Mary Biddinger is the author of Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, The Laurel Review, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, and many other journals. She is the editor of the Akron Series in poetry, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the independent literary magazine Barn Owl Review. She teaches at the University of Akron and NEOMFA.
Alexander Chee’s first novel, Edinburgh (Picador, 2002), is a winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Book Sense 76 selection. In 2003, Out Magazine honored him as one of their 100 Most Influential People of the Year. His columns and articles have appeared in Out, Martha Stewart Living, Garden Design, TimeOut/NY and Bookforum. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has taught fiction writing at the New School University and Wesleyan. He is a recipient of the 2003 Whiting Writers’ Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in Fiction and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony. He is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Brett DeFries was raised in Kansas, but now lives in Minneapolis, MN. His work has been published in or is forthcoming from New Orleans Review, Laurel Review, West Branch, Southern Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere.
Robin Ekiss is a 2007 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for emerging women writers, and a former Stegner Fellow. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, APR, VQR, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco.
Kelle Groom’s poetry collections are Five Kingdoms (Anhinga Press, 2009), Luckily, a Florida Book Award winner (Anhinga, 2006), and Underwater City (University Press of Florida, 2004). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, DoubleTake, Gettysburg Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry, among others. Groom is poetry editor of The Florida Review. She lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Leslie Harrison’s first book, Displacement, won the 2008 Bakeless prize for poetry and is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, The New Republic, diode, Barn Owl Review, The Sewanee Theological Review, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in rural Massachusetts.
Todd Hearon’s recent poems have appeared in Agni, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry London, Literary Imagination, Salamander, and Slate. He’s the recipient of a 2007 PEN New England “Discovery” Award and the 2007 Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry magazine.
B. J. Hollars is the nonfiction editor and assistant fiction editor at Black Warrior Review and the editor of You Must Be This Tall To Ride, forthcoming from Writer’s Digest Books. He has been published in Mid-American Review, Fugue, Monkeybicycle, and Fawlt Magazine, among others.
Gregory Lawless is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in “Best of the Net 2007”, Blood Orange Review, Contrary, The Cortland Review, Drunken Boat, Front Porch Journal, H_NGM_N, La Petite Zine, nth position, Stride, and 2River. BlazeVOX will publish his debut collection of poems, I Thought I Was New Here, in 2009. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Matt McBride is currently a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. In 2005, he was the recipient of a Devine Fellowship. In March of 2007, his chapbook, The Space between Stars, was published by Kent State's Wick Poetry Press. Recently, he has published poems or has poems forthcoming in Alice Blue, Cranky, Dark Sky Magazine, Heartlands, Marginalia, Past Simple, Poet Lore, and the Toledo City Paper.
Matt W. Miller was born and grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts. His first book, Cameo Diner: Poems, was published in 2005. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Currently, he teaches English and coaches football at Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.
Darren Morris’s poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Rattle, Best New Poets 2008 (Meridian Press), The Way We Work (Vanderbilt University Press), River Styx, Memorious, The National Poetry Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and others. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, he moved to Richmond in 1995 to study under Larry Levis at Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his MFA in 1998.
Sigrid Nunez has published five novels: A Feather on the Breath of God, Naked Sleeper, Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury, For Rouenna, and The Last of Her Kind. Her work has also appeared in two Pushcart Prize volumes and four anthologies of Asian-American literature. Nunez is the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Award for best novel of the year, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, and a Whiting Writer’s Award. She was the 2000-2001 Rome Prize Fellow in Literature at the American Academy in Rome, and in 2003, she was elected as a Literature Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In spring 2005, she was the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and she is a 2006 fellow in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Nunez currently lives in New York City.
Kevin Prufer is the author of, among others, National Anthem (Four Way Books, 2008) and Fallen From a Chariot (Carnegie Mellon, 2005), named one of the best books of the last 25 years by the editors of The Bloomsbury Review. He’s also editor of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008), Dark Horses: Essays On Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007), and The New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois, 2000), named one of the ten best poetry books of the year by Booklist magazine and the American Library Association. The recipient of three Pushcart prizes and several awards from the Poetry Society of America, he lives in Warrensburg, Missouri, where he serves as editor of Pleaides: A Journal of New Writing. You can visit his website at www.kevinprufer.com.
Melissa Range’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, Image, and The Hudson Review. She is the recipient of a 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a 2007 “Discovery”/The Nation award, and a 2007-2008 writing fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Originally from East Tennessee, Range currently lives in Atlanta.
Allan Reeder has worked as assistant to the novelist John Irving, as an editor at The Atlantic Monthly, and as the fiction editor of DoubleTake magazine. Currently, he teaches in the Writing & Publishing department at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, Massachusetts, where he and his students run an annual contest and an online magazine for young writers around the world. His recent fiction has earned a 2006 Artist Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a 2008 fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rita Mae Reese has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship, and a “Discovery”/The Nation award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals and anthologies including the New England Review, The Southern Review, The Nation, Prairie Schooner, and Best Lesbian Poetry 2008.
Rachel Richardson’s poems have recently appeared in the New England Review, PN Review, Southern Review, Blackbird, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, she teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Larissa Szporluk is the author of four collections of poetry: Dark Sky Question (winner of the Barnard Poetry Prize), Isolato (winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize), The Wind, Master Cherry, the Wind, and Embryos & Idiots. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry (1991 and 2001) and New American Voices amongst others. In 2003, she was the recipient of an NEA grant. Additionally, in 2005 she was a visiting professor at Cornell University. She earned her BA from the University of Michigan and her MFA from the University of Virginia where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. Currently, she’s an associate professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Bowling Green State University where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses.
Dorothea Van Camp is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and she has lived and worked in the Boston area for more than twenty years. Shown in many museum and gallery shows, her work has been written about in publications such as artscope magazine, Art New England, The Boston Phoenix and The Boston Globe. Van Camp's current work simultaneously surrenders to the presence of computers in our lives while resisting it with every stroke of paint. Her “Ghoulie Drawings” are included in “Entangled” at the Trustman Gallery, Simmons College in Boston until December 17th, 2008, and “Digital-non-Digital” at the FPAC Gallery through January 9th, 2009. See more of her work at www.unit35.com.
G. C. Waldrep’s collections of poems are Goldbeater’s Skin, Disclamor, and most recently Archicembalo, which won the 2008 Dorset Prize and is due out from Tupelo Press in April 2009. He is also the author of two chapbooks, The Batteries (New Michigan Press) and One Way No Exit (Tarpaulin Sky). He lives in Lewisburg, PA, and teaches at Bucknell University.