Cara Blue Adams’s stories have appeared in Narrative, The Kenyon Review, Epoch, The Missouri Review, The Mississippi Review, and The Sun, and she has been awarded scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the VCCA. Her stories have won The Missouri Review Peden Prize and The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize, and she was named one of Narrative’s “15 Below 30.” Cara grew up in Vermont and is former editor of The Southern Review. She lives in Brooklyn and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Seton Hall University.
Laurie Alberts is the author of four novels including her new book A Well-Made Bed written collaboratively with Abby Frucht, Lost Daughters, The Price of Land in Shelby, and Tempting Fate; a story collection, Goodnight Silky Sullivan; two memoirs, Fault Line and Between Revolutions: an American Romance with Russia, and a craft of writing book, Showing & Telling. She has received a Michener Award for the Novel, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Prize for short story, and an American Fiction award, among others. Laurie taught creative writing at several colleges and universities including Vermont College of Fine Arts, Hampshire College, and the University of New Mexico. She has lived off the grid in Vermont for many years.
Mia Alvar‘s first book, In the Country, a collection of short stories, won the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Mia has been a writer in residence at the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Missouri Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Born in the Philippines and raised in Bahrain and the United States, she lives in New York City.
Jensen Beach is the author of two story collections, most recently Swallowed by the Cold. He holds an MFA in fiction from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as an MA and BA in English from Stockholm University. He teaches in the BFA program at Johnson State College, where he also is the fiction editor of Green Mountains Review. He’s also a faculty member in the MFA Program in Writing and Publishing at VCFA. His writing has appeared recently in A Public Space, Cincinnati Review, Fifty-Two Stories, Ninth Letter, the Paris Review, and The New Yorker, and online at Tin House, N+1, Kenyon Review, and American Short Fiction, among others. He lives in Vermont with his wife and children.
Charles Bock is the author of the novels Alice & Oliver and Beautiful Children, which was a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate, as well as in numerous anthologies. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Yaddo, UCross, and the Vermont Studio Center. Charles is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives with his wife, Leslie Jamison, and his daughter in New York City.
Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up on a small Michigan farm with her mother and four siblings in a house her grandfather Herlihy built in the shape of an H. When she left home for the University of Chicago to study philosophy, her mother rented out her room. She has since hitchhiked across the U.S. and Canada, scaled the Swiss alps on her bicycle, and traveled with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus selling snow cones. Her collection Women and Other Animals details the lives of extraordinary females in rural and small town Michigan, and it won the AWP prize for short fiction. Her novel Q Road investigates the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land. Her short fiction collection American Salvage, which consists of fourteen lush and rowdy stories of folks who are struggling to make sense of the twenty-first century, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her newest critically-acclaimed collection is Mothers. Tell Your Daughters. She now lives with her husband and other animals outside Kalamazoo, and she teaches writing in the low residency program at Pacific University.
Kia Corthron is the author of The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, her first novel. As a playwright, she has received numerous awards, including several for her body of work: the 2014 Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award. In addition, she has written a bit of television and won Edgar and Writers Guild Outstanding Series awards for The Wire. She lives in New York City.
Samantha Hunt is the author of three books, The Invention of Everything Else, a novel about the life of Nikola Tesla, which was a finalist for the Orange Prize, and The Seas, recipient of a National Book Foundation Award for writers under 35 plus her new book, Mr. Splitfoot, published in February 2016. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and on the radio program This American Life. Her play, The Difference Engine, a story about the life of Charles Babbage, was produced by the Theater of the Two-Headed Calf. She lives in Syracuse, NY.
Porochista Khakpour has been awarded fellowships from the NEA, John Hopkins, Northwestern, Yaddo, and Ucross. Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times “Editors Choice,” one of Chicago Tribune “Fall’s Best,” and a 2007 California Book Award winner. Her nonfiction has appeared in Harper’s, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and Salon, among others. She has taught at John Hopkins, Hofstra, Bucknell, Fairfield, Columbia, and Wesleyan. She lives in New York City, and her most recent novel is The Last Illusion, published by Bloomsbury USA.
Anne Korkeakivi is the author of the novels Shining Sea (2016) and An Unexpected Guest (2012), both from Little, Brown. Her short fiction and nonfiction have been published by The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Times (UK), Time, Travel & Leisure, Ms., The Yale Review, the Millions, and Literary Hub, among other periodicals in the US, the UK, and online, and she is a Hawthornden Fellow. Born and raised in New York City, she earned a BA in Classics from Bowdoin College and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and has lived in many additional places, including Helsinki; Strasbourg, France; Los Angeles; and Washington, DC. She currently splits her time between Geneva, Switzerland, where her husband is a human-rights lawyer with the UN, New York, and Cambridge, MA.
Jonathan Lee is a 34-year-old British writer. His novels are Who is Mr Satoshi?, Joy, and High Dive. High Dive was released by in the UK in October 2015 and was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Observer, and The Independent on Sunday. For its US release in March 2016, it has been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program and received starred advance reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. Jonathan currently lives in New York, where he works as a senior editor at Catapult and is a contributing editor to Guernica.
Meg Little-Reilly has been the deputy communications director for the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the Treasury spokesperson under the Obama Administration. We Are Unprepared is her first novel. A native of Vermont, Meg is a UVM graduate and has deep family ties around the state. She lives in Boston with her husband, Daniel, and two daughters.
Robin MacArthur is the author of HALF WILD: STORIES, (Ecco, August, 2016), which was selected as an Indie Next and Indies Introduce pick, a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers selection, and a finalist for the New England Book Award. Her stories and essays have appeared, amongst other places, in Orion, Shendandoah, Alaska Quarterly, The Washington Post, and on NPR. She is the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction (Green Writers Press), one half of the indie-folk duo Red Heart the Ticker, and lives with her family on the hillside where she was born in Marlboro, Vermont.
Clarence Major was a finalist for the National Book Awards (1999). He is recipient of many awards, among them, a National Council on The Arts Award (1970), a Fulbright (1981-1983), a Western States Book Award (1986) and two Pushcart prizes–one for poetry, one for fiction. Major is a contributor to many periodicals and anthologies in the USA, Europe, South America and Africa. He has served as judge for The National Book Awards, the PEN-Faulkner Award and twice for the National Endowment for The Arts. Major has traveled extensively and lived in various parts of the United States and for extended periods in France and Italy. He has lectured and read his work in dozens of U. S. universities as well as in England, France, Liberia, West Germany, Ghana, and Italy. Clarence Major is also currently a professor of twentieth century American literature at the University of California at Davis.
Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s Novel of the Year award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated into eight languages. Her short story collection, Music for Wartime, was published in June of 2015. Her short fiction was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years, and appears regularly in journals like Harper’s, Tin House, and New England Review.
David Means is the author of new novel, Hystopia, now long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize He is also the author of three story collections, including Assorted Fire Events, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award. His recent collection, His collection The Secret Goldfish, has been translated into eight languages. His stories also appear frequently in The New Yorker, Harpers, Esquire, Zoetrope, McSweeney’s, and numerous anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Ecco Book of Contemporary Short Fiction, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. He lives in Nyack, NY.
Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil and New York. She is the author of three poetry collections including Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into eight languages and she has also written for The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, Slate, and The Paris Review. The recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, the PEN Translation Fund, the Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America, Novey has also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. She has taught at Princeton University, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, the Catholic University of Chile, and in the Bard Prison Initiative. In the Fall of 2016, Novey will be the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn.
Jodi Paloni is the author of the linked story collection, They Could Live With Themselves, runner up in the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and published by Press 53. She won the Short Story America Prize, placed second in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and was a finalist in the 2016 Maine Literary Award Short Works Competition. Jodi is a 2016 AWP Writer in the Spotlight and serves as a mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Program. Her stories appear in a number of print and on-line literary journals such as Green Mountains Review, Carve Magazine, upstreet, Whitefish Review, Contrary Magazine, Literary Mama, and others. She earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Anna Solomon is the author of The Little Bride a new novel, Leaving Lucy Pear. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Ploughshares, Slate, and The Boston Globe. Previously, Anna worked as an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio’s Living On Earth. Anna holds degrees from Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: her new book Innocents and Others; Stone Arabia, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field. Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She lives in Syracuse and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.
Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her M.F.A. at Emerson College. her new novel, Find Me, has been long listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize and was on many Best of 2015 lists including NPR, Time Out New York, Buzzfeed, Booklist and many others. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and The Bard Fiction Prize, and was named a “Best Book of 2013″ by NPR, The Boston Globe, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Both collections were shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The recipient of a 2014 O. Henry Award, Laura currently lives in the Boston area and is a Writer-in-Residence at Bard College.
Robin Wasserman is the author of the novel Girls on Fire. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several short story anthologies. A recent MacDowell Colony fellow, she is also the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten novels for young adults and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University.
Sari Wilson’s debut novel Girl Through Glass is, in many ways, a deeply personal book; it is based on her early experiences in the classical dance world. As a child, she studied ballet at Neubert Ballet Theater, a once-storied Carnegie Hall studio. Later, she studied at Harkness Ballet and as a scholarship student at Eliot Feld’s New Ballet School. She went on to study and perform modern dance with Stephan Koplowitz and at Oberlin College, where she majored in history and minored in dance. Sari grew up in a Victorian brownstone in Brooklyn Heights, has lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and Prague, and now again lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the cartoonist Josh Neufeld, and their daughter.
Sunil Yapa is the author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economic geography from Penn State University and an MFA from Hunter College. He is the recipient of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award, sponsored by Hyphen Magazine and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York. The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world, including time in Greece, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, China, and India, as well as London, Montreal, and New York City.
Jung Yun was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. She studied at Vassar College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Tin House and The Massachusetts Review. Jung lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and works at the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Shelter is her first novel.
Péter Zilahy has written four books and works in all genres including plays, essays and opinion pieces for The New York Times, The Guardian and the Financial Times. His dictionary-novel, The Last Window Giraffe, has been translated into 22 languages. It has won multiple awards, among them ‘The Book of the Year Prize’ in Ukraine where it directly influenced the Orange Revolution. Zilahy also did a Moth Mainstage Show at Symphony Space and joined Anthony Bourdain in Budapest for an episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown in 2015. He is presently a fellow at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.