Adonis is the author of numerous collections, including Mihyar of Damascus (BOA Editions, 2008), A Time Between Ashes and Roses (Syracuse University Press, 2004); If Only the Sea Could Sleep (2003); The Pages of Day and Night (2001); Transformations of the Lover (1982); The Book of the Five Poems (1980); The Blood of Adonis (1971), winner of the Syria-Lebanon Award of the International Poetry Forum; Songs of Mihyar the Damascene (1961), Leaves in the Wind (1958), and First Poems (1957). He is also an essayist, an editor of anthologies, a theoretician of poetics, and the translator of several works from French into Arabic.
Christopher Feliciano Arnold was born in Brazil and raised in rural Oregon. His recent fiction has appeared in Playboy, Crab Orchard Review, and Ecotone. Presently, he is writer-in-residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C.
Michelle Bailat-Jones is a translator and writer with an MFA from Emerson College. Her work has appeared in the Black Creek Review, Necessary Fiction, and Quarterly Conversation. She lives in Switzerland and is currently translating the novel La Beauté sur la Terre (Beauty on Earth) by C. F. Ramuz.
Peter Campion is the author of two books of poems, Other People (2005) and The Lions (2009). The winner of a Rome Prize Fellowship, he teaches at Auburn University and edits the journal Literary Imagination.
Elizabeth Chandler holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Recently returned from the Peace Corps in South Africa, she lives in Philadelphia, and is writing a novel about a hand-dug diamond mine.
Victoria Chang is a poet living in Irvine, California. Her second book of poems, Salvinia Molesta, was published by the University of Georgia Press as part of the VQR Poetry Series in 2008. Her first, Circle, was published by Southern Illinois University Press.
Danner Darcleight’s essays have appeared in Stone Canoe and Minnesota Review. “Crewed Up” is part of a book-length manuscript now in progress.
Michael Downs’s book of memoir and literary journalism, House of Good Hope (University of Nebraska Press, 2007) won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. He is the recipient of a fiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his short stories have appeared in Missouri Review, Five Points, Gettysburg Review, Georgia Review, and others. A former newspaper reporter, he teaches creative writing at Towson University.
Gabriel Fried is the author of Making the New Lamb Take (Sarabande, 2007). He edits the poetry series at Persea Books, and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Missouri.
Jane Hirshfield’s most recent poetry collection, After, was named a best book of 2006 by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and England’s Financial Times. Other recent poems appear in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and elsewhere.
Mark Irwin is the author of six collections of poetry; the last three include White City (BOA, 2000), Bright Hunger (BOA, 2004), and Tall If (New Issues, 2008). Recognition for his work includes four Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Fulbright, Lilly, NEA, and Wurlitzer Foundations. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Southern California.
Laura Kasischke has a new poetry collection forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. She is a Guggenheim Fellow for 2010.
Diana Kole is a comparative literature student at New York University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Staccato Fiction (Fall, 2009), Kill Author (April, 2010), and Mud Luscious Press (July, 2010).
Melissa Kwasny is the author of four books of poetry, including The Nine Senses (Milkweed Editions, 2010) and Reading Novalis in Montana (Milkweed, 2009). She is also the editor of Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950 (Wesleyan University Press, 2004) and coeditor of I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (Last Horse Press, 2009).
Harriet Levin is the author of two books of poetry, The Christmas Show and Girl in Cap and Gown. Among her prizes are a Barnard New Women Poets Prize and a Poetry Society of America Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. “Yalla!” is part of a longer project about the life of “Lost Boy” of Sudan, Michael Majok Kuch and the Reunion Project, which she helped to found with her family and students at Drexel University to reunite lost boys and girls with their mothers living abroad. In December she is traveling to Kenya on a SLS Literary Seminar scholarship for further research and to observe the preparations for the signing in January 2011 of the Southern Sudan Referendum on Independence.
Megan Anderegg Malone holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MFA from Bennington College. She lives in Sonoma County, California and is currently at work on a novel.
Khaled Mattawa is the author, most recently, of Toqueville (New Issues, 2010). He is also the translator of seven volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and coeditor of two anthologies of Arab-American literature. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Campbell McGrath is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Shannon (Ecco, 2009) and Seven Notebooks (Ecco, 2008). He teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University, in Miami, where he is the Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing.
Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, published Samuel Johnson: The Struggle in 2008 and The Genius and the Goddess: Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe in 2009 (American edition 2010). His Orwell: Life and Art will appear in 2010 and his John Huston: Courage and Art in 2011. Twenty-nine of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and published on six continents.
Matthew Olzmann is a Kundiman Fellow and a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New England Review, Atlanta Review, Salt Hill, Margie, Minnesota Review, and elsewhere.
Christina Pugh’s second book of poems is Restoration (Northwestern University Press, 2008). She received the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2008 and is an associate professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Doug Ramspeck was awarded the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry for his collection Black Tupelo Country, which is published by BkMk Press. He teaches at the Ohio State University at Lima.
Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (1878-1947) is undoubtedly Switzerland’s most famous francophone writer. He is author of twenty-two novels and multiple short story collections. In 2005, his novels were honored with the publication of a leather-bound Pléiade Edition in France and currently, Editions Slatkine in Geneva is collaborating with a team of distinguished scholars to produce a thirty-volume, heavily annotated and referenced collection of his complete works.
Paisley Rekdal’s hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2011.
Roger Rosenblatt is the author, most recently, of Making Toast (Ecco/HarperCollins). His book on the teaching of writing, Unless it Moves the Human Heart (Ecco), a chapter of which is excerpted here, will be out this month.
Ira Sadoff is the author of History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of Culture (Iowa, 2009). He has new poems forthcoming in APR and Northwest Review.
Natasha Sajé is the author of two books of poems, Red Under the Skin (Pittsburgh, 1994), and Bend (Tupelo Press, 2004), and many essays. Her work has been honored with the Robert Winner and Alice Fay di Castagnola Awards, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, and the Utah Book Award. Sajé is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and has been teaching in the Vermont College MFA in Writing program since 1996.
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including, most recently, A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto. He is a Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University.
Sharma Shields lives in Spokane, Washington. Her fiction has appeared in Iowa Review, Sonora Review, Fugue, Hawai’i Review, and elsewhere. In 2009, she won the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, as well as a grant for artist projects from Artist Trust of Washington State.
Debie Thomas received her MFA at the Ohio State University, where she won the Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship. She is currently working on a memoir about arranged marriage.
Rosanna Warren’s most recent book is Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry (W. W. Norton, 2008). Her most recent collection of poems is Departure (W. W. Norton, 2003).
Franz Wright, a 2004 Pulitzer Prize recipient, has recently published Wheeling Motel (Knopf, 2009), Leave Me Hidden (Marick Press, 2009), 7 PROSE (Marick Press, 2010), and a CD called Readings from Wheeling Motel with Michael Rozon and Daniel Aheam. He is currently finishing a new book of poems and a book of prose pieces, which Knopf will publish in 2011.