Tommye Blount is the author of What Are We Not For, published by Bull City Press in 2016. A graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, he has been the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Cave Canem and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is from Detroit, Michigan.
Marianne Boruch’s ninth poetry collection, Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, cited as a “most loved book of 2016” by the New Yorker, was published by Copper Canyon Press, which also brought out her Cadaver, Speak and The Book of Hours (a Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award winner). Her prose includes three essay collections, including the recent The Little Death of Self in Michigan’s Poets on Poetry series, and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana). A former Guggenheim, NEA, and Rockefeller Bellagio Fellow, she teaches at Purdue University and in the low residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College
Claire Boyles is an MFA candidate at Colorado State University. Her work has appeared in the Masters Review and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and she is the recipient of a scholarship from Bread Loaf Orion. She raises kids and teaches middle school in Loveland, Colorado.
David Butler’s most recent of three published novels, City of Dis (New Island), was shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year, 2015. A short story collection, No Greater Love, was published in London by Ward Wood in 2013. His first poetry collection, Via Crucis, was published by Doghouse in 2011, while a second poetry collection, All the Barbaric Glass, has been accepted for publication by Doire Press. Literary prizes include the Fish International Award for the short story; the SCDA, Cork Arts Theatre, and British Theatre Challenge for drama; and the Féile Filíochta and Brendan Kennelly Awards for poetry.
Stephen Dunn is the author of nineteen books of poems, the most recent of which is Whereas. His Different Hours was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize.
Jonathan Farmer is the editor in chief and poetry editor of At Length and critic at large for the Kenyon Review. He has written about poetry for publications that include Literary Hub, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry Foundation and Slate.com. He teaches middle and high school English and lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, Wind in a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. How To Be Drawn is his most recent collection of poems.
John Koethe’s most recent book is The Swimmer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). His new book, Walking Backwards: Poems 1966–2016, will be published this year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Edan Lepucki is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels California and Woman No. 17, and the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me. She is the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and a contributing editor to The Millions.
Rebecca McClanahan’s ten books include The Tribal Knot, Word Painting, and The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow Award in nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Boulevard, Sun, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize series, and numerous journals and anthologies. She teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University and Rainier Writing Workshop and in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.
Carl Phillips’s latest book of poems is Wild Is the Wind (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018).
Jamie Quatro is the author of the story collection I Want To Show You More (Grove, 2013) and the forthcoming novel Fire Sermon (Grove/Picador, 2018). She lives in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
Philip Schaefer’s first collection of poems, Bad Summon, won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the University of Utah Press in 2017. He is the author of three chapbooks, two of which were cowritten with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2016 Meridian Editor’s Prize in poetry and has individual work out or due out in Thrush, Guernica, Cincinnati Review, Birdfeast, Salt Hill, Bat City, BOAAT, Baltimore Review, and Passages North, among others. He tends bar in Missoula, Montana.
Marvin Shackelford is author of the story collection Tall Tales from the Ladies Auxiliary (Alternating Current, 2017) and poetry collection Endless Building (Urban Farmhouse, 2015). He holds an MFA from the University of Montana and currently resides with his wife, Shea, in southern middle Tennessee, earning a living in agriculture.