Debra Allbery’s most recent poetry collection is Fimbul-Winter (Four Way Books, 2010). She lives near Asheville, North Carolina, and is the director of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers.
David Barber’s latest collection of poems is Wonder Cabinet (TriQuarterly Books, 2006). He is poetry editor at the Atlantic.
Justin Bigos is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of North Texas, where he serves as Interviews Editor for the American Literary Review. His poems have appeared in magazines including Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and the Collagist. He co-directs the Kraken Reading Series, based in Denton, Texas.
Paul Bourget (1852–1935) was an influential French novelist, poet, and literary critic. He was credited with “discovering” Stendhal and Baudelaire, as well as with introducing Freud’s work to his contemporaries. Bourget is largely forgotten today, but his Essais de psychologie contemporaine (1883–1885) continue to shed unique light on the writings of such authors as Flaubert, Baudelaire, Stendhal, Dumas fils, the Goncourt brothers, and Turgenev.
Larry Bradley’s work has appeared in the New Republic, New York Times, Paris Review, Poetry, Southwest Review, and previously in New England Review. He has received the Morton Marr Prize, the Reginald Shepherd Memorial Prize, and scholarships to both the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences.
Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W. W. Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Slate, Ploughshares, New England Review, Missouri Review, and Best American Poetry. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the King/Chávez/Parks Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mary-Alice Daniel was born in Nigeria and raised in England. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Michigan.
Kelly Kathleen Ferguson is the author of My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself (Press 53, 2011). Her work has appeared in Mental Floss, Poets & Writers, Gettysburg Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Witness, among other publications. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Montana, and is now at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing at Ohio University. [End Page 194]
Caroline Fox (1819–1871) was an English diarist who made the acquaintance of many prominent nineteenth-century figures, including John Stuart Mill, William Wordsworth, and Thomas Carlyle. Selections of her diaries and correspondence were posthumously published in a volume entitled Memories of Old Friends. Being Extracts from the Journals and Letters of Caroline Fox, of Penjerrick, Cornwall, from 1835 to 1871.
Ted Genoways is the author of two books of poems and the critical study Walt Whitman and the Civil War (University of California Press, 2009). His new book about Hormel Foods and the Great American Recession is forthcoming from HarperCollins. He has recently published essays and poems in the Atlantic, Harper’s, Kenyon Review, Mother Jones, OnEarth, Outside, and Best American Travel Writing 2010. This fall he will be a visiting reporter at the Middlebury College Program in Environmental Journalism.
Philip F. Gura is the William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of American Transcendentalism: A History (Hill & Wang), which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction, as well as many other books of American cultural history.
David Heronry is an apprentice funeral director in Central Ohio, where he lives with a tall man and a small dachshund. This is his first publication.
Richie Hofmann is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, among other honors. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines, including Poetry, FIELD, Yale Review, and the New Yorker. He is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars.
Wayne Johns’s manuscript, “Words Without Songs,” has been a finalist for the Wick Poetry Prize and the...