Marvin Bell has retired from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches for the low-residency MFA program based at Pacific University in Oregon. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Iowa City, Iowa, and Port Townsend, Washington. Mars Being Red, his nineteenth book, is being released this year.
T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of A Friend of the Earth, Riven Rock, The Tortilla Curtain, The Road to Wellville, East Is East, World’s End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), Budding Prospects, Water Music, Drop City (nominated for the 2003 National Book Award), The Inner Circle, Talk Talk, and eight collections of stories. In 1999 he was the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. His stories appear regularly in major American magazines including the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Playboy. He lives near Santa Barbara, California.
Myfanwy Collins’s writing credits include AGNI, Swivel, Lilies and Cannonballs Review, In Posse Review, Exquisite Corpse, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Phoenix. She has attended Squaw Valley Community of Writers in both 2004 and 2005, and the Tin House Writers Workshop in 2006.
Gerald Duff has published two collections of poetry and six novels, most recently Coasters (2001) at NewSouth Books. He has won the Cohen Prize from Ploughshares for his fiction. His works in progress include two novels, Memphis Mojo and Sabine. He has taught literature and writing at Vanderbilt, Kenyon, and Johns Hopkins and is currently academic dean at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois.
Amina Gautier is a member of Saint Joseph’s University’s English Department. Her fiction has appeared in Callaloo, North American Review, Shenandoah, and Southwest Review, among other publications.
Claudia Grinnell was born and grew up in Germany. She now makes her home in Louisiana, where she teaches at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Her poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, Logos, Minnesota Review, Diner, Urban Spaghetti, Fine Madness, Greensboro Review, and others. Her first full-length book of poetry, Conditions Horizontal, was published by Missing Consonant Press in the fall of 2001. In 2005, she received the Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in poetry.
Atar Hadari’s Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik (Syracuse University Press, 2000) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators Association Award in 2001.
Alan Heathcock has recently published stories in Virginia Quarterly Review and Harvard Review. His work has been included in Best American Mystery Stories 2006, and he was winner of the 2006 National Magazine Award in fiction.
John Hollander is the author of seventeen previous books of poetry. His first, A Crackling of Thorns, was chosen by W. H. Auden as the 1958 volume in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He has written eight books of criticism, including the award-winning Rhyme’s Reason: A Guide to English Verse and The Work of Poetry, and edited or coedited twenty-two collections, among them The Oxford Anthology of English Literature, American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, and (with Anthony Hecht, with whom he shared the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1983) Jiggery-Pokery: A Compendium of Double Dactyls. He is currently Sterling Professor emeritus of English at Yale University.
William Logan has a new book of poetry, The Whispering Gallery (Penguin), as well as a new collection of essays and reviews, The Undiscovered Country (Columbia University Press), which received the National Book Critics Award in criticism. Last fall he received the inaugural Randall Jarrell Award in criticism. He teaches at the University of Florida.
Dolen Perkins-Valdez is an assistant professor of English at the University of Puget Sound. Her essays and fiction have appeared in PoemMemoir Story (2006), African American Review (2006), North Carolina Literary Review (2002), and Potpourri (1999).
Stanley Plumly is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. “This Mortal Body” is a chapter from Posthumous Keats: A Meditation on Immortality.
Roger Rostenblatt 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.
Maurya Simon’s most recent books include Weavers (Blackbird Press, 2005) and Ghost Orchid (Red Hen Press, 2004). Her newest volume of poems, The Mapmaker’s Art, was published in 2006.
Jeff Staiger earned his PhD in English at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the librarian for romance languages at the University of Oregon.
Arthur Sze is the author of eight books of poetry, including Quipu (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). He is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and is the first poet laureate of Santa Fe.
Daniel Torday is a creative writing fellow at Syracuse University. His nonfiction and criticism have appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, and Salt Hill, among other publications. He has recently completed his first novel.
Charles Harper Webb’s book Amplified Dog, published by Red Hen Press in 2006, won the Saltman Prize for poetry. Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations, he directs creative writing at California State University, Long Beach.
Lori White’s stories have appeared in Pearl and Painted Bride Quarterly. She wrote “Postcards from the Road” while attending the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She lives in a trailer in the forest in Southern California.