René Steinke is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her most recent novel is Friendswood, which was shortlisted for the St. Francis Literary Prize, and was named one of National Public Radio’s “Great Reads.” She is also the author of The Fires and Holy Skirts, which was a 2005 finalist for the National Book Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Salon, Redbook, TriQuarterly, Bookforum, and in various anthologies. She is the Director of the MFA program.
Renée Ashley is the author, most recently, of Ruined Traveler (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions), her seventh book of poems, and Minglements: Prose on Poetry and Life (Del Sol Press), a collection of essays. Other poetry collections include The View from the Body (Black Lawrence Press); Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize, University of Colorado—Boulder); Basic Heart (X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, Texas Review Press); The Revisionist’s Dream and The Various Reasons of Light (Avocet Press Inc.); Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press); as well as a novel, Someplace Like This (Permanent Press), and two chapbooks, The Museum of Lost Wings and The Verbs of Desiring. She has received fellowships in both poetry and prose from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts. A portion of her poem, “First Book of the Moon,” is included in a permanent installation by the artist Larry Kirkland in Penn Station, Manhattan, NY. She has served as Assistant Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and as Poetry Editor of The Literary Review and has been in residence at Yaddo, MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches for Murphy Writing Programs, Stockton State University, and the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Coe Booth was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She received an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her first novel Tyrell won the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction and in 2021 it was named one of the 100 Best Books of all Time by Time Magazine. Her novels, Kendra and Bronxwood, were both selected by the American Library Association as Best Books for Young Adults. She is also the author of the novel for middle-school readers, Kinda Like Brothers.
Rebecca Chace is the award-winning author of two novels, Leaving Rock Harbor and Capture the Flag; a memoir, Chautauqua Summer; and a children’s book, June Sparrow and The Million Dollar Penny. She has had stage plays produced in New York and regionally, Colette and The Awakening (an adaptation of the novel by Kate Chopin). She has also adapted her novel, Capture the Flag, for the screen and television with director Lisanne Skyler. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Sunday Book Review, the Huffington Post, LA Review of Books, Guernica, Lit Hub, NPR’s All Things Considered, and other publications. She has been awarded numerous artist residencies and fellowships including the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo; Dora Maar House, and others. She an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the MA Program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. www.rebeccachace.com
Walter Cummins has published more than 100 short stories and many essays and reviews. His seven story collections are titled: Witness; Where We Live; Local Music; The End of the Circle; The Lost Ones; Habitat: Stories of Bent Realism; and Telling Stories: Old & New. He is also the author of two novels, A Stranger to the Deed and Into Temptation, and essays collections called Knowing Writers and Death Cancer Madness Meaning. Most recently, he and Thomas E. Kennedy published Our Literary Travels, their second collection of essays on places where writers lived and wrote. Their first is The Literary Explorer. His study of the impact of TV on life in the U.S., Programming Our Lives: Television and American Identity, was co-written with George Gordon. With Thomas E. Kennedy, he is co-publisher of Serving House Books, a literary imprint. His website is www.waltercummins.com.
David Daniel’s collections of poems include Seven Star Bird, for which he won the Levis Reading Prize; and his chapbook, The Quick and the Dead. Daniel’s latest collection, Ornaments and Other Assorted Love Songs was published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press. He is a regular contributor to The American Poetry Review, and his poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous other journals, including the Harvard Review, AGNI, Post Road, Witness, Boston Review, and Ploughshares, where he served as the Poetry editor from 1992 to 2007.
Donna Freitas is a long-time professor, researcher, and writer of more than twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, for adults, children, and young adults. Her publications span many genres: memoir, fiction, nonfiction, YA and middle-grade novels, as well as middle-grade nonfiction. Among her books are, most recently, Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention (Little, Brown, September 2019), as well as her Middle-Grade nonfiction, The Big Questions Book of Sex & Consent (forthcoming in September 2020 from Levine Querido). Her debut novel for adults, The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano (forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books/Viking in February 2021), will be published simultaneously next spring in nearly 20 countries and languages. Donna lives in Brooklyn.
David Grand’s most recent novel is Mount Terminus. He is the author of Louse, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and The Disappearing Body, which Bookforum described as “satirical noir at its mesmerizing best.” Jonathan Lethem has described Grand as “a stealth operator, a magician-architect in prose, building elegant mysterious structures.” He received his MFA from New York University, where he held the Fellowship in Fiction and studied with E.L. Doctorow. His writing has appeared in anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, Travel and Leisure, BlackBook, and elsewhere.
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H.L. Hix’s recent books include a poetry collection, Rain Inscription; an anthology of “poets talking back,” Counterclaims; an edition, with Julie Kane, of selected poems of contemporary poet Tautvyda Marcinkevičiūtė, called Terribly In Love, translated from the Lithuanian; an essay collection, Demonstrategy; and an art/poetry anthology, Ley Lines. Other recent poetry collections include American Anger; First Fire, Then Birds; Incident Light; and Chromatic(a finalist for the National Book Award). His books of criticism and theory include Spirits Hovering Over the Ashes: Legacies of Postmodern Theory, and Morte d’Author: An Autopsy. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas and taught for fifteen years at the Kansas City Art Institute. More information is available at his website: www.hlhix.com
Idra Novey is the author of the novel Those Who Knew, a finalist for the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her first novel Ways to Disappear received the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she’s written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, New York Magazine, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, the PEN Translation Fund, and the Poetry Foundation. She has also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. A collection of her co-translations with Ahmad Nadalizadeh of Iranian poet Garous Abdolmalekian was published with Penguin Press in 2020. She currently teaches fiction at Princeton University.
Minna Zallman Proctor is the author of Landslide: True Stories (2017) and Do You Hear What I Hear? (2004). She has been working in publishing since 1995 and was editor of Colors and managing editor of Bomb. Her essays and reviews have appeared in such publications as Aperture, Bookforum, The LA Times Book Review, Guilt & Pleasure, The Nation, American Scholar, and The New York Times Book Review. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and Bogliasco in Italy. Proctor’s translation of Love in Vain, Selected Stories of Federigo Tozzi won the PEN Poggioli Prize in 1998. Her other translations include Fleur Jaeggy’s These Possible Lives, Bruno Arpaia’s novel, The Angel of History, work by Dino Campana, fiction by Simona Vinci, essays by Umberto Eco, Pierpaolo Pasolini, and a biography
Eliot Schrefer is a New York Times bestselling author and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. In naming him an Editor’s Choice, the New York Times has called his work “dazzling… big-hearted.” He is also the author of two novels for adults and four other novels for children and young adults. His book has been named to the NPR “best of the year” list, the ALA best fiction list for young adults, and the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best.” His work has also been selected to the Amelia Bloomer List, recognizing best feminist books for young readers, and he has been a finalist for the Walden Award and won the Green Earth Book Award and Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. www.eliotschrefer.com
Rosie Schaap is the author of the memoir Drinking With Men, named one of the best books of 2013 by Library Journal and National Public Radio. She was a columnist for The New York Times Magazine from 2011 to 2017 and has also written for the Times’ book review, dining, sports, and travel sections, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, and Travel + Leisure. A contributor to This American Life, her essays have appeared in anthologies including Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives and Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. Her most recent book is Becoming a Sommelier. See her author page at Penguin Random House.