Bradburyesque Announces Call for Submissions of Work Inspired by Ray Bradbury


Chicago, IL – Legendary writer Ray Bradbury worked across genres and disciplines, inspiring generations of artists in literature, visual art, film, and music. His career spanned over 70 years and continues to inform our culture with its visionary ideas and lyrical language. Books like Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and many others, have become essential fixtures in the landscape of literature.

To celebrate his birthday, Aug. 22, 2016, Bradburyesque emerges as a special Ray Bradbury-focused issue of online literary journal Goreyesque ( The editors encourage writers and artists to send submissions of short stories, essays, poetry, visual art, short film, music, and other art. The deadline for submissions is Apr. 22, 2016 (full guidelines are available at:

Bradburyesque will feature work inspired by the themes, styles, and tone of Bradbury’s writing. It will be guest edited by journalist and author Sam Weller, whose role as Bradbury’s authorized biographer and friend produced the definitive studies of his life and career: The Bradbury Chronicles; Listen to the Echoes; and Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with the incredible team at Goreyesque on their off-shoot celebration of Ray Bradbury,” said Weller. “Ray Bradbury was a writer who fearlessly worked across media and I know that Bradburyesque will celebrate this great man and his unprecedented imagination in myriad and exciting ways!”

Weller and author Mort Castle co-edited Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, a 2012 Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology (and now a comic book series by IDW) featuring Bradbury-inspired work by noted authors such as Neil Gaiman, Audrey Niffenegger, and Margaret Atwood. Prompted by the spirit of Shadow Show, as well as that of Goreyesque, Weller and the editors wish to showcase work by emerging writers and artists alongside established professionals.

For every artist influenced by Bradbury’s motto “Live forever!” this is a rare opportunity to participate in a project that seeks to expand on the beauty of Shadow Show, move beyond the page, and create a forum to celebrate the work of a literary icon.

About Goreyesque:

Goreyesque is an online literary journal, established in 2013, which features stories, poems, and artwork inspired by visual storyteller Edward Gorey. Contributors have included Joe Meno (Office Girl), Adam McOmber (The White Forest), Sam Weller (The Bradbury Chronicles), Mort Castle (New Moon on the Water), and Edward Carey (Heap House), among others. It features work from contributors around the world at all stages in their careers. Goreyesque is produced by editors Corey Klinzing, Jess Millman, Howard Simmons, and Todd Summar.

More details are available at the website:

Goreyesque Issues Call for Submissions


Chicago, IL - Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Writing is launching a new online literary journal, Goreyesque (, now open to all for submissions. 

Both an homage and showcase of contemporary artists and storytellers inspired by Edward Gorey’s lasting influence across genres, Goreyesque seeks works that are darkly humorous, surreal, playful, and anything in between. Short stories, essays, poems, illustrations, video/animation and other forms of art all welcome. Original work is preferred, but reprints that fit the project’s scope are also appreciated (see submission guidelines). Contributors do not have to be students to submit.

The launch of Goreyesque coincides with the Chicago debut of Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey and G is for Gorey—C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak, at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Feb. 15 - Jun. 15. While Elegant Enigmas has traveled the country since 2009, the companion exhibition G is for Gorey provides an even closer in-depth look at Gorey’s legacy, including his illustrations for book jackets and magazine articles, and his life and work on Cape Cod.

Gorey’s artwork returns to his home town for the first time with this special exhibition and reading/performance showcase, so writers and artists should be sure to send Gorey-inspired work soon! All works submitted before Apr. 14 will be considered for a public reading and showcase at LUMA’s gallery space in Chicago on Apr. 29. Top 5 submissions will also receive the exhibition catalogue Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey.

Special guest judges for the reading: Sam Weller, author of The Bradbury Chronicles, and Mort Castle, author of Bram Stoker award-winning New Moon on the Water. Both served as co-editors of Stoker award-winning Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury.

Contact Todd Summar, Editor-in-Chief, with any questions.

CTLGroup Paving the Way on Transportation Infrastructure Sustainability Initiatives

The following is a piece on sustainability initiatives I wrote for civil engineering firm CTLGroup. It was used as a press release, online thought leadership article, and in an email blast.

CHICAGO, IL (October 9, 2013) – CTLGroup engineers and scientists are at the forefront of providing advanced sustainability services to clients across the transportation and materials and products industries. The firm’s experts have approached sustainability from a scientific and quantitative perspective in order to enhance performance, measure improvement and gauge the service life of highway pavements and other transportation infrastructure components. As a result of CTLGroup’s efforts, clients have seen the performance and durability of their infrastructure improve, while incurring significant cost savings and reducing their environmental footprint.

In recent years, the use of the word “sustainable” has become common, but CTLGroup has provided sustainable solutions to clients for decades. The firm works with thousands of clients optimizing concrete mixtures, reducing cement content, increasing the use of industrial by- products and reducing the overall carbon footprint of concrete structures over the life cycle. Many transportation agencies had previously focused on immediate economic costs, but those concerned with sustainability now must consider the economic, environmental and societal costs of a project over the entire life cycle. Their desire to save money and increase infrastructure longevity is significantly fueled by pressure from an increasingly budget-minded public, but so is their desire to provide good environmental and social value.

Several of CTLGroup’s recent projects illustrate its authority in this arena, and indicate a trend that will continue to expand for the foreseeable future. Known as an innovative leader in performance-based concrete mixture design specifications, CTLGroup played an integral role in providing advanced concrete testing, analysis and technical expertise for the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. To help the Tollway realize its goal for Move Illinois to be the “cleanest and greenest” program in the agency’s history, CTLGroup worked with the Tollway to ensure that its pavement and bridge deck materials meet stringent mechanical and durability requirements (due to the tough winters of Illinois and elements such as deicers used on the pavement). The firm helped develop new performance-based specifications that provide both short-term and long-term solutions that are both cost effective and environmentally improved. Over time, less rehabilitation will be required, which means fewer construction delays – something tangibly beneficial to the traveling public.

CTLGroup plays a key role in the Federal Highway Sustainable Pavements Program. The firm assists Applied Pavement Technology as part of a team that includes: University of California Davis; University of Illinois; University of Washington; theRightenvironment; and Virginia Tech. CTLGroup helps lead the effort to advance the knowledge and practice of sustainability in pavements at a national level, and to establish a program that considers asphalt, concrete and new and emerging materials. CTLGroup experts are currently co-writing the reference manual for this initiative.

Working with our partner, Nichols Consulting Engineers, CTLGroup assisted the City of Chula Vista, CA with a study of cool pavements alternatives for new and existing infrastructure. To help achieve the city’s goal of promoting innovative energy efficiency throughout the community, CTLGroup identified a number of “cool” paving strategies as a potential tool to mitigate the urban heat island (UHI) effect. For one, light-colored reflective concrete does not absorb the same amount of solar energy as darker surfaces, and therefore contributes less to the heating of urban areas. This results in improved human comfort and health as well as improved energy efficiency through reduced air conditioning use. The CTLGroup/Nichols team investigated Chula Vista’s streets, pedestrian ways, parking lots and landscaping. For its study, the firm factored in issues of solar reflectance, installation cost, service and UHI to provide a cost/benefit analysis for various alternatives, identifying numerous opportunities to apply cool pavement strategies throughout the city’s infrastructure. Recommendations included a two-tiered implementation plan. This work is timely, considering the fact that California recently passed legislation (AB 296) requiring the California Department of Transportation to implement cool pavement strategies throughout the state.

Increasingly, CTLGroup is being asked to assist clients with environmental product declarations (EPDs), reports that categorize the environmental impact of a product. When version 4.0 of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is released later this year, EPDs will be a key component of the requirements, making them an even more critical issue across all construction sectors.

These are only a few examples of CTLGroup’s continued thought leadership in the world of sustainability.

About CTLGroup

CTLGroup is an internationally-recognized expert consulting engineering and materials science firm that provides engineering, testing and scientific services to our clients in the following markets: Building & Facilities; Energy & Resources; Litigation & Insurance; Materials & Products; Transportation; and Emergent Solutions. Our 110-person staff includes professionals from the fields of civil, structural, geotechnical and mechanical engineering, architecture, geology, chemistry, ceramics and materials science. Our ability to deliver unique insights and solutions for our clients’ complex challenges is what makes CTLGroup an industry leader. Serving clients from around the globe, CTLGroup maintains corporate offices and laboratories in Chicago (Skokie, Illinois), as well as consulting offices in Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, and Naperville, Illinois. Services for clients in New York and North Carolina are provided through CTL Engineers & Construction Technology Consultants, P.C. Website: 

CTLGroup Saddened by the Loss of W. Gene Corley

From CTLGroup's website.

CTLGroup, an expert engineering and materials science firm located in Skokie, Illinois, is saddened by the news that W. Gene Corley, Ph.D., S.E., P.E., Senior Vice President, died on March 1, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. With a legendary career that spanned over 50 years, Dr. Corley developed his structural engineering expertise at CTLGroup and its predecessor, the Portland Cement Association. His diverse work included applied research, structural evaluations and repairs and structural forensic investigations.

Dr. Corley, dubbed the "preeminent expert on building collapse investigations and building codes" by the American Society of Engineers (ASCE), built his reputation as one of the world's experts on structures damaged by natural and manmade disasters as he investigated some of the most notable building failures in recent U.S. history. As Team Leader, he directed the FEMA investigation into the September 11, 2001 collapse of the World Trade Center's twin towers. 

A recognized industry leader, Dr. Corley was at the forefront of the structural engineering profession and the development of building codes and standards. He served in key leadership roles of numerous technical and professional organizations. Gene was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers where he helped establish the Structural Engineering Institute and served as Chair of the Technical Council on Forensic Engineering. He was also a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute where he served as Chair of the Institute's Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code. Gene was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2000, one of the highest distinctions accorded to an engineer, for his leadership in raising the standards of the engineering profession for building and bridge construction.

"The management and staff of CTLGroup want to acknowledge Gene's contributions to the firm and his exemplary technical and professional accomplishments," said Jeffrey L. Garrett, Ph.D., S.E., CTLGroup President & CEO. "Gene's legacy in the structural engineering profession is unparalleled. He was an innovative thought leader who consistently contributed generous amounts of his time and knowledge to the profession."

Dr. Corley's leadership in the development of CTLGroup's forensic engineering capabilities laid the foundation for CTLGroup to become the expert consulting engineering and materials science firm that it is today. Thanks to Gene's example, CTLGroup's thought leaders continue to apply their diverse expertise to solve our clients' most challenging problems as CTLGroup grows, expands and diversifies. Over the years, CTLGroup has broadened its capabilities, expert services and geographical coverage to serve significant markets within the engineering and materials science industries. The firm's senior management and staff include many industry leaders, providing consulting and materials science expertise in such diverse markets as the Transportation Industry, Buildings & Facilities, Energy & Resources, Litigation & Insurance, Materials & Products, and Advanced Technologies.

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP Adds Five Prominent Attorneys to Its Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group

From Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP's website.

Mark A. Berkoff Named Chair of Practice Group

January 29, 2009

CHICAGO –  Chicago-based law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP is very pleased to announce five new lawyers have joined the firm’s Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group: Mark A. Berkoff, partner and practice group chair; William Choslovsky, partner; Deborah M. Gutfeld, partner; Marc I. Fenton, senior counsel; and Nicholas M. Miller, senior counsel. The five attorneys previously practiced law at DLA Piper, where Berkoff was global co-chair of that firm’s Financial Restructuring Group. Berkoff and his experienced team join firm partner Thomas C. Wolford and other members of this practice group to further the firm’s core commitment to excellence in client service.

“We are genuinely excited and energized,” said Mark Berkoff. “Given the current economy, we are prepared and poised to help counsel our clients to weather some difficult and complex situations. Neal Gerber Eisenberg is a natural fit for us. The firm’s stellar reputation for providing exemplary client service is noteworthy and well-earned.”

The firm’s restructuring and bankruptcy practice has been expanded to include the representation of debtors, unsecured creditors and creditors’ committees, secured creditors, bondholders, lessors, asset purchasers, franchisors, parties in derivative transactions, trustees and equity holders. Members of the practice group have experience representing a diverse group of industries, including, among others, the airline, automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and technology industries.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming this group of seasoned professionals who bring with them a noteworthy history of success,” said Jerry H. Biederman, managing partner of Neal Gerber Eisenberg. “Mark and his team have exceptional track records in the financial restructuring and bankruptcy law field.”

A brief biography for each of the new members of the Neal Gerber Eisenberg Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group follows (view full biographies at

  • Mark A. Berkoff, Practice Chair: Berkoff, 47, is the new chair of the Neal Gerber Eisenberg Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group. Previously, he was global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Financial Restructuring Group. During his tenure with DLA Piper, he more than tripled the size of the practice group. He regularly represents debtors and creditors’ committees in complex commercial Chapter 11 cases in diverse industries. He has handled all aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings from pre-bankruptcy planning through plan confirmation and post-confirmation matters. He has made numerous presentations to business associations, credit professionals, lenders and attorneys in the following areas among others: Chapter 11 practice and procedure; participating on Chapter 11 creditors’ committees; alternatives to bankruptcy such as workouts, out-of-court composition agreements, assignments for the benefit of creditors; and article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He is recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the country’s leading bankruptcy and insolvency lawyers. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law. He has been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2005-2009. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law
  • William Choslovsky, Partner: Choslovsky, 40, principally practices bankruptcy law, representing debtors, creditors and other interested parties in bankruptcy-related matters. He represents clients in federal court (Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings), state court and in complex out-of-court workouts. He is also a litigator and has experience representing developers on real estate and work-out matters. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he clerked for two judges. He was named an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2009. 
  • Deborah M. Gutfeld, Partner: Gutfeld, 32, has extensive experience representing landlords and enforcing their claims in large retail bankruptcy cases. She has also represented debtors in large national cases in matters related to professional retention, claim objections, executory contracts and asset disposition. Additionally, she has handled Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases for creditors and trustees, with a specific focus on preference adversary work. She has previously practiced in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. She has worked on numerous transactions involving both privately held organizations and publicly held companies. 
  • Marc I. Fenton, Senior Counsel: Fenton, 55, focuses his practice on the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation. His experience includes informal and out-of-court workouts; reorganization and liquidation proceedings; negotiation of agreements and contracts; and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. During his 20 years in private practice, he has represented debtors, creditors, lenders, trustees and creditors committees. He has also represented sellers and purchasers of distressed businesses and real estate. 
  • Nicholas M. Miller, Senior Counsel: Miller, 37, brings to the firm substantial experience in general insolvency matters and distressed asset sales. He has extensive experience with debtor-side representations in diverse industries, including financial services, retail, automotive, steel, manufacturing, broadband communications and intellectual property. He also has represented secured lenders, bondholders, indenture trustees and official committees of unsecured creditors in chapter 11 proceedings. He is certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification.

About Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Neal Gerber Eisenberg is a Chicago-based law firm providing legal services to a diverse group of clients in a wide array of domestic and global business transactions and litigation matters. The firm’s clients include privately and publicly held companies, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations and high net worth individuals. The firm’s client base reflects virtually every business industry, including a number of Fortune 100 companies. The firm has grown to over 200 attorneys who share common values of integrity, a dedication to high quality legal services and a commitment to diversity. The firm’s 23 practice areas range from Associations & Not-for-Profit Organizations, Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy, Corporate & Securities, Corporate Governance, Securities & Commodities Litigation, White Collar Criminal, Regulatory & Internal Investigative Services, Real Estate, Environmental, Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Private Wealth Services to Health Law, Tax, Litigation and Labor & Employment. Website:

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