Lauri Anderson Alford’s fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Cincinnati Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, The Common, PANK, and elsewhere. Her recent awards include the Tobias Wolff Award in Fiction, the Robert Watson Literary Prize, and a Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is also the Round Six winner of NPR’s Three-Minute Fiction Contest. Visit her online at www.lauriandersonalford.com.
Brian Baxter is a Chicago-based composer, drummer, and new music producer. Recent performances of his music have taken place across the US, and he is a three‐time ASCAPLUS+ award recipient. He has written music for the Anaphora Ensemble, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Chicago Q Ensemble, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Gaudete Brass, Palomar Ensemble, Singers On New Ground, and Sissy‐Eared Mollycoddles. Co-founder of the Chicago Composers Orchestra, a group dedicated to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers, Baxter currently serves as its Chair of the Board of Directors. He also works in operations with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras where he founded and teaches a Composition Seminar for CYSO student composers. Baxter is an active drummer and organizer with the new music collective, the Sissy-Eared Mollycoddles. Baxter received his M.M. in composition from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and his B.M. in composition from Illinois Wesleyan University, and he publishes his music through ATIHADSO Music (ASCAP).
Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His most recent collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon in 2019). His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, Tin House, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
Teresa Cader is the author of Guests, which won the Norma Farber First Book Award and The Journal Award (Ohio State), and The Paper Wasp and History of Hurricanes, both from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern. Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment, the George Bogin Memorial Award, a Fellowship from the Bunting Institute/Radcliffe, and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and MacDowell. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Plume, Harvard Review, Poetry, Slate, Ploughshares, FIELD, The Atlantic Monthly, and Southwest Review.
Sam Cha has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, and he was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize at UMass Boston, where he is currently an MFA candidate.
Gabriel Fried is the author of Making the New Lamb Take (Sarabande, 2007) and poetry editor at Persea Books. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The American Scholar, The Paris Review, and other journals and magazines. His current projects include editing an anthology of poems about baseball, which will be published in Spring 2014.
Karin Gottshall’s recent poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, and The Gettysburg Review. Her first poetry book, Crocus, was published by Fordham University Press in 2007. She lives in Vermont and teaches poetry writing at Middlebury College.
Richie Hofmann is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. His poems appear or are forthcoming in a number of magazines, including Poetry, The Yale Review, and The New Yorker, and have been honored with the Academy of American Poets Prize, the 2011 AWP Intro Journal Award for Poetry, and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He is currently pursuing an MFA in the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars.
Kimberly Johnson’s poetry collections include Leviathan with a Hook, A Metaphorical God, and the forthcoming Uncommon Prayer. Recipient of grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Utah Arts Council, and the NEA, she has recent work in publications including The New Yorker, Slate, Milton Quarterly, and Modern Philology.
Keith Leonard is currently a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow at IUPUI in Indianapolis. A recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Mid-American Review, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere.
Tyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013), which won the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have received awards from the Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Third Coast and have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Georgia Review, Nashville Review, and TriQuarterly Online, among other places. A graduate of the University of Maryland (MFA, poetry), Tyler Mills is currently in the PhD program for creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Diana Khoi Nguyen earned an MFA from Columbia University where she also taught and served as a poetry editor. A recipient of awards from the Key West Literary Seminar and Academy of American Poets, she has also received a Pushcart Prize nomination and scholarships from The Center for Book Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poems have appeared in Pool, Poetry, CutBank, and elsewhere.
Peter Orner is the author of two novels, Love and Shame and Love and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, and the story collections Esther Stories and the forthcoming Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge.
Jennifer Pashley is the author of two books, The Conjurer (Standing Stone Books, 2013) and States (Lewis-Clark Press, 2007). Her stories, poems, and nonfiction have appeared widely in journals like Mississippi Review, Salt Hill, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Interim. She has won The Mississippi Review Prize, The Red Hen Prize, and the Carve Magazine Esoteric Award for LGBT fiction.
Allan Peterson is the author of five books including Precarious (42 Miles Press, 2014) and Fragile Acts (McSweeney's, 2012), finalist for the 2013 Book Critics Circle and Oregon Book Awards. His Other Than They Seem won the 2014 Snowbound Chapbook award from Tupelo Press.
Phoebe Reeves teaches at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College, where she advises the student literary magazine East Fork. Her poems have recently appeared in failbetter, Cream City Review, Dislocate, and Quarterly West.
Kathryn Schwille’s fiction has appeared in Crazyhorse, West Branch, Puerto del Sol, River Styx, Sycamore Review, and other magazines. She has been a finalist for the Pushcart Prize and the Dana Award for Short Fiction, and has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Hambidge Center. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA program, she lives in Charlotte, N.C., where she is at work on a book of stories set against the backdrop of the Columbia shuttle disaster.
Casey Thayer received an MFA from Northern Michigan University and has work published or forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Devil’s Lake, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County.
Elena Tomorowitz is the graphic designer for Memorious.
Sidney Wade’s sixth collection of poems, Straits & Narrows, will be published by Persea Books in February 2013. She has served as President of AWP and Secretary/Treasurer of ALTA and has taught workshops in Poetry and Translation at the University of Florida’s MFA@FLA program since 1993. She is the poetry editor of Subtropics.
Philip White’s poems have won a Pushcart Prize and have recently appeared in The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, The Missouri Review, and The Yale Review. His first book is The Clearing.
Jake Adam York authored four books of poems: Murder Ballads (Elixir Press, 2005); A Murmuration of Starlings (Southern Illinois UP, 2008); Persons Unknown (Southern Illinois UP, 2010); and Abide, which will be published posthumously by Southern Illinois University Press in 2014. Originally from Alabama, he was educated at Auburn and Cornell. He received fellowships to serve as a Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi (2009), to serve as the Thomas Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Kenyon College (2011), and from the Mellon Foundation to serve as a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Study at Emory University (2011-2012). He was an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado Denver and edited the journal Copper Nickel.