Adam Braver is the author of six novels (MR. LINCOLN'S WARS, DIVINE SARAH, CROWS OVER THE WHEATFIELD, NOVEMBER 22, 1963, MISFIT, and THE DISAPPEARED). His books have been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers program, Borders' Original Voices series, the IndieNext list, and twice for the Book Sense list, as well as having been translated into Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and French. Braver's fiction and essays have appeared in journals such as Daedalus, Ontario Review, Cimarron Review, Water-Stone Review, Harvard Review, Tin House, The Normal School, West Branch, The Pinch, and Post Road. Additionally, Braver is editor for the BROKEN SILENCE series for the University of New Orleans Press, a series that tells the firsthand stories of political dissidents. He is on faculty and author-in-residence at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. He also teaches at the New York State Summer Writers Institute.
Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Guardian. He teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers University and Marymount Manhattan College and is a book critic for Guernica Magazine. Adam has received writing fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Wildacres, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He is a graduate of NYU's MFA Program, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. Adam's graphic novel, OLIVIA TWIST, was published by Dark Horse in 2019.
Bryan Hurt is the author of two books, Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France and Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest. His essays and short stories have appeared in many publications, and his work has been translated into multiple languages.
Cat Powell's short fiction has appeared in The South Dakota Review, The Missouri Review, and New Contrast. Her story "Manifold Northeast Life and Trust" won The Missouri Review's Peden Prize for best story in a volume year. She grew up in Boston and has since lived in Cape Town, South Africa, and Syracuse, New York. She completed an MFA at Columbia University and now lives in Brooklyn with her dog. She is working on her first novel and is represented by Janklow and Nesbit.
David Leo Rice
David Leo Rice is a writer and animator living in New York City. He's also the author of the novels A Room in Dodge City, The PornME Trinity, and Angel House, one of Dennis Cooper's favorite books of 2019. David's debut short-story collection, Drifter, is forthcoming in mid-2021.
Efrén Ordóñez, trans. by Robin Myers
Efrén Ordóñez is a writer from Monterrey, México. He is the author of Humo (NitroPress, 2017), a novel which was awarded the Nuevo Leon Prize in Literature in 2014 and published under the title Ruinas (CONARTE/Conaculta 2015). He also wrote the short story collection, Gris infierno (An.alfa.beta 2014), and the children’s book, Tlacuache: Historia de una cola (FCAS 2015). In 2017, he created Argonáutica, a literary translation press, alongside Marco Antonio Alcalá, for which he translated the short story collection, Melville’s Beard || Las barbas de Melville, by Mark Haber. In 2020, he and Alcalá are launching Red Velvet Goat (RVG), a more ambitious publishing project that will encompass a broader selection of books. He is currently living in New York City and finishing his second novel, Productos desechables (Disposable products)—which he started writing with a grant from the Young Creator’s Program in Mexico—and the collection of fictional biographies titled La maestría del fracaso, with a grant from CONARTE in the state of Nuevo León, México.
Robin Myers is the translator of, recently, The Restless Dead by Cristina Rivera Garza, Cars on Fire by Mónica Ramón Ríos, and Animals at the End of the World by Gloria Susana Esquivel; forthcoming translations include books by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Tedi López Mills, Leonardo Teja, and Daniel Lipara. Other work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, The Common, the Harvard Review, Two Lines, Waxwing, World Literature Today, Asymptote, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She was among the winners of the 2019 Poems in Translation Contest (Words Without Borders / Academy of American Poets).
Gabino Iglesias is a writer, professor, book reviewer, editor, and translator living in Austin, TX. He is the author of Zero Saints and Coyote Songs and the editor of Both Sides. His work has been translated into five languages, optioned for film, nominated to the Bram Stoker Award and the Locus Award. and won the Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel in 2019. His reviews appear regularly in places like NPR, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the San Francisco Chronicle, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Criminal Element, Mystery Tribune, and other venues. He's been a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards twice, the Newfound Prose Prize, the Splatterpunk Awards, and PANK Magazine's Big Book Contest. He teaches creative writing at SNHU's online MFA program and runs a series of low-cost writing workshops.
Hannah Lillith Assadi
Hannah Lillith Assadi is the author of the novel, Sonora, a 2018 National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Honoree.
Hina Ahmed is a writer from Binghamton, New York. She has a BA in history and MA in education from Binghamton University. In the past, she has been a History and English teacher and a yoga instructor. Along with short stories, she enjoys writing political essays and poetry. You can read some of her work in Archer Magazine, Adelaide Literary Magazine, FemAsia Magazine, Turkish Literature and Art, Re Journal, Anthology: Taboos and Transgressions, Red Hen Press: New Moon Anthology, NYU’s Aftab Literary Journal, East Lit Journal, among others. Her debut novel, The Dance of the Firefly is forthcoming.
Karen Salyer McElmurray
Karen Salyer McElmurray writes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her memoir, Surrendered Child, won the AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction and was listed as a “notable book” by the National Book Critics Circle. She is also the author of Motel of the Stars, Editor's Pick from Oxford American, and a Lit Life Book of the Year. Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven (University of Georgia Press), a novel that won the Lillie Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing and, most recently, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, co-edited with Adrian Blevins, from Ohio University Press. Her essays have won the Annie Dillard Prize, the New Southerner Prize, the Orison Magazine Anthology Award and have several times been Notable in Best American Essays. A collection of her essays is forthcoming from Iris Books. Her newest book, a novel called Wanting Radiance, will be released in April 2020 from University Press of Kentucky.
Laura Hope-Gill directs the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative, Lenoir-Rhyne University's graduate writing program, in Asheville, North Carolina. Her courses include the Narrative Healthcare Certificate Program in which she works with surgeons and physicians and other practitioners using fiction and poetry to support healing from moral injury and to deepen care-providing skills. She founded and directs Asheville Wordfest, a community-building festival centered around poetry and devoted to unifying her racially divided city. The festival received the first Harland Gradin Award for Public Humanites Program from North Carolina Humanities Council. A North Carolina Arts Fellow for her writings on deafness, she has received awards for her work in architectural history (Look Up Asheville 1 and 2, Grateful Steps Press, 2011 and 2012) and her poetry (The Soul Tree, Grateful Steps, 2009). Her forthcoming memoir, The Deaf Sea Scrolls, will be published by Pisgah Press in October 2020. Her poems, stories, and essays appear in Parabola, Fugue, North Carolina Literary Review, Cincinnati Review, and other beautiful journals. She lives in Asheville with her child.
Mairead Case (maireadcase.com) is a lecturer, writer, and editor in Denver. She teaches at Naropa University, GALS Denver, and the Denver Women's Jail. Mairead wrote See You In the Morning, and earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Denver. She publishes widely, and has been a Legal Observer with the NLG for over a decade.
Natanya Ann Pulley is a Diné writer and her clans are Kinyaa’áani (Towering House People) and Táchii’nii (Red Running into Water People). She’s published in Waxwing, Monkeybicycle, Entropy, and The Offing (among others). Natanya is the founding editor of Hairstreak Butterfly Review and teaches texts by Native American writers, Fiction Writing, and Experimental Forms at Colorado College. Her debut story collection With Teeth was published by New Rivers Press (Oct. 2019) and her writing can be found at natanyapulley.com.
Ravi Howard is the author of two books of fiction, Like, Trees, Walking and Driving the King. In addition to being selected as a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, Like, Trees, Walking won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. He has received fellowships and awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the Hurston-Wright Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in Salon, The New York Times, Atlanta, and Gravy, and he has recorded commentary and fiction for NPR’s All Things Considered and Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Thacker Mountain Radio. He has taught creative writing with the Hurston-Wright Foundation, Kimbilio, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He currently lives in Florida.