- About the Contributors
Fred Arroyo is the author of Western Avenue and Other Fictions, shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and the novel, The Region of Lost Names. Fred is a recipient of an Individual Artist Program Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. His fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in various literary journals and anthologies including The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World and Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. He is currently completing a book of essays in which he lyrically meditates on work, reading and writing, migration, and place—those sources of creativity arising from living and working in the Midwest, growing up bilingual on the east coast, and being caught between urban and rural worlds.
Molly Beer (www.mollybeer.net) is an essayist concerned with political landscapes. Her work has appeared in Salon, Guernica, Vela, Best Women’s Travel Writing, and elsewhere. She is also the coauthor of Singing Out (Oxford University Press) and has taught nonfiction writing at Colgate University and Scripps College.
Emily Bradley received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of New Hampshire in 2012. Her essays have appeared in magazines such as Yankee, anthologies such as Voices of Breast Cancer, and literary journals such as The Northern New England Review. She is the creative writing faculty liaison and the managing director of graduate programs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Dawn S. Davies is an MFA candidate at Florida International University. She is the fiction editor of Gulf Stream Magazine and Print-Oriented Bastards, and [End Page 227] the graduate coordinator for the Writers on the Bay Reading Series. She has won some awards, including the Kentucky Women Writers Gabehart Prize for nonfiction and residencies with the Vermont Studio Center and Can Serrat. Her work has appeared in Real South Magazine, River Styx, Brain, Child, Hippocampus, Cease, Cows, and elsewhere, with pieces forthcoming in Saw Palm and Ninth Letter.
Liz Falvey and her brother were raised on a boat in the 1950s. That alone set the tone for a path less trod. Water remained her native home in the early years: competitive swimmer, coach, navy diver. Where the sea was familiar, humans were not: most seemed not like her. So she watched from a distance: photojournalist, then counselor. More curious over time, she moved in closer: psychologist, graduate professor, wife, and mother. While thinking and listening are in her nature, telling her story was not. But a recent MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of New Hampshire now challenges her to do just that. The author of several books and numerous research publications in the mental health field, this is her first literary essay.
Carolyn Flynn (carolynflynn.com), cofounder of The Writing Space retreats and webinars (thewritingspace.net), has published fiction and creative nonfiction in journals such as The Tampa Review and Ellipsis, as well as an anthology of women’s fiction (Wilde Frauen/Wild Women). “Resurrection” is an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, Straight to Heaven. Her creative nonfiction piece, Pound of Flesh (The Tampa Review, 2011), received a glowing review in The Review Review for its inventive take on the spiritual cost of capitalism. She is the editor of an award-winning women’s magazine that has featured interviews with Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, and Elizabeth Gilbert. She is the author of seven books on personal development on topics such as mindfulness, meditation, and creative visualization. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her 15-year-old twins.
Gary Garvin lives in San Jose, California, where he writes and teaches English. He has written two novels, and his essays and short stories have appeared in Numéro Cinq, the minnesota review, New Novel Review, Confrontation, [End Page 228] The New Review, The Santa Clara Review, The South Carolina Review, The Berkeley Graduate, and The Crescent Review. He is currently at work on a collection of essays and another novel. All photographs included in “Above the Roofs of Paris, a Non-Memoir” are the author’s.
Paul Haney’s work has appeared previously in Fourth Genre, as well as in Redivider, Gravel, Glide, and...