Tony Romano teaches English and psychology at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois. He is a graduate of DePaul University (B.A.) and Northeastern Illinois University (M.A.). An award-winning fiction writer, Mr. Romano is the author of the novel When the World Was Young and the story collection If You Eat, You Never Die. He is the coauthor of Psychology and You, a high school textbook. His fiction has been produced for National Public Radio and has appeared in The Chicago Tribune Magazine and numerous literary journals. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 2010, Tony Romano was named Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. You can visit his web site at TonyRomanoAuthor.com.
Gary Anderson teaches English at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, where he served as department chair from 2001-2007. He is a graduate of Wartburg College (B.A.) and Iowa State University (M.A.). An award-winning poet, Mr. Anderson has received honors from the Illinois Arts Council and other organizations, and his writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, literary magazines, and anthologies. He serves as an administrator on English Companion Ning, an online community dedicated to professional development for English teachers. He lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Visit Gary Anderson online at WhatsNotWrong.wordpress.com.
Both authors help organize William Fremd High School’s annual Writers Week, a literary festival that brings together writers from around the nation to read and discuss their work with students and teachers. They also conduct professional development sessions and presentations around the country for teachers at conferences, seminars, and institutes.