Debra Allbery’s most recent collection, Fimbul-Winter (Four Way, 2010) won the Grub Street National Book Prize in poetry. She directs the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Ashville, North Carolina.

Jericho Brown received the Whiting Award and the Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard. His poems appear in 100 Best African American Poems, American Poetry Review, Believer, and Oxford American. His first book, Please (New Issues), won the American Book Award.

Roger Desy taught literature and creative writing and turned to technical writing/editing. His plan when teaching was to write. The last few years, he has returned to short lyrics, where he began. They’re where he finds himself. Poems have been printed in a few journals, including Barnwood, Blue Unicorn, Mid-American Review, The Pinch, Poet Lore, and Spoon River Poetry Review. “It’s all about the poem, and the poem finds itself again and again looking through atonement into nature,” Desy says.

Mark Halliday teaches at Ohio University. His fifth book of poems, Keep This Forever, was published in 2008 by Tupelo Press.

Lilah Hegnauer is the author of Dark Under Kiganda Stars (Ausable, 2005). She teaches in the English Department at James Madison University.

Bob Hicok has been a Guggenheim and NEA Fellow. His book This Clumsy Living received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress. His latest book, Words for Empty and Words for Full, was published in 2010.

Jameelah Lang received her MFA in fiction at the University of Kansas. She is now a creative writing PhD candidate at the University of Houston and nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. She is from Kansas.

Amit Majmudar is a novelist, poet, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist. He writes and practices in Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and twin sons. His first novel, Partitions, was published by Holt/Metropolitan to wide acclaim, with featured reviews in the Wall Street Journal and NPR’s All Things Considered. His first poetry collection, 0’, 0’, was released by Northwestern in 2009. His second poetry collection, Heaven and Earth, was awarded the Donald Justice Prize for 2011. His second novel, The Abundance, is forthcoming in early 2013.

Rebecca McClanahan’s tenth book, The Tribal Knot, a multigenerational memoir, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press in 2013. She has also published five books of poetry and a suite of essays, The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow Prize in Nonfiction. Her three books of writing instruction include Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively, which is used as a text in numerous writing programs.

Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently published Samuel Johnson: The Struggle (2008), The Genius and the Goddess: Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe (2009), George Orwell: Life and Art (2010) — his fifth work on Orwell — and John Huston: Courage and Art (2011). Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets and published on six continents.

Michael Pearce’s plays have been produced in San Francisco, Berkeley, Ashland, Gettysburg, and New York City. Recent publications of his stories and poems include Ascent, Conjunctions, New Millennium Writings, and The Ledge. He lives with his wife and son in Oakland, California.

Stanley Plumly’s last book of poems, Old Heart, received the Los Angeles Book Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2010, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland.

Wyatt Prunty’s latest book is The Lover’s Guide to Trapping (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). He directs the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Youssef Rakha is the cultural editor at the Cairo-based Al-Ahram Weekly and the author of seven books in Arabic. His novel Book of the Sultan’s Seal (Dar El Sherouk, 2011) is forthcoming in English with Interlink. He has written for, among many publications, Parnassus: Poetry in Review and McSweeney’s. Some of his work can be seen on

Hugh Sheehy’s story collection, The Invisibles, is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press this October.

George Singleton has published four collections of stories, two novels, and a book of nonfiction. His stories have appeared in Georgia Review, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Zoetrope, and elsewhere. He teaches fiction writing at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville.

George Steiner, author of dozens of books, including The Death of Tragedy, After Babel, Martin Heidegger, In Bluebeard’s Castle, My Unwritten Books, George Steiner at The New Yorker, and The Poetry of Thought, is Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University and one of the world’s foremost intellectuals.

Stephen Taylor’s fiction has appeared most recently in Antioch Review, Northwest Review, and Fiction magazine. His plays have been produced at the Kennedy Center and the Yale Repertory Theatre. He has taught at Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts. He is married to a psychoanalyst and has two children.

Judy Troy is the author of a story collection, Mourning Doves, and two novels, West of Venus and From the Black Hills. Her short stories have appeared in Epoch and the New Yorker, among other journals; her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and the St. Petersburg Times. She is professor and alumni writer-in-residence at Auburn University and lives in Auburn, Alabama.

Rosanna Warren teaches English and Comparative Literature at Boston University. Her book of criticism, Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, came out in 2008. Her most recent books of poems are Departure (2003) and Ghost in a Red Hat (2011).

Jake Adam York is the author of Persons Unknown (2010) and A Murmuration of Starlings (2008), published in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, and Murder Ballads (Elixir 2005). Recent work appears in Pleiades, Literary Imagination, and Ninth Letter.

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