Pub Rants

Kate Baer

Kate Baer is a writer and poet based on the East Coast. Her work has regularly been featured on Joanna Goddard’s Cup of Jo and Huffington PostWhat Kind of Woman is her first book.

Kathleen West

Kathleen West is a veteran middle and high-school teacher and semi-professional minivan driver. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a Master’s degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her hilarious husband, two sporty sons, and very bad goldendoodle. An experienced marathoner, Kathleen is excited to have recently graduated to the 40-60 year-old division of her local running club. You can find her online at WordSavvyBlog.Com and on Twitter @52BooksPlus.

Alison Hammer

Alison Hammer has been spinning words to tell stories since she learned how to talk. A graduate of the University of Florida and the Creative Circus in Atlanta, she lived in 9 cities before settling down in Chicago. During the day, Alison is a VP Creative Director at FCB Chicago, but on nights and weekends you can find her writing upmarket women’s fiction. Her claims to fame include starring in an :08 clip on America’s Funniest People, sailing on all 18 Rock Boats and winning 2nd place in a Fantasy Football league.

John Galligan

John Galligan’s debut novel, Red Sky, Red Dragonfly (2000), set in Japan, impressed critics as “one of the best first novels and one of the most authentic fictional evocations of this country and its people [this reviewer has] ever read” (The Daily Yomiuri) and a “humorous and original tale spanning two continents…a winner” (Japan Times). His series of mysteries includes The Nail Knot (2003), “a real treat” (Library Journal); The Blood Knot, a “superbly told tale” (Kirkus) and a Crime Spree Magazine 2005 Book of the Year; The Clinch Knot (2008), a “stunning excursion into the wilds of human frailty” (Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly); and The Wind Knot(2011) “Galligan’s  anti-hero – and this novel – is easy to love” (Wisconsin State Journal). He lives and teaches college writing in Madison, Wisconsin.