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MARK BRAZAITIS is the author of four books of fiction, including The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press, and a book of poems, The Other Language.

MELANIE CHALLENGER is the author of one collection of poems, Galatea (Salt: 2006), and one work of non-fiction, On Extinction (Granta/Counterpoint: 2012). She lives in the Scottish highlands.

HELEN DEGEN COHEN's awards include the NEA in Poetry, First Prize in British Stand Magazine's Competition, and three Illinois Arts Council Awards. Her latest chapbook, Neruda Nights, has just been nominated for a Pushcart.

JIM DANIELS' recent books include Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, (Carnegie Mellon) All of the Above, (Adastra Press), Trigger Man, short fiction, (Michigan State). Birth Marks (BOA Editions) will appear in 2013.

MATT DONOVAN is the author of Vellum (Houghton Mifflin, Mariner 2007) which won the Bakeless prize in poetry. His nonfiction has appeared in such journals as AGNI, Kenyon Review, Threepenny Review, and VQR.

REGINA DREXLER has previously published creative nonfiction in Colorado Review. She is currently working on a collection of creative nonfiction titled Playgroup. She lives in Denver.

ROXANE GAY'S writing appears in Best American Short Stories 2012, American Short Fiction, NOON, Oxford American, The Rumpus, Salon and many other venues. She lives and writes in the Midwest.

HEATHER JUNE GIBBONS' poems have appeared in Blackbird; Forklift, Ohio; Gulf Coast; Hayden's Ferry Review; and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Flyover, was published by Q Ave Press in 2012. She teaches at San Francisco State University.

GARTH GREENWELL is the author of Mitko, which received the Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and a Lambda Literary Award. He lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.

ELIZABETH HOOVER is the assistant director of the Furious Flower Center for African-American Poetry at James Madison University. Her poetry and reviews have appeared widely in magazines and newspapers.

CHRISTOPHER TODD MATTHEWS lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work has appeared in FIELD, Indiana Review, Massachusetts Review, Shenandoah, and elsewhere.

LO KWA MEI-EN lives and works in Austin, Texas. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, and other journals

CHRISTOPHER LEE MILES's poems appear in Salamander; Christianity and Literature; and War, Literature and the Arts. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

MATTHEW MINICUCCI's chapbook Reliquary is forthcoming in January 2013 from Accents Publishing. His work appears in numerous journals, including Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, The Literary Review, and Crazyhorse.

JEFFREY MORGAN is the author of Crying Shame. New poems appear in Bat City Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Diode, iO, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pleiades, and Third Coast. He blogs occasionally at

DONIKA ROSS is a Cave Canem Fellow and received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her poems have appear in Bloom, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, and Best New Poets 2007.

PETER STRECKFUS's first book, The Cuckoo, won the 2004 Yale Younger Poets competition. His recent work has appers in The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, Pleiades, Seattle Review, Slate, and The New Republic.

SASHA WEST's piece is from her book-length poem Failure and I Bury the Body, forthcoming from Harper Collins this fall. The piece draws on Julian Jaynes's The Origin of Conciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind and Laurie Garrett's The Coming Plague.

PHILLIP B. WILLIAMS is the author of the chapbook Bruised Gospels and a Cave Canem graduate and Bread Loaf work-study scholar. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, The Southern Review, Blackbird and others.
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