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About the Contributors

Jocelyn Bartkevicius teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida. Her work has appeared in such journals as the Hudson Review, Missouri Review, Bellingham Review, and Gulf Coast, and has been awarded the Deming Award, the Annie Dillard Award, and the Missouri Review Award in the Essay. She is completing a memoir, The Emerald Room.

Sophie Beck is a writer living in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Film Quarterly, Kitchen Sink, Post Road, River Teeth, and other publications.

Cynthia Anne Brandon grew up in Michigan, where she received her BA in writing at Grand Valley State University, and where she is working on her MFA at Northern Michigan University.

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser received her BA from Hampshire College—where she studied women's health care—and her MFA in fiction writing from Warren Wilson College. These days, she writes nonfiction for publications including Mothers Movement Online, Literary Mama, California Literary Review, and Preview Massachusetts. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies.

Brent Chesley has published before in Fourth Genre as well as in River Teeth, Leading Edge, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He teaches creative non-fiction at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Michael Danko is a visiting instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His essays and poetry have been published in Cimarron Review and The Journal. [End Page 199]

Michelle Disler is a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio University. Her essays are appearing in such journals as Gulf Coast, North Dakota Quarterly, Seneca Review, and Columbia, where she won the Columbia Nonfiction Prize.

Joshua Dolezal is a Montana native, an erstwhile wilderness ranger, and assistant professor of English at Central College. His essays and poems have most recently appeared in Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Quarterly West, North Dakota Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Seattle Review, River Teeth, and Brevity.

Kelley Evans, a doctoral candidate in nonfiction at Ohio University, is coeditor-in-chief of Quarter After Eight. She holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and her writing has appeared in Harpur Palate and Brevity.

Joe Gisondi teaches journalism at Eastern Illinois University, where he also serves as editorial adviser to the daily student newspaper. Joe worked as a sports journalist in Florida for more than 20 years at several newspapers in Florida, including the Fort Myers News-Press, Clearwater Sun, Florida Today, and Orlando Sentinel. He currently offers sports writing advice on his nationally recognized blog at, and is working on a book that focuses on the first NCAA-sanctioned women's rugby team in the United States.

Gail Griffin is the author of two books of nonfiction, Calling and Season of the Witch, as well as poetry, essays, and brief nonfiction that have appeared in journals and anthologies. She won the Lois Cranston Poetry Prize in 2006 for her poem "War Stories," and she is currently at work on a book about a student murder-suicide at Kalamazoo College, where she teaches.

Leslie Haynsworth is publications editor for the College of Arts and Sciences, web editor for the Arts Institute, and a creative writing instructor at the University of South Carolina. She is coauthor of Amelia Earhart's Daughters and has published articles and essays in Publishers Weekly, Marie Claire, and CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual.

Sam Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C. He is working on a collection of essays called I Failed Ethics, and also a book called Chemistry Minus the Chemistry, the story of the periodic table told through history, crime, politics, etymology, alchemy—and everything else but chemistry. [End Page 200]

Judy Labensohn is the coordinator of the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Her website is

Shannon Lakanen is an assistant professor at Otterbein College. She has published poetry and essays in Indiana Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and Quarter After Eight.

David Lazar is a professor and director of the Nonfiction Program at Columbia College Chicago. His essay collection The Body of Brooklyn was published by Iowa, and forthcoming are the anthology Truth in Nonfiction: Essays, from University of Iowa Press, and a book of prose poems, Powder...