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Jacob M. Appel has published short fiction in more than eighty literary journals including Agni, Briar Cliff Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Southwest Review. His stage play, The Replacement, recently completed a run at the intentional theatre in Waterford, Connecticut. He teaches at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
Daniel Brauer smiles a lot, is nice to his mother, and eats his vegetables. He recently completed his first novel, developed from the story published here.
Jason Brown grew up in Maine and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His first book of short stories, Driving the Heart and Other Stories, was published by W. W. Norton. His second book of stories, Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work, was published by Open City/ Grove Atlantic. His short stories have appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s, and Best American Short Stories and have been read on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. He teaches at the University of Arizona and spends as much time as possible in Maine and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Caitlin Horrocks’s debut short story collection This Is Not Your City won the 2008 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and will be published in the fall by Eastern Washington University Press.
Colleen Kinder is the author of Delaying the Real World, which she wrote in Havana during a ten-month volunteer project. She has written about Cuba for the New Republic, Salon, and Ninth Letter, and she is a contributor to Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. She now lives in Mexico on a Fulbright grant to write about Americans who live overseas. She has just managed to make herself a website.
Lori Ostlund received the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her collection The Bigness of the World, which includes “Idyllic Little Bali.” Other stories from the collection have appeared or are forthcoming in the Georgia Review, the Kenyon Review, New England Review, Hobart, and Blue Mesa Review. The collection will be published in the fall of 2009 by the University of Georgia Press. For eight years, she and her partner owned an Asian furniture store in New Mexico and took yearly buying trips to Indonesia, where this story is set.
Christopher Ankney’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, and Third [End Page 210] Coast, among others. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lynn, and enjoys spending summers hiding from the sun.
Robin Becker is the author of six collections of poems, including most recently Domain of Perfect Affection (Pitt Poetry Series). Awards include fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Institute.
Cathy Carlisi is chief creative officer at BrightHouse, a branding consultancy in Atlanta that promotes positive public and environmental impact. She is also a painter and has exhibited work throughout the southeast United States. Her poetry has appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Mid- American Review, West Branch, Atlanta Review, and others.
Yi-Fen Chou works as a technical writer and part-time antiques dealer in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His work has appeared in Shenandoah, Cimarron Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review, with additional poems forthcoming in Sonora Review.
Jo Ann Clark’s poetry and translations have appeared in journals in the United States and United Kingdom, including Reactions4, the Western Humanities Review, New Republic, and Paris Review.
Susan Donnelly is the author of the poetry collections Transit and Eve Names the Animals as well as three chapbooks. A third collection, Capture the Flag, will be published by Iris Press. Her publication credits include Poetry, the American Scholar, the New York Times, and the New Yorker.
Jehanne Dubrow’s first collection, The Hardship Post, is available from Three Candles Press. Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Hudson Review, New England Review, Shenandoah, and Gulf Coast. She is the author of a chapbook, The Promised Bride (Finishing Line P). She has two books forthcoming: From the Fever-World (WWPH) and Stateside (Northwestern UP).
Chanda Feldman is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She earned an mfa from Cornell University...