Lavonne J. Adams is the author of Through the Glorieta Pass (2007 Pearl Poetry Prize), and two chap­books, In the Shadow of the Mountain and Everyday Still Life. She has pub­lished in more than fifty addi­tion­al venues, includ­ingMissouri Review, The Southern Humanities Review and Poet Lore, and been award­ed res­i­den­cies at the Harwood Museum of Art (University of New Mexico-Taos), The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, and the Vermont Studio Center. She teach­es at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Ann Beattie is the Edgar Allan Poe Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing. She is the author of sev­en nov­els, includ­ing Chilly Scenes of Winter, Picturing Will, My Life Starring Dara Falcon, and sev­en short sto­ry col­lec­tions, among them Secrets and Surprises, The Burning House, What Was Mine, Park City: New & Selected Stories, and Perfect Recall. Her many hon­ors include the Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the PEN/Malamud award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her novel­la, Walks with Men, has just been pub­lished by Scribner.

T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of twen­ty books of fic­tion, includ­ing, most recent­ly, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010) and When the Killing’s Done (2011). He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a mem­ber of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978. His work has been trans­lat­ed into more than two dozen for­eign lan­guages, includ­ing German, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Farsi, Turkish, Albanian and Slovene. His sto­ries have appeared in most of the major American mag­a­zines, includ­ing The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta and McSweeney’s, and he has been the recip­i­ent of a num­ber of lit­er­ary awards. He cur­rent­ly lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children.

Roxane Gay’s writ­ing appears or is forth­com­ing in DIAGRAM, Mid-American Review, Annalemma, McSweeney’s (online, and oth­ers. Her first short sto­ry col­lec­tion, Ayiiti, will be out this fall. She is the co-edi­tor of PANK and you can find her online at

Katie Kingston is the author of three poet­ry col­lec­tions: Unwritten Letters, El Rio de las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio, and In My Dreams Neruda. Her poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Great River Review, Green Mountains Review, Ellipsis, Hunger Mountain, Margie, and Nimrod. She is the recip­i­ent of the 2010 W.D Snodgrass Award for Poetic Endeavor and Excellence and has recent­ly com­plet­ed a fel­low­ship res­i­den­cy at the Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar, Spain. Currently she lives and writes in Trinidad, an area known as the coal fields, locat­ed in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.

Sara Lippmann received her MFA from the New School. Her work has appeared in Word Riot, Scribblers on the Roof, Nanoism, All Things Girl, Fiction Circus, Slice, Carve, LIT, Fourth Genre and else­where; it is forth­com­ing from Fiction At Work and View from the Bed, View from the Bedside (an anthol­o­gy from Wising Up Press). She lives with her fam­i­ly in Brooklyn.

Clay Matthews’s first book, Superfecta, is avail­able from Ghost Road Press, and his sec­ond, Runoff, was recent­ly released from BlazeVOX Books. He likes to hear from folks. Drop him a line some­time:

Dustin Michael is a doc­tor­al stu­dent in English at the University of Missouri. His work has appeared in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, and The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction.

Gary Percesepe’s short sto­ries, poems, essays, book reviews, inter­views, lit­er­ary and film crit­i­cism, and arti­cles in phi­los­o­phy and reli­gion have been pub­lished or are forth­com­ing in Salon, Mississippi Review, Antioch Review, Review of Metaphysics, Christian Scholar’s Review, New Ohio Review, Enterzone, Intertext, Luna Park, Istanbul Literary Review, Pank, eli­mae, Wigleaf, Prick of the Spindle, Metazen, Corium, Stymie Magazine, and oth­er places. He is the author of four books in phi­los­o­phy includ­ing Future(s) of Philosophy: The Marginal Thinking of Jacques Derrida. He just com­plet­ed his sec­ond nov­el, Leaving Telluride. His first nov­el, an epis­to­lary nov­el writ­ten with Susan Tepper, is called What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock and Dori G, and is forth­com­ing from Cervena Barva Press in the fall of 2010.

Meg Pokrass is a writer and edi­tor for SmokeLong Quarterly. Her sto­ries and poet­ry have appeared or are forth­com­ing in many lit­er­ary mag­a­zines which include: Gargoyle, Gigantic, Pindeldyboz, Wigleaf, Elimae, Frigg, MonkeyBicycle, Juked, and Storyglossia. Meg’s sto­ry “Leaving Hope Ranch” from Storyglossia made Wigleaf ‘s Top Fifty 2009 List, and her sto­ry “Lost and Found” was select­ed by Storyglossia for Dzanc’s Short Story Month Anthology. Her prompt blog, and links with updates to new work, can be found at:

Sam Rasnake’s poet­ry has appeared or will appear in OCHO, Shampoo, Oranges & Sardines, BOXCAR Poetry Review, Ekleksographia, The Smoking Poet, and Naugatuck River Review, as well as the antholo­gies Best of the Web 2009 (Dzanc Books) and Deep River Apartments (The Private Press).  He is the author of Necessary Motions (Sow’s Ear Press), Religions of the Blood (Pudding House), and Inside a Broken Clock, (Finishing Line Press, forth­com­ing in 2010).  Rasnake edits Blue Fifth Review, an online jour­nal of poet­ry and art.

David Schloss was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, stud­ied Literature and Film, and received an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers Workshop. He is a Professor of English at Miami University, and lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Kay Sloan, a nov­el­ist, and his teenage daugh­ter, Signe.  He is the author of six books of poet­ry: Group Portrait from Hell (Carnegie Mellon U Press, 2009), Behind the Eyes (Dos Madres Press chap­book, 2005), Greatest Hits (Pudding Press, 2005), Sex Lives of the Poor and Obscure (Carnegie Mellon, 2001), Legends (Windmill Press, 1976) and The Beloved (Ashland Poetry Press, 1973).

Jeff Simpson received his MFA in poet­ry from Oklahoma State University. He has served as poet­ry edi­tor for The Oklahoma Review and as an edi­to­r­i­al assis­tant for The Cimarron Review. His first book, Vertical Hold, is forth­com­ing from Steel Toe Books. His poems have recent­ly appeared or are forth­com­ing in Copper Nickel, The Pinch, Harpur Palate, H_NGM_N, Lumina, Main Street Rag, Nimrod, and Prairie Schooner.

Kay Sloan is the author of two nov­els, a poet­ry chap­book, and sev­er­al books on American cul­tur­al his­to­ry. She teach­es lit­er­a­ture at Miami University of Ohio.

Daniel Nathan Terry is the recip­i­ent of the 2007 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Award for his debut col­lec­tion Capturing the Dead, which was pub­lished in 2008. His work has appeared or is forth­com­ing in sev­er­al lit­er­ary jour­nals includ­ing The Spoon River Poetry Review, The MacGuffin, Weber, and The Café Review. He is enrolled in the MFA pro­gram in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he also teaches.

Vallie Lynn Watson received her PhD from the Center for Writers in 2009 and start­ing this fall will be teach­ing cre­ative writ­ing at Southeast Missouri State University.  Lynn’s unpub­lished novel­la, A River So Long, was first run­ner up in the 2009 Miami University Press Novella Contest.  Excerpts from the work appear or are forth­com­ing in Pindeldyboz, Product, Journal of Truth and Consequence, Women Writers, Sunsets and Silencers, Oracle, 971 Menu, Trailer Park Quarterly, Moon Milk Review, and Ghoti.