Paul Durica has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and a PhD in English from the University of Chicago. His writing has appeared in Poetry, The Chicagoan, Tin House, Mid-American Review, and Indiana Review among other places. He is the founder of Pocket Guide to Hell, a series of free and interactive talks, walks, and reenactments that deal with Chicago’s past.
Bill Savage is Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Northwestern University.
Bill teaches Chicago literature, history and culture there and at the Newberry Library of Chicago. He has also introduced, edited and/or annotated other great Chicago books: Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm: 50th Anniversary Critical Edition (Seven Stories Press, 1999, with Daniel Simon); Nelson Algren’s Chicago: City on the Make, Newly Annotated (University of Chicago Press, 2001, with David C. Schmittgens), and Ben Hecht’s 1001 Afternoons In Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, and writes book reviews, essays, criticism, and sports journalism for the Chicago Tribune, Chicagosidesports.com, Crain’s Chicago Business, and other publications with “Chicago” in their titles. He is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, and considers his 30+ years of bartending a serious scholarly credential for this particular project.