- Contributors’ Notes
Peter Bichsel, born in 1935 in Lucerne, lives as a freelance author in Bellach. He has won numerous awards.
Lucy Biederman holds a doctorate in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She has written four chapbooks, and her essays and poems have appeared recently in West Branch, Conjunctions, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, and The Laurel Review. Her website is lucybiederman.wordpress.com.
Chauna Craig is the author of the story collection The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2016). Her stories and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, SmokeLong Quarterly, Seattle Review, and elsewhere. A Montana native, she now lives in western Pennsylvania and is professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
John Cullen grew up in New Orleans and was educated at the universities of Virginia and Texas. He is the translator of many books from French, German, Italian, and Spanish. In 2010, his translation of Philippe Claudel’s Brodeck won both the French-American Foundation Translation Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. His most recent translations include Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation (Other Press, 2015), Patrick Modiano’s Villa Triste (Other Press, 2016), Chantal Thomas’ The Exchange of [End Page 151] Princesses (Other Press, 2015), David Trueba’s Blitz (Anagram, 2015), Juli Zeh’s Decompression (Anchor, 2015), and Luigi Carletti’s Supernotes (Nan A. Talese, 2016). He lives in upstate New York.
Kamel Daoud (born 1970) is an Algerian journalist and writer based in Oran. He writes a popular column for the French-language newspaper Le Quotidien d’Oran and has contributed articles and op-ed pieces to many other periodicals, including Le Monde and The New York Times. In 2013, following two short-story collections, he published his first novel, Meursault, contreenquête (Barzakh Editions), which won several prizes, among them the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman. An English translation, The Meursault Investigation, was published by Other Press in 2015.
British writer Carys Davies is the author of two collections of short stories, Some New Ambush (Salt Publishing, 2007) and The Redemption of Galen Pike (Salt Publishing, 2014), which won the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She is also the recipient of the Royal Society of Literature’s VS Pritchett Prize, the Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Short Story Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and a 2016/2017 Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library.
Lydia Davis is the author of The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009), a translation of Flaubert's Madame Bovary (Viking Penguin, 2010), a chapbook entitled The Cows (Sarabande Press, 2011), and a poem entitled “Our Village” in Two American Scenes (New Directions, 2013). In 2013, she was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction, and her most recent collection of stories Can't and Won't was published in 2014 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Kari Dickson grew up in Scotland, with a Norwegian mother. She read Scandinavian Studies at UCL and then went on to work in theater, before taking an MA in translation at the University of Surrey. Having worked initially as a commercial translator, including some years at the central bank of Norway, she now concentrates solely on literature. Her portfolio includes literary fiction, crime, nonfiction, and plays.
Viet Dinh was born in Vietnam and grew up in Colorado. He received his degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Houston and currently teaches at the University of Delaware. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, he is the author of After Disasters (Little A Books, 2016) and his short stories have appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Zoetrope: All-Story, Chicago Review, Fence, Threepenny Review, Five Points, and other journals. He rarely gets seasick.
Emily Fox Gordon is the author of Mockingbird Years: A Life In and Out of Therapy (memoir) (Basic Books, 2001), Are You Happy? A Childhood [End Page 152] Remembered (memoir) (Riverhead Books, 2007), It Will Come to Me (novel) (Spiegel & Grau, 2009), and, most recently, Book of Days: Personal Essays (Spiegel & Grau, 2010). Her work has twice been reprinted in Pushcart Prize anthologies and once in Best...