Tyler Barton is a cofounder of Fear No Lit, home of the Submerging Writer Fellowship. His collection of flash fiction, The Quiet Part Loud, won the Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and was published by Split Lip Press in 2019. The manuscript in which “Once Nothing, Twice Shatter” appears has been a finalist for the 2019 Mary McCarthy Short Fiction Award from Sarabande Books and the 2019 Yellow Shoe Fiction open reading period at LSU Press. Find his stories in the Kenyon Review, The Cincinnati Review, and Gulf Coast. Find him at tsbarton.com or @goftyler.
Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Thea Brown is the author of the chapbook We Are Fantastic (Petri Press, 2013) and the full-length collections Think of the Danger (H_NGM_N, 2016) and Famous Times (Slope Editions, 2019). Recent or forthcoming work can be found in Lit Hub, Vinyl, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore.
Jennifer Colville is the founding editor of Prompt Press, a project connecting visual artists, book artists, and writers. She holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD from the University of Utah. Her collection of short stories Elegies for Uncanny Girls was published in 2017 by Indiana University Press.
Justin Cox’s work has been featured in jubilat, Turbine | Kapohau, and a variety of cinematic collaborations.
Emily Dauer grew up in Newcastle, Washington. She holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She is a Pflughaupt Fellow from 2018 to 2019. Her work is forthcoming in the Bennington Review.
Gemma de Choisy lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Caroline de Lacvivier holds an MFA in creative writing from Boston University. She still lives in Boston, where she works as a science writer for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is currently working on her first novel.
Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). Her novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From is forthcoming from Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Her website is www.jenniferdeleonauthor.com.
Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. His work appears in Bat City Review, The Cincinnati Review, Green Mountains Review, Huizache, The Nation, New American Writing, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, The Progressive, Witness, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology. He tweets at @JoseHernandezDz.
Chelsea Dingman’s first book, Thaw, was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press, 2017). Her second poetry collection, Through a Small Ghost, won the Georgia Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press (February 2020). She is also the author of the chapbook What Bodies Have I Moved (Madhouse Press, 2018). Her recent work can be found in the Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The Southern Review, among others. Visit her website: chelseadingman.com.
Megan Giddings is a contributing editor at Boulevard and a fiction editor at The Offing. Her work has been or will soon be published in Arts & Letters, Black Warrior Review, and Pleiades.
Alen Hamza immigrated to the United States from Bosnia-Herzegovina as a refugee. He’s the author of Exit Empire, which won the 2019 CSU Poetry Center first book prize and will be published in 2020. He’s pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah.
Didi Jackson’s collection of poems, Moon Jar, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press (2020). Her poems have appeared most recently in The New Yorker, the New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. Currently, she teaches creative writing at the University of Vermont.
Andy Martin is the author of Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me. His With Child: Lee Child and the Readers of Jack Reacher will be published later this year by Polity.
Angie Mazakis’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from The New Republic, Boston Review, Columbia Journal, Washington Square Review, Lana Turner Journal, and other journals. She has an MFA from George Mason University and is a student in the PhD program in creative writing at Ohio University.
Lauren Moseley is the author of Big Windows (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in the poem-a-day series from the Academy of American Poets, as well as in such magazines as Copper Nickel, The Journal, Southern Indiana Review, and Pleiades. Lauren has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Money for Women Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, and her website is laurenjmoseley.com.
John Murillo is the author of the poetry collections Up Jump the Boogie (Cyper Books, 2010) and Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (forthcoming from Four Way Books, 2020). He teaches at Wesleyan University and in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.
Kate Neuman is a writer and actor from New York. She received an MFA in memoir in 2015 from Hunter College, where she now teaches creative writing; she also teaches acting at The Barrow Group Theater Company. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Six Hens. “Yes, And.” is adapted from her memoir-in-progress, This Is How I Know You.
Belal Rafiq grew up in the Washington, DC metro area. He was a fiction fellow at Columbia University, where he received his MFA and was an Emerging Writer’s Fellow at the Center for Fiction. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a novel and collection of stories.
Originally from southern Delaware, Frances Revel was awarded the 2017 Most Promising Young Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and is pursuing an MFA at Cornell University.
Cintia Santana’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Beloit Poetry Journal, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Narrative, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, The Threepenny Review, West Branch, and other journals. The recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, she currently teaches literary translation as well as poetry and fiction workshops in Spanish at Stanford.
Sayuri Sasaki Hemann is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Iowa City, Iowa. She works seamlessly between many mediums using materials familiar and unfamiliar. Sayuri’s works often explore the themes of one’s relationship to the surrounding environment and finding self in relation to place, space, and time.
Lucy Schiller is an essayist based in Germany. She’s working on a collection of essays and a longer nonfiction book. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Lit Hub, the New Republic, and more, and is forthcoming from the Columbia Journalism Review and elsewhere.
Leslie Contreras Schwartz is the author of Nightbloom and Cenote (St. Julian Press, 2018). To read her work, go to lesliecschwartz.com.
Sophia Terazawa is the author of two chapbooks, Correspondent Medley (Factory Hollow Press) and I AM NOT A WAR (Essay Press).
Anthony Varallo is the author of a novel, The Lines (University of Iowa Press, 2019), as well as four short story collections: This Day in History (University of Iowa Press), winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award; Out Loud (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; Think of Me and I’ll Know (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books); and Everyone Was There (Elixir Press). He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.
Shawn Vestal’s debut short story collection, Godforsaken Idaho, was awarded the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. His novel, Daredevils, won the 2017 Washington State Book Award for Fiction. His writing has appeared in One Story, Tin House, TheNewYorker.com, McSweeney’s, ZYZZYVA, The Southern Review, and other magazines. He writes a column for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he lives with his wife and their son, and he teaches in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.
Joshua Marie Wilkinson lives in Seattle and will be the scholar in residence at Rhodes University, South Africa in 2019.
Jeffrey J. Williams has interviewed more than seventy critics, philosophers, writers, and others, most recently appearing in Diacritics, symploke, and Works and Days. His book How to Be an Intellectual: Essays on Criticism, Culture and the University includes a series of profiles drawn from interviews. A professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, he will be distinguished fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at CUNY Graduate Center this fall.