Mary Jo Bang is the author of five collections of poems. The most recent, Elegy, is published by Graywolf Press. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867) was an influential nineteenth-century French poet, critic, and acclaimed translator.
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.
Samantha Berstler currently attends Villa Walsh Academy in Morristown, New Jersey. She received the “prizeworthy” award from the 2008 NJCTE poetry contest and an honorable mention from the 2008 Nancy Thorp Poetry Prize. Her first published work is “self-portrait”.
David Bottoms’ most recent book is Waltzing through the Endtime from Copper Canyon Press.
Molly Brown is a resident of Sweet Briar, Virginia. She is a freshman at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. “Terra Incognita” is her first published poem.
Stephen Dobyns’ most recent book of poems is Mystery, So Long (Penguin, 2005). He teaches occasionally in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College.
Thomas Glave is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories and the forthcoming The Torturer’s Wife, the essay collection Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (winner of the 2005 Lambda Literary Award), and editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles. His fiction and nonfiction have recently appeared in Callaloo and African American Review. He is presently Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor in the Program of Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT.
W. David Hall is director of the Kenyon Review Young Writers Summer Program and a contributor to the KR blog. He is working on a novel of his childhood, filled with action heroes, desperation, unlabeled photographs, and the hills of West Virginia.
Githa Hariharan’s first novel, The Thousand Faces of Night, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1993. Since then, she has published a collection of stories, The Art of Dying, and several novels, the most recent titled In Times of Seige.
Anna Journey is a PhD candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston. She has won the 2007 Diner Poetry Contest, the 2005 Wabash Prize for Poetry, and her poetry appears in American Poetry Review, FIELD, Shenandoah, and Best New Poets 2006.
Ann Keniston is the author of a poetry collection, The Caution of Human Gesture (David Robert, 2005) and a critical study that includes discussion of the poems of Louise Glück, Overheard Voices: Address and Subjectivity in Postmodern American Poetry (Routledge, 2006). The coeditor of the forthcoming collection Literature after 9/11 (Routledge, 2008), she teaches at the University of Nevada–Reno and lives in Reno.
Gimbiya Kettering has an MFA in creative writing from American University and in 2006 received an individual artist grant in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council for work on her novel-in-progress, Cool Waters. Her fiction has also been published in Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Kwani?, HLLQ, and Aethlon.
John Kinsella’s most recent volumes of poetry are Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems (W. W. Norton, 2003), Doppler Effect: Collected Experimental Poems (Salt, 2004), and The New Arcadia (W. W. Norton, 2005).
John Koethe’s most recent books are Sally’s Hair (HarperCollins, 2006), and Scepticism, Knowledge, and Forms of Reasoning (Cornell University Press, 2005). He is distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Dana Levin’s books are In the Surgical Theatre and Wedding Day (Copper Canyon Press). A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA program and at College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Weihui Lu has been previously published or is forthcoming in Wanderings, Soundzine, and Neon; she won the 2008 UB High School Poetry Award and a regional gold key from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. She is the art editor of Mimesis and currently resides in New York City, where she attends Hunter College High School, spending her free time concocting poems, illustrations, and/or copious amounts of bubble tea.
Marilyn Moriarty is a professor of English at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She is the author of Moses Unchained (winner of the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize, University of Georgia Press, 1998), and the textbook, Writing Science through Critical Thinking (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 1997). Her fiction has been published in Faultline, Mondo Greco, Nimrod, Thema, Peregrine, and Quarterly West. She coedited and introduced Critical Architecture and Contemporary Culture (Oxford University Press, New York, 1994). Recent publications include her creative nonfiction contribution “Veterans” to Bombshells: Poems and Stories by Women on the Home Front (OmniArts, LLC, 2007) and “How to Carry Water in a Sieve,” which won the Editor’s Choice Award in Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression (2007).
Simon J. Ortiz, poet, fiction and nonfiction writer, has authored Woven Stone, 1992; After and Before the Lightning, 1998; and Beyond the Reach of Time and Change, 2005, all published by University of Arizona Press. A winner of a 1996 Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, he is writing Children of Fire, Children of Water in collaboration with Gabriele Schwab.
Gabriele Schwab is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC–Irvine and the author of Subjects without Selves (Harvard, 1994) and The Mirror and the Killer Queen (Indiana, 1996). She is the recipient of a Heisenberg and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is writing Children of Fire, Children of Water in collaboration with Simon J. Ortiz.
Leslie Shipman’s poetry has appeared in Mid-American Review, Laurel Review, Bellingham Review, and Best New Poets 2005. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
George Singleton’s latest novel is Workshirts for Madmen (Harcourt, 2007). He has published one previous novel and four collections of short stories. He lives in Dacusville, South Carolina.
Mary Szybist is the author of Granted (Alice James Books), which was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Nance Van Winckel’s fifth collection of poems, No Starling, is recently out from University of Washington Press. She is the recipient of two NEA poetry fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. New poems appear in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, Crazyhorse, FIELD, and Gettysburg Review. She is also the author of three collections of short fiction. She teaches in the MFA programs at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College and will be the Stadler Poet-in-Residence at Bucknell in 2009.