Megan Staffel is an American writer. She grew up in Philadelphia and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is the author of the novels, The Notebook of Lost Things and She Wanted Something Else, and the story collections The Exit CoachLessons in Another Language and A Length of Wire. Her stories have been published in numerous literary quarterlies and have been short listed in Best American Short Stories and nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Her novel was a finalist for the AWP prize. She lives with the acupuncturist Graham Marks and has two adult children. She splits her time between Brooklyn, New York and a farm in a small town in western New York State. 


Peter Brown is an Amercian author, he was born in Houston, raised in Staten Island, and educated in Missoula. Peter is a winner of the 2010 Katherine Anne Porter Prize. He’s lived in Florida, Colorado, Seattle, and Manhattan and now lives in the Boston area. He works as an IT manager for the Harvard University Economics Department. Along with his fiction, he has published translations from Spanish and French and has received support from the PEN America Center and the French Embassy for his work as a translator. The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded him an artist’s grant in 2006 for his fiction. He also helps edit the journal Salamander.


Aimee LaBrie is an American author who works as the director of communications for Rutgers University School of Social Work and teaches at Rosemont College. Her short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and published by the University of North Texas Press in 2007.  Her second collection of stories, Animal Shelters, placed as a finalist in the BOA Short Fiction Contest and will be published by Running Wild Press in 2018. Other short stories of hers have been published in PleiadesMinnesota Review, Iron Horse Literary ReviewPermafrost, and other literary journals. In 2012, she won first place in Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction contest. “Ducklings” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Pleiades. 


Kelly Cherry is an American author who was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and grew up in Ithaca, New York, and Chesterfield County, Virginia. She did graduate work in philosophy at the University of Virginia and earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Cherry was the daughter of violinists, and her early exposure to music has had a profound affect on her work, which ranges in genre from poetry to novels to short fiction to memoir to criticism. In an interview with Kaite Hillenbrand, Cherry noted that “musical dynamics, phrasing, pitch, tone, texture, orchestration et al. provide inspiration, and sometimes a model, for a poet, as do the lives of some composers.”

Cherry is the author of more than 20 books and chapbooks of writing; she has also published two translations of ancient Greek drama. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, she was named the poet laureate of Virginia in 2010. She has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and Yaddo. She taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for more than 20 years. She retired in 1999 but still holds the positions of the Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and the Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities. The inaugural recipient of the Hanes Poetry Prize and the Ellen Anderson Award, Cherry was a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2010. She lives on a small farm in Virginia with her husband, the fiction writer Burke Davis III.


Panio Gianopoulos is an American writer. He is the author of the novella, A Familiar Beast, and the story collection, How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money. His writing has appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Salon, Northwest Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Rattling Wall, Big Fiction, The Brooklyn Rail, Catamaran Literary Reader, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award for Non-Fiction, he has been included in the anthologies The Bastard on the Couch, Cooking and Stealing: The Tin House Non-Fiction Reader, and The Encyclopedia of Exes. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.


Lee Upton is an American poet, fiction writer, literary critic, and a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The author of fourteen books and the winner of numerous awards, she has written for publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and Harvard Review. She is currently a professor of English at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.


Joe Haldeman (1943) is an American science fiction author. He began his writing career while he was still in the army. Drafted in 1967, he fought in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a combat engineer with the Fourth Division. He was awarded several medals, including a Purple Heart. Haldeman sold his first story in 1969 and has since written over two dozen novels and five collections of short stories and poetry. He has won the Nebula and Hugo Awards for his novels, novellas, poems, and short stories, as well as the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award, the Rhysling Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. His works include The Forever War, Forever Peace, Camouflage, 1968, the Worlds saga, and the Marsbound series. Haldeman recently retired after many years as an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Humanistic Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Gay, live in Florida, where he also paints, plays the guitar, rides his bicycle, and studies the skies with his telescope.

Jessica Hollander is an American writer, the author of the short story collection “In These Times the Home is a Tired Place,” which won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She graduated from the University of Alabama’s MFA program and is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She lives with her husband Richard and her children Oliver and Chloe. 


Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Robert Reed is a Hugo Award-winning American science fiction author. The author of eleven novels, his work regularly appears in Asimov’sFantasy & Science Fiction, and Sci Fiction. He currently lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife and daughter.


Victoria Redel, born in 1959, is an American poet and fiction writer who lives in New York City. The author of five books of fiction, she has been awarded numerous prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center. She has taught at Columbia University, Vermont College, and is currently on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.