Lynn Ahrens won the Tony, the Drama Desk, and the Outer Critics Circle Awards as a lyricist of the Broadway musical Ragtime. Other musicals include Once on This Island, Seussical, A Man of No Importance, Dessa Rose, and The Glorious Ones. She has been twice nominated for the Academy Award for her work in film and won the Emmy in television. She teaches writing at the Dramatists Guild of America. Her fiction recently appeared in the Outrider Press Anthology series.
David Baker‘s latest books are Midwest Eclogue (poems, 2005, Norton) and Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (2007, Graywolf).
Margo Berdeshevsky lives in Paris. Her new poetry book, But a Passage in Wilderness, will be published by Sheep Meadow Press in November 2007. She has been the recipient of four Pushcart nominations, the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Award, the Chelsea Poetry Award, the Sue Saniel Elkind Award, places in the Pablo Neruda, and the Ann Stanford Awards. Her poems have appeared in New Letters, Southern Review, Runes, Poetry International, Chelsea, Kalliope, Pool, Many Mountains Moving, Nimrod, and more. A collection of short stories, Beautiful Soon Enough, waits at the gate.
André Bernard is vice president and secretary of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The author of four books, he also compiles “Commonplace Book” for the American Scholar.
David Biespiel’s books of poetry include Wild Civility (University of Washington Press, 2003) and Shattering Air (BOA Editions, 1996).
Deborah Digges was born and raised in Missouri. She is the author of four books of poems. Her first book, Vesper Sparrows (Atheneum), won the Delmore Schwartz Prize from New York University. Late in the Millennium (Knopf) was published in 1989 and Rough Music (Knopf) in 1995, which won the Kingsley Tufts Prize. Her latest book, Trapeze (Knopf), appeared in March 2004. A new book of poems, Dance of the Seven Veils, is in progress. Digges has written two memoirs, Fugitive Spring (1991) and The Stardust Lounge (2001). She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Digges lives in Massachusetts where she is a professor of English at Tufts University.
Stuart Dischell is the author of four collections of poetry, including the forthcoming Backwards Days from Penguin. He is a professor in the M.F.A. program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Kathy Fagan is the author of the National Poetry Series selection The Raft, the Vassar Miller Prize winner Moving & St. Rage, and, most recently, The Charm. She is currently professor of English at Ohio State University, where she also coedits The Journal.
Debora Greger’s most recent book of poems is Western Art (Penguin, 2004).
William Heyen lives in Brockport, New York. Among his books, Crazy Horse in Stillness won 1997’s Small Press Book Award for Poetry, and Shoah Train: Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2004. Mammoth Books has recently published his Home: Autobiographies, The Hummingbird Corporation: Stories, and To William Merwin: A Poem.
Nancy Honicker is a writer who divides her time between Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and Paris, France. She has published essays in The American Scholar and the international art review FMR, and received a 2007 fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for her writing about France.
Hannah Irvin is a sophomore at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama. She plans to attend college and pursue a career in journalism.
Adrie Kusserow is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Her first book of poems, Hunting Down the Monk, was published by BOA Editions.
Rebekah Latour is a junior in high school, attending the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities for creative writing, which she hopes to pursue as a career. Her work has appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Celebrate! Young Poets Speak Out (Creative Communication).
Harriet Levin’s first book, The Christmas Show, was a Barnard New Women Poets Prize winner and a winner of an Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Kestral, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Antioch Review, and Denver Quarterly Review. Poems are forthcoming in Cimarron Review and 32poems. She is Writing Program Director at Drexel University.
Jayanta Mahapatra is a physicist and poet. He has read and published his poetry around the world. His poetry has been anthologized in, among others, The Vintage Book of Contemporary Poetry (Random House). He lives and edits a literary journal in Orissa, India. A book of his prose, entitled Door of Paper: Essays & Memoirs, was published this year by Authorspress, New Delhi, India.
Kirk Nesset’s translations, poems, and stories have appeared in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Raritan, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Boston Review, New England Review, Iowa Review, Witness, and elsewhere. He is the author of Mr. Agreeable, a book of short stories forthcoming from Mammoth Press, and The Stories of Raymond Carver (Ohio University Press), a nonfiction study. He teaches creative writing and literature at Allegheny College and serves as writer-in-residence alternate years at the Chautauqua Writers’ Center in upstate New York.
D. Nurske’s most recent books are Burnt Island and The Fall (Knopf, 2005 and 2002). New poems are in the New Yorker and American Poetry Review.
Anne Panning’s short story collection, Super America, won the 2006 Flannery O’ Connor Award for Short Fiction. She teaches at SUNY-Brockport and is at work on a novel set in Honolulu.
John Rodden’s most recent books are Every Intellectual’s Big Brother: George Orwell’s Literary Siblings (2006) and The Worlds of Irving Howe (2005).
Roger Rosenblatt is a playwright and novelist. Over the past two years he has had two plays staged off-Broadway. His novel, Lapham Rising, was published by Ecco Press in 2006. The paperback was released this May. A new novel, Beet, is forthcoming in 2007 from Ecco.
John Rossi is professor of history at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
Frankie Romano is a tenth-grade National Honor Society member at Kennedy High School in Bellmore, New York. She has had a short story published in The Anthology of Short Stories by Young Americans in 2003. She has attended the National Young Leaders Conference in 2006 in New York and in 2007 in Washington, D.C.
Steven Schwartz is the author of four books, including the novels Therapy (Harcourt Brace) and A Good Doctor’s Son (William Morrow). His short fiction has received the Nelson Algren Award, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, and two O. Henry Awards. He teaches creative writing at Colorado State University.
Hugh Sheehy’s stories have appeared in Southwest Review, New Orleans Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Fourteen Hills. He lives in Atlanta where he teaches at Kennesaw State University.
Don Waters’s debut story collection, Desert Gothic, won the 2007 Iowa Short Fiction Award and will be published by the University of Iowa Press. His fiction can be found in Epoch, StoryQuarterly, ZYZZYVA, Santa Monica Review, and Southwest Review, among other literary magazines. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Nancy Zafris, until recently the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review, is the author of two novels, The Metal Shredders (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) and more recently, Lucky Strike. Her collection of short stories, The People I Know, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction as well as the Ohioana Library Association Award. She is a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.