Kathie Berguist’s writing has been published in Girlfriends magazine, Out, The Advocate, Curve, and Diva. Born in Minneapolis, she moved to Chicago in 1989. She’s honed her observational skills in the field, having worked at both Women and Children First and Unabridged Bookstores in Chicago, and by writing a long-running lesbian nightlife column, “The Kathie Klub” for the Chicago gay weekly Nightlines. Currently, Bergquist is the City Editor of the Not For Tourists™ Guide to Chicago and a regular food contributor to the Chicago Reader. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, and lives on the northwest side of the city with her girlfriend, Nikki, contending that Albany Park is positioning itself to be the new Andersonville. They share three frisky felines.
Robert McDonald has lived as an out gay man in Chicago for over 15 years, 8 of which have been serving on the front lines of Chicago’s gay community as a bookseller at Unabridged Bookstore. A self-described “theater-going, movie-watching, bar-hopping type-of-guy” when he’s not out in the field observing queer culture, McDonald can be found with his nose in a book or his pen on a page. He is an avid reader and a published poet. His writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Stagebill, and the Chicago Reader, along with several very highbrow-type literary journals. He lives with his two interesting cats in a cute little coach house in the way-gay Chicago ‘hood Andersonville. A native of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, McDonald holds an MA in English from Michigan State University.