M. Shahid Alam was born in Bangladesh and received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. For many years, he has taught economics at Northeastern University in Boston. He has published four books and numerous articles and essays about economics and politics. His poetry has appeared or will appear in Critical Muslim, Chicago Review, and Prairie Schooner.
Gilbert Allen, the Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature at Furman University, has lived in upstate South Carolina since 1977. Some of his newest poems and stories have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Shenandoah, and Tampa Review.
Nicky Beer is the author of The Diminishing House, winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award in poetry. Her second book of poems, The Octopus Game, will be published in 2015. Her awards include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and a Discovery/The Nation Award. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver.
David Bottoms is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently We Almost Disappear; two novels; and the essay collection The Onion's Dark Core: A Little Book of Poetry Talk. He lives with his wife and daughter in Atlanta, where he holds the Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters at Georgia State University and served as Georgia Poet Laureate from 2000 to 2012.
James Lee Burke is author of thirty-one novels and two collections of stories. He writes primarily of Louisiana and the American West.
Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the best-selling novel Once Upon a River and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She was a 2009 National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for her collection of stories, American Salvage. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with her husband and two donkeys.
Chip Cheek's stories have appeared in Harvard Review, Washington Square, and Quick Fiction. He is the recipient of a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist [End Page v] Award for 2011, as well as scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop. He teaches writing at Grub Street in Boston.
Robert Cording teaches at the College of the Holy Cross, where he is the Barrett Professor in Creative Writing. He has published six collections of poems, most recently Walking With Ruskin, which was runner-up for the 2012 Poets' Prize. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry and two poetry grants from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Orion, and The New Yorker.
Kirk Curnutt is professor and chair of English at Troy University's Montgomery Campus in Alabama, where he also serves as a director of the Alabama Book Festival. His thirteen books include two novels as well as studies of Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. His latest book, Brian Wilson, is part of Equinox Publishing's Icons of Pop Music series.
Carol Ann Davis is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry; her poetry collections are Psalm and Atlas Hour. Recent work is forthcoming or just out in Volt, The American Poetry Review, and Image. Last year, after editing Crazyhorse for over a decade and directing the undergraduate program in creative writing at the College of Charleston, she joined the faculty of Fairfield University's MFA program.
Ron De Maris is an endowed chair emeritus at Miami Dade College. He taught creative writing, composition, and humanities for forty years. His involvement with poetry, art history, history, and philosophy inspired him to start writing poetry at age forty. According to De Maris, "In my old age poetry has been a blessing. It teaches me to live fully in the moment and to keep those moments alive in my poetry."
Jaquira Díaz is the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, has been selected as Notable in Best American Essays 2012, and is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review.
Tamas Dobozy is an associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has...