john biguenet is the author of seven books, including The Torturer’s Apprentice: Stories and Oyster, a novel, and six plays, most recently a verse drama, Broomstick. He is the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.
malachi black is the author of Storm Toward Morning. An assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of San Diego, he has received fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, the Poetry Foundation, and others.
david bottoms’s most recent book is We Almost Disappear.
paula closson buck is the author of two books of poems, The Acquiescent Villa and Litanies Near Water. Another of her stories recently appeared in Ploughshares, and her first novel is due out from Fomite Press in September.
nancy naomi carlson received a literature translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of her work with Abdourahman Waberi’s poetry. The resulting book, The Nomads, My Brothers, Go Out to Drink from the Big Dipper, is due out in April from Seagull Books. Calazaza’s Delicious Dereliction, her translations of Suzanne Dracius’s work, is also forthcoming this year, from Tupelo Press. She teaches at the University of the District of Columbia.
paula carter’s essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, and Creative Nonfiction. Her essay herein is part of a collection in progress that explores nontraditional motherhood. She is grateful to Ragdale for affording her time to work on the project.
oscar creech has been a New Orleans educator for more than a dozen years, currently teaching design thinking at Isidore Newman School. He is a graduate of [End Page v] New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied film and television production. His photographs have appeared on releases by New Orleans musicians Better Than Ezra, Theresa Andersson, and World Leader Pretend.
stephen dixon has published thirty books of fiction, most recently His Wife Leaves Him. He taught in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University for twenty-seven years until he retired in 2007. “Feel Good,” his story in this issue, is part of an interlinked collection, “Late Stories,” which he finished on June 16, 2014.
denise duhamel’s most recent book of poetry, Blowout, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and won a 2014 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. She has published five other books and received numerous awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the guest editor for The Best American Poetry 2013 and is a professor at Florida International University in Miami.
ed falco’s books include In the Park of Culture, a collection of short fictions. His most recent novel is Toughs, and his play Possum Dreams is scheduled for an off-off-Broadway run this March at Theatre 54 in Shetler Studios & Theatres. He teaches in the MFA program at Virginia Tech.
robert gibb’s books include The Origins of Evening, which was a National Poetry Series winner. Among his other awards are two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Pushcart prize. His most recent books are Sheet Music and The Empty Loom.
albert goldbarth’s new collection of poems, Selfish, is due out this spring from Graywolf Press. Two of his earlier collections received National Book Critics Circle awards. As a test of endurance, he says, he continues to live in Wichita, Kansas.
john kinsella’s most recent book of poetry is Jam Tree Gully. He is a professorial research fellow at the University of Western Australia, professor of sustainability and literature at Curtin University, and a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. [End Page vi]
michael knight’s most recent novel, The Typist, was selected as a Best Book of the Year for 2010 by The Huffington Post and Kansas City Star. His fiction appeared in The New Yorker, Oxford American, and The Paris Review, and he received a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation and the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.