QUESTION MARK, Ohio

Credits

Question Mark, Ohio was created by fiction writer Joe Meno, author of Book of Extraordinary Tragedies and The Boy Detective Fails, and Dan Sinker, founder of Punk Planet magazine and creator of the groundbreaking @MayorEmanuel Twitter storytelling phenomenon.

Question Mark, Ohio is their first collaboration in fifteen years and allows the creators and the reader to investigate the future of storytelling, connection, and community.

Joe Meno is a writer and cultural journalist who lives in Chicago. A winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Great Lakes Book Award, and a finalist for the Story Prize, he is the author of seven novels, Marvel and a Wonder, Office Girl, The Great Perhaps, The Boy Detective Fails, Hairstyles of the Damned, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire. His short story collections are Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir and Demons in the Spring. His short fiction has been published in the likes of McSweeney’s, One Story, Swink, LIT, TriQuarterly, Other Voices, Gulf Coast, and broadcast on NPR. He is also the creator of Star Witness, a seven part serial on Electric Literature. He was a contributing editor to Punk Planet, the seminal underground arts and politics magazine. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times and Chicago Magazine.

Dan Sinker is a journalist, media artist, and experimental entrepreneur who loves to create new ways of telling stories. He founded the influential magazine Punk Planet in 1994 at just 19 years old and chronicled underground music, art, and politics there for 13 years. In 2010 he wrote @MayorEmanuel, the foul-mouthed, surreal Twitter account that The Economist called "the first truly great piece of digital literary work." In 2016 he co-founded the current-events podcast Says Who with YA author Maureen Johnson which has been releasing weekly for seven years. Dan is also the creator of the impeachment.fyi and indictment.fyi newsletters, which chronicle the prosecution of former president Donald Trump. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to Esquire magazine, where he profiles everyone from musicians to professional wrestlers and has also written for The Atlantic, Slate, and the New York Times. He lives just outside Chicago.

Contact Joe and Dan at info@questionmarkohio.com.

Collaborators

Jonathan Coulton | The song Ticking Away by Matrixx

Jonathan Coulton is known for his eclectic catalog of masterful songwriting on subjects from zombies and mad scientists to sad parents and dissatisfied software engineers. He’s written songs for The Good Fight and Braindead TV series, as well as the Portal video games, and Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical. He was the house musician for the NPR show Ask Me Another and is the host and namesake of an annual floating nerd convention called JoCo Cruise.

Megan Stielstra | Greta Twombley's Librarian's Bookshelf

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections: Everyone Remain Calm, Once I Was Cool, and The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, the Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Chicago Review of Books. Her work appears in the Best American Essays, New York Times, The Believer, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Longreads, Guernica, LitHub, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. A longtime company member with 2nd Story, she has told stories for National Public Radio, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Steppenwolf Theatre, and regularly with the Paper Machete live news magazine at Chicago's Green Mill. She teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University and is an editor-at-large with Northwestern University Press.

Donovan Sponaugle | Everard Bright research updates

Donovan Sponaugle is a writer and professor from Austin, Texas and is a former cult member.

Todd Baxter | Void Reveal Video

Prior to his photography career, Todd Baxter worked mostly in painting and collage, both of which continue to influence his current approach to fine art and commercial photography. Much of his work involves digital collage of elements from different photos into a single frame.