fiction has appeared in Quadrant, Southerly, Overland, Chicago Quarterly Review, Dunes Review and The Age newspaper. He has three children.

Syed Afzal Haider is a writer and founding senior editor at Chicago Quarterly Review. His short stories and essays have appeared in such literary magazines as Saint Ann’s Review, AmerAsia, The Journal of Pakistani Literature, The Taylor Trust, Marco Polo. Indian Voices and Catamaran Literary Reader. Of his first novel To Be With Herformer Tribune books editor John Blades wrote: “A uniquely literate perspective on the plight of the exile… in the same vein as the work of Camus and more recently Kiran Desai, whose conflicted protagonists, like Haider’s, find themselves alone in an alien world.” His new novel Life of Ganeshwas published this year.

Malcolm Rothman, a regular on Chicago’s theatrical scene since 1978, has performed on stage, TV, film, voice-over and narration. For over 17 years he has portrayed Harry Caray at corporate and private events and for four years he was Judge Adrian Barnes in Canamac Productions’ Defamation–The Play, a touring interactive courtroom drama. Recently in Daniel Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy.at Actor Ensemble Theater, he is perhaps best known as Mr. Mushnik in Chicago’s first production of Little Shop of Horrorsat the Royal George Theater.

Thomas Wawzenek is a Chicago writer whose plays have been staged in Chicago, Milwaukee and New York and at various theatre festivals. He has collaborated with actors and musicians in performing and recording Stories in Motion, which integrates his short stories musically and theatrically. A staff writer for many publications and websites, he pens arts reviews for Third Coast Review. Thomas received his creative writing degree at Columbia College. For more about his work, visit wordbeat.net.