Aaron Thier

Aaron Thier is the author of The Ghost Apple and Mr. Eternity​, which was a finalist for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor. His third novel, The World is a Narrow Bridge, will be published in July. He is the recipient of a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a former columnist for Lucky Peach, and a contributor to The Nation. He lives in western Massachusetts. 

Chandler Klang Smith

Chandler Klang Smith’s new novel The Sky Is Yours (Hogarth/Crown, 2018) was listed by Entertainment Weekly as a “Best New Book.” Tor.com and Lit Hub compared it favorably with Infinite Jest, The Wall Street Journal called it “mesmeric… a great and disturbing debut,” Locus wrote, “It’s weird and it’s creative and it is full of heart,” and NPR described it as “a wickedly satirical synthesis that underlines just how fractured our own realities can be during periods of fear, unrest, inequality and instability.” Chandler holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, and has served twice as a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards. She has worked in book publishing and as a ghostwriter, and she now lives and teaches in New York City.

Joan Silber

Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction. The most recent, Improvement, is the winner of the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. and was listed as one of the year’s best books by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the SeattleTimes, and Kirkus Reviews. Her previous book, Fools, was longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Other works include The Size of the World, finalist for the LA Times Fiction Prize, and Ideas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. 

Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, Salvation City, and, most recently, The Friend. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New York Times Book Review,Threepenny Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and The Believer. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including four Pushcart Prize volumes and four anthologies of Asian American literature. Sigrid’s honors and awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature. In spring, 2019, she will be visiting writer at Syracuse University. She lives in New York City. 

Rhiannon Navin

Rhiannon Navin grew up in Bremen, Germany, in a family of book-crazy women. Her career in advertising brought her to New York City, where she worked for several large agencies before becoming a full-time mother and writer. She now lives outside of New York City with her husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. Only Child is her first novel.