Cara Blue Adams recently completed her MFA at the University of Arizona, where she now teaches fiction. Her work has appeared in Willow Springs, Chattahoochee Review, Sonora Review, and Quick Fiction. She is completing a short story collection.
Kazim Ali’s most recent book is The Fortieth Day, available from BOA Editions. He teaches at Oberlin College and is an editor for Nightboat Books.
David Bergman is the author of Heroic Measures and the study The Violet Hour, among other works.
Megan Mayhew Bergman resides in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, with her veterinary-student husband and three dogs. She is completing an MFA at Bennington College and received a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in 2007. Megan contributes regularly to Bitch Magazine.
Robert Carnevale’s poems have appeared in the Paris Review, New Yorker, and other magazines and anthologies.
Alfred Corn’s most recent book of poems is Contradictions, published by Copper Canyon, which will bring out a new edition of his prosody manual The Poem’s Heartbeat in August. Michigan Press published a new collection of critical essays titled Atlas: Selected Essays 1989-2007 in October 2008.
E. L. Doctorow is the author of several novels, including City of God, Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, and The March. Among the honors he has received are the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howells Medal of the Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York.
Daniel Mark Epstein is a poet, playwright, and biographer with seventeen books in print, including The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage and The Glass House: New Poems. In 2006 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Robb Forman Dew is the author of the novels Dale Loves Sophie to Death, The Time of Her Life, and Fortunate Lives, as well as a memoir, The Family Heart. Her most recent work forms a trilogy of novels: The Evidence Against Her, The Truth of the Matter, and the forthcoming All The Time. Dew lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband, who is an author and a professor of history at Williams College.
Linda Gregerson is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English at the University of Michigan. “Dido Refuses to Speak” was written as part of a collaboration with composer/soprano Susan Botti and the Blakemore Trio, which will premiere at Vanderbilt University in February and at Merkel Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, in March.
Paul Guest is the author of three collections of poetry, including My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge from Ecco. He was a 2007 Whiting Award winner.
Rachel Hadas is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, essays, and translations. She is Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. Her most recent book is Classics, Selected Prose (Textos, 2007).
Michael S. Harper’s most recent book is I Do Believe in People: Remembrances of W. Warren Harper, 1915-2004 from Effendi Press. His latest collection, Use Trouble, was published last fall by the University of Illinois Press. He is currently University Professor at Brown University, where he has taught since 1970.
Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa. He teaches at San Diego State University and divides his time between San Diego and Providence, Rhode Island.
Aleksandr Kushner is one of Russia’s best-loved and most-honored poets. Among his many awards are the laureate of the Russian State Prize (1996) and the Pushkin Prize (2001). During the Soviet era, he was published in small editions but when, in 1986 at the start of perestroika, his poems were collected in a single volume, an edition of one hundred thousand quickly sold out.
Rebecca McClanahan has published nine books, most recently Deep Light: New and Selected Poems 1987-2007 and The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, which won the 2005 Glasgow Award for nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize series, and numerous anthologies and journals. “The Tribal Knot: Ties That Bind and Break Us” is adapted from a work-in-progress, a multi-generational saga of rural Midwest communities. She lives in New York and teaches in the MFA program of Queens University—Charlotte.
Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of seven books of poems, four novels, and two collections of essays. She is professor of English and creative writing at the University of Southern California, a regular critic for the New York Times Book Review, and authors Op Ed and Lives pieces for the New York Times.
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. Her most recent novel is My Sister, My Love (HarperCollins, 2008).
Carl Phillips’s tenth book of poems, Speak Low, will appear from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2009. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Wyatt Prunty’s latest book is Unarmed and Dangerous: New and Selected Poems. He is the founding director of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
Nick Ripatrazone’s recent work has appeared in Saint Ann’s Review and McSweeney’s; his short story collection manuscript, Mustard, was a semifinalist for the 2008 Hudson Prize. He is pursuing an MFA from the University of Texas at El Paso, and is currently writing a novel.
Kit Reed’s most recent novel is The Baby Merchant; her next, Enclave, follows this winter. She has had short fiction published in, among others, Yale Review, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and The Norton Anthology. A Guggenheim Fellow, she is resident writer at Wesleyan University.
Kascha Semonovitch is an MFA candidate at the Warren Wilson School in North Carolina and simultaneously a PhD candidate in philosophy at Boston College. She enjoys poetry that mixes the poetic, philosophical, and mystical.
Carol Ueland is professor of Russian at Drew University in New Jersey. She has translated extensively from Russian literature, both poetry and prose.