Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press). Other bird poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Spork, Fence, South Dakota Review, Denver Quarterly, Ping-Pong, and others. He teaches writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he edits the journal Eleven Eleven.
Leslie Blanco has been a resident of Blue Mountain Center and Centrum Center for the Arts. She has an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She lives in Southern California with one husband, two dogs, and triplet daughters. When said triplets are finally old enough for school, she hopes to continue work on An Epidemic of Lust, a novel based on the “unofficial” history of the Cuban Revolution of 1959.
Paula Closson Buck has published short stories recently in Ploughshares and Southern Review. Her first novel is just out from Fomite Press, and she has a second in progress. She teaches creative writing at Bucknell University.
Jonathan Farmer is the editor in chief and poetry editor of At Length and the poetry critic for the Slate Book Review. He teaches English and writing in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, and lives in Durham.
Dorothy Gallagher was born, raised, and educated in New York City. She has worked as a magazine editor and as a freelance writer for various magazines and journals. Her books include several biographies, most recently of Lillian Hellman, and she has written two volumes of memoir: How I Came Into My Inheritance and Strangers in the House. She continues to live in New York.
Shasta Grant’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Epiphany, Cream City Review, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a prose editor for Storyscape Journal. She is currently working on a memoir and a collection of linked stories.
Bob Hicok’s most recent book, Elegy Owed (Copper Canyon, 2013), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Sex & Love & will be published by Copper Canyon this year.
Rob Howell lives with his wife, Allison, in Baton Rouge. He is an MFA candidate at Louisiana State University.
Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues (Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (University of Chicago Press, 2015). He works as a UCC-Congregationalist minister and has served churches in Connecticut and Iowa.
Joshua Kryah is the author of two collections of poetry, We Are Starved (2011) and Glean (2007). The recipient of a 2013 NEA Fellowship, he lives in Saint Louis and teaches at Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville.
Shara McCallum’s recent books are The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems and This Strange Land. Recognition for her poetry includes a Witter Bynner Fellowship and NEA Poetry Fellowship. She directs the Stadler Center for Poetry and teaches at Bucknell University.
Kenneth McClane is the author of seven books of poetry and two volumes of personal essays, Walls: Essays 1985–1990 (2010) and Color: Essays on Race, Family, and History (2009), both published by the University of Notre Dame Press. He is the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of Literature Emeritus at Cornell University, where he taught English and creative writing for thirty-seven years. He is busily completing a new book of essays, tentatively titled Truth and Lies.
Rachel Pastan is the author of the novels Alena (Riverhead, 2014), Lady of the Snakes (Harcourt, 2004), and This Side of Married (Viking, 2002). Her short fiction has appeared in Georgia Review, Mademoiselle, Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other places. She is a member of the Core Faculty in Fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars MFA program.
Roger Rosenblatt is the author of eighteen books and six off-Broadway plays. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. His latest novel, Thomas Murphy (exerpted in this issue), will be published this month.
Courtney Sender’s fiction appears in Glimmer Train, Tin House online, Esquire, American Short Fiction, Crazyhorse, and Michigan Quarterly Review. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, she holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and a BA in English from Yale. She is currently working on a novel.
Solmaz Sharif’s first collection of poems, LOOK, will be published by Graywolf Press in July. She has most recently been selected to receive a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award as well as a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.
Phillip B. Williams is the author of the book of poems Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016). He is a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship recipient and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. He is the 2015–2017 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.
Katie Willingham is a Zell Fellow at the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Paper Darts, Phantom Limb, Whiskey Island, and Revolver, among others. She was the recipient of a 2014 Hopwood Award in Poetry.