Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo Press, 2012), Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. The recipient of an NEA Grant, she lives and teaches in Southern California. She earned an MFA from Brown University and a PhD in English from the University of California–Berkeley.

Emily Anderson’s writing has recently appeared in Web Conjunctions, the White Wall Review, and Requited. Her first book of poetry is forthcoming from Blaze Vox Books. She is working toward a PhD in English at the University at Buffalo.

Winner of an Amy Lowell travel grant, a Whiting award, and a Bunting fellowship, Elizabeth Arnold has published three books of poetry, The Reef (University of Chicago Press, 1999), Civilization (Flood Editions, 2006), and Effacement (Flood Editions, 2010). She is on the MFA faculty of University of Maryland and lives outside Washington, D.C.

Bruce Beasley is the author of seven collections of poems, most recently Theophobia, (BOA Editions, 2012) and The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems (University of Washington Press, 2007).

Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, and immigrated to France in 1971. He holds a degree in psychiatric social work and won the Prix Goncount in 1987 for La nuit sacrée. His writing across genres examines bilingualism, sexuality, and emigration.

Georges Borchardt, a prominent literary agent, has introduced to American readers major works by Roland Barthes, Samuel Beckett, Pierre Bourdieu, Gilles Deleuze, Marguerite Duras, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Eugène Ionesco, Jacques Lacan, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jean-Paul Sartre, Elie Wiesel, and Monique Wittig. In 2010 he was awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

Chard deNiord’s poems have appeared recently in Slate, Salmagundi, Literary Imagination, Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, and AGNI. He is the author of four books of poetry, The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which The Boston Globe named one of the ten best books of poetry in 2011, Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), and Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990). His book of interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Jack Gilbert, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs was published in 2012 by Marick Press.

Keith Ekiss is a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, and a recent graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. He is the author of Pima Road Notebook (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2010) and the translator of The Fire’s Journey by the Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio (Tavern Books, 2013).

Steve Gehrke’s most recent book, Michaelangelo’s Seizure (Illinois, 2007), was selected for the National Poem Series. New poems can be found at Missouri Review, AGNI, VQR, Poetry, and Alaska Quarterly Review.

Aaron Gilbreath has written essays for Paris Review, Tin House, Black Warrior Review, Hotel Amerika, Cincinnati Review, and Gettysburg Review, and written about music for the New York Times, Oxford American, Brick, Threepenny Review, Conjunctions, and Yeti. Currently at work on a book of travel writing set in Canada, he works for a tea company in Portland, Oregon, and blogs about music, food, and miscellany at

Vona Groarke’s U.S. publications include Flight and Earlier Poems (2004) and Juniper Street (2006), both from Wake Forest University Press.

Jennifer Grotz is the author of The Needle and Cusp and translator from French of Patrice de La Tour du Pin’s Psalms of All My Days, recently published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. She teaches at the University of Rochester and serves as assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Mark Jacobs has published more than eighty stories in magazines, including Atlantic and Iowa Review. His fifth book, a novel set in Turkey, was published by Talisman House in 2010.

Lucas Mann is a recent graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His stories and essays have appeared in Wigleaf, Word Riot, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. His first book, Class A, is forthcoming from Pantheon this summer.

Detroiter Jamaal May is the 2011-2013 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University and author of Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. His most recent work can be found in Poetry, Ploughshares, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and Believer. He is the series editor of The Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series.

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). A biography, John Huston: Courage and Art, appeared in 2011.

Chris Offutt is the author of Kentucky Straight, Out of the Woods, The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and The Good Brother. He has written screenplays for HBO’s True Blood and Treme, Showtime’s Weeds, and TV pilots for Lions Gate and CBS. His TV work was nominated for an Emmy. His prose has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Whiting Foundation, Lannan Foundation, NEA, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1996 he was selected by Granta magazine as one of the top 20 young American writers. He is currently teaching in the English Department at the University of Mississippi.

Adam Stumacher’s fiction has appeared in Granta, Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, Massachusetts Review, and Sun, and won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. After living in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, he currently resides in Boston, where he teaches at Grub Street and in a public high school, and is working on a novel.

Rachel Swearingen’s fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in New Stories from the Midwest 2012, AGNI, Mississippi Review, Witness, Missouri Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She received her PhD in creative writing from Western Michigan University and is a visiting assistant professor at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Nick White’s work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Third Coast, Permafrost, and elsewhere. Recently, he earned an MFA in creative writing from the Ohio State University. He is currently at work on a novel.

Greg Wrenn’s first book, Centaur, won the Brittingham Prize and was published this spring. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New Republic, Southern Review, Yale Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He is currently a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University.

Rachel Zucker is the author of several poetry collections, including Museum of Accidents (2009), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and named one of the best poetry books of the year by Publishers Weekly; The Last Clear Narrative (2004); and Eating in the Underworld (2003).

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