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Wendy Bone is a Canadian journalist, teacher, and unabashed nature lover who has lived in Indonesia for the past ten years. Currently an online MFA Creative Writing candidate at the University of British Columbia, she has published work in Creative Nonfiction and numerous other publications in Canada and Southeast Asia. Her daily life involves a lot of coffee, cats, and books, not necessarily in that order. You can find more of her work at

Mark Beaver is the author of Suburban Gospel (Hub City, 2016), a memoir about growing up in the ‘80s Bible Belt. His prose has appeared in Gulf Coast, North American Review, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, and many other publications. He is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro’s MFA program and lives with his wife and daughters in his native Atlanta. [End Page 179]

Jill Christman is the author of two memoirs, Darkroom: A Family Exposure (AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction winner) and Borrowed Babies: Apprenticing for Motherhood (Shebooks 2014), as well as essays in magazines such as Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Oprah Magazine, River Teeth, TriQuarterly, & True Story. She teaches creative nonfiction writing at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she lives with her husband, writer Mark Neely, and their two children. Visit her at

Bonnie Ilza Cisneros is from the borderlands of South Texas. Her work has appeared in Chicana/Latina Studies, El Placazo, Front Porch Journal, and El Retorno.

Anton DiSclafani is the author of two novels, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Washington Square Review, This American Life, Narrative, Electric Literature, and American Short Fiction, among other places. She was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and her work has been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Alabama, where she teaches creative writing at Auburn University.

Tom Montgomery Fate is currently a scholar-in-residence at The Collegeville Institute at St. John’s University in Minnesota. A professor of English at College of DuPage in suburban Chicago, he’s the author of five books of nonfiction, most recently Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father’s Search for the Wild (Beacon Press). His essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Orion, and The Iowa Review, among others, and have aired on National Public Radio and Public Radio International. [End Page 180]

Critic, memoirist, and essayist Thomas Larson is the author of three books: The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease, The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative. He is a twenty-year staff writer for the San Diego Reader, a regular contributor to The Truth Seeker, America’s oldest freethought magazine, a feature writer for the San Diego Troubador, a music monthly, and the Book Reviews Editor for River Teeth online. From 2010 to 2017, Larson taught at the MFA Program at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. His website is

Carol D. Marsh, a 2014 graduate of Goucher College’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program, won the 41st New Millennium Writings Literary Nonfiction prize with her essay “Pictures in Leaves.” Another essay, “Highest and Best,” was Honorable Mention in the 2016 Under the Gum Tree contest. Her essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review and Lunch Ticket, among others. Marsh’s memoir, Nowhere Else I Want to Be, has won numerous prizes, including Grand Prize (Nonfiction) in Authors Talk About It 2017, and Finalist in the 2017 Indie Excellence Awards, Memoir Category.

Suzanne Roberts is the author of the award-winning memoir Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail, as well as four collections of poetry. She currently writes and teaches in South Lake Tahoe, California. [End Page 181]

Emily Sinclair is an essayist and fiction writer. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, The Normal School, The Pinch Journal, Empty Mirror, Third Coast, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere. Best American Essays recognized her work in 2012. She holds an MFA from The Program for Writers at...


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