In books and in pictures, our literary history lives on thanks to these ink-stained artists.
With four novels, two short story collections and a Nelson Algren Literary Award at the age of 34, Meno has experienced no shortage of success, but that Midwestern respect for modesty remains intact. In his eyes, it’s local artists like Cody Hudson and jazz musician Ken Vandermark who “say a lot about art in the city…. What they are doing is so innovative and accessible…. There’s no way to look at [Hudson’s] paintings or design work or listen to [Vandermark’s] music and not feel you’re in the most vibrant city in the world.”—Jessica Herman
Meno’s next novel, The Great Perhaps, comes out in May from Norton.