E. Kristin Anderson

is a poet, Starbucks connoisseur, and glitter enthusiast living in Austin, Texas. She is the editor of Come as You Are, an anthology of writing on ’90s pop culture (Anomalous Press), and Hysteria: Writing the female body (Sable Books, forthcoming). Kristin is the author of nine chapbooks of poetry including A Guide for the Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks), Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press), Fire in the Sky (Grey Book Press), 17 seventeen XVII (Grey Book Press), and Behind, All You’ve Got (Semiperfect Press, forthcoming). Kristin is an assistant poetry editor at The Boiler and an editorial assistant at Sugared Water. Once upon a time she worked nights at The New Yorker. Find her online at and on twitter at @ek_anderson.


Derek Annis

is the author of Neighborhood of Gray Houses, which will be released by Lost Horse Press in March, 2020. Derek lives in Spokane, Washington, and holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Their poems have appeared in The Account, Colorado Review, Epiphany, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review Online, Spillway, Third Coast, and many other journals.


Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other Language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. Born in Vallejo, California, Armantrout earned her BA at the University of California, Berkeley—where she studied with Denise Levertov—and she earned her MA at San Francisco State University. The author of more than ten collections of poetry, Armantrout has also published a short memoir, True (1998). Her Collected Prose was published in 2007. Her most recent collections include Versed (2009), which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and a 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award; Itself (2015); Partly: New and Selected Poems (2016); Entanglements (2017); and Wobble (2018), a finalist for the National Book Award. Armantrout's short-lined poems are often concerned with dismantling conventions of memory, pop culture, science, and mothering, and these unsparing interrogations are often streaked with wit. She explained, “you can hold the various elements of my poems in your mind at one time, but those elements may be hissing and spitting at one another.” Armantrout's poems have appeared in The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (2012), The Best of the Best American Poetry: 1988-2012 (2013), and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry (2013), among numerous other anthologies. She has received fellowships and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the California Arts Council, the Rockefeller Center, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is a professor emerita at University of California, San Diego, where she taught for more than 20 years and was the longtime director of the New Writing Series. She lives in Everett, Washington.


M.C. Armstrong

embedded with JSOF in Al Anbar Province, Iraq as a field reporter in 2008. A section of his novel The Seventy-Fourth Virgin was awarded a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in part in Esquire, Epiphany, and The Gettysburg Review. Fiction and nonfiction works of his have appeared in Esquire, The Mantle, The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Mayday, Monkeybicycle, Epiphany, The Literary Review, and other journals and anthologies. Currently pioneering Global War on Terror Studies as a PhD candidate at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M. C. lives in Greensboro, NC with Yorick the Corgi, whose interruptions to the writing process are frequent, but welcome.


Hannah Lillith Assadi

received her MFA in fiction from the Columbia University School of the Arts. She was raised in Arizona by her Jewish mother and Palestinian father. She lives in Brooklyn. Sonora is her first novel.


Ruth Awad

is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, Poem-a-Day, The New Republic, Pleiades, The Rumpus, The Missouri Review Poem of the Week, Sixth Finch, Crab Orchard Review, CALYX, Diode, Southern Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, Vinyl Poetry, Epiphany, BOAAT Journal, and elsewhere.


Sophie Barbasch

is a New York based photographer. She earned her MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA in Art and Art History from Brown University. Selected grants and residencies include the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the NARS Foundation, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil.


Shayne Barr

is a software engineer who lives in New York City. He earned his BA and MFA in Fiction from Columbia and writes every day.


Karen E. Bender

is the author of the story collection Refund, published by Counterpoint Press in 2015; it was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction; it was also on the shortlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, the longlist for the Story Prize, and a Los Angeles Times bestseller. A new collection, The New Order, was published by Counterpoint Press in November, 2018, and was on the longlist for the Story Prize. Her other titles include the novels Like Normal People (Houghton Mifflin) and A Town of Empty Rooms (Counterpoint Press). Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Story, The Yale Review, Electric Literature, Narrative, The Harvard Review, Guernica, and The Iowa Review. Her stories have been selected by Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best and have won two Pushcart prizes. She is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University.


Sallie Bingham

published her first novel with Houghton Mifflin in 1961. It was followed by four collections of short stories; her most recent book, from Sarabande Books in 2014, is titled The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters. She has also published six additional novels, three collections of poetry, numerous plays (produced off-Broadway and regionally), and the well-known family memoir, Passion and Prejudice (Knopf, 1989). For a complete listing of Sallie’s work, visit her bibliography page. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, New Letters, Plainswoman, Plainsong, Greensboro Review, Negative Capability, The Connecticut Review, and Southwest Review, among others, and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Forty Best Stories from Mademoiselle, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Harvard Advocate Centennial Anthology. She is founder of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which published The American Voice, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University. She was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Thomas Bolt

was born in 1959 in Washington, D.C., where he attended public and private schools. He was a pre-college scholarship student at the Corcoran School of Art and received a B.A. in English (cum laude) and Art from the University of Virginia. His paintings have been shown in group exhibitions in New York. Land (1982), a hand-printed book of his poems and etchings, is in the rare book collections of the Library of Congress and the University of Virginia. Yale University Press published his first book of poems, Out of the Woods, in 1989. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, BOMB, and Southwest Review (where his long poem, "Wedgwood," won an award for the best poem the quarterly published in 1994). Thomas Bolt's awards and fellowships include the Rome Prize for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, The Peter I. B. Lavin Younger Poet Award of the American Academy of Poets, an Ingram Merrill Fellowship, and a 1997 Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He lives in New York City.


Paula Bomer

is the author of the collection, Inside Madeleine (Soho Press, May 2014), the novel Nine Months (Soho Press, August 2012), which received exuberant reviews in The Atlantic, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and elsewhere. Her collection, Baby and Other Stories (Word Riot Press, December 2010), received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, calling it a “lacerating take on marriage and motherhood…not one to share with the Mommy and Me group”, Kirkus Review deemed it “a worthy, if challenging, entry into the genre of transgressional fiction”, and O Magazine referred to it as a “brilliant, brutally raw debut.” Links to various work, interviews and more can be found here. She also is the publisher of Sententia Books and edits Sententia: The Literary Journal.


Jennifer Blackman

has published fiction with McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Epiphany. A graduate of New York University’s MFA program and a former teacher, she spends her days obsessing over grammar as a copy editor at The New Yorker. Jennifer lives in Washington Heights with her husband and bloodthirsty cat. She is the author of four poetry chapbooks, As Yet (Country Music, 2014), As I Walked Into the Middle of the Night Squinting (Red Bird Press, 2013), The Hardest Part is Done (Grey Book Press, 2013), and The Other World (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poems, creative nonfiction essays, and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, BOMBlog, The Laurel Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, and other literary journals. Her critical articles have published in The Emily Dickinson Journal, The Henry James Review, Studies in the Literary Imagination, and Women’s Studies, and in the books Insane Devotion: On the Writing of Gerald Stern (Trinity U P, 2016; ed. by Mihaela Moscaliuc) and A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race (U. of Georgia P, 2015; ed. by Laura McCullough). She is a regular reviewer for Jewish Book World. Her poetry manuscript has been a semifinalist/honorable mention for several book prizes, including the St. Lawrence Book Prize (Black Lawrence Press), the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize (Persea Press), and Coconut Books’s Joanna Cargill First Book Prize.


Jamel Brinkley

is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the Story Prize, the John Leonard Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-2017 Carol Houck Smith Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is currently a 2018-2020 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.


Kate Brittain

has written fiction and essays for The Paris Review Daily, The Last Magazine, The Morning News, and Volume 1 Brooklyn, among others, and has taught creative writing at NYC and The New School. She lives in a yellow house on the bank of the Hudson.


Benjamin Busch

is a United States Marine Corps infantry officer, photographer, film director, and actor whose many roles have included Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire. His writing has been featured in Harper's and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has also appeared as a guest commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.


Mary Byrne

has published nonfiction in The Rumpus, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and elsewhere. As a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, she has released albums with the acoustic duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne (Important Records) and the rock trio Hot Young Priest (Two Sheds Music). She holds an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College and teaches writing and reading at Hostos Community College’s CUNY Start program.


Anne Champion

is the author of The Good Girl is Always a Ghost (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), She Saints & Holy Profanities (Quarterly West, 2019), Reluctant Mistress(Gold Wake Press, 2013), Book of Levitations(Trembling Pillow Press, 2019), and The Dark Length Home(Noctuary Press, 2017). She was a 2009 Academy of American Poet’s Prize recipient, a Barbara Deming Memorial grant recipient, a 2015 Best of the Net winner, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She holds degrees in Behavioral Psychology and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Poetry from Emerson College. She currently teaches writing and literature in Boston, MA.


Cortney Lamar Charleston

is a Cave Canem fellow from the Chicago suburbs. His debut collection, Telepathologies, won the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by D.A. Powell. He began writing and performing poetry as a member of The Excelano Project when he was an undergraduate studying economics and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His poetry is a marriage between art and activism, and a call for a more involved and empathetic understanding of the diversity of the human experience. In 2017, Charleston was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He currently serves as poetry editor at The Rumpus.


Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud

is one of today’s most dedicated explorers of the Gallic fantastic. Translated into 14 languages, his work has received the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Giono, and the Bourse Goncourt de la nouvelle—the equivalent of a PEN/Malamud for achievement in the short form—as well as the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for his latest novel. His stories have appeared in Words Without Borders, AGNI Online, Epiphany, and The Café Irreal, and will feature in forthcoming issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Postscripts. He is a founding member of the movement La Nouvelle Fiction [The New Fiction]: “New” because it rose up against the prevailingly minimalist and confessional tendencies of contemporary French writing, seeking to rouse it from “the slumber of psychological realism,” and to restore myth, fable, and fairy tale to a place of primacy in fiction.


Lisa Chen

is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Taiwan. She is writing a hybrid work about the performance artist Tehching Hsieh, time and the life of projects. Her publications include Mouth Kaya Press, (2007). Her work has been published in publications such as StoryQuarterly, Ninth Letter Online, Sonora Review, Seneca Review, and Catapult.Chen is a recipient of NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Finalist in Nonfiction Literature, NYC (2017); Emerging Writers Fellowship, Center for Fiction, NYC (2015–2016); Blue Mountain Center Artist Residency, NY (2011, 2012); and Writing Award, The Association of Asian American Studies (2009). Chen holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from University of Iowa.


Bill Cheng

was born and raised in Queens, New York. He received his B.A. in English from Baruch College in 2005. In 2010 he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Hunter College. Cheng’s debut novel, Southern Cross the Dog, was published in May 2013 by Amistad Press/Harper Collins, and was longlisted for PEN Open Book Award in 2014. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, 2015. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Jon Chopan

is an associate professor of creative writing at Eckerd College. He received his BA and MA in American History from SUNY Oswego and his MFA from The Ohio State University. His first collection, Pulled From the River, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012. His work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Hotel Amerika, Post Road, Epiphany, The Southampton Review, and elsewhere. He lives in St. Petersburg, FL with his wife. He is the winner of the 2017 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction for his collection Veterans Crisis Hotline, which was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in October 2018. It also won the Foreward Indie Silver Medal for Adult Fiction in Military and War.


Bryna Cofrin-Shaw

is a fiction writer from Northampton, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Brown University and Hunter College, where she recently received her MFA in creative writing. Her stories have appeared in the American Literary Review and the Masters Review, and she is the recipient of a Good Hart Artist Residency. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Jessica Cohen

is a literary translator born in England, raised in Israel, and living in Denver. She translates contemporary Israeli prose, poetry, and other creative work. She shared the 2017 Man Booker International Prize with David Grossman, for her translation of "A Horse Walks Into a Bar." Her translations include works by major Israeli writers including Amos Oz, Etgar Keret, Dorit Rabinyan, Ronit Matalon and Nir Baram, as well as Golden Globe-winning director Ari Folman. She is a past board member of the American Literary Translators Association and has served as a judge for the National Translation Award.


Lydia Conklin

is a 2018-2019 Creative & Performing Arts Fulbright Scholar in Poland, and in the fall she will be a 2019-2021 Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. She has received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and two Pushcart Prizes. Her fiction has appeared in a compilation of the best of the last twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize and in Tin House, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Narrative Magazine and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Lenny Letter, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.


Ani Sison Cooney

is a writer based in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of UCLA where he studied literature and creative writing. A VONA / Voices alum, he is the recipient of a Manuel G. Flores Prize from the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA). He is currently working on a collection of short stories. This is his first publication.


Tess Crain

is a graduate of the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she served as a Goldwater Fellow. Her writing has appeared in the New Republic. She lives in New York City.


Lydia Davis

is a short story writer, novelist, and translator. She is the author of six collections of short stories, including Can’t and Won’t (2014) and The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), and one novel, The End of the Story (1995). Her collection Varieties of Disturbance (2007) was nominated for the National Book Award. She has translated novels and works of philosophy from French, including Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (2010) and Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way (2003). Her honors and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, as well as the Man Booker International Prize. She is professor of English and writer-in-residence at SUNY, Albany.


Lisa Dierbeck

is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel One Pill Makes You Smaller, a New York Times Notable Book. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she has contributed to publications including The Boston Globe, Glamour, The New York Observer, The New York Times Book Review, People, O, and Time Out New York. Her fiction has appeared in The Baffler, Black Book, Cimarron Review, and New Letters, among others, and in such anthologies as O’s Guide to Life: The Best of O, and Heavy Rotation: 20 Writers on the Albums that Changed Their Lives.


Kristin Dombek

is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her first book, The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism, was published in 2016. Her essays can be found in n+1, The Paris Review, The New York Times, Harper’s, the London Review of Books, and The Painted Bride Quarterly. At MacDowell, she worked on a draft of a nonfiction book titled How to Quit, an expansion of an essay that first appeared in n+1.


Sergei Dovlatov

was born in Ufa, Bashkiria (U.S.S.R.), in 1941. He dropped out of the University of Leningrad after two years and was drafted into the army, serving as a guard in high-security prison camps. In 1965 he began to work as a journalist, first in Leningrad and then in Tallinn, Estonia. After a period of intense harassment by the authorities, he emigrated to the United States in 1978. He lived in New York until his death in 1990.


Elena Ferrante

is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), which was made into a film directed by Roberto Faenza, Troubling Love(Europa, 2006), adapted by Mario Martone, and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), soon to be a film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. She is also the author of Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey (Europa, 2016) in which she recounts her experience as a novelist, and a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night (Europa, 2016). The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan quartet” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published in America by Europa between 2012 and 2015. The first season of the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018.


Michael Ray Ferlazzo

is a writer from Staten Island, New York.


Sidik Fofana

has published music writing in The Source, Centric TV, Vibe,,, and has been mentioned in the Best Music Writing 2011. His short story “Dangerous Deliveries” was published in Epiphany. He received a B.A. In English from Columbia University and recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. Stories From Our Tenants Downstairs (Scribner) will appear in 2021. He lives in New York City where he teaches high school English.


Edwin Frank

was born in Boulder, Colorado, and educated at Harvard College and Columbia University. He is the author of Snake Train: Poems 1984–2013 and the editorial director of the NYRB Classics series.


Rico Frederick

is an award-winning performance poet, graphic designer, and the author of the book Broken Calypsonian(2014). He was the first poet to represent all four New York City poetry venues at the National Poetry Slam, of which he was Grand Slam Champion in 2010 and 2012. His poems, artistic work, and films have been featured in the New York Times, Muzzle, No Dear Magazine, The Big Apple Film Festival, and elsewhere. He is a Trinidadian transplant living in New York City.


Elizabeth Gaffney

Her first novel, Metropolis, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, was published by Random House in 2005. Her second novel, When the World Was Young, was published by Random House in 2014. She won the 2019 Lawrence Prize for Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in many literary magazines, and she has translated four books from German. Gaffney graduated with honors from Vassar College and holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Brooklyn College; she also studied philosophy and German at Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich. She has been a resident artist at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Blue Mountain Center. She also teaches fiction and serves as the editor at large of the literary magazine A Public Space. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the neurologist Alex Boro, and their two daughters.


Matt Gallagher

is the author of the novel Youngblood, published in February 2016 by Atria/Simon & Schuster and a finalist for the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A former U.S. Army captain, Matt's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily, and Wired, among other places. He's also the author of the Iraq memoir Kaboom and coeditor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. In 2015, Gallagher was featured in Vanity Fair as one of the voices of a new generation of American war literature. In January 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren read Matt's Boston Globe op-ed "Trump Rejects the Muslims Who Helped Us" on the U.S. Senate Floor. Among other media, he's appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning and NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, and was interviewed at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan by General (Retired) David H. Petraeus. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Matt also holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn and works as a writing instructor at Words After War, a literary nonprofit devoted to bringing veterans and civilians together to study conflict literature.


Christian Anton Gerard

is the author of Holdfast (C&R Press, 2017) and Wilmot Here, Collect For Stella (WordTech, 2014). His work appears widely in national and international magazines. Gerard has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Prague Summer Program, Pushcart Prize nominations, an Academy of American Poets Award, and the 2013 Iron Horse Literary Review Discovered Voices Award. He holds a B.A. from Miami University (OH), an M.F.A from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D in English from the University of Tennessee. He lives in Fort Smith, AR, where he’s an Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.


Sarah Gerard

is a writer and visual artist. Her most recent novel, True Love, is forthcoming from Harper Books in 2020. Her essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and was a best-book-of-the-year at NPR, Vanity Fair, and Buzzfeed. Her short stories, essays, and interviews have appeared in venues including The New York Times, T Magazine, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, Electric Literature, and the anthologies We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida (Burrow Press, 2017), One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism (McSweeney’s, 2018), and Tampa Bay Noir (Akashic Books, 2020). Her paper collages have appeared in Hazlitt, BOMB Magazine, The Creative Independent, Epiphany Magazine, No Tokens Journal, and the Blue Earth Review. Recycle, a co-authored book of collages and text, was published by Pacific in 2018. She’s been supported by scholarships and fellowships from Yaddo, Tin House, PlatteForum, and Ucross. She is the 2018 – 2019 New College of Florida Writer-in-Residence.


Ann Goldstein

is an editor at The New Yorker. She has translated works by, among others, Elena Ferrante, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Alessandro Baricco, and is the editor of The Complete Works of Primo Levi in English. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN Renato Poggioli prize, and awards from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Nick Fuller Googins

His fiction has been read on NPR's All Things Considered, and has appeared in The Paris Review, the Southern Review, Ecotone, Narrative, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program and recipient of a fellowship at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, which is definitely not haunted. He lives some of the time in L.A. and some of the time in Maine. He is a proud member of the Sunrise Movement, fighting for a Green New Deal and an end to the climate crisis.


Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States in 1994. She received an M.A. in English from Radford University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University. Her short fiction has been selected as a finalist for multiple awards, including five Pushcart Prizes. Kristina is the winner of the 2013 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, first prize. She was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the 2015 Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her debut novel, Not to Be Reproduced, was shortlisted for the 2016 Dundee International Book Prize.


Zack Graham

Zack Graham’s criticism has appeared in or is forthcoming in Rolling Stone, GQ, Electric Literature, and The National Book Review, among other publications, and his short stories have appeared in Seven Scribes, the Cobalt Review, Liars’ League NYC, and elsewhere. A native of Chicago, Zack graduated from Yale University and currently lives in New York, where he makes films in addition to writing fiction and criticism. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram: @zgraham19.


Irving Greenfield

was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a youthful runaway, a merchant seaman, and a soldier during the Korean War, afer which his writing talent burst into print. His novel, The Ancient of Days, was a best-seller for six weeks and Tagget was made into a film for TV. his work has appeared in a variety of media, but, of all his works, Only the Dead Speak Russian is his masterpiece.


Iris Hanika

was born in Wurzburg in 1962 and has lived in Berlin since 1979. She was a staff writer for the Berlin section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and contributed a chronicle to Merkur magazine (summer 2000 – summer 2008). Publications: Katharina oder die Existenzverpflichtung (“Katharina; or The obligation to exist,” story, 1992). Das Loch im Brot (“The hole in the bread,” chronicle, 2003), Musik für Flughäfen (“Music for airports,” short prose, 2005). Die Wette auf das Unbewußte oder Was Sie schon immer über Psychoanalyse wissen wollten (“The bet on the unconscious or what you always wanted to know about psychoanalysis,” with Edith Seifert, 2006), Berlin im Licht. 24 Stunden Webcam (Berlin in the light. 24-hour webcam, ed. With Stefanie Flamm, 2003). In 2006, Iris Hanika was awarded the Hans Fallada Prize, and in 2008 she was named to the the shortlist of the German Book Prize. In 2010 she won the European Union Prize for Literature and in 2011 the prize of LiteraTourNord.


Joel Hinman

teaches at the Writers Studio and his fiction has appeared in Epiphany, Fiction Now, The Brooklyn Review, The Writers Studio 30th Anniversary Anthology, and is forthcoming in the North Atlantic Review.


Edward Hirsch

was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2008. His first collection, For the Sleepwalkers (1981), received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from NYU and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. His second collection, Wild Gratitude (1986), won the National Book Critics Award. Since then, he has published six additional books of poems: The Night Parade (1989), Earthly Measures (1994), On Love (1998), Lay Back the Darkness (2003), Special Orders (2008), and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of poems. Hirsch is also the author of five prose books, including A Poet’s Glossary (2014), Poet’s Choice (2006) and the national bestseller How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999). He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.


Gabe Hudson

has published 2 books from Knopf, and was named a Best Young American Novelist by Granta. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, BuzzFeed, Granta, and others. For many years, he was Editor-at-Large for McSweeney’s. His honors include PEN/Hemingway Finalist, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction from Brown University, the Adele Steiner Burleson Award in Fiction from the University of Texas, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught at Princeton University, Yonsei University in Seoul, and currently teaches at Columbia University.


H.L. Humes

(1926–1992) was one of the originators of The Paris Review and the author of two novels, The Underground City and Men Die. His third novel, The Memoirs of Dorsey Slade, was never completed. He lived in Paris and Greenwich Village.


Christopher Kang

earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in jubilat, Massachusetts Review, Gulf Coast, The L Magazine, Verse Daily, Cimarron Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and Open City. He is currently a PhD student in English Literature at the University of California-Irvine.


Etgar Keret

is an Israeli writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting for film and television.


Roy Kesey

was born and raised in northern California, and currently lives in Maryland. His latest book is a short story collection called Any Deadly Thing. He’s also the author of a novel called Pacazo (the January 2011 selection for The Rumpus Book Club), a collection of short stories called All Over (a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, and one of The L Magazine's Best Books of the Decade), a novella called Nothing in the World (winner of the Bullfight Media Little Book Award), and a historical guide to the city of Nanjing, China. His work has appeared in several anthologies including Best American Short Stories, New Sudden Fiction, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology, and The Future Dictionary of America, and in more than eighty magazines including McSweeney's, Subtropics, The Georgia Review, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, and Ninth Letter. His translation of Pola Oloixarac's magnificent debut novel Las teorías salvages was published by Soho Press as Savage Theories in 2017. Other translations of his from Spanish and French into English include work on behalf of Turner Books, the Ministry of Education of Spain, PromPerú, Ferrovial Agromán, and the City of Santander.


Kevin Killian

A poet, novelist, playwright, art critic, and scholar, he earned a BA at Fordham University and an MA at SUNY-Stony Brook. Exploring themes of risk, iconography, invisibility, and vulnerability, Killian weaved fragments of misremembered conversation, sex, and cultural ephemera into his collage-based poems. Killian’s poetry collections include Argento Series (2001), Action Kylie (2008), Tweaky Village (2014), which Macgregor Card chose for a Wonder Prize, and Tony Greene Era (2016). Killian’s poems were anthologized in Best American Poetry (1988, edited by John Ashbery) and Discontents: New Queer Writers (1992, edited by Dennis Cooper). He was also the author of Selected Amazon Reviews (2006); the novels Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle(2012); the short-story collections Little Men (1996), which won the PEN Oakland award; I Cry Like a Baby (2001), and Lambda Literary Award-winner Impossible Princess (2009); and the memoir Bedrooms Have Windows (1989). With his wife Dodie Bellamy, Killian edited the literary and art journal Mirage #4/Period(ical) and the anthology Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing, 1977–1997 (2017).


Pingmei Lan

grew up in China where she developed a love-hate relationship with crowds, artificial lawn ornaments, and Chinese food for breakfast. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Pacific University. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Tahoma Literary Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and others. She has been named a recipient of the 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Currently she lives in San Diego.


Yuxi Lin

is a Chinese-American poet living in New York. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Washington Post, Spilled Milk, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Southern Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She graduated from Davidson College and is currently an MFA candidate at New York University, where she received the Lillian Vernon Fellowship.


Robert Lopez

is the author of three novels, Part of the World, Kamby Bolongo Mean River —named one of 25 important books of the decade by HTML Giant, All Back Full, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. A new book, A Better Class Of People, will be published by Four Way Books in 2021. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in dozens of publications, including BOMB, The Threepenny Review, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, and the Norton Anthology of Sudden Fiction – Latino. He teaches at The New School, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, and the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College. He was a fellow in fiction for the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010 and Visiting Writer at Syracuse University for fall, 2018. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Lisa Ludden

Lisa Ludden’s chapbook Palebound was published by Flutter Press, 2017. In September 2014, Lisa wrote with the 30/30 Project with Tupelo Press. She holds an MFA from Saint Mary's College of California and a BA in English from San Francisco State University. In 2007-8 she was a member of Playground SF's Writers Pool, where she had three short plays staged, Notes Float in on Silenced Mouths, Infinitesimal and The Plant Play. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and their two children.


Ilya Lyashevsky

is a technology nerd with the soul of a poet. Born in Russia – his family was part of the mass wave of emigration that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union – Ilya attended Stanford, where he majored in computer science and minored in creative writing, and went on to earn a master’s degree in computer science. He worked at technology startups and published short stories in literary magazines. Over time, he came to the realization that fiction is really about helping people “understand themselves and others, and hopefully building better relationships between people and ultimately a healthier, more equitable world.” Fiction does that, he says, through two key components: psychology and education.


Alexander Maksik

is the author of three novels: You Deserve Nothing, A New York Times and IndieBound bestseller; A Marker To Measure Drift, a New York Times Notable Book of 2013, as well as a finalist for the William Saroyan Prize and Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; and, most recently, Shelter in Place, named one of the best books of the year by The Guardian and The San Francisco Chronicle. Maksik’s writing has appeared in many publications including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Tin House, The Sewanee Review, Harvard Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and Narrative Magazine. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He is the recipient of A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and The Andrew Lytle Prize, as well as fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust and The Corporation of Yaddo. Along with French novelist Colombe Schneck, he is the co-artistic director of the Can Cab Literary Residence in Catalonia, Spain.


Domingo Martinez

is a Mexican-American author best known for his memoirs The Boy Kings of Texas(published 2012) and My Heart Is a Drunken Compass (published 2014).[1] The Boy Kings of Texas was a finalist in the non-fiction category in the 2012 National Book Award contest. These books describe his difficult childhood in Brownsville, Texas, as well as his later struggles as an adult. Martinez found writing these books cathartic and used the writing as a healing process to deal with his feelings and emotions.


Lynn Melnick

is the author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017) and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), both with YesYes Books, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and A Public Space, and her essays have appeared in LA Review of Books, ESPN, and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. A former fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and previously on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, she currently teaches poetry at Columbia University and the 92Y, and works with saferLIT. Born in Indianapolis, she grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.


Lincoln Michel

Lincoln Michel‘s fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, Tin House, NOON, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Bookforum, Buzzfeed, Vice, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. He is the former editor-in-chief of electricliterature.comand a founding editor of Gigantic. He is the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction, and Tiny Crimes, an anthology of flash noir. His debut story collection, Upright Beasts, was published by Coffee House Press in 2015. He teaches fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. He was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets at @thelincoln.


Dunya Mikhail

was born in Iraq (Baghdad) in 1965 and came to the United States thirty years later. She’s renowned in the Arab world for her subversive, innovative, and satirical poetry. After graduation from the University of Baghdad, she worked as a journalist and translator for the Baghdad Observer. Facing censorship and interrogation, she left Iraq, first to Jordan and then to America (Detroit). New Directions published her books in English: The War Works Hard (translated by Elizabeth Winslow), shortlisted for Griffin and named one of “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005” by the New York Public Library. Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea (co-translated with Elisabeth Winslow) won the Arab American Book Award. The Iraqi Nights (translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid) and 15 Iraqi Poets (editor). The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq (co-translated with Max Weiss), finalist for PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith award in non-fiction and long-listed for the National Book Award, selected by The New York Times as one of 8 recommended books of the week, and by The Christian Science Monitor as one of top 10 of the month, and by Publisher Weekly as one of top 10 of spring season. In Her Feminine Sign released in July, 2019. In an NPR interview, Mikhail’s honors include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Knights Foundation grant, the Kresge Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. She is the co-founder of Michigan-community-based Mesopotamian Forum for Art and Culture. She currently works as a special lecturer of Arabic at Oakland University in Michigan.


Henry Mills

was born in Washington D.C. to a Salvadoran mother and a Jewish-American father. Various music and poetry festivals have featured his multi-disciplinary work including Different Kind of Dude Fest, Positive Youth Fest, and Split this Rock. His work has appeared in The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, Origins Journal, and Border Crossing. He holds an MFA in poetry from New York University.


Celeste Mohammed

Celeste is a lawyer, writer, and native of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2016 she graduated from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction). Her work has appeared in The New England Review, Epiphany, The Rumpus, Kweli Journal, among other places. She is the recipient of a 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She was also awarded the 2019 Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction, and the 2017 John D Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction.

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Yesenia Montilla

is an Afro-Latina poet & a daughter of immigrants. Her poetry has appeared in the Chapbook For the Crowns of Your Head, as well as the literary journals The Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Pittsburgh Poetry Review & others. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry and Poetry in Translation & is a 2014 CantoMundo Fellow. Her first collection The Pink Box is published by Willow Books & was Longlisted for a PEN award in 2016. She lives in Harlem NY.


Siena Oristaglio

is an artist and educator. She co-runs The Void Academy, an organization that helps independent artists thrive. She lives in New York City.


Sameer Pandya

is the author of the story collection The Blind Writer, which was longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award. He is also the recipient of the PEN/Civitella Fellowship. His fiction, commentary, and cultural criticism has appeared in a range of publications, including the Atlantic, Salon, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and Narrative Magazine. He teaches creative writing and South Asian and Asian American literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Members Only is his first novel.


Jason Porter

is the author of the novel Why Are You So Sad? and host of the weekly fiction podcast Grownups Are Lucky. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Martha Rhodes

Former director and faculty member of The Frost Place’s Conference on Poetry, Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections: The Thin Wall (forthcoming in 2017). She has directed the Conference on Poetry since 2010 and is a former member of the board of trustees of The Frost Place. She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the director of Four Way Books in NYC.


Nelly Rosario

was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she now lives. She received a BA in engineering from MIT and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She was named a “Writer on the Verge” by the Village Voice Literary Supplement in 2001. Her novel Song of the Water Saints won the 2002 PEN Open Book Award.


Joseph Salvatore

is the author of the story collection To Assume A Pleasing Shape (BOA Editions, 2011) and the co-author of the college textbook Understanding English Grammar, 10/e (Pearson, 2015). He is the Books Editor at The Brooklyn Rail and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. His fiction has appeared in The Collagist, Dossier Journal, Epiphany, H.O.W. Journal, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Rain Taxi, Salt Hill, Sleeping Fish, and Willow Springs, among others. His criticism has appeared in The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture, Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing, and The Believer Logger. He is an associate professor of writing and literature at The New School in New York City, where he founded the literary journal LIT. He lives in Queens.


Lore Segal

has worked as novelist, essayist, translator, and writer of children’s books. She has received the Clifton Fadiman Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and a grant from the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. Her reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Reviewand her stories in the The New Yorker. Her short story “The Reverse Bug” was included in Best American Short Stories, 1989 and was a 1990 O. Henry Prize-winner. Her stories “Other People’s Deaths” and “Making Good” were included in the O. Henry Prize Stories in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Her novels include Other People’s Houses, first serialized in The New Yorker, Lucinella, republished in 2009 by Melville House; and Her First American, which won an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Segal’s most recent novel, Shakespeare’s Kitchen was one of three finalists for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


Patricia Smith

is the author of seven books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017), winner of an NAACP Image Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler (2008), and Teahouse of the Almighty, a 2005 National Poetry Series selection. Smith collaborated with the photographer Michael Abramson on the book Gotta Go Gotta Flow: Life, Love, and Lust on Chicago’s South Side From the Seventies (2015). She is a 2014 Guggenheim fellow, a 2012 fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo, a two-time Pushcart Prize winner, recipient of a Lannan fellowship and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history.


Mary Austin Speaker

is the art director of Milkweed Editions. Before joining Milkweed’s staff in 2017, Mary worked in New York trade publishing for ten years, managing the Ecco and Smithsonian imprints for HarperCollins Publishers and designing for Simon & Schuster. She co-founded and curated the Triptych Poetry Series in the East Village, and while studying for her MFA in poetry at Indiana University, she taught creative writing and edited the Indiana Review. She has published two collections of poetry—Ceremony (Slope Editions, 2013) and The Bridge (Shearsman Books, 2016)—and edits a chapbook review column for Rain Taxi as well as a series on poetry and power called Society Editions. She has been designing books for Milkweed in a freelance capacity since 2013.


Dorothy Spears

Dorothy Spears’s features and profiles appear frequently in the New York Times. A contributor to Art In America, she is a member of the International Association of Art Critics. Flight Patterns: A Century of Stories About Flying (Open City/Grove Atlantic 2009), an anthology of short fiction and personal essays, attests to Dorothy’s lifelong love of literature. Her personal essays have been published in the New York Times, and on She lives and works in New York.


Kayleigh Spollen

is a writer currently based in Oakland, CA. Her work has been published in Hobart, FORTH, Potluck Mag, Ghost City Press, and elsewhere.


Seema Srivastava

earned her PhD in Modern Art from New York University and was the recipient of the NYU Excellence in Teaching Award and the Outstanding Graduate in Fiction at Johns Hopkins University. She will complete her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University in May 2019. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two boys.


Terese Svoboda

A Guggenheim fellow, Terese Svoboda is the author of 18 books. She has won the Bobst Prize in fiction, the Iowa Prize for poetry, an NEH grant for translation, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, a Jerome Foundation prize for video, the O. Henry award for the short story, a Bobst prize for the novel, and a Pushcart Prize for the essay. She is a three time winner of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and has been awarded Headlands, James Merrill, Hawthornden, Yaddo, McDowell, and Bellagio residencies. Her opera WET premiered at L.A.'s Disney Hall in 2005.


Grace Talusan

was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. A graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine, she is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Talusan teaches the Essay Incubator at GrubStreet and at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts. She is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University for 2019–2021. The Body Papers, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, is her first book.


Nick Thran

is the author of two poetry collections: Every Inadequate Name (Insomniac Press, 2006) which was a finalist for The Gerald Lampert Award (Canada's prize for debut collections), and the recently published Earworm (Nightwood Editions, 2011). He recently completed an MFA at New York University, where he taught creative writing in the undergraduate program and at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island. His poems have appeared in publications across Canada, including the most recent edition of The Best Canadian Poetry, as well as in American publications such as Epiphany and Storyscape. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife, the poet and philosopher Sue Sinclair.

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Robb Todd

is a journalist and author in New York City. He has lived all over the country and was lucky enough to live in Hawaii twice. He also lived in Texas twice. And North Carolina twice. Actually, this is his second stop in New York City, too. He doesn’t do things right the first time.


Nicole Treska

is a writer and professor in New York City. Her fiction has appeared in New York Tyrant, Epiphany Magazine, Egress: New Openings in Literary Arts, and Tweed’s Magazine, among others. Her interviews and reviews are up atThe Millions, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Common.


Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

is the author of Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, 2017), a recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, a 2018 Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Prize, and a 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award finalist. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Boston Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.


Andrew Wachtel

is the Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities, director of the Center for International and Comparative Studies, and dean of the Graduate School at Northwestern University. He is the author or editor of numerous works, including Making a Nation, Breaking a Nation: Literature and Cultural Politics in Yugoslavia, which has been translated into Serbian, Romanian, and Slovene.


Derek Walcott

was born in Castries, Saint Lucia, the West Indies, on January 23, 1930. His first published poem, "1944" appeared in The Voice of St. Lucia when he was fourteen years old, and consisted of 44 lines of blank verse. By the age of nineteen, Walcott had self-published two volumes, 25 Poems (1948) and Epitaph for the Young: XII Cantos (1949), exhibiting a wide range of influences, including William Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound. He later attended the University of the West Indies, having received a Colonial Development and Welfare scholarship, and in 1951 published the volume Poems. He published numerous collections of poetry in his lifetime, most recently The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), White Egrets (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), Selected Poems (2007), The Prodigal: A Poem (2004), and Tiepolo's Hound (2000). The founder of the Trinidad Theater Workshop, Walcott also wrote several plays produced throughout the United States: The Odyssey: A Stage Version (1992); The Isle is Full of Noises (1982); Remembrance and Pantomime (1980); The Joker of Seville and O Babylon! (1978); Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays (1970); Three Plays: The Last Carnival; Beef, No Chicken; and A Branch of the Blue Nile (1969). His play Dream on Monkey Mountain won the Obie Award for distinguished foreign play of 1971. He founded Boston Playwrights' Theatre at Boston University in 1981. Walcott's honors include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Montale Prize, a Royal Society of Literature Award, and, in 1988, the Queen's Medal for Poetry. In 1992, Walcott became the first Caribbean writer to receive the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature.


Jillian Weise

was born in Houston, Texas, in 1981. Her first poetry collection, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex (2007), is a bold investigation of disability and sexuality. Weise has said of its composition, “In a way, I did not know what it meant to be disabled until I started writing the poems.” The Los Angeles Timeswrote, “Readers who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weise’s gutsy poetry debut will be rewarded with . . . a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden.” Weise’s second book of poetry, The Book of Goodbyes (2013), received the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Weise is also a playwright, whose work has been staged at the New York Fringe Festival and the Provincetown Playwrights Festival. Her awards include the Fred Chappell Fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and the Alan Dugan Writing Fellowship in Provincetown’s Fine Arts Work Center. Weise currently lives in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, on a Fulbright Fellowship, where she is visiting Charles Darwin’s old haunts and working with his notebooks.


Rachel X Weissman

believes in enlightened sublimation and its power to save us. Ergo, she’s writing a memoir of her father, a bohemian artist from New York City, who had gender reassignment surgery in 1979. Last year Rachel published “I Want You,” a Pushcart-nominated essay on her father in Epiphany magazine. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Audubon, OnEarth, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Observer, and The Phoenicia Times.


Abigail Wender

has been published in The Cortland Review, DMQ Review, Epiphany, Guernica / a magazine of art and politics, Kenyon Review Online, The Massachusetts Review, New Orleans Review, The Madison Review, and other journals and anthologies including The Traveler’s Mecum, A Poetry Anthology. Her translations from German have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly 1 and the New Haven Review. She is currently completing a translation of Iris Hanika’s awarding-winning, contemporary German novel, The Essential (Das Eigentliche). Poems are forthcoming in Swimm and Bodega online magazines.


Carol White

a Boca Raton, Florida resident, is a novelist, playwright and freelance writer. Her essays, fiction, and columns have been published by The Sun Sentinel, Writers Journal, Insight for Playwrights, Working Writers, Woman’s World, The Florida Writer, and Senior Scene. She is a frequent fiction contributor to the East Hampton Star. She is also a published poet. She volunteers for the Boca Raton Branch, National League of American Pen Women, a group of professional writers, artists and musicians, and is also their Publicity Chair, and Letters Chair. Carol belongs to the Florida Writers Association.


John Wray

is a novelist and regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Born in Washington, D.C., of an American father and Austrian mother, he is a citizen of both countries. The author of critically acclaimed novels including Lowboy, The Right Hand of Sleep and Canaan’s Tongue, he was named one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists in 2007. He currently lives in Mexico City.

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Candace Wuehle

is the author of Death Industrial Complex (Action Books, 2020) and BOUND (Inside the Castle Press, 2018) as well as the chapbooks VIBE CHECK (Garden-door Press, 2018), EARTH*AIR*FIRE*WATER*ÆTHER (Grey Books Press, 2015) and cursewords: a guide in 19 steps for aspiring transmographs (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). She holds an MA in literature from the University of Minnesota as well as an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She recently earned a doctorate in Creative Writing at The University of Kansas, where she was the recipient of a Chancellor's Fellowship. She teaches in Gunnison, Colorado at Western Colorado University.


Katie Yee

is the Book Marks assistant editor at Literary Hub. She holds a BA from Bennington College and lives with her rescue dog in Brooklyn.