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.
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 four books, Leaving Rock Harbor; Capture the Flag; Chautauqua Summer; June Sparrow and The Million Dollar Penny. She has written for the New York Times, the Huffington Post, The LA Review of Books, Guernica, Lit Hub, and other publications. Plays: Colette; The Awakening (adaptation of the novel by Kate Chopin). She adapted her novel, Capture the Flag, for screen and television with director Lisanne Skyler (Best Screenplay Short Film, 2010 Nantucket Film Festival). She has been awarded numerous artist residencies and fellowships including Civitella Ranieri, MacDowell, Yaddo, Dora Maar House, and others. She is an associate professor in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. 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 waltercummins
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.
H. L. Hix
H.L. Hix’s recent books include a novel, The Death of H. L. Hix; an edition and translation of the gospel that merges canonical with noncanonical sources, and refers to Jesus and God without gender designation; 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. 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: hlhix.com
Nicole Melleby Welch
Nicole Melleby, a born-and-bread Jersey native, is an award-winning children’s author. Her works have been Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selections, listed as best books of the year by Bank Street Books, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly, and have been ALA Rainbow Book selections, a Lambda Literary Finalist, and listed on the CCBC Choices and ALA Notable Books lists. She lives with her wife and their cat, whose need for attention oddly aligns with Nicole’s writing schedule. nicolemelleby.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. He reviews fiction for USAToday. eliotschrefer.com
Rosie Schaap is the author of the memoir Drinking With Men, selected as one of 2013’s best books by Library Journal and National Public Radio, and Becoming a Sommelier, named one of 2019’s best books about wine in The New York Times. She was a columnist for The New York Times Magazine from 2011 to 2017 and has also written for the Times’ book review, food, opinion, sports, and travel sections, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Marie Claire, Saveur, and Travel + Leisure, among other publications. She is a contributor to the radio show This American Life, and her personal essays have appeared in anthologies including Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers, Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York, and the revised edition of Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. A new book, The Slow Road North: How I Found Peace in an Improbable Country, will be out in 2022. rosieschaap.net
Padma Viswanathan is a Canadian-American novelist, published in eight countries and shortlisted for the PEN USA Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and short translations have been published in Granta, The Boston Review, BRICK, and elsewhere. Her translation of the novel São Bernardo, by the Brazilian novelist Graciliano Ramos, was published in 2020 by the New York Review Books on their classics series. It was shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize and runner-up for the Society of Authors TA First Translation Award. Her nonfiction book, Like Every Form of Love, is forthcoming from Random House Canada in 2023. padmaviswanathan.com