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Alverne Ball has a M.F.A in Fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago.  He has completed studies in Columbia College’s prestigious Semester in Los Angeles program, an intensive course focused on the adaptation of material to the screen.He has taught graphic novel writing at Noble charter High School in Chicago. He has written comic and graphic novel material for such companies as Di Bona Ventura ProductionsParamount picturesMcgraw-HillLions forge comics, New Paradigm entertainmentCampfire graphic novels, and His writing has been published in the literary magazine Annalemma, in Columbia College newspaper The Chronicle, online at, online for the Museum of contemporary Photography in Chicago, online for, and an online graphic story for the literary magazine,  His short stories of suspense have appeared in the Sin anthology by Avendia Press, Criminal Class Review as well as the online magazine, the heated Mr. Ball is the recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Glyph rising star award for his writing on 133art’s OneNation and OneNation: Old Druids. 
In 2009 Mr. Ball became the recipient of the first ever Luminarts graphic novel writing award.  He has also received Three Weisman Scholarships from Columbia College Chicago for his other graphic works.
Danny Gardner* is the author of the 3-time, Award-nominated debut novel A NEGRO AND AN OFAY. He is a widely considered authority on race and class issues related to crime fiction. He is a sought-after speaker on the academic circuit. He is also a trusted business consultant specializing in brand,
content, and product development. His face and words have been in stuff produced by Hollywood, but he doesn’t discuss that
when he’s being all serious and business-like.
Brian Lindenmuth* has been writing about crime fiction since 2006. He started off as the mystery/crime fiction editor for Mystery Book Spot and was the longtime non-fiction editor of Spinetingler Magazine. Additionally, his work has appeared in Crimespree Magazine, Heliotrope Magazine, BSC Review, Mulholland Books website, and Galley Cat. He was the head of the reading committee
for the annual Spinetingler Awards.
The eyebrows are real, and they’re spectacular.
Renee Asher Pickup* is Bronzeville’s first editorial leader, coming on board shortly after the company was founded. She is a Marine Corps vet and mellowed out punk living in Southern California. Renee writes fiction about bad things happening to flawed people, nonfiction that is critical of the status quo, and truly believes
From Dusk Till Dawn changed her life.
She serves as a member of Shotgun Honey’s acquisitions Gauntlet, and she’s likely been involved in most of the books you like since 2010
but you’d never know it because she’s modest.
Sandra Ruttan* was a walking disaster in her formative years. She was hit by a car the first time at age 8, had her right foot partially severed just before she turned 9, almost drowned when she fell down a waterfall at age 10, and was hit by a car on two additional occasions in her teen years. Adulthood has added more scars, with a car accident in the Sahara Desert ranking as Sandra’s most serious incident, closely followed by fracturing her spine in Ireland.
At age 13, Sandra had her first newspaper column, writing for The Gravenhurst News. She studied journalism and special education in college. In 2005 she founded Spinetingler Magazine, a popular crime fiction magazine. She’s had six novels published to date, and her short fiction has appeared in several venues, including Crimespree Magazine, Out of the Gutter, Shotgun Honey and The Dame Was Trouble. Sandra has also edited short story anthologies published by imprints of Down & Out Books. She is the submissions editor for Bronzeville Books, works with the Elevate authors, and oversees the content for Bronzeville Bee. Keep up to date via twitter @sandraruttan Email: sandraruttan at

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