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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kathie Bergquist  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Minneapolis, Minnesota

-- Kathie Bergquist on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bergquist moved to Chicago in 1989.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kathie Bergquist’s writing has been published in ''Girlfriends'' magazine, ''Out'', ''The Advocate'', ''Curve'', and ''Diva''. Born in Minneapolis, she moved to Chicago in 1989. She’s honed her observational skills in the field, having worked at both Women and Children First and Unabridged Bookstores in Chicago, and by writing a long-running lesbian nightlife column, “The Kathie Klub” for the Chicago gay weekly ''Nightlines''. Currently, Bergquist is the City Editor of the ''Not For Tourists™ Guide to Chicago'' and a regular food contributor to the Chicago Reader. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, and lives on the northwest side of the city.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago
ISBN: 1893121038

Lake Claremont Press. 2006

Book by Kathie Bergquist, Robert McDonald

Not For Tourists Guide 2009 to Chicago (Not for Tourists Guidebook)
ISBN: 0981488749

Langenscheidt Pub Inc. 2008

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Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast
ISBN: 0299284042

University of Wisconsin Press. 2011

The contributions of the Midwest and, specifically, Chicago to LGBTQ literature have been invaluable yet largely uncelebrated over the last century. This anthology charts a map of queer Chicago and showcases its thriving urban arts community, which boasts a unique history, legacy, and sensibility deeply rooted in the urban Midwest. Here is a first-rate collection of queer voices from Chicago's literary landscape. Celebrated writers Edmund White, Achy Obejas, Sharon Bridgforth, Brian Bouldrey, E. Patrick Johnson, Carol Anshaw, David Trinidad, and Mark Zubro are joined by emerging voices from the queer literary scene. These pieces span all literary genres, from fiction and poetry to memoir and essays, and portray a full gamut of gay Chicago lives from the everyday to the quirky, from public spectacles to quiet intimacies, from family life to nightlife, from dating to marriage, from loving to mourning. The writing that comprises this volume, which seeks to claim a queer space on the literary continuum, is surprising, smart, hilarious, and heart wrenching.

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