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  • Featured Contributors

         Kwame Dawes is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and essays, including Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon, 2013). He has edited more than a dozen anthologies. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and in the Pacific MFA Program. He is the director of the African Poetry Book Fund and the artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival.

         Andre Dubus III is the author of Dirty Love (Norton, 2013); Townie (Norton, 2011), which won an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature; The Garden of Last Days (Norton, 2008); and House of Sand and Fog (Norton, 1999), a number one New York Times bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family north of Boston.

         Boryana Katsarova is a freelance photographer specializing in documentary, editorial, and portrait photography. Her work has appeared in International New York Times, Le Monde, Foreign Policy, and Welt am Sonntag.

         Ricardo Nuila is an attending physician and hospitalist at Baylor College of Medicine and teaches in the Medicine & Society program at the University of Houston Honors College. His essays on clinical ethics and immigration have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, and his fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2011, McSweeney’s, the New England Review, and Zyzzyva. He is currently working on a novel.

         Alison Stine is the author of three books of poetry—Wait (Wisconsin, 2011), Ohio Violence (North Texas, 2009), and Lot of My Sister (Kent State, 2001)—and a novel, Supervision (Harper Voyager, 2015). Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Awl, the Toast, Defunct, and Southern Humanities Review. [End Page 7]

Charles Baxter is the author of numerous novels and short-story collections, including The Feast of Love (Pantheon, 2000), which was nominated for a National Book Award, and Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (Pantheon, 2011), a New York Times Notable Book. His short-story collection There’s Something I Want You to Do, from which “Avarice” is taken, will be published by Pantheon in February 2015. He is a recipient of the Rea Award for the Short Story, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.

Tiffany Briere has received awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She holds a Ph.D. in genetics from Yale University and an MFA in fiction from Bennington College. Her work has appeared in Tin House.

Doug Bruns is a Maine- based travel and documentary photographer whose work has been published in the Baltimore Sun and is regularly featured in Maine Today under his column of audiovisual stories, “In Focus.” His clients include the Save Tibet Foundation and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, for which he is co developing a book and exhibit of the state’s notable authors.

Mark Conway is director of the Literary Arts Institute at the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, Minnesota, and is currently completing a third book of poems, time the blue father. His poetry has appeared in the Paris Review, Slate, the American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review Online, Iowa Review, Boston Review, and Bomb.

John Domini’s fiction has appeared in the Paris Review and Ploughshares, his nonfiction in GQ and the New York Times, and his poetry in Zone 3 and Meridian. He is a recipient of a literature fellowship from the NEA, and one of his novels, in translation, was runner-up for Italy’s Domenico Rea award. He is the author of a selection of criticism, The Sea-God’s Herb (Dzanc, 2014), as well as a forthcoming collection of short stories and a novel.

Joshua Foer is the author of Moonwalking with Einstein (Penguin, 2011). His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications.

William Giraldi is the author...


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