Zak Mucha, LCSW
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Heart Transplant


  • Heavyweight Champion of Nothing
  • Ten Angry Pitbulls, 2013 (trade paperback and ebook)

  • Heart Transplant
  • Dark Horse, 2010 (hardcover)

  • The Beggars' Shore
  • Red 71 Press, 1999 (trade paperback)
    Ten Angry Pitbulls, 2010 (ebook)



  • "The Trick is Not Minding That it Hurts: Psychosis, childhood trauma, and self-definition." Spolia Magazine 7, January 2014

  • "The Joker," The Zero, July 25, 2012

  • "The Problem with 'It Gets Better,' " The Zero, October 10, 2010

  • "The Man Who Drew The Matrix," a profile of Geof Darrow, the artist best known for creating the look of the Wachowski brothers' breakthrough movie, Chicago Reader, March 09, 2006

  • "Kick 'Em Out and Keep 'Em Out," a profile of Rosanna Pulido, the face of the Minuteman Project in Illinois, Chicago Reader, March 09, 2006

  • "Expert Opinions," the trutch about Wikipedia, Allen Ginsberg, and a bunch of other stuff, The Zero, March 09, 2006

  • "Big Black Monster," original fiction, Chicago Reader, December 22, 2005

  • "Gestalt," The Zero, 2005

  • "White Dirt," original fiction, Chicago Reader, December 30, 2004

  • "Chi Lives: How Rich Seng found his true calling," Chicago Reader, July 08, 2004

  • "Active Cultures: still a place for polka," Chicago Reader, December 06, 2001

  • "Local lit: Achy Obejas's immigrant song," Chicago Reader, October 04, 2001

  • "The Last Place They'll Go," an expose of the New York City Housing Authority , City Limits, June 01, 2000

  • "Blue Ink," cop-cum-novelist Mike Black finds inspiration in the criminal mind, Chicago Reader, December 09, 1999

  • "The Grand Inquisitor," a profile of Tom Economus, who was abused by a priest as a child and has channeled his anger into a crusade to force the church to confess its sins, Chicago Reader, November 04, 1999

  • "Can This Book Be Saved?," a profile of two crusaders who set out to rescue an overlooked classic of European literature, Chicago Reader, July 15, 1999

  • "But Seriously...," a profile of Mike McNamara, founder of Licensed For Life, Chicago Reader, June 10, 1999

  • "Audience Appreciation," a profile of author Don De Grazia, Chicago Reader, December 25, 1997

  • "The Mekons hit the road and the road hits back," a profile of the seminal punk band, Chicago Reader, December 18, 1997

  • "Lord of the Ring," a profile of promoter Bobby Hitz and his fight to keep local boxing on its feet, Chicago Reader, March 20, 1997

  • "Giving Can Be Hard to Take," a profile of Jennifer Kihm and Lee Tracy, who built a free restaurant for the homeless in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, Chicago Reader, June 06, 1996

  • "A Mother's Rage," a profile of Marsha Norskog, mother of a murdered teen girl, Chicago Reader, March 16, 1995