Alexei Bayer was born in Moscow and lives in New York. His short stories have appeared in New England Review and Readings/Chtenia, among other journals. A collection titled Eurotrash was published in a Russian translation in 2004. He translates Russian literature into English and writes fiction, as well as articles on economics, business, and finance, in both languages.
Kelly Cherry is the author of nineteen books of fiction (novels, stories), poetry, and nonfiction (memoir, essay, criticism), most recently Girl in a Library: On Women’s Writers & The Writing Life (BkMk, 2009) and Retreats of Thought: Poems (LSU, 2009). A collection of short stories titled The Woman Who is forthcoming this year from Boson Books. She lives in Virginia.
Roger Desy’s poems have appeared in Blue Unicorn, Epicenter, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, and Spoon River Poetry Review.
Seth Fried’s stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Missouri Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology: Best of the Small Presses, One Story, Tin House, and many others. His debut short story collection, The Great Frustration, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press.
Albert Goldbarth has been publishing notable books of poetry for forty years, of which two have received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His forthcoming volume is Everyday People (Graywolf Press). He lives, unlikely though it may seem, in Wichita, Kansas.
Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, most recently Names (W.W. Norton 2010), and of ten collections of poetry translated from French. She received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation in 2009 for Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a former editor of The Kenyon Review.
Cynthia Haven’s An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czesław Miłosz was published in 2010. Her previous volumes include Czesław Miłosz: Conversations and Joseph Brodsky: Conversations. Peter Dale in Conversation with Cynthia Haven was published in London in 2005. She writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, Washington Post Book World, and San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. In 2008 she studied in Poland with a Milena Jesenská Fellowship from Vienna’s Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen.
Andrew Hudgins is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently American Rendering: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010) and Shut Up, You’re Fine: Instructive Poetry for Very, Very Bad Children (Overlook Press, 2009), with illustrations by Barry Moser. He teaches at the Ohio State University.
Katherine Larson’s first collection, Radial Symmetry, was chosen by Louise Glück as the winner of the 2010 Yale Series of Younger Poets and will be published in April by Yale University Press. She lives in Arizona.
Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently published Samuel Johnson: The Stuggle (2008), The Genius and the Goddess: Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe (2009), George Orwell: Life and Art (2010), and John Huston: Courage and Art (2011). Thirty of his books have been translated into seven alphabets and fourteen languages and published on six continents.
A. R. Rea’s fiction has appeared in Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review, and the Sun. She lives in Colorado and is at work on a novel.
Deema Shehabi is a Palestinian-American poet whose work has appeared widely in anthologies and literary journals, including Literary Imagination, Massachusetts Review, New Letters, and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab-American Poetry. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, and she currently resides in northern California with her family.
Hasanthika Sirisena’s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, Epoch, Best New American Voices, and other publications. In 2008 she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award.
Andrew M. Wells is from Piedmont, Alabama. He received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. For now, he works on Black Mountain Ranch in McCoy, Colorado. His poems have also appeared in Forklift, Ohio and StorySouth.
Theodore Wheeler’s fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, Boulevard, and Flatmancrooked, among other journals. He recently served a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and is a senior fiction reader for Prairie Schooner.
Kevin Young is the author of seven books of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, published in January 2011, and Jelly Roll: A Blues, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. Young’s other recent projects include the anthology The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing; his book The Grey Album won the 2010 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and is forthcoming in 2012. He is Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Fiction and English and curator of literary collections for the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.
Robert Yune was born in South Korea. He teaches at Chatham University’s MFA program (Pittsburgh campus and low-residency). His fiction has appeared in Green Mountains Review. In 2009 he received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.