Nick Arvin has published three books of fiction, In the Electric Eden (Penguin, 2003), Articles of War (Anchor, 2004), and The Reconstruction-ist (Anchor, 2006). His writing has been honored with awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the NEA, and others. He is also an engineer, involved in the design of power plants, and oil and gas facilities. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Kafah Bachari is a short story writer, poet, and aspiring novelist. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her two young sons and teaches business law at the University of Houston Law Center. Currently, she is at work on her first novel, Azadistan.
Richard Bausch is the author of twelve novels, eight books of stories, and a volume of poetry and prose. Honors for his work include the PEN/Malamud Award, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the 2012 Rea Award for the Short Story. His most recent novel is Before, During, After (Knopf, August 2014). He is at work on a new novel and a new collection of stories, Living in the Weather of the World.
Aimee Bender is the author of five books; the most recent, The Color Master (Anchor), a story collection, was a NY Times Notable Book of 2013. Her work has been published in Granta, Harper’s, The Paris Review and elsewhere, as well as heard on “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.” She lives in Los Angeles.
Paula Closson Buck has published a novel excerpt in The Southern Review and has another short story forthcoming there. She is the author of two books of poems, The Acquiescent Villa (Louisiana State University Press, 1998) and Litanies Near Water (Louisiana State University Press, 2008). In addition to teaching creative writing at Bucknell University, for eleven years she edited West Branch, published out of Bucknell’s Stadler Center for Poetry. She is currently in Cyprus on a Fulbright Grant, working in collaboration with two Cypriot visual artists.
Carole Burns’ first book of stories, The Missing Woman, is being published by the UK-based Parthian Books in April 2015. She is editor of Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between (W. W. Norton, 2007), based [End Page 215] on interviews with writers including Colm Tóibín, Margot Livesey, Hannah Tinti, and Stuart Dybek. A reviewer for The Washington Post, she is head of creative writing at the University of Southampton in England. She’s finishing her first novel.
Colette (1873–1954) wrote many novels, including Gigi and Chéri, made into popular movies. This story is taken from Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island and Other Previously Untranslated Gems, a collection to be published by SUNY Press in November 2014.
Andrea Dupree’s fiction has also appeared in such places as Colorado Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Normal School, Freight Stories, Confrontation, and FiveChapters, and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado, where she co-founded and co-directs the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, an independent literary center. She’s a recent recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, and is working endlessly on a novel.
Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently Immobility (Tor, 2012) and Windeye (Coffee House Press, 2012). A new story collection, A Collapse of Horses, will be published by Coffee House Press in 2015. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and teaches in Brown University’s Creative Writing Program.
Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (Algonquin, 2014), Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press, 2010), and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus, 2006). She is the Sunday editor for The Rumpus and the fiction editor for The Nervous Breakdown, and is on faculty at UCR-Palm Desert’s low residency MFA program in Creative Writing. The longtime Executive Editor of Other Voices magazine and Other Voices Books, she now runs Other Voices Queretaro (othervoicesqueretaro.com), an international writing program in the Central Highlands of Mexico.
Laird Hunt is the author of six novels, including Kind One (Coffee House Press, 2012) and Neverhome (Little, Brown, September 2014). His writings, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared in...