- Featured Contributors
Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial, 2014), the title essay of which appeared in VQR; the novel An Untamed State (Black Cat, 2014); and Ayiti (Artistically Declined Press, 2011). Her writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Short Stories, Best Sex Writing, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, the Nation, the Rumpus, and Salon, among others. She is the coeditor of PANK.
Joshua Hersh is a journalist who has covered the Middle East since 2009. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, and the Huffington Post, among other publications.
Philip Kennicott is the art and architecture critic of the Washington Post and the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer for criticism in 2012 and editorial writing in 2000. He was nominated for a 2006 Emmy Award and won the CINE Golden Eagle for video work exploring the role of oil money in the politics of Azerbaijan. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic, a regular reviewer for Gramophone, and a frequent contributor to Opera News.
David Leavitt is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel The Two Hotel Francforts (Bloomsbury, 2013) and The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Atlas/Norton, 2006). He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute for Catalan Letters. He teaches at the University of Florida’s MFA in Creative Writing, where he is the founder and editor of Subtropics.
Cynthia Shearer is the author of two works of fiction, The Celestial Jukebox (Shoemaker & Hoard/Avalon, 2005) and The Wonder Book of the Air (Pantheon/Vintage, 1996), which won the 1996 prize for fiction from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Her work has appeared in such publications as Tri-Quarterly, the Missouri Review, and the Oxford American. Formerly a curator of Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s home in Oxford, Mississippi, she teaches at Texas Christian University. [End Page 7]
David Baker is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Scavenger Loop (Norton, 2015) and Never-Ending Birds (Norton, 2009), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. He has received fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is poetry editor of the Kenyon Review and holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing at Denison University.
Anna Beeke is a documentary and fine-arts photographer. Her project Sylvania won the 2013 Syngenta Photography Award’s Judges Choice and the 2013 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Competition and received the 2012 WIP-LTI/Lightside Kodak Materials Grant and the Alice Beck-Odette Scholarship. Amsterdam, NY won the 2010 too much chocolate + Kodak Film Grant and was included in reGeneration2, a book and exhibition curated by Switzerland’s Musée de l’Elysée. Beeke has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts.
F. Douglas Brown is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three (Georgia, 2014). He holds a master’s degree from San Francisco State University, and is a Cave Canem and a Kundiman fellow. He teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
Travis Dove’s photojournalism has appeared in National Geographic, Rolling Stone, and Men’s Journal. He is a contributor to the New York Times, and his work has received awards from Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, the National Press Photographers Association, and others.
Jehanne Dubrow is the author of several poetry collections, including The Arranged Marriage (New Mexico, 2015), Red Army Red (Northwestern, 2012), and Stateside (Northwestern, 2010). She is the director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House and an associate professor at Washington College in Maryland.
Mark Edmundson is the author of many books, including the forthcoming Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals (Harvard, 2015) and Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game (Penguin, 2014). He is University Professor at the University of Virginia.