Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations (Little, Brown), named one of the Ten Best Books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. Her story collection This Is Not Your City was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Another story collection, Life Among the Terranauts, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2021. Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, as well as other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is on the advisory board of the Kenyon Review, where she recently served as fiction editor. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her family.
Khadijah Queen, PhD, is the author of six books, including I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (2017), praised in O Magazine, The New Yorker, Rain Taxi, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere as “quietly devastating,” and “a portrait of defiance that turns the male gaze inside out. An essay about the pandemic, “False Dawn,” appears in Harper’s Magazine. Her latest book, Anodyne, was published in August 2020 by Tin House.
Howard Axelrod is the author of The Stars in Our Pockets (2020) and The Point of Vanishing (2015), which was named one of the best books of 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and Entropy Magazine. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, O Magazine, Politico, Salon, the Paris Review online, and VQR. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Loyola University in Chicago.
Danielle Geller is a writer of personal essays and memoir. Her first book, Dog Flowers, is forthcoming from One World/Random House in 2020. She received her MFA in creative writing for nonfiction at the University of Arizona, and a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award in 2016. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Brevity, and Arizona Highways,and has been anthologized in This Is the Place. She lives with her husband and two cats in British Columbia, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Victoria. She is also a faculty mentor for the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a member of the Navajo Nation: born to the Tsi’naajinii, born for the white man.
Justin St. Germain is the author of A Great Love Affair: Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood (IG Publishing, March 2021). His previous book, Son of a Gun (Random House, 2013), won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and was named a best book of the year by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Salon, Library Journal, and BookPage, among others. His short writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Tin House, New England Review, and many other journals, and has been appeared in anthologies including Best of the West and The Pushcart Prize. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Marsh McCall Lecturer at Stanford University, and has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Yaddo. He grew up in Tombstone, Arizona, “The Town Too Tough to Die,” and received his BA and MFA from the University of Arizona. He lives in Oregon, teaches at Oregon State University and the Rainier Writers Workshop, and co-hosts I'll Find Myself When I'm Dead, a podcast about the literary essay.
Courtney Zoffness won the Sunday Times Short Story Award, the largest international prize for short fiction, as well as fellowships from the Center for Fiction and MacDowell. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, The Southern Review, Longreads, and several anthologies, and she had Notable Best American Essays in 2018 and 2019. Her first book, Spilt Milk: Memoirs (McSweeney's, 3/2/21), was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by LitHub, Refinery29, The Millions, and Books Are Magic, and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She directs the Creative Writing Program at Drew University and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
Kathryn Nuernberger is the author the essay collections Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past and The Witch of Eye (forthcoming in 2021). She has also written the poetry collections RUE, The End of Pink and Rag & Bone. Her awards include the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets, an NEA fellowship, and notable essays in the Best American series.
Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text entitled Intimate; and six books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pant; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; and Imaginary Vessels, which was a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize, and Nightingale. Her book, The Broken Country, won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize, and her newest work of nonfiction, Appropriate: A Provocation, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2021. Her work has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship Trust and various state arts councils. Her poetry has been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry series, and she was guest editor for Best American Poetry 2020. She is Utah’s poet laureate.
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels—Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize—and a story collection, Likes. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, and TheBest American Short Stories. The recipient of an O. Henry Award, a Whiting Award, and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by The New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles.
Danielle Evans is the author of the story collections Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and The Office of Historical Corrections. She is the winner of the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Hurston-Wright award for fiction, a 2011 National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, and a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and New Stories From The South. She teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
Bethany Maile is the author of the memoir-in-essays, Anything Will Be Easy After This: A Western Identity Crisis. Excerpts from that book have been included as Notable Selections in The Best American Essays 2012, The Best American NonRequired Reading 2012, and The Best American Essays 2015. She earned a MFA in nonfiction writing from University of Arizona and teaches writing at Boise State University. For more on her and her work, visit bethanymaile.com. (Photo cred: Daniela Maile)
Claire Meuschke is the author of Upend (Noemi Press, 2020). She lives in Oakland and is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford.
Sarah Minor is the author of Bright Archive, a collection of visual essays (Rescue Press 2020), Slim Confessions (Noemi Press 2021) and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a digital chapbook from Essay Press (2015). Her work has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Diagram, Mid-American Review, among other journals, and was selected for the 2018 Barthelme Prize and featured in Gulf Coast. She serves as the video editor at TriQuarterly Review and as Assistant Director of the Cleveland Drafts Literary Festival. Sarah holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and a PhD from Ohio University. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she teaches as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art (Photo credit: Maria Rouzzo.)
David James Poissant is the author of the novel Lake Life (Simon & Schuster, 2020), a New York Times Editors' Choice Pick, Publishers Weekly Summer Read, and a Millions Most Anticipated Book of 2020. His story collection The Heaven of Animals was a winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, One Story, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in numerous textbooks and anthologies including New Stories from the South, Best New American Voices, and Best American Experimental Writing. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.
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Mark Polanzak is the author of the hybrid work POP! (Stillhouse Press) and the story collection, The OK End of Funny Town (BOA Editions). His fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, The American Scholar, and anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading. Mark is a founding editor for draft: the journal of process and teaches writing and literature at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Salem, MA. (photo credit: James McGraghan)
John Washington writes about immigration and border politics, as well as prisons, foreign policy, food, and fashion for various publications. He is a regular contributor to The Nation magazine and The Intercept. He has translated eight books, including Óscar Martinez's The Beast and The Hollywood Kid. The Dispossessed—a narrative take on asylum policy and its ancient history— published by Verso this year, is his first book. Find him at @jbwashing. (Photo credit: Natascha Elena Uhlmann)
Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. A 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, he earned his PhD in English at the University of Alberta. He was also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds an M.St. in Women's Studies from the University of Oxford and Wadham College. In the First Nations Youth category, Belcourt was awarded a 2019 Indspire Award, which is the highest honor the Indigenous community bestows on its own leaders. He is the author of two books of poems—The Wound is a World (Frontenac House 2017), which won the Griffin Poetry Prize, and NDN Coping Mechanisms (House of Anansi Press)—and a book of essays, A Historyof My Brief Body (Two Dollar Radio).
Philip Metres has written ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon 2020), Sand Opera, and The Sound of Listening. Awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship, three Arab American Book Awards, and two NEAs, he is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University. (Photo credit: Heidi M. Rolf)
Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: Pioneers in the Study of Motion, Utopia Minus, and The Market Wonders all from Ahsahta Press. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona. Defacing the Monument, a series of essays on immigration, archives, aesthetics and the state, will be published by Noemi Press in August 2020. (Photo credit: Bear Guerrera)
Ander Monson’s most recent books are I Will Take the Answer and The Gnome Stories, both published by Graywolf in 2020. He edits the magazine DIAGRAM <thediagram.com>, among other projects, and teaches at the University of Arizona. (Photo credit: Patri Hadad.)