Laura Cronk is the author of a book of poems, Having Been an Accomplice, which won the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky prize from Persea Books. Her work has appeared in journals and websites such as Barrow Street, Conduit, Ecotone, RealPoetik, and WSQ and in the anthologies The Best American Poetry (2006, 2008), Best American Erotic Poems, and The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel. She is an Associate Director of the Writing Program at The New School, where she coordinates the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy. For many years she curated the Monday Night Poetry Series at KGB Bar in Manhattan.
Aracelis Girmay is assistant professor of poetry at Hampshire College. She received her B.A. in documentary studies from Connecticut College and an M.F.A. in poetry from New York University. She has received grants and fellowships in support of her projects from the NEA, Civitella Ranieri, the Jerome Foundation, the Watson Foundation, and the Cave Canem Foundation, among other programs. She is the author/illustrator of the collage-based picture book changing, changing, which was published by George Braziller in 2005. She has also written two books of poems: Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007) and Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011). Before joining Hampshire's faculty, Girmay taught community writing workshops with young people for several years, at which time she worked with the ACTION Project, a teen arts and social justice program in the Bronx.
Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, honored by the APALA, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. She is the co-founder of much-loved Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, where she spent 13 years bringing literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to the city’s sweetest stage. Her recent writing and short stories have appeared in Guernica, Vogue, the Telegraph, and Bookanista, and earlier work has appeared in various magazines (RED, Redbook, i-D, Metropolis, STEP), books (Footnotes with Kenneth Cole; Simon & Schuster; Adios Barbie, Seal Press), on television (VH-1′s Pop-Up Video), and across the web. She has appeared on national and local television and radio, and has taught writing to students of all ages in New York, New Mexico, and Barcelona. She currently teaches fiction at NYU.
Madge McKeithen has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, and is the author of Blue Peninsula: Essential Words for a Life of Loss and Change. Her writing has been published in TriQuarterly, Utne Reader, Lost and Found: Stories from New York, The New York Times Book Review, and Best American Essays 2011. She currently teaches nonfiction online at the New School and all genres in person at St. Andrews University in North Carolina.
Sharon Mesmer, MFA, Brooklyn College, is a Fulbright Specialist. She is the recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships and a MacArthur Scholarship (through Brooklyn College) and a co-recipient of a Jerome Foundation/SASE grant. Publications include Greetings from My Girlie Leisure Place, Annoying
Diabetic Bitch, The Virgin Formica, Ma Vie a Yonago, In Ordinary Time, and The Empty Quarter; poems in the Norton Anthology of
Postmodern American Poetry; prose in I'll Drown My Book:
Conceptual Writing by Women; and essays and articles in the Paris Review, the Brooklyn Rail, and American Poetry
Review. A novel, The Starry Dynamos, is forthcoming.
Jessie Sholl is the author of Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding and co-editor of the literary travel anthology Travelers' Tales: Prague and the Czech Republic. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, Redbook, Other Voices, Ladies' Home Journal, and other media outlets. She has taught writing at NYU, the University of Minnesota, and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She holds an MFA from The New School, where she currently teaches fiction and nonfiction writing.
Jenny Zhang is the author of the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books), the nonfiction chapbook Hags (Guillotine), and The Selected Jenny Zhang, an e-book from Emily Books. She's a 2016 National Magazine Award finalist,
and her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published or are forthcoming from New York, Racked, buzzfeed.com, Poetry, Rookie, The Hairpin, Dazed and Confused Magazine, jezebel.com, The Guardian, the Iowa Review, and Glimmertrain. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her forthcoming collection of short stories will be published by Random House in fall 2017.
Andrew Zornoza has a BA from Princeton University. He is the author of the novel Where I Stay. His short fiction and essays have appeared in BOMB, the Poetry Foundation, Gastronomica, Sleepingfish, CapGun, and many other outlets. He has taught at Gotham Writers' Workshop and in Parsons' Design and Technology MFA program. Born in Houston, Texas, he currently works out of New York City.
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