Mother Chicago: Truant Dreams and Specters Over the Gilded Age
October 05, 2021
5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author
Martin Billheimer was born in 1970 in Chicago's working-class Uptown neighborhood, then a hotbed of radical activism. His family moved to Bradford, England, a city in the industrial north, where he spent his childhood, before returning to Chicago in the early '80s. Billheimer founded the semi-notorious noise-punk band the Devil Bell Hippies in 1983 and participated in anti-fascist organizing in the music scene. After dropping out of high school, he continued his education working as a dishwasher, house painter, construction worker, and furniture mover. He continues to perform and record music in various projects around Chicago and has acted in pantomimes, puppet theater, and agitprop. He writes on culture, art, and politics at Counterpunch online and the Chiseler.
Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. is Professor and Chair of Indigenous Nations Studies and Interim Director of the School of Gender Race and Nations at Portland State University. His mosaic novel about sort of growing up in Chicago, Sacred Smokes, winner of the 2019 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing, is now in its second printing. His next work, Sacred City, will be published Summer 2021, also by the University of New Mexico Press, who released his edited volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones. He is the Creative Editor for Transmotion (a journal of postmodern indigenous studies). His work has been published in The Massachusetts Review, The Raven Chronicles, Red Earth Review, The Journal of Working-Class Studies, Southwest Review, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, and Yellow Medicine Review, among others.