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ABOUT: Of Indian origin, Ignatius earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, where he won the Distinguished Thesis Award in Fiction. Since graduating, he has been invited to teach courses in advanced writing and experimentation in the MS-IDS Integrated Design and Strategy graduate program at Northwestern University SPS, at Harold Washington College (City Colleges of Chicago), and in the Cook Family Writing Program (Design Thinking & Communication-DTC) at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Ignatius also teaches in the BFAW and MFAW Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and at the Chicago Portfolio School (for designers, art directors, and copywriters).

His writing has appeared in several venues, including The Sunday Rumpus, Newcity, TriQuarterly, and Third Coast Review. His experimental novel Fishhead. Republic of Want is forthcoming from Tortoise Books in 2019. He is a literary citizen and co-organizer of Sunday Salon Chicago, a popular bi-monthly reading event series. He co-organized Writers Resist during the 2018 Evanston Literary Festival, read during Poets Resist at the festival in 2017, and also read and performed a short set of banned songs during Banned Books Week, an ACLU benefit, in September last year at The Public House Theatre.

Ignatius is a designer and songwriter in the hard rock/post-metal/post-rock genre who plays drums and lead guitar. He is a member of the Curatorial Board at Ragdale Foundation, an arts community in Lake Forest, Illinois. As well, he is a juror for the 2019 National Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards. Ignatius carries purple pride and lives with his wife in Evanston.

Personal & community links:
Sunday Salon Reading Series: http://www.sundaysalon-chicago.com/
Personal writing blog: www.boloblog.ignatiusaloysius.com/
Ragdale Foundation: www.ragdale.org/
Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards: https://www.artandwriting.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ignatius2u
And visible now and then on Facebook and LinkdIn
Music/Songwriting: www.soundcloud.com/iggy-valentine
Listen to The Path, poems 1 and 2; Encomium (Ambient) here:

 


 


 



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My debut novel
FISHHEAD. REPUBLIC OF WANT
is scheduled for release this year from indie Chicago publisher Tortoise Books (www.tortoisebooks.com)

NOVEL SUMMARY:
In a late 1970’s tenement in Bombay, a hungry boy on the brink of adulthood struggles with the demands of his family's indigence, only to wrestle with the acceptance of an affectionate upper middle-class girl from the neighboring school who likes him. He hopes his want, love, and curiosity will free him from his harsh conditions at home while he enters a world of literature and music. But when their intimacy is shattered, he sets his sights for work on an offshore oil rig, despite his fear of deep water.

THREE EXCERPTS of the novel have previously been published in slightly different form as short stories:
To read "Tabernacle for Drinkers" on Third Coast Review click here;

To read "Greeting Cards" also on Third Coast Review, click here.

The short story "One Small Victory" in The Rumpus can be read here.

BOOKS I'M READING NOW:
Best American Experimental Writing, 2018 (BAX) edited by Seth Abramson, Jesse Damiani, and Myung Mi Kim
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez, 2018 National Book Award Winner
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, 2018 National Book Award Finalist
Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas

BOOKS I READ RECENTLY:
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.
The Sorrow and the Fast of It, a book-length monologue of prose verses by Nathalie Stephens (son-daughter of Helene Cixous and Jean Genet)
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, National Book Award Finalist
The Displaced Children of Displaced Children, poems by Faisal Mohyuddin,
winner of the 2017 Sexton Poetry Prize.
Gathered Bones are Known to Wander, prose poems by Amy Strauss Friedman