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Argentine writer roberto arlt (1900–1942) is the author of the novels El juguete rabioso [The Rabid Toy], Los siete locos [The Seven Madmen], and Los lanzallamas [The Flamethrowers]. One of Latin America’s first urban writers, Arlt’s stories are filled with marginal, alienated characters and tense existentialist plots. “El jorobadito” [“The Little Hunchback”] was first published in El Mundo in 1928.

benjamin balthaser is assistant professor of Multi-Ethnic Literature at Indiana University, South Bend. He is the author of Anti-Imperialist Modernism: Race and Radical Transnational Culture (forthcoming), and a book of poems, Dedication, about Jewish victims of the Cold War blacklist. His work has appeared in American Quarterly, Minnesota Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere. Balthaser was a 2003 graduate of UMass-Amherst’s MFA for Poets and Writers, where he met Jim Foley.

jennifer barber teaches at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, where she edits the journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Gone Away and Rigging the Wind, both from Kore Press.

chen chen is the author of two chapbooks, Set the Garden on Fire and Kissing the Sphinx (forthcoming from Two of Cups Press, 2016). His work has appeared in Poetry, Narrative, Crab Orchard Review, and The Best American Poetry 2015, among other places. A Kundiman Fellow and a 2015 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, Chen is currently a PhD candidate in English & Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.

chuck close has been renowned for more than five decades for his portrait paintings. He has also investigated and explored another subject with equal virtuosity: photography. Chuck Close Photographs is a comprehensive survey of significant scope, exploring how the artist has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods, and approaches throughout his career. While a member of the UMass Amherst Art Department, Close’s very first solo exhibition was held there in 1967. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts by UMass Amherst in 1995.

marianne colahan is a writer and editor living in Denver, CO. Originally from Massachusetts, she earned her MFA in Fiction from Colorado State University. She worked as a copywriter and editor in New York City before returning to Colorado. Her work has appeared in The Normal School and PANK.

kay cosgrove was the winner of the Writers Under 30 Contest from the Westchester Review. She was a finalist for the 2014 Field Poetry Prize and the 2014 Larry Levis Prize at Four Way Books. Her work has appeared in Barrow Street, Conduit, and EPOCH magazine, among others. She is a doctoral student in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing & Literature program, where she serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.

mylène dressler’s novels include The Deadwood Beetle, The Medusa Tree, and The Floodmakers. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Creative Non-fiction, Big Fiction, and Flyway, among others. She currently teaches at Guilford College, where she directs the Sherwood Anderson Creative Writing Program. She lives and writes in North Carolina and in the canyon country of southern Utah.

robin wyatt dunn writes and teaches in Los Angeles. He’s online at

velma garcía-gorena is professor of government and Latin American and Latino/a studies at Smith College. Her translation of the complete correspondence between Gabriela Mistral and Doris Dana will be published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2016. She is at work on a translation of Mistral’s political essays as well as a book manuscript on resistance to the border fence in the U.S. Southwest.

b. p. greenbaum is a fiction writer and creative writing teacher at a magnet arts high school in Willimantic, CT. She has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Eclectica, Hawaii Pacific Review, Alembic, Forge, Hog River Review, Inscape, Verdad, Pearl, Willow Review, Underwood Review, Dos Passos Review, and others. [End Page 710]

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