Starting Summer 2011, Experiments in Manhood has published guest essayists. The monthly feature appears on Sundays(usually). 

Mark R. Brand is a Chicago-based science-fiction author and the online short fiction editor of Silverthought Press. He is the author of two novels, Life After Sleep (2011), and Red Ivy Afternoon (2006), and he is the editor of the collection Thank You Death Robot (2009), named a Chicago Author favorite by the Chicago Tribune and recipient of the Silver medal 2009 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) in the category of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He has published numerous short stories and essays, an exhaustive list of which can be found at He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and son.

Ira Brooker is a writer and editor currently based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His day job allows him to work from home three days a week, which affords his son ample opportunity to watch the machines from multiple angles. Ira blathers about pop culture at A Talent for Idleness and is in the process of getting up and running.

Jason Fisk is a husband, a teacher, and a father of two: Delia and Jonas (his little anagram). He is the author of Salt Creek Anthology, a collection of micro-fiction published by Chicago Center for Literature and Photography; the fierce crackle of fragile wings, a collection of poetry published by Six Gallery Press; as well as two poetry chapbooks, The Sagging: Spirits and Skin, and Decay, both published by Propaganda Press. For more information, feel free to check out:

Scott Miles is from Downriver Detroit and lives in Chicago. He’s a cool dad. Probably not the smoke-weed-and-drink-beer-and-share-pornography-with-his-kids kind of dad, but still pretty cool. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his story in The Atticus Review. He has also recently finished writing his second crime/noir novel. He never blogs here:

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books 99 Problems and You Can Make Him Like You among others, as well as the forthcoming novella My Father’s House and humor collection This American Life. You can find him online at He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

Patrick Wensink is the author of two books: Black Hole Blues (2011) and Sex Dungeon for Sale! (2009). One of those titles embarrasses his mother more than the other—guess which one? His next novel will be published in 2012. He is also a regular contributor to We Who Are About To Die.

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