- Notes on Contributors
chantel acevedo has received many awards for her fiction, including the Latino International Book Award and an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship. She is the editor of the Southern Humanities Review, and the author of several novels, including Love and Ghost Letters, A Falling Star, and The Distant Marvels, forthcoming from Europa Editions.
david barber’s most recent book of poems is Wonder Cabinet. The poems in this issue will appear in his forthcoming collection, Secret History. He is poetry editor at the Atlantic.
clare beams’s fiction has appeared in One Story, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, FiveChapters, and elsewhere, and has received special mention in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize anthology. She is a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts fellow in prose and a 2014 tuition scholar at Bread Loaf. She lives with her husband and daughter in Pittsburgh, where she is at work on a novel.
aimee bender is the author of five books. The most recent, The Color Master, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2013. Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages.
elizabeth bishop (1911–1979), born in Worcester, Massachusetts, is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century. A contemporary of Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell, she wrote of her travels and of the physical world with deft and stunning precision. She lived for several years in Key West, Florida, and taught for several more at Harvard; during the many years she lived in Brazil, she corresponded with friends in the United States by letter (her entire correspondence with Robert Lowell was published in 2008). Her books include Poems: North & South / A Cold Spring (1955), Complete Poems (1969), and Geography III (1977); she also translated work from Portuguese and Spanish. She received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1956 and the National Book Award in 1970. “At the Fishhouses,” reprinted in this issue, was written after a 1946 trip Bishop took to Nova Scotia.
belle boggs is the author of Mattaponi Queen, winner of the Bakeless Prize and finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her collection of essays, The Art of Waiting (in which the essay in this issue will appear), and a novel, The Ugly Bear List, are both forthcoming from Graywolf Press.
dexter l. booth is the author of Scratching the Ghost, which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was selected by Major Jackson. His poems appear in Blackbird, Grist, Willow Springs, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California.
MATTHEW CLARK’s essays have appeared in the Antioch Review, the Indiana Review, Fourth Genre, Wag’s Revue, and other magazines. The majority of “Shedders” was written at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska. [End Page 203]
erica dawson is the author of two books of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt and Big-Eyed Afraid. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Poetry: A Pocket Anthology, Virginia Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, and other journals and anthologies. She is an assistant professor at the University of Tampa.
carrie fountain’s poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Poetry, and Tin House. Her first collection, Burn Lake, was a winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award and was published by Penguin in 2010. Her second collection, Instant Winner, will be published by Penguin in 2014. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, the playwright Kirk Lynn, and their children.
vievee francis is the author of Horse in the Dark and Blue-Tail Fly. Her work has been published in numerous journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including Poetry, The Best American Poetry, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African American Poetry. She is currently an associate editor for Callaloo: A Premier Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters, a visiting professor in the undergraduate writing program at Warren Wilson College, and a new faculty member for the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.
vedran husić was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and raised in Germany and the United States...