Our Writers

In addition to the editors on the About page, these Chicago writers contribute articles, reviews and interviews to Third Coast Review. If you’d like to write for Third Coast Review, please fill out our Contact Us form (in the footer) and include a short bio and links to writing samples.


3cr-abieheadshot-1Abie Irabor is a storyteller, actor and writer. She received her MFA in acting from DePaul University. If she’s not writing an art review, she’s performing on stage somewhere around the city. Follow her in IG @ abieirabor.



Angela AllynAngela Allyn is a multidisciplinary culture hound who administers community arts programs for the city of Evanston. A foodie who loves to meet farmers and her meals when they are growing, she is addicted to fair trade coffee and chocolate.


3cr-andreaheadshotAndrea Palm is a Florida native. She’s constantly asking herself: “Why did you leave the warmth? Why did you come here? Where are you? Is this Narnia? How do I get out of this miserable windy snow closet?!” Andrea loves to spin, eat Nutella (amongst other things but with a strong emphasis on Nutella), and roam around Chicago with her squad of friends. She developed a fondness for musical theater as a child, watching her sister star in local theater productions. She describes her theatergoing taste as “eclectic-pop-classic” and her favorite musicals are those that make you laugh, cry and come back.


hertzberg photoAndrew Hertzberg is a writer and reader, sometimes more of one than the other. You can find him biking around all over the city, volunteering at Open Books, contributing to various (on)/(off)line avenues, or at any of Chicago’s finest TV-deficient, cash-only bars. He tweets at @and_hertz.



Benjamin Cannon holds a few bachelor’s degrees and is doing nothing related to what they prepared him to do. In addition to 3CR he is a freelance contributor for The A.V. Club. His passions are design, culture, comedy and Epicurean pursuits. Find him on Twitter or at his website.


3cr-bianca-headshotBianca Bova is a Chicago-based curator. She has worked with national and international contemporary arts organizations including Gunder Exhibitions, SiTE:LAB, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and EXPO Chicago.


Brent-200x300 (1)Brent Eickhoff is a director, writer and educator. He’s a founding member and co-artistic director of Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble. Brent has worked with A Red Orchid Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., Arc Theatre, the Public House Theatre, Something Marvelous, Whiskey Radio Hour and The Burrowers. He’s the educational coordinator for Silk Road Rising and has also taught at the Children’s Theatre Co. in Highland Park. While Brent has worked with a variety of Chicago theater artists, he doesn’t let that get in the way of writing unbiased reviews of any production he covers.


BrianBrianna Kratz Headshotna Kratz has a B.A. in English Writing from Illinois Wesleyan University where she learned the importance of “the poetic turn,” the difference between thee and you, and how to read Middle English. She lives on the Internet almost always and you can follow her on Twitter.


SelfieCameraBIO (001 of 001)Chris Riha–better known by his instagram handle @Superbia454–is a multimedia photojournalism student at Columbia College Chicago. He’s earned a certificate from the under-appreciated photography department of Oakton Community College, where he is also a student employee. Chris has studied alongside legendary Chicago photojournalist John H. White, and barely survived a three-month internship at the Chicago Reader. He is rarely seen out in the wild without a camera or three around his shoulders. When not covering arts and culture, he can be found chasing and photographing politicians and protesters on the streets of Chicago.


chris#2Chris Zois has been roaming around Chicago since graduating Roosevelt University in 2011. He has been a copywriter and reporter since shedding his cap and gown, working for Fanatics and No Limit Agency. His ramblings deal with his gripes of recent viewings at the multiplex and interviews some of his favorite bands from Chicago.


tcr colin smithColin Smith listens to garage rock and reads theory by the Frankfurt school. He led his college’s newspaper, wrote features for a magazine in Kenya, and wrote a thesis on the cultural iconography of the guitar. He edits reviews for Pop ‘stache and plays pop-rock music. Follow him on Twitter.


3cr-DaniellePic2016Danielle Wilcox holds an M.F.A in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago where she currently works in the News Office. She is the co-creator of LDOC, a free bi-monthly arts publication, and the recipient of the 2015 Crusade Engagement Grant. She lives in Humboldt Park with her husband and her cat.


3cr-elifgeris-headshot (1)Elif Geris is a concert addict, who also can’t go a day without feeling a musical hum in her throat, and the trickle of her fingers across the keys. She has a background in journalistic writing and radio production, currently working as a producer at WGN Radio. UIC is her alma mater and where she began connecting with Chicago’s music scene.


Elizabeth Anastos is an art consultant and collections management specialist for a boutique art consulting firm in the city. She received her BA in Art History from DePaul University and is currently working towards her fine art appraisal credentials through the International Society of Appraisers. Elizabeth has a passion for travel and is always planning her next get-away.


tcr-amandatugadeF. Amanda Tugade is known as the girl in the back of the bar standing on her tippy-toes, trying to take a cool photos of the show on her iPhone and posting it on IG. She’s currently hustling as a freelance reporter. Follow her every move @followmetugade.


3cr-JOrbesen headshot (1)James Orbesen is a writer and professor living in Chicago. His first book on the comics of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely is forthcoming from Sequart. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Guernica, Salon, Jacobin, Chicago Review of Books, PopMatters, TriQuarterly and elsewhere.



3cr-JessicaMlinaricheadshotJessica Mlinaric is a writer, photographer and cat mom. Her first book on the strange and secret corners of Chicago is forthcoming from Reedy Press. Jessica founded urbnexplorer.com in 2010 to share stories about cities and their cultures. Right now, she is probably at a concert or volunteering at 826CHI. She tweets at @urbnexplorer.


Julia PhamJulia Pham is a queer feminist who enjoys using food, mindless television shows, and dominant culture to critically think about the world in which we live. When she’s not engaging in social critique, she practices funny accents, gets tattoos, and develops recipes.


tcr-julianramirezJulian Ramirez is a natural-born Chicagoan who graduated from UIC with a BA in Creative Writing. He spends most of his sleepless nights indulging in as much art and media as he possibly can. You can read more of his writings on all his creative obsessions at orgasticfutures


KarinMckieKarin McKie, MFA, is an arts reviewer, features writer, nonfiction essayist, SAG/AFTRA actor, BodyPumper, and ComedySportz Chicago Managing Director, where she is also creating the live lit/improv mash-up “Kill Your Darlings.” Listen to Karin’s stories from Chicago Public Radio and follow her on Twitter where her handle is unfortunately apt as @MzzzAnthrope.

kate scott photoKate Scott Daly specializes in music journalism. Her body of work includes live documenting over 200 bands, reviewing several albums and concerts, and multiple artist interviews. Kate continues to brave the photo pits of major music venues and outdoor festivals throughout the Chicagoland scene.


TCR-kimCheadshotKim Campbell saw the tidy bowl blue of Lake Michigan for the first time while chugging down Lake Shore Drive with a car full of cats and books. 24 years later, she still misses east coast pizza but considers it a fair trade off for the arts & culture scene in Chicago. She writes with equal fervor about theater, circus, dance and food. See her tweets at @kimzyn or follow her on Instagram. Email her here.


Lauren ChicagoLauren Garcia is a Texas transplant and freelance writer.  When she’s not reviewing for 3CR, she usually can be found baking pies, contemplating the social impact of the show Frasier, or writing essays about food in conjunction with 20-something wisdom on The Cereal Box Philosopher .


Lisa TrifoneLisa Trifone has worked in independent film for over a decade, at film festivals across the country and supporting the theatrical and digital releases of award-winning films. A Chicago native and general culture fiend, she owns her own marketing and publicity consulting firm, 11th Street Lot. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram


3CR LouisHarrisheadshotLouis Harris taught himself to write back when punk rock was still in its formative years. At the time, he lived in Washington, DC, where he wrote record and show reviews for local fanzines, plus interviews with Government Issue, Big Black, the Meatmen, Killdozer, the Feelies, and other seminal acts. He later became engrossed in classical music, particularly chamber music, which remains his passion. He occasionally writes poetry and has a published novel . He lives on the north side of Chicago, which he considers to be the greatest city in the country, if not the world.


3cr-Matt Brooks HeadshotMatt Brooks is a veg-head, son of a dead head, grown in the Western burbs. If you’re looking to find him, a good place to start would be any Sofar Sounds gig, where he is connecting with fellow music-lovers and probably telling some bad emcee jokes.


3cr-Dailing-Headshot-186x300 (1)Paul Dailing writes The Chicago Review of Terrible Books for Third Coast Review. Whether it examines the Derridian logocentrism of hopping on pop, the speculative fiction of Ray Comfort or the narrative framing structures of a Chilton repair guide for a ’78 Dodge Aspen, the monthly series is a searing, penetrating eye by a literary luminary of whom South African playwright Athol Fugard once said “I have consulted my attorneys and will seek legal action if you do not refrain from attributing fictive laudatory quotes to me.” Dailing writes f’realsies at 1,001 Chicago Afternoons.


profileRobert O’Connor is a writer and editor in Chicago. Last year he wrote the book “Hiroshima Nagasaki: An Illustrated History, Anthology, and Guide” for Odyssey Publications. His work has appeared in Lumpen, Mash Tun, Proximity, Spike, 3:AM and Gapersblock.


3cr-sherryheadshotSherry Zhong hates writing as intensely as she loves reading. She’s read the Great Books, but she’s still on the hunt for a meaningful narrative. If you have any suggestions, e-mail her here.



Steve Prokopy is our chief movie reviewer. Steve writes about movies as Capone at aintitcoolnews.cocm. Follow him on Twitter @CaponeAicn.



3cr-taylor-headshotTaylor Poulin is a writer, art historian and curator. When she’s not in a museum looking out for Matisse, or digging up forgotten mid-century abstract artists, she’s practicing yoga and running around town on Instagram (@taylorlpoulin) reveling in Chicago’s art and architecture.




3CR Alumni Club

TCR-ZachblumyheadshotZach Blumenfeld. Zach, a native of suburban Lincolnshire, graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2015 and began writing about music and culture as a way to both put off grad school and see as much live music as possible. Zach was the original calendar curator for Third Coast Review, but sorrowfully, he’s now gone on to attend law school in New York. He has been a regular contributor at Performer Magazine and Pop’stache and an editorial intern at Paste Magazine. He loves Twitter followers. Email him here.