Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, both from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award; and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design.
Nick Dybek is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He’s the author of the novel When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man (Riverhead), winner of the 2013 Society of Midland Authors Award. He’s also a recipient of a Granta New Voices selection, a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and a Maytag Fellowship. He lives in New York City.
Stuart Dybek, a former guest editor for Ploughshares, is the author of three books of fiction and two books of poetry. Two new collections of his fiction are scheduled to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in Spring 2014. “Misterioso,” the short piece in this issue, will appear in one of the upcoming books.
Carolyn Ferrell received the Plough-shares John C. Zacharis First Book Award in 1997 for her collection Don’t Erase Me (Houghton Mifflin). Her work has appeared in Story, Ecotone, The New York Times, and elsewhere; “Proper Library,” a story first published in Ploughshares, was anthologized in The Best American [End Page 183] Short Stories of the Century (Mariner, 2000). Ferrell currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is at work on another collection.
V.V. Ganeshananthan is the Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, Love Marriage (Random House), was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named one of The Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, San Francisco Chronicle, and Unstuck, among other publications. A recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and Phillips Exeter, she is at work on a second novel.
Travis Holland is the author of The Archivist’s Story (The Dial Press, 2007). He is a recipient of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His stories have previously appeared in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and Five Points, among other publications. A contributing editor for Fiction Writers Review, he lives and teaches in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Michael Knight is the author of two novels (Divining Rod and The Typist, 1998 and 2010), two collections of short stories (Goodnight, Nobody and Dogfight and Other Stories, 2003 and 2007), and a collection of novellas (The Holiday Season, 2007), all currently in print from Grove/Atlantic. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.
Jo Lloyd’s short stories have appeared in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt), Southwest Review, Meridian, Riptide, and elsewhere. She has won the Asham Short Story Award, the Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize, and a McGinnis-Ritchie Award. Brought up in Wales, she currently lives in Oxford.
Megan Anderegg Malone was raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She received her MFA from Bennington College, and her short fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review and on National Public Radio. She lives with her husband and two redheaded daughters in Sonoma County, California, where she is at work on a novel. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jerry McGahan, 70, is a retired beekeeper and lives with his wife in Arlee, Montana, where he writes short fiction and novels, gardens, and paints. The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, The Gettysburg Review, and a number of other literary journals have also accepted his stories. He has published a novel, A Condor Brings the Sun, with Sierra Club Books (1996). His paintings can be seen on jerrymcgahan.com.
Nancy Welch is a Professor of English at the University of Vermont. Her stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Threepenny Review, and The Greensboro Review, among other journals, and her short-story collection, The Road from Prosperity, was published by Southern Methodist University Press in 2005. [End Page 184]