Adam McOmber is an American writer. He published 3 books so far: My House Gathers Desires: Stories (2016), The White Forest: A Novel (2012) and This New & Poisonous Air (2011). His work has appeared various literary magazines. He was the longtime managing and associate editor for the literary magazine Hotel America at Columbia College Chicago before moving to Los Angeles where he now teaches at Loyola Marymount University.

Mary Webb was an English romantic novelist and poet of the early 20th century. Born in 1881, her work is set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people whom she knew. Her novels have been succesfully dramatized, most notably the film Gone to Earth by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They also inspired the famous parody Cold Comfort Farm. Her life was uneventful, spent mostly in pursuit of literary recognition that would come only after her death. She died at age 46. 

Bruce Sterling (1954) is an American Science fiction author, journalist, editor, and critic. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, as one of the definitive writers of cyberpunk, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Juenger to Jules Verne. He is a contributing editor of WIRED magazine and writes a weblog.

Sarah Gerkensmeyer was born in Indiana, received her MFA from Cornell University. Her short story collection, What You Are Now Enjoying, was selected by Stewart O’Nan as winner of the 2012 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, as well as longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. A Pushcart Prize nominee for both fiction and poetry and a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction, Sarah has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Ragdale, Grub Street, SAFTA’s Firefly Farms, and the Vermont Studio Center. She lives with her family in Indiana.    

Inua Ellams is a Nigerian poet, playwright and performer. He was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria in 1984. He has seven published books including ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ (Poetry, 2005) ‘The 14th Tale’ (Play, 2009) – which was commissioned by the Battersea Arts Centre and awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival, before a sold out run at The National Theatre in London, England. His third theatre piece, ‘Black T-Shirt Collection’ (Play, Oberon: 2012) also completed a sold out run at the National Theatre in 2012. His poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies. Working also a graphic designer and visual artist, Inua’s work is imbibed with plentiful imagery – the starting point of his poems, and further, he describes the one-man shows he writes and performs as failed ‘poems’. Inua Ellams acknowledges that as biographies go, this is essentially a gathered list of achievements that say nothing about his personality, thus, promises he is a nice guy. ‘Trust me…’ he says ‘… I’m Nigerian’.

Edith Wharton, (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937) – was an American writer and designer, the first woman writer, awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Wharton was born in 1862 in New York in an aristocratic family. She received a home education, using her father’s library. She spent her childhood and youth in Europe, where she became friends with many famous writers. She wrote her first novel at the age of 18. In 1885, at the age of 23, Wharton married Edward Robbins Wharton, a banker from a noble Boston family. Their marriage broke up, and in 1899, the first collection of her stories was published. In 1908, she fled to Paris, where she began an affair with Morton Fullerton, a journalist for The Times. During world war I she has received the award of the Order of the Honorary Legion for her active assistance to refugees in 1916. She remained in France for the rest of her life. Her most famous novel, The Age of Innocence, was written in France and published in 1920.

Lones Seiber is an American writer and a retired engineer living in Morristown Tennessee. He received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Tennessee and worked for the Pratt Whitney Aircraft Research Development Center in West Palm Beach as an experimental engineer on the RL 10 rocker program and later on the signature elimination project for jet engines. His short stories were published in The Pinch, Lynx Eye, The Wordstock Ten and other magazines. His nonfiction has appeared in American Heritage. He won the 2005 GSU Review Fiction Contest, the 2008 Leslie Garret Award for fiction, and 2011 Warrem Adler Prize for Fiction, and the Indiana Review Fiction Contest for the story “Icarus.” He had completed a novel based on this story.

James Patrick Kelly (please, call him Jim) is an Amercian science fiction author. He was born in Mineola, New York in 1951. Patrick Kelly has had an eclectic writing career. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His short novel Burn won the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Nebula Award in 2007. He has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his novelette, “Ten to the Sixteenth to One.” His fiction has been translated into eighteen languages. He writes a column on the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.


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Roxana Robinson is an American writer. She was born in Pine Mountain, Kentucky, and grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She attended Bennington College and studied with Bernard Malamud and Howard Nemerov. She received a B.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan. Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books: five novels; three collections of short stories; and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe AtlanticHarper’s MagazineThe New York TimesThe Washington PostBookForumBest American Short StoriesTin House and elsewhere. She teaches in the Hunter MFA Program and divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and Maine. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. She was President of the Authors Guild from 2014-2017. Roxana Robinson has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Houston. She teaches in the MFA Program at Hunter College, CUNY. Roxana Robinson is currently the President of the Authors Guild. She has been a Trustee at PEN, the National Center for the Humanities, the Northeast Harbor Library, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and at the Authors Guild. Ms. Robinson is also a gardener and garden writer, and her essays in this field have appeared in HorticultureHouse and GardenHouse Beautiful, and Fine Gardening. For years, her garden was listed in the Garden Conservancy Open Days, and it has been written about in The New York TimesHouse and GardenTraditional HomesThe AtlanticGardens Illustrated, and other publications.

 

Kathy Anderson is an American writer and playwright. Winner of the 2015 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, her short story collection, Bull and Other Stories, was published by Autumn House Press in 2016. The book was well received and was nominated to several awards. As a playwright, her plays have been produced and staged in major US cities and in Ireland. She lives in Philadelphia.