Amir Atsmon is an editor and translator living in Tel Aviv, Israel. He teaches and performs Improv Theater and is training to be a Drama-therapist.
Anaia Daigle knows that storytelling is an ancient, humanity-affirming, and magical practice. Whether through short stories, photography, painting, poetry, creating horoscopes for her bike, or on stage at the Moth, she has a lot to say and even more ways to say it.
Ofir Oz is an emerging writer from Israel. His second novel, The First Name, has been received with critical praise and popular success and earned him the Promising Writers Award of the Israel Ministry of Culture.
The story “Criminal” was first published on “Michigan Quarterly Review”.
Ofir’s work has also been published in Jewishfiction.net, nebesht.com (in Farsi), and won the 3rd place in the London Independent Story Prize.
Joelle Schumacher used to be sad before she got bored of that. she is 22 and lives in southern California, where she entertains herself by procrastinating on her college assignments, reading philosophy, doing a lot of yoga, and forgetting to water her herb garden. she also leads a creative writing recovery workshop designed to reconnect college students with their innate inner artist. you can find more of her writing at joelleschumacher.wordpress.com
Gabriel Monteros is a Latino American who grew up in a working class, multi-ethnic, and sometimes violent neighborhood in Southern California. He managed to study his way into college there he learned Mandarin Chinese. Monteros spent most of his 20’s working in Zhejiang, China for a local company. Through his travels, he developed deep personal and emotional ties to Asia and Africa, especially China, India, Singapore, Senegal, and Cape Verde. Learning to understand existence through different cultural perspectives has challenged his preconceptions of what an ideal human should be like and forever changed him. Monteros hopes his writing can covey a bit of this experience.
Becky Adnot-Haynes grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and holds a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati, where she worked as an editor for The Cincinnati Review. Her stories have appeared in literary journals such as The Missouri Review, The Indiana Review, The Literary Review, West Branch, and PANK, and she was the winner of Hobart’s Buffalo Prize for short fiction. Her short story collection, The Year of Perfect Happiness, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize and was published in 2014 by the University of North Texas Press. She lives in Cincinnati.
Tehila Lieberman is an American writer, editor and coach at Harvard Business School. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Masters degree in Psychology. Her short story collection Venus in the Afternoonwas published in 2012, and won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. She has won the Stanley Elkin Memorial Prize and the Rick Dimarinis Short Fiction Prize and her fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Nimrod, the Colorado Review, Salamander, and Cutthroat. Her nonfiction has been published in Salon.com and in Travelers’ Tales Guides anthologies, including Best Women’s Travel Writing 2007. Originally from New York, she lived in Jerusalem before settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she consults as a writing coach for Harvard Business School.
David Jauss (1951) is an American fiction writer and poet. He is the author of four collections of short stories, two collections of poems, a collection of essays, and a monograph on closure in literature and the arts. His work has been published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies. He was awarded, among others, the O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, the Best American Short Stories selection, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He taught creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1980 until his retirement as a professor emeritus in 2014. He continues to teach in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he have taught since 1998. He lives in Little Rock with his wife Judy and their dogs Libby and Sammy.
Liz Prato is an American author and editor. Her short story collection, Baby’s on Fire, was published in 2015; and her stories and essays have appeared in dozens of journals–including Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Rumpus, and Salon. She is the Editor at Large for Forest Avenue Press, where she edited the 2014 anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Karen Brennan is an American author who has written seven books in various genres–including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her most recent collection of stories, Monsters, was published by Four Way Books in 2016. Her work has appeared in anthologies from Norton, Penguin, Graywolf, and Spuytin Duyvil among others. A National Endowment of the Arts recipient, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Utah and teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.