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  • About the Contributors

Isaac Anderson grew up in Corpus Christi and Kansas City. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Image, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic online, Portland Magazine, and elsewhere, and has received honorable mention in Best American Essays. He is currently Image’s Milton Fellow and teaches at Seattle Pacific University.

Bruce Ballenger is the author of seven books, including Crafting Truth: Short Studies in Creative Nonfiction. He teaches in the MFA program at Boise State University.

Ruth Gila Berger is a Minneapolis writer who works far backstage within the publishing industry. She has most recently been published by The Collagist, Slice, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. There is a memoir-in-progress in her computer.

Nina Boutsikaris, a graduate of the University of Arizona’s MFA program, writes nonfictionish stories about things that really happened. Her work appears in Redivider, the Los Angeles Review, The Offing, Hobart, Brevity, Booth, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. She was recently awarded the 2015 Beacon Street Prize for nonfiction and a Peter Taylor Fellowship to teach creative nonfiction with Dinty Moore at the 2016 Kenyon Review Summer Writers Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is at work on her first book, a collection of intimacies, real and imagined. [End Page 219]

Mary Cappello ( has published five books of literary nonfiction, including Awkward: A Detour (a Los Angeles Times bestseller); Swallow, based on the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum; and, most recently, Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack. A Guggenheim and Berlin Prize Fellow, Cappello is a former Fulbright Lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute (Moscow), and currently professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island.

Renée E. D’Aoust ( is the recipient of grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, and a fellowship from the NEA Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism. Her first book, Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press), was a Foreword Reviews “Book of the Year” finalist. Seven of her essays have received Notable listings in the Best American Essays series. Recent publications include Brevity, Inside Higher Ed, Los Angeles Review of Books, Ragazine, Sweet, and Trestle Creek Review. D’Aoust is an AWP “Writer to Writer” program mentor and the managing editor of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. D’Aoust teaches online at North Idaho College and Casper College, and lives in Idaho and Switzerland.

An Iowa native, Molly Gallentine holds an MFA in nonfiction from The New School. Her work has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, and CutBank, among other publications. She’s a Vermont Studio Center fellowship recipient, and her story “Jell-O” was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014. Molly lives in New Jersey with her husband, where she continues to write about jiggly food.

DeWitt Henry ( was the founding editor and director of Ploughshares for its first twenty years. His first novel, The Marriage of Anna Maye Potts, won the Peter Taylor Prize. He has also published two memoirs, Sweet Dreams and Safe Suicide, and several anthologies. He is professor emeritus at Emerson College.

Will Jennings’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Fugue, the Water~Stone Review, the Southern Humanities Review, and River Teeth. His essays have received a number of awards, as well as being anthologized and twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at the University of Iowa, [End Page 220] while still aspiring to play centerfield for the Chicago White Sox. He has heard his own music while shopping for cat food, waiting in line for coffee, and in a very slow-moving elevator.

Margot Anne Kelley is the author of Local Treasures: Geocaching across America (2006), A Field Guide to Other People’s Trees (2014), and—in collaboration with the photographer Barbara Bosworth—The Meadow (2015). Her essays have appeared in various journals, including Fourth River, Map Literary, and She lives in a small village on the coast of Maine.

Cameron Kenny has published humorous opinion pieces in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the New York...


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