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Jeremiah Chamberlin is the Assistant Director of the English Department Writing Program at the University of Michigan, where he teaches English, Literature, and Creative Writing. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards from U-M, including the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition, the Lloyd Hall Instructor of the Year Award, the Ben Prize for Excellence in Teaching Writing, and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. In addition to his work at the University of Michigan, he is also a Contributing Editor for Poets & Writers Magazine. His fiction, criticism, literary interviews, and essays appear regularly in such places as The New York Times Book Review, Glimmer Train, Granta, Flyway, Vagabond, The Michigan Quarterly Review, LSA Magazine, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2014 Cengage will publish Creative Composition, a rhetoric and composition textbook that he co-authored with Natalie Bakopoulos and Eileen Pollack.
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Anne Stameshkin lives in Brooklyn. Her fiction has been published in the Chattahoochee Review and Nimrod, and her book reviews have appeared in Enfuse magazine. Anne holds an MFA (fiction) from the University of Michigan. She pays the bills as a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, most recently at Connecticut College. While in-house at McGraw-Hill, Anne edited a number of literature and composition texts and two craft books—Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola and The Sincerest Form: Writing Fiction by Imitation by Nicholas Delbanco, among other projects. She is currently at work on a novel. Some recently published collections she recommends include If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black, The Theory of Light and Matter by Andrew Porter, and Boys and Girls Like You and Me by Aryn Kyle.
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Brandon Bye has been a paperboy, a chef, a farm hand, a soccer coach, a barman, a fact-checker, and a freelance writer. He writes short fiction and non-fiction, and he is currently working on the pilot episode of the next big TV series, guaranteed to fill Facebook status updates across America. He grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in Michigan.
Leah Falk is from the great city of Pittsburgh. Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, The Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals. She’s a regular contributor to the book review at Pleiades, and has also written for Haaretz and Boston Review. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, where her essay about fictional re-writings of the life of Anne Frank won a Hopwood Award. In other lives she’s been a bookseller and an elementary school science teacher. Most recently kept up all night reading David Grossman’s To the End of the Land, Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? and Bonnie Jo Campbell’s Once Upon a River.
James Pinto is originally from Massachusetts but mostly grew up in New Jersey. He has earned his keep as a farmer, librarian, management consultant, construction worker, pie vendor, schoolteacher, photo archiver, softball coach, travel writer, and chauffeur. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and was a 2012-2013 Zell Fellow in fiction. He’d like to tell you just how wonderful Lonesome Dove is.
Rebecca Scherm grew up in Kentucky and now writes about it from afar. She has an MFA from the University of Michigan, and was a 2012-2013 Zell Fellow in fiction. Her stories have appeared in Subtropics and Pear Noir. Three books she always wants to talk about are Endless Love by Scott Spencer, Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton, and Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell.
Steven Wingate’s debut short story collection, Wifeshopping, won the Bakeless Prize in Fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2008. His prose poetry chapbook The Birth of Trigonometry in the Bones of Olduvai will be published by Finishing Line Press in November of 2013, and a second collection of prose poems, Thirty-One Octets: Incantations and Meditations, is forthcoming from WordTech Communications/CW Books in November of 2014. He is an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University, where he directs the Great Plain Writers Conference. Visit his author website at www.stevenwingate.com.
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Gina Balibrera is a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in prose at the University of Michigan, at work on a novel set in El Salvador and France in the 1930s. Originally from San Francisco, she’s lived in Tucson, Singapore, Bogotá, and now, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her writing has appeared in The Hairpin and Belletrist Coterie, and she blogs regularly for the Michigan Quarterly Review. Her favorite fictions are written near to the wild heart of life, and sometimes resemble poetry. She’s after Nabokov’s limpid light, Clarice Lispector’s weird topazes, Lorca’s duende, W. G. Sebald’s mazes, Shirley Hazzard’s celestial bodies, Anne Carson’s novel-in-verse volcanoes, and Steven Milhauser’s teeth.
Sheerah Tan Cole is a Zell fellow in fiction at the University of Michigan. She is originally from San Diego, California, and she has since lived in the west suburbs of Chicago and in the city of New York. She is Filipina and Jewish in descent.
Originally from Boston, Eric McDowell currently lives in Ann Arbor, where he is a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in fiction at the University of Michigan. He contributes regularly to the Michigan Quarterly Review blog and is working on a project set in 1940s Norway.
Claire Skinner is a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in poetry at the University of Michigan. She is originally from Virginia and now calls the Great North Woods of Michigan home. Her poems and prose musings have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Crab Creek Review, and other publications. She blogs regularly about poetry, feelings, and the writing life for Michigan Quarterly Review. Her favorite short story of all time is “What Was It Like, Seeing Chris” by Deborah Eisenberg
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Charlotte Boulay is a poet who adores fiction. She has an MFA from the University of Michigan, and now lives in Philadelphia. Her poems have appeared in Slate, Field, and the Boston Review, the Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse and other journals. She recommends reading anything by Kelly Link, and, not just for poets, Dan Chiasson’s latest collection Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon. She is also eagerly awaiting the sequels to many novels, among them Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies.
Celeste Ng grew up in Shaker Heights, OH, and has an MFA from the University of Michigan. Nowadays she lives in Cambridge, MA, where you’ll often find her at Darwin’s working on her current projects: her first novel and a collection of short stories. She also teaches fiction at Grub Street, a non-profit writing center in Boston, and blogs for the Huffington Post. Her stories and essays have appeared in various literary journals, including One Story, Crazyhorse, Alaska Quarterly Review, Apostrophecast, TriQuarterly, Subtropics, and the Kenyon Review Online, and she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. If you haven’t yet read them, Celeste highly recommends The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy; The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner; and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Visit her author website at celesteng.com.
Lee Thomas has called ten cities home in her life and still relishes getting to know a new place. She recently moved from San Francisco to New York, and is enjoying the reappearance of seasons. In her tenure at City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco she met authors on all stages of their book tours — from the idyllic beginning to the dusty end of the trail. Lee Thomas has reviewed books for the New York Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Yale Undergraduate Review of Books and the San Francisco Chronicle. Whatever John Banville writes, whatever alias he chooses, she reads, and will gladly discuss The Sea with anyone. The stories of John Cheever, Wells Tower, Shirley Hazzard, David Foster Wallace, Joshua Furst, and Bruno Schulz have had a profound influence on how she views swimming pools, carpentry, Italy, windowpanes, Boy Scout Camp, and life. In addition to her freelance work, Lee Thomas writes short fiction.
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Michael Rudin enjoyed his time in corporate America, working as a Brand Manager at the video game publisher Activision prior to leaving to pursue writing full time. He remains in Santa Monica, where he juggles paying the bills as a consultant and working on his own literary endeavors: short fiction, the impending novella “Lockbox Souls,” and a follow-up to his Hopwood Award winning novel. His essays and reviews have appeared here at Fiction Writers Review, as well as The Rumpus. He recommends three books: Lolita, Catch-22, and The Road; two games: Modern Warfare and Portal; and one comic: Y: The Last Man.
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Forrest Anderson’s stories have appeared most recently in BULL: Men’s Fiction, Blackbird, The Louisville Review, and The South Carolina Review, and his essays have appeared in The Southeast Review and Pembroke Magazine. A graduate of the doctoral creative writing program at Florida State University, where he worked for two years as an archivist and assistant for Robert Olen Butler, he also holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina. Currently, he lives in Salisbury, NC and is an assistant professor of English at Catawba College.
Mary Stewart Atwell is the author of Wild Girls (Scribner 2012). Her short fiction has appeared in journals including Epoch and Alaska Quarterly Review, and in the anthologies Best New American Voices and Best American Mystery Stories. She teaches creative writing at Cal Poly State University and is at work on her second novel, The Black Room.
Natalie Bakopoulos received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan, where she now teaches. Her short fiction has appeared in such places as Ninth Letter and Tin House, and her story “Fresco, Byzantine” was included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2010. Her first novel, The Green Shore, which takes place in Athens and Paris between 1967 and 1973, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2012. This winter, she will be a fellow at the Camargo Foundation, and this summer she will teach a workshop for the Aegean Arts Circle in Andros, Greece.
Joshua Bodwell is the executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. He also works as a freelance journalist and is a contributing editor of Art New England magazine. He and his partner, Tammy Ackerman, are the co-founders of the arts nonprofit Engine, as well as the co-creatives of the design studio, North40Creative. Joshua is a regular contributor to Poets & Writers magazine, for whom he has profiled authors such as John Casey and Richard Ford, and written on the fiction of Andre Dubus, among many other stories. His work as a newspaper reporter has garnered awards from the Maine and New England press associations. A recipient of the Maine Community Foundation’s Martin Dibner Fellowship for fiction, Joshua’s short stories have appeared in the Threepenny Review, Ambit (England), Northern New England Review, and Tears in the Fence (England). Joshua recommends two of the best books to come out of Maine in 2010: Father of the Rain by Lily King, and the poetry collection Lovers of the Lost by Wesley McNair; the best book of 2010 by a part-time Maine resident, Walks with Men by Ann Beattie; and for a bit of nonfiction from just down the road in Massachusetts, he recommends Andre Dubus III’s memoir, Townie.
J.T. Bushnell is working on a collection of stories and a novel. His stories and essays have appeared in Poets & Writers, the Mississippi Review, the South Carolina Review, the Greensboro Review, the Tusculum Review, Natural Bridge, Reed Magazine, Fogged Clarity, Bluestem, and Brevity. He earned his MFA from University of Oregon and now teaches writing and literature at Oregon State University. His recommendations are The Assistant by Bernard Malamud, The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff, and, if you’re a writer, Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor.
Erika Dreifus lives and writes in New York City, where she is a communications director at The City University of New York (CUNY). One of her favorite job responsibilities is maintenance of the Creative Writing at CUNY website. Erika’s first book of fiction, a short story collection titled Quiet Americans, was recently published (January 2011) by Last Light Studio Books. Her book’s publication finally motivated Erika to launch a website that attempts to organize her varied literary activities and interests, which, in addition to working on her own prose, poetry, and book reviews include maintaining two blogs, a newsletter, and a Twitter feed through which she shares writerly news and resources. Three books of fiction Erika was quick to place on her “favorites” shelf when she joined Goodreads are Ludwig Lewisohn’s The Island Within, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Romain Gary’s La vie devant soi, which Gary published as “Emile Ajar” and which has been translated as “Momo” and The Life Before Us (”Madame Rosa”).
Carolyn Gan is an event producer who has curated and produced events with authors and cultural figures for the New York Public Library, the Rubin Museum of Art, San Francisco’s City Arts & Lectures, and Canteen Magazine, among other organizations. She participated in the Reader’s Committee for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. She studied creative writing at the University of California, San Diego, with Quincy Troupe, Fanny Howe, and Eileen Myles, and her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various publications. Carolyn admires the quirky stories of Amy Hempel, Wells Tower, and Lorrie Moore, and the novels of Yannick Murphy, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Joan Didion. She lives in Los Angeles.
Travis Holland is the author of The Archivist’s Story (Dial Press), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. In 2007, The Archivist’s Story was listed among the best books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and the Financial Times, and was a Guardian Readers’ Pick. Travis is the winner of the 2008 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and has been nominated for the 2009 Impac Dublin prize. His stories have previously appeared in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Five Points, and The Quarterly. If pinned down, he would probably list among his favorite novels: J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow, and The Rings of Saturn, by W.G. Sebald. A list that might, on another day, depending on the weather, include three entirely different novels. He lives in Ann Arbor.
Tyler McMahon is author of the novel How the Mistakes Were Made (St. Martin’s Press, 2011). He lives in Honolulu and teaches at Hawaii Pacific University. Learn more about him at tylermcmahon.net.
Shawn Andrew Mitchell’s stories, essays, reviews, and interviews have been published in Poets & Writers, Fairy Tale Review, The Montreal Review, NANO Fiction, Glimmer Train’s Writers Ask, and elsewhere, as well as in the anthologies Hair Lit Volume One and Torpedo’s Greatest Hits. He’s the editor of the anthology Mine is Clouds: 16 Writers on the Life and Legacy of Richard Brautigan and co-editor of an anthology of buddy stories titled The Man Date: 15 Bromances. A recipient of an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he currently lives in Seongnam, South Korea, where he teaches English as a second language. He can be found online at shawnandrewmitchell.com.
Jackie Reitzes has published fiction in Iron Horse Literary Review and non-fiction in ESPN: The Magazine and The Minneapolis Star Tribune. A native ATLien, she received a BA in English from The University of Michigan and still dreams of returning to Wolverine country one day. After working at HarperCollins Publishers for two years, she migrated to Ithaca, NY for an MFA in Fiction from Cornell University. She currently lives in New York City. Desert-Island picks include Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson, The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard, Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman, and Self Help by Lorrie Moore.
Melissa Scholes Young was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s beloved hometown, and she teaches writing at American University in Washington, D.C. She is a recovering high school English teacher and spent a few years teaching in Brazil. She recently earned an MFA in fiction at Southern Illinois University where she served as an assistant editor for Crab Orchard Review. Her fiction and poetry has been published in Tampa Review, Word Riot, Cold Mountain Review, New Madrid, Yalobusha Review, and other literary journals, and she’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her favorite short story collections are Alice Munro’s The Love of a Good Woman, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, and Deborah Willis’s Vanishing. You can read more about her at her website.
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Olivia Postelli is an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, where she studies English. She was recently accepted into the Creative Writing Subconcentration at U-M, and is the recipient of an Avery and June Hopwood Award for Short Fiction.
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Marissa Perry lives in New York City, where she works as a web designer at American Express Publishing. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s MFA program, her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Glimmer Train. She is currently working on a novel.
Leslie Absher lives in Oakland, California but grew up moving around the U.S. and abroad. Her writing practice, which consists primarily of journaling and personal essays, has led her into a deep sense of compassion for herself and the world. An essay about how she found out her father worked for the CIA was published by the Los Angeles Times and a second father/daughter essay was published on Ms. Magazine’s blog. The experience of losing her mother to breast cancer when she was sixteen was also published by Ms. She recently traveled to Andros, Greece to study with Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler as part of the Aegean Arts Circle Workshops. The three books that have influenced her most are In the Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn, and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka.
Peggy Adler was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and received a B.S. from Northwestern University. Naturally, with a degree in Social Policy, she spent her twenties doing production, literary, and casting work in New York theatre. After receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, where she received an Avery Hopwood Award for Short Fiction, she remained in Ann Arbor to teach writing. She recently took a year off to research her novel, first by living in a tent in the Negev, without electricity under the desert sky, and later by studying water science at Ben Gurion University in Sde Boker. She is now back at the University of Michigan, where she recently received a Ben Prize for Excellence in Teaching Writing. Lately, Peggy is entrenched in nonfiction about the desert in the Middle East, including Daniel Hillel’s The Rivers of Eden, and Janet Wallach’s wonderful biography of Gertrude Bell, The Desert Queen. Less idiosyncratically, she just finished, and recommends, What Is the What by Dave Eggers, and has also recently re-read The History of Love, by Nichole Krauss, which continues to move and teach her. Additionally, she spends a lot of time lately with the Old Testament. She recommends it.
Emily Alford is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Florida State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Witness, Barely South, the McNeese Review, and Trigger.
Debra Allbery’s collection, Walking Distance, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh, and her latest volume, Fimbul-Winter (Four Way, 2010) was awarded the National Book Prize in Poetry from the Boston writers’ organization, Grub Street. New poems are forthcoming in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Kenyon Review. She lives near Asheville, NC, and is the Director of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Britta Ameel lives in San Francisco, where she watches the fog, writes poems sometimes about the fog, and wishes for a dog. She received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, and her poems have appeared in jubilat, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and New Orleans Review, among others.
Molly Antopol is a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where she currently teaches. She has an M.F.A. from Columbia, and her writing has appeared in One Story, American Short Fiction, The Mississippi Review Prize Stories, Nimrod’s Prize Stories, Croatia’s Zarez, and on NPR’s This American Life and New York Public Radio. She lives in San Francisco and is finishing up a collection of stories.
Neelanjana Banerjee is a writer and editor whose poetry and fiction have appeared in the Asian Pacific American Journal, Nimrod, A Room of One’s Own, Desilit, and the anthology Desilicious. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2007 and was a Hedgebrook Fellow in 2008. She has worked in mainstream, ethnic and independent media for the past ten years. Since 2003, she has helped young people tell their own stories at YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia. This fall, she will start as a teaching artist with the San Francisco WritersCorps. She previously was the Books and Literature editor for the Asian American magazine Hyphen and a co-editor of the forthcoming Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2010). She recommends Minal Hajratwala’s Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, Peter Orner’s The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and thinks everybody should read and re-read and re-read and re-read Junot Diaz’s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Anne Clinard Barnhill’s first novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press. Her previous books include At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister and Me (memoir, Jessica Kingsley Publisher, 2007) and What You Long For (short story collection, Main Street Rag, 2009). Ms. Barnhill holds an M.F.A. from UNC-Wilmington. Her stories have won awards and she is the recipient of several grants. Ms. Barnhill loves to read, play bridge, dance, play piano, and bake cookies with her grandchildren.
Brian Bartels was raised in the small town of Reedsburg, Wisconsin. He has been writing fiction, non-fiction, and plays ever since he discovered how fulfilling it was to sit and wonder about people and stories. His work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Pop Matters, Void Magazine, and New York stages. Last year he corralled two novellas; They Said Go To Rome, a fictional travel journal; and Very Few Things Will Destroy Me, a series of short stories on adversity. He is currently writing fiction and working on a new novel, July Reindeer. When Brian is not writing he’s working at Fedora in New York’s Greenwich Village, the restaurant he manages and co-owns with Gabriel Stulman. He is no longer friends with sleep. Visit his author website at www.brianbartels.com.
Laura Barthule is a freelance editor and writer working in the foothills of Colorado. Her days are spent improving the quality of first-year writing textbooks for a wide range of publishers, and her nights are spent painfully drafting her first novel. Laura is the former Books Editor of Enfuse Magazine, an online arts and culture publication based in Denver. Books are hugely important to her, and her list of favorites is in constant flux. Authors she’ll always read include Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, Paul Auster, Philip Roth, Kelly Link, and now, Martin Millar.
Nick Bascom was born in Kansas but grew up in Cincinnati. After a brief stint as a science writer, he entered the MFA program at Penn State University where he has been hard at work completing a collection of stories, The Lion with No Tongue and Other Tales, as well as a semi-autobiographical novel titled Take Me Back, Cincinnati. He looks to many authors for inspiration, but Dylan Thomas’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, George Saunders’s In Persuasion Nation, and Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree are the works he returns to most frequently to reinvigorate a tired pen.
Sean Beaudoin is the author of five novels, including the old school noir mystery You Killed Wesley Payne, the rude zombie opus The Infects, and the raw-throated punk band diary Wise Young Fool (Little, Brown). His stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Onion, Salon, Glimmer Train, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spirit—the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines. He is also a founding editor of the arts and culture website TheWeeklings.com, which is hands-down the best site on the Internet. Visit him online at seanbeaudoin.com.
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Tom Bennitt, received a BA from Bowdoin College, a JD from the Penn State-Dickinson School of Law, and his MFA in Fiction from the University of Mississippi, where he held a Grisham Fellowship and was Co-Editor of The Yalobusha Review. His short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Binnacle, Burnt Bridge, Fried Chicken and Coffee, Monongahela Review, River Walk Journal, Fiction Writers Review, and a short story forthcoming in The Texas Review. His honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize nomination, Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest, the Culver Short Fiction Prize, and a residency fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He currently lives with his wife and dog in Lincoln, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska.
Alyse Bensel is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Penn State. Her poetry has appeared in The Meadowland Review, and she is a contributor for Newpages. Her book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Los Angeles Review, CALYX, Coldfront, and Rain Taxi, among others. When not engaged in her teaching and studies, she teaches at non-profit art organizations and works for a share program at a local CSA.
Nico Berry lives in San Francisco. He spends a good percentage of his days making up stories and remixing nursery rhymes with his daughter. He has been working as a freelance graphic designer and visual artist since he left his position as Art Director of Thrasher skateboard magazine eight years ago. He’s published interviews with a wide range of wordsmiths—from lyricists like Snoop Dogg and De La Soul, to graffiti writers in Thailand. He’s currently working on writing and illustrating a series of children’s books. Three books he recommends for people of all sizes are Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, The Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware, and The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Visit his website at www.nicoberry.com.
Emily Besh is a graduate of the University of Memphis and resides in Eads, Tennessee with her family. She thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of participating in The Moss Workshop with Richard Bausch and is looking forward to implementing all that she learned. Other authors that have influenced her include Walker Percy, Flannery O’Connor, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Gitta Sereny.
William Boyle is from Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in Oxford, MS. His first novel, Gravesend, is forthcoming from Broken River Books. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Salon, L.A. Review of Books, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and other magazines and journals.
In the 1960s, Charles W. Brice was in a soul band in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and still has his Ludwig Oyster Pearl drum set with Zildjion symbols. He was a Ph.D. psychotherapist for thirty years and now is a recovering psychoanalyst who writes full time in Pittsburgh, Pa. His wife, Judy, is a psychiatrist and poet, and their son, Ari, is a ceramic artist. Since he’s been writing plays lately, he’s been reading lots of them. He Loved Neil Labute’s Reasons to be Pretty, and thought that Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman was the closest any contemporary playwright has come to Shakespeare. He also just finished a terrific literary thriller, The Odds, by Kathleen George, an education on how to get the reader to suspend disbelief.
Nina Buckless was born in Melrose, Massachusetts. She lives and writes in Ypsilanti, Michigan and is currently a Zell Fellow with the Helen Zell Writers Program where she recently received her MFA in Fiction. She is a veteran of Jim Krusoe’s ongoing writing workshop in Santa Monica, California. Her work has appeared in Tin House and Santa Monica Review. She is at work on a novel about an inventor who lives in the woods.
Aaron Burch’s debut collection, Backswing, is due from Queen’s Ferry Press in 2014. Burch is also the founder and editor of Hobart: Another Literary Journal, and an editor with Elizabeth Ellen of Short Flight/Long Drive Books. His novella How to Predict the Weather, was published by Keyhole Press in 2010. He is also the author of How to Take Yourself Apart, How to Make Yourself Anew, which won PANK’s First Chapbook Competition. Recent stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, New York Tyrant, Unsaid, elimae, and others
Michael Byers is the author of The Coast of Good Intentions, a book of stories, and two novels, Long for This World and Percival’s Planet. His first book was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other citations. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.
Jonathan Callahan’s first book, The Consummation of Dirk, was selected by judge Zachary Mason as the winner of Starcherone Press’s 8th Prize for Innovative Fiction and has just been released by Starcherone, an imprint of Dzanc. Callahan’s fiction has appeared in The Collagist, Pank, Unsaid, Witness, The Lifted Brow, Quarterly West, Keyhole, >Kill Author, Used Furniture Review, Western Humanities Review, Underwater New York, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. Essays on Kafka, Thomas Bernhard, Don DeLillo, Rick Moody, LeBron James, and David Foster Wallace can be found in The Collagist, Wag’s Revue, and here at Fiction Writers Review. He grew up in Honolulu, spent a few years in Japan, and currently lives in New York. He is actively seeking representation for his second book, Notes from a Burning Underground, a short novel in three parts. Email him at jonathancalla[at]gmail[dot]com.
Liam Callanan is the author of the novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints, and chairs the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more, visit liamcallanan.com. Three books he recommends are The Privileges, Jonathan Dee; Commuters, Emily Gray Tedrowe; and Sonata Mullatica, Rita Dove.
Ellen Prentiss Campbell, a writer and psychotherapist, lives with her husband near Washington, D.C. Her short fiction has appeared in journals including the Massachusetts Review and Iron Horse. Campbell holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is at work on a novel about Japanese prisoners of war.
Aaron J. Cance was born and raised in Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and an M.A. in British and American Literature from the University of Utah. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Katherine, and daughter, Viola Wren, where he teaches Composition and Advanced Composition as an adjunct and works full time at The King’s English Bookshop. Still searching for a publisher for his first novel, Walking the Dark Waters, he’s currently working on a second. Two poems from his latest chapbook, The Grassland Triptych, recently appeared in Southern Minnesota State University’s Bare Root Review. Among his favorite works are The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe, and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
Katherine Carlson’s work has appeared at Vol. 1 Brooklyn and onstage at Liar’s League. She was recently an Artist in Residence at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY. Originally from Michigan, she moved to New York City to work in publishing. After four years in the editorial departments of St. Martin’s Press and Viking, she moved to the other side of the desk to earn an MFA in Fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program. She now teaches in NYU’s Expository Writing Program and is wrapping up work on her first novel. She is also having a major George Saunders moment.
Brian Allen Carr lives with his wife and daughter on the Texas/Mexico border. His collections Short Bus and Vampire Conditions are currently available. His novella, Edie & the Low-Hung Hands, is coming soon. His stories appear in Annalemma, Boulevard, Fiction International, Hobart, Keyhole, Kitty Snacks, Texas Review and other publications. He was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Texas Observer Story Prize by Larry McMurtry. He teaches at South Texas College.
Leslie Clements recently graduated from Old Dominion University with a Master of Fine Arts in fiction. She currently works as an environmental educator at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia while she finishes a new batch of short stories. When she moves back to England in the fall, she’ll make sure to have books by Neil Gaiman to pass around.
Charles Conley is the 2011-2012 Second-Year Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He has also received fellowships from Teachers & Writers Collaborative and the Sozopol Fiction Seminars. His stories have appeared in Southern Review, Harvard Review, North American Review, and Gargoyle, and he received his MFA from the University of Minnesota. Recent novels he can confidently recommend for your reading pleasure are The House on Salt Hay Road by Carin Clevidence, The End by Salvatore Scibona, and The Cosmopolitans by Nadia Kalman.
Garrard Conley’s fiction can be found in Spork and The Madison Review. He is currently working on his MFA at UNC-Wilmington and is fiction editor of Absinthe: New European Literature. Last year he was a Sozopol Fiction Seminar Fellow in Bulgaria. He is hard at work on his first book.
Eugene Cross is the author of the short story collection “Fires of Our Choosing,” which was long listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania and received an MFA from The University of Pittsburgh. His stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine, American Short Fiction, Story Quarterly,TriQuarterly, and Callaloo, among other publications. His work was also listed among the 2010 Best American Short Stories’ 100 Distinguished Stories. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as a fellowship from the 2012 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He currently lives in Chicago where he teaches fiction at Northwestern and Columbia College Chicago. He can be found online at eugenecross.com
T.L. Crum was born and raised on a dairy farm in Southern California, less than a mile from a maximum security prison. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Southern California Review, Short Story America, and Fringe Magazine, among others. Despite her loathing for the heat, she’s chosen to pursue her MFA in fiction at California State University, Fresno, where she works as an assistant editor for The Normal School, and co-edits the San Joaquin Review. Currently revising her first novel, she is anxious to get started on her second. Some of the books she’s recently turned to for inspiration include: Andre Dubus’s In the Bedroom, Richard Russo’s Empire Falls, and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina. When weather permits, she and her husband can be found chasing their indefatigable three year-old around the park.
M. Allen Cunningham is the author of Date of Disappearance, a short story collection recently released in illustrated limited edition by Atelier26 Books. His novels are Lost Son (2007), about the poet Rilke, and The Green Age of Asher Witherow (2004), a #1 Book Sense Pick. Cunningham’s short stories which have appeared in such places as The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other distinguished literary magazines, and have been featured in live performance by the New Short Fiction Series of Beverly Hills. Visit his website at www.mallencunningham.com.
Cathy Day has been teaching undergraduate and graduate fiction workshops for almost 20 years, most recently at Ball State University. She’s the author of The Circus in Winter (2004) which was a finalist for the Story Prize, and Comeback Season (2008). Her work has appeared most recently in Ninth Letter, Freight Stories, North American Review, and Sports Illustrated.com. Her essay, “The Story Problem: 10 Thoughts on Academia’s Novel Crisis” appeared recently in The Millions. She writes about novel writing (and teaching novel writing) at her blog, The Big Thing. Three books she recommends to FWR’s readers are David Huddle’s The Writing Habit, Carolyn See’s Making a Literary Life, and Brenda Ueland’s If You Want To Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit. Visit her website at cathyday.com.
T. M. De Vos received an MFA in 2004 from New York University and a Hopwood Award in 1999 from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in Washington Square, Small Spiral Notebook, Yuan Yang: A Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing, Pebble Lake Review, Global City Review, Dark Sky Magazine, Alimentum: The Literature of Food, the Pedestal Magazine, the Saint Ann’s Review, Ars Medica, the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, HOBART, the Douglas Post, Bosphorus Art Project Quarterly, Sakura Review, and Dossier Journal. She has taught at the University of Michigan and New York University. Her favorite books of all time are Immortality by Milan Kundera and Cosmicomics and t zero by Italo Calvino. Some more recently published books she recommends include Aleksandar Hemon’s The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and Love and Obstacles, How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone by Saša Stanišić, and New European Poets, edited by Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer.
Margaret Lazarus Dean is the author of The Time It Takes to Fall (Simon & Schuster, 2007). She teaches writing at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville. She wishes she had been the one to write Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, and Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson, but sadly, others got to them first. Visit her website at margaretlazarusdean.com.
Denise Delgado is a Miami-based writer, curator, and artist. Her fiction has been broadcast on NPR station WLRN and has appeared in Inch, Dossier, the Cent Journal Series, the Selected Collective: Poetry, Prose and Projects from the Miami Poetry Collective, Jai-Alai Magazine, the monograph for Frances Trombly: Paintings, and Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Florida Flash. Her arts practice includes teaching, residencies, and community projects with arts organizations, libraries, schools, community centers, prisons, and museums throughout South Florida. She received an MA in Media Studies from The New School and an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College. Denise teaches writing at Miami-Dade College, works as curatorial consultant for the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Vasari Project Archive, and is Writer-in-Residence for Girls’ Club Collection, an exhibition space and private foundation dedicated to contemporary art by women. She is currently working on A Wig in the Duplex, a collection of short stories set in Florida. Three books she recommends to people she loves are The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño, Daybook by Anne Truitt, and The Time of the Doves by Mercé Rodoreda.
Alison Espach received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches fiction and creative non-fiction. She is the Fiction Editor of Arch. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, the Del Sol Review, and Sentence. She is many coffees away from finishing her first novel. She highly recommends the three short-story collections Do the Windows Open? by Julie Hecht, Where Europe Begins by Yoko Tawada, and In A Bear’s Eye by Yannick Murphy.
Brad Felver’s fiction and essays have recently appeared in the Beloit Fiction Journal, the Minnesota Review, Ascent, and Atticus Review among other places. He lives with his wife in northern Ohio, where he teaches at Bowling Green State University.
Lydia Fitzpatrick is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan. She’s been published in Opium magazine, was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s May 2009 Short Story Award for New Writers, and the 3rd-place winner of Glimmer Train’s September 2009 Fiction Open. If she could enlist Doc Brown and take the DeLorean back in time to write three books, they would be: The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford, The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico, and East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
Tori Fullard is an avid reader, a prolific blogger, and a somewhat less-than-prolific novel-in-progress writer. At A Blog of One’s Own, she writes a daily mix of book, theater, and film reviews; political commentary; and personal musings. Tori loves theater and tries to see it all—Broadway and off Broadway, musicals and straight plays. She is a survivor of book publishing but now toils in a university’s marketing and communications department. As an internet dating survivor, she knows the perils of naming favorite books and authors. She confesses to making snap judgments about men who listed The DaVinci Code as a favorite book. Submitting to your judgment, she recommends authors Michael Chabon, Kent Haruf, and Sarah Waters. Tori also has a not-so-secret love for academic dysfunction novels like Straight Man, Wonder Boys, The Secret History, and Special Topics in Calamity Physics. But the book she has re-read more times than any other is the lesser-known A Season of Migration to the North; she first encountered it in a class called, wonderfully, “Love, Hate, and Sexual Desire under Colonialism.” Things so good they must be books in disguise include The Wire, the final episode of Six Feet Under, Robin Sparkles, the genius combination of chocolate and peanut butter, and lip balm.
Beth Garland has an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte, NC and is a former Technical Writer, but her heart belongs to fiction. She has written articles on military marriage for Examiner.com and in September 2010, attended the War, Literature, and the Arts conference at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where she read an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, What Separates Us. She currently stays very busy living in Surf City, NC with her husband, two daughters, and son. Three of her favorite books are For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
Gwen Glazer recently moved to Ithaca, NY, to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science and start a job that involves two of her favorite things: writing and librarians. She has one unpublished manuscript called “Down Home” and one novel-in-progress called “that new one about summer camp.” Gwen wrote a books column for a local newspaper for seven years, and her journalism-related work has appeared in Washingtonian magazine, National Journal, MSNBC.com and several other publications. Three books she recommends to other writers are Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride, Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls trilogy and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. She also feels compelled to reflect upon subconscious lessons about character development—but not proper hyphenation or apostrophe usage—gleaned from Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club books. (Did she just admit that? Oh yes she did.) Gwen enjoys patting other people’s dogs, mucking about in her new garden and writing about herself in third person.
Lee Goldberg teaches Literature and Composition at LaGuardia Community College. He has an MFA from New School University and hosts a monthly reading series called The Guerrilla Lit Fiction Series. Check it out. Right now he is finishing his first novel, Eating the Sun. He is a Native New Yorker and dreams of writing a book that reviews all the best pizza in the five boroughs. Some of his favorite books are F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby like everyone probably says, along with Demian by Hermann Hesse, The Razor’s Edge by W. Sommerset Maugham, Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson, and anything by Hemingway or John Irving.
Philip Graham is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel How to Read an Unwritten Language, and the travel essays The Moon, Come to Earth. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Washington Post Magazine, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere, and his most recent book is Braided Worlds, a memoir of Africa. He teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. A Co-founder of Ninth Letter, Graham has served as both the fiction and nonfiction editor. Visit his author Website: philipgraham.net
Lauren Hall is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer. She is a columnist at Bookish and a contributor to Fiction Writers Review and Metropolis Philadelphia. Her prose poetry is forthcoming in NANO Fiction. A graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, she is currently at work on a collection of prose poetry. Please visit her at laurenhallwriting.com.
Sharon Harrigan’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slice, Pearl, Mid-American Quarterly, the Rumpus, the Nervous Breakdown, Rain Taxi, Apercu Quarterly, and Hip Mama. She has a B.A. in English from Columbia University and is an MFA candidate in fiction at Pacific University.
Christine Hartzler is the wife of a physicist and mother of a chaos engine nearing his third birthday. She has an MFA from the University of Michigan. The advent of parenthood put some of her ambitions on hold–she still hasn’t finished Final Fantasy XIII-2–but due to the miracle of occasional daycare, she continues to freelance for Oxford University Press, write essays and poems, blog her photographs, and garden every inch of her land in West Seattle. Her first essay for FWR, “Games Are Not About Monsters,” was selected for inclusion in Dzanc’s Best of the Web 2010 and has been most recently collected in Creative Composition, edited by Eileen Pollack, Jeremiah Chamberlin, and Natalie Bakopoulos.
Jesse Hassenger grew up in Saratoga, NY, and currently lives in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in, on, and around PopMatters, Dirt, PulpLit, Pindelyboz, the L Magazine, and Filmcritic.com. He enjoys many things, including pie.
Tim Hedges holds degrees from Cornell University, Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan, where he is currently a Lecturer. His fiction has appeared in Sycamore Review, Harpur Palate, The Summerset Review, Soundings East, and Cicada. A native of Ohio, he taught high school English near Boston just long enough to see the Celtics win a world championship, the Red Sox win two, and the Patriots win three. He does not like any of those teams. He now lives near Detroit with his wife and son. Three books that may or may not have made him cry are Love of Seven Dolls by Paul Gallico, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
Sara Henkin grew up in Arlington, Virginia and now lives in London. Her writing has appeared on artnet.com and PANK, as well as in Shofar, the Charles River Review, and the Wall Street Journal Europe (via breakingviews). Some of her recent recommendations include How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer, Miss Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg, and Book of Clouds by Chloe Aridjis.