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Beth Bachmann:  Bachmann, whose book, Temper, won of the 2008 AWP Donald Hall Prize, received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2010 and the Poetry Society of America’s 2011 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award for a manuscript in progress. That manuscript became her second book, Do Not Rise. Her poems have appeared in such journals as the American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and Southern Review, and have been anthologized in Alice Redux and Best New Poets 2005 & 2007. Her honors include the American Poet Prize, sponsored by The American Poetry Journal, and fellowships and scholarships from the Tennessee Arts Commission, Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. She has served as book review editor for The Southern Review.

Piyali Bhattacharya is the editor of the volume Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Aunt Lute Books, 2016), which was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and several other publications. She is currently at work on a novel, an excerpt from which won the 2015 Peter Straub Award for Fiction.



Joy Castro: Born in Miami, raised in England and West Virginia, and educated in Texas, Joy Castro is the award-winning author of two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans, two memoirs, and a collection of short fiction. Editor of the anthology Family Trouble, she lives and works in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she is Professor and Director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska.


Kate Daniels:  Daniels has published four volumes of poetry–The White Wave, The Niobe Poems, Four Testimonies, and, in 2010, A Walk in Victoria’s Secret. The White Wave received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry. Among her honors are a fellowship from what is now known as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the James Dickey Prize for Poetry, the Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry, and the 2011 Hanes Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her poems, which have been anthologized in a number of publications, have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, Critical Quarterly, and the Southern Review.   She has also edited a volume of poems by Muriel Rukeyser and co-edited the book Of Solitude and Silence: Writings on Robert Bly.  She is Director of the Creative Writing Program.


Tony Earley:  Earley has written four books: two novels, Jim the Boy and The Blue Star, two short story collections, Mr. Tall and Here We Are in Paradise, and a collection of personal essays, Somehow Form a Family.  His work has appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire and The Oxford American, and has been anthologized many times in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South.  Named by Granta as one of the twenty best young American novelists in 1997, and by the The New Yorker as one of twenty writers to watch in the twenty-first century in 1999, Earley has won a National Magazine Award for his short story “The Prophet from Jupiter” and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.  He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.


Rick Hilles: Hilles is the author of Brother Salvage (winner of the 2005 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and also named 2006 Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine) and A Map of the Lost World (February 2012), listed as a “Top Pick” on Library Journal’s website; both books published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Among his honors are a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, and fellowships from the Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France), the Stegner Program at Stanford, and the Institute for Creative Writing at U.W.—Madison. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Nation, and The New Republic.


Mark Jarman:  Jarman has published ten volumes of poetry, including Iris (a book-length poem), Questions for Ecclesiastes, To the Green Man, and Epistles (a collection of prose poems). His new and selected poems, Bone Fires, was published in 2011 and won the 2011 Balcones Prize for poetry.  Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lenore Marshall/Nation Prize of the Academy of American Poets, and The Poets’ Prize.  His poems have appeared in journals such as the American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly.   He is also the author of two collections of essays: The Secret of Poetry and Body and Soul: Essays on Poetry.


Lorraine M. López: López is the author of six books of fiction and editor/coeditor of three essay collections.  Her short story collection, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories, won the inaugural Miguel Marmól prize for fiction.  Her second book, Call Me Henri, was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature.   More recently published novels are The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters (a Borders/Las Comadres Selection), The Realm of Hungry Spirits, and The Darling. López’s short story collection, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories won the Texas League of Writers Award for Outstanding Book of Fiction. Her edited collections are An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor or Working-Class Roots; The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity (co-edited with Blas Falconer); and Rituals of Movement in the Writings of Judith Ortiz Cofer (co-edited with Margaret Crumpton Winter).  An associate editor for The Afro-Hispanic Review, López is co-founder and Associate Director of Vanderbilt’s Latino and Latina Studies Program.


Lorrie Moore: Moore is the author of five collections of short stories, Self Help, Like Life, Birds of America, The Collected Stories, and Bark; three novels, Anagrams, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, and A Gate at the Stairs; and a children’s novel, The Forgotten Helper. She has won the O. Henry Award, The Irish Times International Fiction Price, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud award for short fiction.  Her reviews and essays have appeared in such publications as the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Yale Review, and The Atlantic.  She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006.


Justin Quarry: Quarry’s fiction has appeared in a number of publications, including TriQuarterlyThe Southern ReviewNew England ReviewAlaska Quarterly Review, and The Normal School, which awarded him its Normal Prize in Fiction.  He also has received the Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council, and a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, among other honors.  He is Program Coordinator of Undergraduate Creative Writing.



Nancy Reisman: Reisman is the author of the novel The First Desire, a NY Times notable book and winner of the Goldberg prize from the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and of the story collection House Fires, which received the 1999 Iowa Short Fiction Award.  Her stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies, among them Tin House, SubTropics, Glimmer Train, Five Points, Best American Short Stories, O’Henry Award Stories, and Jewish in  America.  She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Sandy Solomon:  Solomon’s collection of poetry, Pears, Lake, Sun, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett award.  Her poems have appeared in such journals as The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and Partisan Review. Garrison Keillor has featured a poem on his radio program, The Writer’s Almanac, and several poems have been included in anthologies, including Women’s Work:  Modern Women Poets Writing in English and Orpheus and Company:  Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology. Among her honors are fellowships from what is now known as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and from Bread Loaf. She is Associate Director of the Creative Writing Program.