Segun Afolabi was born in Nigeria and is the author of Goodbye Lucille, a novel, and A Life Elsewhere, a short-story collection. He was awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2005 and is currently working on a new novel and a collection of stories.

Meena Alexander has published six volumes of poetry, including Raw Silk (winner of the PEN Open Book Award) and Quickly Changing River (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press). Poetics of Dislocation appears in the Michigan Poets on Poetry series. She is editor of Indian Love Poems and author of the memoir Fault Lines. She has published two novels, Manhattan Music and Nampally Road, and two academic studies, one of which is Women in Romanticism. In April 2011 she was poet-in-residence at Al-Quds University–Jerusalem.

Bruce Bond is the author of eight published books of poetry, most recently The Visible (LSU, 2012), Peal (Etruscan, 2009), and Blind Rain (finalist, the Poet’s Prize, LSU, 2008). His tetralogy of new books titled Choir of the Wells will be released from Etruscan Press in 2013. Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and poetry editor for American Literary Review.

Victoria Chang’s second book of poems, Salvinia Molesta, was published by the University of Georgia Press as part of the VQR Poetry Series. Her first book, Circle, was published by Southern Illinois University Press. She lives in Southern California.

Michele Christle grew up in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. She served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon. She is currently attending the MFA program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Stephen Dunn is the author of sixteen books of poetry, including the recent Here and Now (Norton, 2011). His Different Hours won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Richard Stockton College.

Pam Durban’s novel So Far Back (Picador) won the 2001 Lillian Smith Book Award. Her new novel, The Tree of Forgetfulness, will be published in 2012 by LSU Press. She is Doris Betts Professor of Creative Writing at UNC–Chapel Hill.

Matthew Eck’s debut novel, The Farther Shore, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. He was recently selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” writers to watch.

Ruth Joffre is currently an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has taken third in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and has published shorter work at Drunken Boat, Clapboard House, Moon Milk Review, and Abjective.

Nandita Karambelkar lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She is currently a junior at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, studying evocative writing. She has won a gold medal in poetry for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

James Longenbach’s most recent collection of poems is The Iron Key; a new critical book, The Virtues of Poetry, will be published by Graywolf next year. He is the Joseph Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester.

Amit Majmudar has published fiction in The Kenyon Review and poetry in the New Yorker, the Best American Poetry anthologies for 2007 and 2012 (as well as the forthcoming Best of the Best American Poetry anthologies 1988-2012), and the Atlantic Monthly. His first novel, Partitions, was published in 2011 by Holt/Metropolitan. He is also the author of two poetry collections, 0˚, 0˚ and Heaven and Earth, which won the 2011 Donald Justice Prize. His next novel, The Abundance, is forthcoming in March 2013.

Edward Mayes’s five books of poetry include First Language (Juniper Prize, University of Massachusetts Press) and Works and Days (AWP Prize, University of Pittsburgh Press). He has published poems in the New Yorker, APR, and Best American Poetry, among many others. He and his wife, the writer Frances Mayes, live in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and Cortona, Italy. They have coauthored The Tuscan Sun Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, 2012).

Irene McKinney is the author of five books of poetry, including Vivid Companion (West Virginia University Press, 2005), Six O’Clock Mine Report (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989), and Quick Fire and Slow Fire (North Atlantic Books, 1988). Her selected poems, Unthinkable (Selected Poems 1976-2004), were published by Red Hen Press in 2009. She was the editor of the anthology Backcountry: Contemporary Writing in West Virginia (WVU Press, 2002). McKinney was the poet laureate of West Virginia from 1994 until her death in February 2012.

Kimberly Meyer’s essays have appeared in Ecotone, Oxford American, Georgia Review, Agni, Southern Review, Fourth Genre, and Brain, Child, and her audio-documentary work has aired on This American Life. She teaches at the Honors College at the University of Houston and is at work on a book in which she retraces the medieval pilgrimage route of a Dominican friar who traveled from Germany to the Holy Land and Mount Sinai in 1483.

Jeffrey Meyers has published The Wounded Spirit: A Study of “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” (1973; 2nd edition, 1989), T. E. Lawrence: A Bibliography (1974), and T. E. Lawrence: Soldier, Writer, Legend (1989). His biography, John Huston: Courage and Art, appeared in 2011.

Christian Michener’s short stories appear in journals such as Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bellingham Review, Ascent, Folio, and elsewhere, and his short-story collection Numerology appeared in 2006 from New Rivers Press. “Marionette” is one of a dozen stories he recently completed about early twentieth-century Pittsburgh.

Kirk Nesset is author of five books, including Mr. Agreeable and Paradise Road. He is a recipient of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has appeared in Paris Review, Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Agni, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. He teaches at Allegheny College and serves as writer-in-residence at Black Forest Writing Seminars (Germany).

Cecily Parks is the author of the chapbook Cold Work (Poetry Society of America, 2005) and the collection Field Folly Snow (University of Georgia Press, 2008), which was a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award and the Glasgow / Shenandoah Emerging Writers Prize. In 2011 she earned a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she wrote a dissertation on American women writers and swamps. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Katie Peterson is the author of This One Tree (New Issues). Her books Permission (New Issues) and The Accounts (University of Chicago) are forthcoming. She was born in California and teaches poetry at Tufts University.

Christopher Phelps studied physics and philosophy at MIT before poetry (be)came correct. His work appears or is forthcoming in magazines including Awl, FIELD, LuminaNew Republic, and in the anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality.

Mary Ann Samyn’s most recent collections of poetry include Beauty Breaks In (New Issues, 2009) and The Boom of a Small Cannon (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia University, where she is also the Bolton Professor for Teaching and Mentoring.

Sherod Santos, poet, essayist, and translator, is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Intricated Soul: New and Selected Poems.

Arthur Sze’s latest books are The Ginkgo Light (Copper Canyon, 2009) and Chinese Writers on Writing (Trinity University Press, 2010). He wrote “The Unfolding Center” as a collaboration with visual artist Susan York and recently received a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.

Victoria White is a sophomore at Milton Academy, Boston, and also a 2012 Scholastic National Gold Medalist for poetry. Her writing interests include poetry and short stories.

Truman Zhang studies at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. “Dear Poet” is Zhang’s first published work.

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