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Joe Meno

Joe Meno Serves as the 2006 Final Judge for the Nick Adams Contest

Press release February 6, 2006

Joe Meno has agreed to serve as the professional judge for the 2006 Nick Adams Short Story Contest. He is the author of Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir (2005), his first collection of short stories, as well as several other works including Hairstyles of the Damned (2004), How the Hula Girl Sings (2001; 2005 re-release) and Tender as Hellfire (1999).

Publishers Weekly described Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir as "edgy and interesting, with a fine blend of the dark and the absurd," while Library Journal adds that it "is every bit as poignant, powerful, insightful, and imaginative as his gritty debut novel, Tender as Hellfire." Jim DeRogatis, the pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times declares "Joe Meno writes with energy, honesty, and emotional impact of the best punk rock. From the opening sentence to the very last word, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip." Hairstyles of the Damned was also selected for the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" program in 2004.

Originally from Evergreen Park, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago, Joe Meno is a graduate of Chicago's Columbia College, where he currently teaches fiction writing. Besides his teaching schedule and novels, Meno is a playwright, columnist and editor -- writing for Punk Planet magazine, and editing for the magazines Sleepwalk and Bail.

Meno's work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Other Voices, Washington Square, Bridge, Gulf Coast, and on National Public Radio. He was the winner of the 2003 Nelson Algren Literary Award and has won the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association award three times.

Focus Films has optioned Hairstyles of the Damned and Meno's newest work, The Boy Detective Fails, which began as a play, should be on bookshelves in September from Akashic Books.