Kazim Ali’s forthcoming books include Silver Road (essays) from Tupelo Press and Inquisition (poems) from Wesleyan University Press.
Rachel Z. Arndt received MFAs in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and nonfiction editor of The Iowa Review. Her essay collection Beyond Measure is forthcoming from Sarabande. Her writing has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Quartz, The Believer, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.
Joy Baglio’s short fiction has appeared in New Ohio Review, PANK, and F(r)iction and is forthcoming from Tin House. She holds an MFA from The New School and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she teaches writing and directs Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop. She is working on her first novel.
Melissa Barrett’s poems have recently appeared in BOMB, Harvard Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Animal Shelter, Best New Poets, and Best American Poetry. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, and works at an urban public middle school.
Kate Berson’s fiction has been published or is forthcoming from Michigan Quarterly Review, Western Humanities Review, Denver Quarterly, and Monkeybicycle. Her story, “Luz, Milagro,” was selected for the Sonora Review 2017 Fiction Prize.In collaboration with Velma García-Gorena, she is currently translating Gabriela Mistral’s Poema de Chile, poems from which are forthcoming from Hayden’s Ferry Review and Copper Nickel. Kate holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and currently lives in Pittsburgh.
Cammy Brothers grew up in Iowa City. She is the author of Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture (Yale University Press, 2008) and various scholarly essays. Her critical writing has appeared in the The Wall Street Journal, Public Books, and Aggregate. She teaches art and architectural history at Northeastern University in Boston and taught for many years at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
Stephanie Burt is professor of English at Harvard and the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, most recently Advice from the Lights (Graywolf, 2017). A book of her versions of Callimachus and a prose book about how to read poetry (tentatively titled Don’t Read Poetry) will appear in the next few years.
Catherine Cafferty is a poet living in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BA in literature from McGill University, an MA in English from San Francisco State University, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently is the codirector of literacy for The Partnership for Inner-City Education in New York City.
Jennifer Colville is a graduate of the MFA program at Syracuse University and holds a PhD in creative writing and English from the University of Utah. Her short story collection Elegies for Uncanny Girls was published by Indiana University Press. Her work has appeared in The Literary Review, The Mississippi Review, and DIAGRAM. She is the founding editor of PromptPress, an online and book arts journal for visual art inspired by writing and writing inspired by visual art. She teaches at Coe College and co-organizes the Free Generative Writing Workshops in Iowa City.
Amber Dermont is the New York Times best-selling author of The Starboard Sea and Damage Control.
Andrew Irwin Epstein is senior education and evaluation technical specialist for the research firm Social Impact Inc., where he conducts monitoring and evaluation for international development and humanitarian aid projects. He is also a writer and musician based in Iowa City.
Fidencio Fifield-Perez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but was raised in northern Carolina after his family migrated. His current work examines immigration, the drug war, and socioeconomic issues affecting Mexico. In his work, he manipulates newspaper cuttings, maps, paper, and painting surfaces to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca—ones used to celebrate festivals and mourn the dead. For Fifield-Perez these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present.
Sean Gill is a writer and filmmaker who has studied with Werner Herzog, documented public defenders for National Geographic, and won the Sonora Review 2016Fiction Prize. Recently, his work has been published in McSweeney’s, ZYZZYVA, and So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.
Matthew Gwathmey lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and has studied creative writing at the University of Virginia and the University of New Brunswick. He has poems published in Grain, Crazyhorse, Prairie Fire, as well as other literary magazines.
Simon Han is the winner of the 2015 Indiana Review fiction prize and the 2015 Texas Observer Short Story Contest. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming from Fence, Guernica, West Branch, Narrative, and elsewhere. His work has been supported by the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Vanderbilt University, where he received his MFA. He’s currently at work on a novel and a collection of stories.
Mikko Harvey’s poems appear in places such as FIELD, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, and West Branch. He currently lives in Berkeley, California.
Dustin Hellberg is the author of three books. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He divides his time between Seoul and Iowa City.
Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley is a Tickner Writing Fellow and recipient of a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center fellowship as well as scholarships from Kundiman, Sewanee, the Tin House writer’s workshop, and VONA. He belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. In 2017, his work has been featured in Narrative, Ninth Letter, PANK, PEN America, The Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Sugar House Review, and Water-Stone Review, among others.
Taylor Koekkoek’s fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. He lives in central Oregon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Kolbe’s fiction has appeared in The Literary Review, while her essays have appeared or are forthcoming from Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry can be found in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Awl, The Cincinnati Review, the Colorado Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Yale Review, and elsewhere.She is a resident physician in Boston.
Kimberly Kruge is a poet and translator based in Mexico. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry Northwest, and others. Her chapbook High-Land Sub-Tropic was selected as the winner of the Center for Book Arts prize and will be published in the fall of 2017.
Terrance Manning, Jr. is a graduate of Purdue’s MFA program in creative writing. His work has won the CrazyhorsePrize in Nonfiction, Southwest Review’s David Nathan Meyerson Prize, and Crab Orchard Review’s John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. Other work appears or is forthcoming from Witness, Ninth Letter, Boulevard, CutBank, Hunger Mountain, and The Florida Review, among other magazines. He lives and writes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Niki Neems received an MFA from Vermont College. She lives in Iowa City, where she owns the stationary shop r.s.v.p.
David Taylor’s art practice examines issues of place, territory, history, and politics. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent venues include the Nevada Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Instituto de Investigaciones Culturales Museo, UABC, Mexicali. His images can be found in the permanent collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Fidelity Investments; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; among others. He is a member of the photography faculty at the University of Arizona School of Art.
Kelsi Vanada is from Colorado and holds MFAs in poetry (Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 2016) and literary translation (University of Iowa, 2017). She translates from Spanish and Swedish, and her poems and translations have been published most recently in Columbia Poetry Review, EuropeNow, Asymptote, and Prelude. She was a 2016 ALTA Travel Fellow and currently works for the International Writing Program. Her first full-length translation, The Eligible Age by Berta García Faet, is forthcoming from Song Bridge Press.
Julie Marie Wade is the author of four collections of prose and poetry, most recently the lyric essay collection Catechism: A Love Story (Noctuary Press, 2016) and SIX: Poems (Red Hen Press, 2016), selected by C.D. Wright as the recipient of the 2014 AROHO/To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize. A recipient of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir and grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Wade teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami and reviews regularly for Lambda Literary and The Rumpus. She is married to Angie Griffin and lives on Hollywood Beach.