Forrest Gander is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, Eye Against Eye. Previous titles include Torn Awake and Science & Steepleflower. Recent translations include No Shelter: Selected Poems of Pura Lopez Colome and (with Kent Johnson) Immanent Visitor: Selected Poems of Jaime Saenz.
Brenda Hillman’s most recent work is Pieces of Air in the Epic, her eighth volume of poetry. Previous titles include Cascadia and Loose Sugar. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for Poetry from the Poetry Society of America and Norma Farber First Book Prize, also from the Poetry Society of America.
Arthur Sze is a poet and translator whose books include The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998, a finalist for the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and The Silk Dragon, winner of the Western States Book Award in Translation. His most recent work of poetry is Quipu. Sze is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award, an Asian American Literary Award, and multiple fellowships from both the Witter Bynner Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
C. D. Wright
C. D. Wright’s most recent work is Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil. Previous titles include Steal Away: New and Selected Poems, Deepstep Come Shining, and a collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster, One Big Self: Photographs of Louisiana Prisoners. Her honors include a Whiting Award and an award from the Poetry Center.
Ron Carlson is the author of seven books of fiction, most recently At The Jim Bridger and The Hotel Eden, a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. His work is included in many anthologies, including the O’Henry Prize Stories and Best American Stories. He is a professor of English at Arizona State University.
Michelle Huneven’s most recent novel, Jamesland (Knopf 2003) was a New York Times notable book and a Book Sense pick, a finalist for the LA Times Fiction Prize, and a winner of the Southern California Booksellers Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Round Rock (Knopf 1997), was also a New York Times notable book of the year, one of the LA Times best hundred books of the year, and a Finalist for the LA Times First Fiction Award. Her short stories have been published in Harpers and Redbook. She received a Whiting Award for Fiction in 2002. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Michelle Huneven has taught at USC, UCSB and in the Antioch MFA program. She lives in the town she grew up in, Altadena, CA, where she is at work on her next novel.
Antonya Nelson is the author of five short story collections, including Some Fun (Scribner’s 2006), and three novels (Talking in Bed, Nobody’s Girl, and Living to Tell). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. Her books have been New York Times Notable Books of 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002, and she was named in 1999 by The New Yorker as one of the “twenty young fiction writers for the new millennium.” She is the recipient of the 2003 Rea Award for Short Fiction, as well as NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, as well as in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She lives in Telluride, Colorado, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Houston, Texas.
ZZ Packer is the author of the story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Story; they have also appeared in Best American Stories 2000 and in the anthology Twenty-five and Under. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe and a Whiting Award. Of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, George Saunders said: “A true cause for celelebration for those of us who feel that fiction exists to crack the world open again and inspire us with new love for it. Funny, fierce, verbally energetic, deeply compassionate — ZZ Packer is a wonderful new writer who somehow manages to indict the species and forgive it all at once.”