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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1965, in Chicago, IL

Illinois Connection

Don Evans was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago, and attended Brentano then Lloyd elementary schools before moving with his family to Downers Grove, where he graduated from Downers Grove South High School. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign. Don has lived in Wrigleyville, Old Town, and Logan Square, but for the past 13 years has resided in Oak Park. His first novel, Good Money After Bad, takes place in the shadows of Wrigley Field, and his anthology Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Til Next Year focuses on the North Side baseball team's fans. Many of his short stories are also set in Chicago. As the founder and executive director of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Don works to celebrate and sustain all Chicago literature.

Biographical and Professional Information

Donald G. Evans is a former sports reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and Lombardian/Villa Park Review newspapers, where he also was an editor, photojournalist, general reporter, and humor columnist. The Illinois Press Association named Evans' "As Far As You Know" one of the best mid-sized newspaper columns in the state.

Evans has also been honored for his short story writing with a citation in Best American Short Stories' "100 Most Distinguished" and two Pushcart Prize nominations. He received fellowships to Syracuse University, where he earned an MFA under the mentorship of Tobias Wolff, and Saltonstall Foundation For The Arts. Evans has taught writing, literature and history at Syracuse University, Hamilton College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Friends World (London), and Westwood College (Chicago).

The Founding Executive Editor of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Evans edited the anthology Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year and has an ebook, An Off-White Christmas. He serves on various boards and committees, including as a program committee member of the American Writers Museum, and a selector for the annual Harold Washington Literary Award.

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-- *Spirit Award for Lifetime Achievement, Chicago Writers Association