2024 Writers Week Presenters

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Scott Kenemore

Zombie Novelist

Born in New York and educated at Kenyon College and Columbia University, Scott Kenemore is the national bestselling author of Lake of Darkness, The Grand Hotel, and Zombie Ohio, as well as numerous other works of horror and satire. He lives in Evanston, IL.

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Eden Robins

Writer

Eden Robins' debut novel, When Franny Stands Up, was named a best book of 2022 by the Chicago Reader, a best queer book of 2022 by Autostraddle, and best book of the month by Bustle and Buzzfeed. Her next novel, Remember You Will Die, will be out in October. She also writes short stories and self-absorbed essays at places like Slate, Catapult, USA Today, LA Review of Books, Apex magazine, Shimmer, and others. She is currently a crossing guard, and she once did a stand-up comedy set to an audience who didn't boo. She lives in Chicago, has been to the bottom of the ocean, and will never go to space.

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Noreen Nasir (GCHS Alumna)

Journalist

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Ron Scot Fry

Writer + Shakespearean Performer

Former Artistic Director for the Bristol Renaissance Faire, Ron works as a teacher, designer, director, writer, and performer. He's directed a number of Shakespeare in the Park productions including The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  His one-man interactive experience with the Bard, “To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now,” has played throughout the United States and in Florence, Italy. Ron owns a successful construction company, FryCroft.

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Pete's Diary

Rock Band

Peter Dankelson is a musician and speaker. Over 800k social media followers have found inspiration and motivation from his music, books, and merchandise.

Peter's story and talent is the inspiration that fuels Pete's Diary. He is 23 years old and undergone 37 surgeries to correct birth defects due to Goldenhar Syndrome. Peter found his passion for playing guitar at the age of 15 and used it to get through his toughest recoveries. His music is available on all streaming platforms.

Fullamusu Bangura

Luis

The Chicago Poetry Center

Poets

FULLAMUSU BANGURA is a writer originally from Washington, D.C. and currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. They are the author of the essay-book “…Considers Lil’ Kim’s Hard Core.” Their work has been published in New Delta Review, Apogee Journal, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Fullamusu is an educator at heart, working in various formal and popular education roles since 2015. In 2020, they were selected as a 2020 Best of the Net Poetry finalist.

LUIS TUBENS, a.k.a “Logan Lu”, was born in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood and raised in Logan Square. In 2014, he earned a B.A. in Communications, media and theater from Northeastern Illinois University. He is the 2017 Artists in Residence at Oak Park Public Library. Luis has performed poetry across the United States including with the GUILD COMPLEX, Tia Chucha Press, and the National Museum of Mexican Art. He has toured Mexico City in 2016 and 2018 presenting his work at the acclaimed “Show Socrates MX” (2016) and the National Book Fair of Leon GTO (2018) and featured in Puerto Rico at “Poets Passage” and “Gathering of Cities” at Libros AC (2019). He has also held workshops for the residents of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and students in the Chicago Public Schools. On stage, he has opened for notable acts including Saul Williams and Calle 13. He is the author of Stone Eagle (2017) published by Bobbin Lace Press, Chicago. Currently, Luis is the resident poet for ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat (2016 Best New Band and Best International Music Act, Chicago Reader) and represented Chicago in the 2014 and 2018 National Poetry Slam.