MFA Writing, 2009
Kevin Whiteley is the editor-in-chief of Criminal Class Press, LLC, a growing Chicago-based media entity that promotes subversive writing in print and digital forms. The first issue of Criminal Class Review emerged in 2008 and today it's Chicago’s number-one crime-fiction magazine.
Aimed at traditional crime stories, Criminal Class Press also welcomes "today’s writers who possess a unique and savage voice -- cleverly crass, vivaciously vindictive, and sometimes complemented with a comical zest."
Although it has an international following, Whiteley and his colleagues remain firmly dedicated to their Chicago, New York, and San Francisco roots.
Whiteley has edited Self Promotion Sucks (but it doesn’t have to), guest lectured for Sam Weller and Mort Castle, editors of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, was featured in an SFStation interview, and next will be featured on Band of Holy Joy, a U.K. radio program.
Recommended CCA Faculty
"Hugh Behm-Steinberg, the editor-in-chief of Eleven-Eleven, recognized my strong interest in being a big part of Eleven-Eleven and learning more about running a publication. He initially appointed me to be the marketing manager, but I worked my way up to be the prose editor and, eventually, a contributing editor."
"I still communicate regularly with Anne, who once told me, 'Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.' I consider her my main mentor and part of my family.'
Advice to Prospective Students
"CCA is a place to progress in your desired field," says Whiteley. "If you know what you want to do, CCA's faculty and facilities can help you get closer to those dreams and goals. Don't be shy. Approach your mentors and professors, ask them about their experiences, be of service to your department and network, network, network!"