George Bailey

George Bailey, his wife Linda, and his sons Nathan and Jared live in Oak Park, IL. George is a faculty member in the English Department of Columbia College Chicago. He teaches Speech, English Composition and American Literature in those departments as well. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, his MA in English from De Paul University, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

His short fiction and articles on a variety of topics have appeared in New Chicago Stories, Chicago Works: A New Collection of Chicago Authors' Best Stories, West Side Stories (Ed, Chicago Sun Times, Fra Noi, New City, The Chicago Journal. His choreopoem, For the 13, was adapted by Zebra Crossing and performed at the Theater Building in Chicago. His current writing focuses upon the institutional demonization of young African American children in the United States.

He is actively "shopping" a completed novel and a collection of short stories. He has played in a jazz band for 15 years, and promoted partnerships between school cultures. On occasion he dresses up as a 9th United States Cavalry corporal to explore the deconstruction period in the American West.

George Bailey (guitar and vocals) performs with Carl Spight (percussion) at Café Mestizo on October 27. Their performance involves a collaboration with Hamadal Issoufou.