Rick Barot: Rick Barot has published two volumes of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002) and Want (2008). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, The MacDowell Colony, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in Poetry. He teaches in the English Department at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington; he is also on the faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Danielle Evans: Danielle Evans is the author of the short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Her work has appeared in magazines including The Paris Review, A Public Space, and Callaloo, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2010, and in New Stories from the South 2010. She teaches creative writing and literature at American University in Washington DC.
Matt Hart: Matt Hart is the author of the poetry collections Who’s Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and Wolf Face (H_NGM_N BKS, 2010). A third full length collection, LIGHT-HEADED, will be published in the spring of 2011 by BlazeVOX. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Benjamin Percy: Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon (forthcoming from Grand Central/Hachette) and The Wilding, as well as two books of short stories. His fiction and nonfiction appear in Esquire, Outside, Men’s Journal, the Wall Street Journal, the Paris Review, Tin House, and many other publications. His honors include the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Plimpton Prize and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. He teaches in the MFA program at Iowa State University and the low-res MFA program at Pacific University.
Cynthia Phoel: Cynthia Phoel’s linked short story collection, Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories, was published by SMU Press in 2010. A graduate of Cornell University and Warren Wilson College, her stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, and other journals.
John Pipkin: John Pipkin is the author of Woodsburner (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2009), a historical novel about a little-known forest fire accidentally started by Henry David Thoreau in 1844, one year before he built his cabin at Walden Pond. Woodsburner won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize in 2009, the Massachusetts Center for the Book Fiction Prize 2010, and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven F. Turner First Novel Award for 2010. John teaches in Spalding University’s Brief-Residency MFA Program in Louisville, KY. He is currently the Dobie-Paisano Fellow at the University of Texas and the Writer-in-Residence at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. He lives in Austin with his wife and son.
Rosalyn Story: Rosalyn Story, a journalist, author and professional classical violinist, divides her time between performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and writing fiction and non-fiction. Her articles on African Americans in the arts have appeared in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Essence, and Opera News magazine. Her books include And So I Sing: African American Divas of Opera and Concert (a comprehensive history of black women in opera), and two novels, More Than You Know and Wading Home. She lives in Dallas, TX.
C. Dale Young: C. Dale Young is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent book Torn was published by Four Way Books this Spring. He practices medicine full-time, edits poetry for the New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.