Thursday, February 26th

Dan Killeen

Dan Killeen is the author/illustrator of the Tillie and Clementine books for children.

Jeffrey Ricker

Nicole Evelina

Jean Ellen Whatley

Jean Ellen Whatley is the author of Off the Leash, a memoir about grabbing her dog and hitting the road to give her life a reboot.

Fred Venturini

Fred Venturini is the author of The Heart Does Not Grow Back, a darkly comic, starkly original take on the superhero tale.

Ann Leckie

Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel Ancillary Justice and its sequel, Ancillary Sword. She has also published short stories in Subterranean MagazineStrange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story “Hesperia and Glory” was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton.

Mike Godwin

Joan Barthel

Wednesday, February 25th

Kevin Killeen

Kevin Killeen is a radio journalist for KMOX and the author of Never Hug a Nun and Try to Kiss a Girl.

Mary Troy

The author of Beauties, a novel; Cookie Lily, a collection of short stories; The Alibi Café and other stories, a collection of short stories; Joe Baker is Dead, a collection of short stories, Mary Troy is a professor in the MFA program at UMSL.

John Dalton

John Dalton is the author of the novels The Inverted Forest and Heaven Lake.

Greg Neri

Charlie Brennan

Dwight Bitikofer & Raven Wolf

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Tuesday, February 24th

Heather Brewer

Heather Brewer is a New York Times Best Selling author of The Slayer Chronicles, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, and Soulbound.  Her newest title, The Cemetery Boys, will be released by HarperCollins in March.

Ted Ibur

Steger Sixth Grade Center’s own, Ted Ibur, founded the Gifted Arts Project ( in which more than 1,900 students have participated since 1997. The program, which is also run by painter Anne Molasky Ibur, offers classes for middle and high school students in writing and painting. Ibur is also part of the creative team responsible for the Labute New Theater Festival, an international one-act play writing competition open to professional playwrights and high school students (deadline March 15 for high school). ( also is Vice President of the Saint Louis University Literary Board (Library Associates). Over nearly 50 years, this SLU board has awarded one of the most prestigious literary awards in the country to some of the top writers in the world including John Updike, Tennessee Williams, Joyce Carol Oates, and Joan Didion. ( Ibur’s professional drumming in rock and world music bands proved invaluable in writing Teacher of the Year, a novel featuring an eclectic array of songs and musical genres.

Bella & Lily

Featuring a distinctive indie/pop style, artists Bella & Lily have a natural flair for creating songs laden with pop hooks & gorgeous vocal harmonies. Sisters Bella and Lily Ibur launched a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, catching the eye of producer Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Mick Jagger) at Waterfront Studios in New York, to produce their first album. Count To Ten. Bella & Lily have received radio play on nearly 200 college radio stations, and their album has been licensed to 14 different television programs on MTV, VH-1, Discovery and A&E. Their band performed in Austin during the 2014 SXSW Music Festival. For the past months, Bella & Lily have been working on new material in Nashville, New York, and Columbia., or