Thomas Sayers Ellis
Thomas Sayers Ellis’s first full-length collection, The Maverick Room, won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. He is also the author of a chapbook The Genuine Negro Hero and the chaplet Song On. Ellis, whose poems have appeared in magazines such as AGNI, Grand Street, Harvard Review, Tin House, and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, serves as a contributing editor to Callaloo and a consulting editor to A Public Space.
Anne Marie Macari
Anne Marie Macari’s third book, She Heads Into The Wilderness, was published in 2008. In 2000 she won the APR/Honickman first book prize for Ivory Cradle, chosen by Robert Creeley. She is also the author of Gloryland. In 2005 Macari won the James Dickey Prize from Five Points Magazineand her poems have appeared in numerous other magazines such asThe Iowa Review, The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and Field.
John Biguenet is the author of The Torturer’s Apprentice: Stories and Oyster, a novel. His stories have appeared in such magazines as Granta, Esquire, Playboy, Story, andZoetrope and been presented in “Selected Shorts” at Symphony Space on Broadway. He is the author of three plays,Wundmale, The Vulgar Soul, and Rising Water, which won the National New Play Network Commission Award. He was awarded a 2007 Marquette Fellowship for the writing of Night Train, which he then developed on a Studio Attachment at the National Theatre in London. His play, Shotgun, premiered at Southern Rep Theatre in 2009. An O. Henry Award winner for his short fiction and a New York Times guest columnist, he is the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Sam Lipsyte is the author of Venus Drive, The Subject Steve and Home Land, a New York Times Notable Book of 2005 and winner of the Believer Book Award. His writing has appeared in Bookforum, N+1, McSweeney’s,Tin House, NOON, The Quarterly, Esquire, GQ and Playboy, among other places. He is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. His latest novel, The Ask, was published in 2010.
Meg Wolitzer’s novels include The Wife; The Position; The Ten-Year Nap; and The Uncoupling, which will be published by Riverhead in April. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop; the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd St. Y in New York City; Skidmore College; and in the MFA writing program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Currently she teaches at Barnard College. Wolitzer’s fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, and The Pushcart Prize.
Victor LaValle has published three books, Slapboxing with Jesus: Stories, The Ecstatic, and Big Machine, and has contributed essays to periodicals such as Nerve, theFader, Essence, and GQ. His stories have been included in many anthologies, including Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, Sometimes Rhythm, Sometimes Blues, andScoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. Among numerous awards, he has received the Breadloaf Writer’s Fellowship, PEN/Open Book Beyond Margins Award, and Whiting Writer’s Award, and has been a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award and PEN/Faulkner Award.
Monica Ferrell is the author of a novel, The Answer is Always Yes, and a collection of poems, Beasts for the Chase, selected by Jane Hirshfield for the 2007 Kathryn A Morton Poetry Prize. A former “Discovery”/The Nation prizewinner and Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, the Boston Review, Fence, the New York Review of Books, and other magazines and anthologies.
Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collectionsMatadora and Delivered. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review,Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She is co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization that promotes Asian American poetry.
After working for six years at the prestigious New York literary agency Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Julie Barer left to start her own agency, Barer Literary. Julie represents a wide range of fiction writers who publish across the literary spectrum. She also represents a variety of nonfiction clients whose specialties include biography, memoir, narrative nonfiction, history, and popular culture.
Kathy Pories earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught in the English Department at UNC and at Elon University before joining Algonquin in 1995, where she rose through the ranks to become Senior Editor. Some of her books include Hillary Jordan’s bestselling Mudbound and the New Stories from the South series.
Ben Schrank is President and Publisher of Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. He has written two novels for adults, Miracle Man and Consent, as well as the Insiders series for young adults. He has also written for the Financial Times, The New York Observer, Vogue, O, andSeventeen, where he was the voice behind the fictional column “Ben’s Life.”
Owen King is the author of We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories, and co-editor (with John McNally) of the fiction anthology Who Can Save Us Now? His writing has appeared in the Bellingham Review, The Boston Globe, One Story, Paste Magazine, and Subtropics, among other publications.
Veronica Chambers is the author of several books, including Kickboxing Geishas, When Did You Stop Loving Me (aka Miss Black America), Having It All?, andMama’s Girl. Her writing has appeared in many magazines, including Glamour, Vogue, Esquire, New York Times Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine.