Martha Baillie lives and writes in Toronto, Canada. Her novel The Incident Report was nominated for the Giller Prize.The Search for Heinrich Schlögel was an Oprah Magazine Editor’s Pick in September 2014.
Vanessa Blakeslee is the author of the debut novel Juventud (Curbside Splendor, 2015) and the story collection Train Shots (Burrow Press, 2014), winner of the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction. Train Shots was long-listed for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been optioned for a feature film by writer/director Hannah Beth King.
Robert Drummond’s fiction has appeared in Arts & Letters, Sycamore Review, New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, and elsewhere. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he is at work on a novel about love, sex, and the apocalypse.
Marta Evans teaches fiction and creative nonfiction writing at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has also appeared in Tin House Online and Fence.
John Freeman is the editor of Freeman’s and the author of How to Read a Novelist (FSG). His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and ZYZZYVA.
Matthew Pratt Guterl teaches at Brown University and is the author, most recently, of Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe (2014).
Erina Harris is a Canadian poet. Her work has been published internationally. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is now completing her PhD in poetics at the University of Calgary. In 2014, she published her first collection, entitled The Stag Head Spoke, which was short-listed for the Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Award.
Jacqueline Haskins is a biologist of watery wilds, from cypress swamps to cirque swales. She has received a Pushcart nomination and been a finalist in Oregon Quarterly’s Northwest Perspectives Contest. Her work appears in River Teeth Journal, Raven Chronicles, Cirque Journal, and elsewhere. Visit JacquelineHaskins.com.
Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse served as the founding chair of the English Department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), where she taught for four years. She received her MFA at Warren Wilson and an MEd from the University of Virginia. Translations and essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, and Poetry Society of America; the anthology SoJust. Handful of Salt, a new book of translations of Kajal Ahmad’s poetry, is due in March 2016 from The Word Works. She is currently a Research Fellow at AUIS’s Institute for Regional and International Studies and a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Kurdish Studies.
Jessica Laser is the author of the chapbooks Assumed Knowledge and the Knowledge Assumed from Experience (Catenary Press, 2015) and He That Feareth Every Grass Must Not Piss in a Meadow (Paradigm, forthcoming). She teaches at The New School. Visit her at JessicaLaser.com.
Devin Latham grew up on a goat farm in Alabama. She received an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Central Florida, where she was an MFA Provost’s Fellow. Her work has appeared or will appear in the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Pinch, and Harpur Palate. She currently teaches at Georgia College.
Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, the Paris Review, AGNI, L.A. Review of Books, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She has received the Richard Yates Short Story Prize, a Millay Colony for the Arts residency, and a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner.
Dora Malech is the author of Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009).
Stephen Markley is the author of Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold and Published This Very Book and Tales of Iceland. He’s currently working on a novel.
Bobbie Ann Mason published her first short stories in the New Yorker in the 1980s. Her first fiction collection, Shiloh & Other Stories, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and was nominated for other awards. She received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novel In Country and her story “Shiloh” are taught widely in college classes. Her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her newest novel is The Girl in the Blue Beret.
Joyelle McSweeney is the author of eight books of poetry, prose, essays, and plays. Her most recent books include the play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks (Litmus, 2014), winner of the Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Performance Writers, and the critical book The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults (U. of Michigan Poets on Poetry Series, 2015). She coedits the international press Action Books and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Notre Dame.
Born in Russia, A. Molotkov moved to the U.S. in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. Published or accepted by the Kenyon Review, the Raleigh Review, the Oregonian, 2River, Identity Theory, Contrary, and Pif, Molotkov is the winner of New Millennium Writings and Koeppel fiction contests, two poetry chapbook contests, and a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship. His poetry collection, The Catalog of Broken Things, is forthcoming from Airlie Press in 2016. He coedits the Inflectionist Review. Visit him at AMolotkov.com.
Chris Pusateri is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Common Time (Steerage Press, 2012), which was short-listed for the Colorado Book Award. He currently lives in London.
Caitlin Roach received an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Provost Fellowship. She earned a BA in English from the University of San Francisco. Her poems appear in Handsome, and her chapbook Heronry was short-listed for the Seattle Review 2015 Chapbook Contest.
Doren Robbins’s current book, Twin Extra, has been nominated for the National Jewish Book Award in Poetry. A precious collection, My Piece of the Puzzle, won the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award.
Neil Shea’s work appears in National Geographic and other places. You can find more of it on Instagram: @neilshea13.
Fran Tirado is the associate editor at Hello Mr. and also works as a freelance homodocumentarian living in Brooklyn-ish. The stories he tells center on transient communities, underdogs, and unlikely heroes. This is his first publication in a literary journal. You can follow his writing on ImFran.com or his adventures on Instagram @fransquishco.
Erin Trieb is a freelance photojournalist specializing in documentary projects that explore societal trends, cultural trauma, and identity. Currently traveling between Iraq and India, Erin photographs for a wide variety of clients, including Time magazine, the New York Times, NBCnews.com, Newsweek, the Times of London, and the Wall Street Journal. Her work has received awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, and the FotoVisura Foundation.
Zachary Tyler Vickers is the author of Congratulations on Your Martyrdom!, forthcoming from Indiana University Press. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Richard Yates Prize. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including the American Reader, KGB Bar Lit Journal, Hobart, and elsewhere. His story “Karst” has been optioned for feature film. He can be reached at ztvickers.com.
Sarah Viren’s poetry and prose have appeared in or are forthcoming from AGNI, Guernica, Colorado Review, Normal School, and others. Her translation of the novella Cordoba Skies by the Argentine writer Federico Falco will be published by Ploughshares Solos this spring.
Zoe Ward is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.
Eric Weinstein’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in AGNI, AQR, Antioch Review, the Believer, Crazyhorse, Court Green, the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Yale Review, and others. He lives in New York City, where he develops CityShelf, a search aggregator for independent bookstores.
Rose Whitmore’s writing has appeared in the Missouri Review, the Sun, Fourth Genre, and Mid-American Review. She is the recipient of a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writer’s conference, a residency from Hedgebrook, and the 2013 Peden Prize from the Missouri Review.
John Witte’s poems have appeared in recent issues of the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, and Southern Review. The poems here are from a forthcoming collection, All That Matters Now.