FRANK BAEZ was born in 1978 in Santo Domingo. His latest poetry collection, Postales, won the National Poetry Prize Salomé Ureña in 2009 as a manuscript, and was published in Costa Rica and Argentina before appearing in his native Dominican Republic. As editor of the online poetry review Ping Pong, Baez has published scores of poets from Latin America, North America, and Europe. Conversant with the literatures of all three continents, he is an accomplished translator of English and American verse.
MATTHEW BAKER’s fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, and Conjunctions, among other journals. He has an M.F.A. from Vanderbilt University, where he was the founding editor of Nashville Review and where he held the program’s Postgraduate Fiction Fellowship. He now lives in Ireland as a Fulbright Fellow.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE (1821–67), a preeminent nineteenth-century French poet, translator, and critic, published one collection of poems during his lifetime, the highly controversial and immensely influential Les Fleurs du mal (1857); a posthumous compilation, Le Spleen de Paris (1869), explores the form of prose poetry. Baudelaire also translated several works of Edgar Allan Poe into French, and these translations are widely read to this day.
REBECCA BLACK was a 2011 Fulbright professor at the Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her first book, Cottonlandia (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), won a Juniper Prize. Poems from Cottonlandia were published in Blackbird, Poetry, Missouri Review, Conjunctions, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals; poems from Presidio, her new manuscript, are forthcoming in the Cincinnati Review and Shenandoah. A former Stegner and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, she divides her time between San Francisco and North Carolina, where she teaches in the M.F.A. program at UNC Greensboro.
MARIANNE BORUCH’s most recent poetry collections are The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon, 2011) and Grace, Fallen from (Wesleyan, 2008); her eighth—Cadaver, Speak—is forthcoming. She is also the author of two books of essays on poetry, In the Blue Pharmacy (Trinity, 2005) and Poetry’s Old Air (Michigan, 1993), and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011). A Fulbright/Visiting Professor earlier this year in Edinburgh, Scotland, she currently teaches in the M.F.A. program at Purdue University and in the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers.
BREYTEN BREYTENBACH is a poet, novelist, memoirist, essayist, and visual artist, and a well-known human rights activist. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited around the world. Born in South Africa, he immigrated to Paris in the late 1960s and became deeply involved in the anti-Apartheid movement. Breytenbach’s works include A Season in Paradise (1980), Mouroir (1983), Notes from the Middle World (2009), All One Horse (1989), The Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution (1996), Dog Heart (1998), and Voice Over: A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish (Archipelago Books, 2009). His many honors include the Alan Paton Award for Return to Paradise in 1994 and the prestigious Hertzog Prize for Poetry for Papierblom in 1999 and Die Windvanger in 2008.
JOANNE DOMINIQUE DWYER lives in New Mexico, where she works with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Her first book of poems, Belle Laide, will be published by Sarabande books in May 2013.
JONATHAN FINK is an Associate Professor and the Director of Creative Writing at University of West Florida. Among the awards he has received are grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and Emory University. More information is available at jonathanfink.com.
JOHN GALLAHER is the author of four books of poems, most recently Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2011), co-written with G. C. Waldrep. His next book, a memoir-poem entitled In a Landscape, is forthcoming in 2015 from BOA. He lives in rural Missouri and co-edits the Laurel Review.
KARL HARSHBARGER is an American writer living in Germany. He has published his stories in many magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly, Iowa Review, and Prairie Schooner. Two of his stories have been selected for the list of “Distinguished Stories” in Best American Short Stories and twelve have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has just completed his third novel.
ELLEN HINSEY is the author of Update on the Descent (University of Notre Dame, 2009), The White Fire of Time (Wesleyan, 2002), and Cities of Memory (1996), which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. She is currently working on a collection of essays entitled Mastering the Past: Reports from Central and Eastern Europe. She has edited and translated The Junction: Selected Poems of Tomas Venclova (Bloodaxe, 2009), and her translations of contemporary French fiction and memoir have appeared with Riverhead/Penguin and AmazonCrossing, including most recently The Secret Piano: From Mao’s Labor Camps to Bach’s Goldberg Variations, by Zhu Xiao-Mei (AmazonCrossing, 2012). A former Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, she has also been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. She lives and teaches in Paris.
HANNAH HOLTZMAN lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia, and her fiction has appeared in the Gettysburg Review.
BRYAN HURT’s stories have appeared most recently in Joyland, Tin House, and TriQuarterly. He tweets at @bryan_hurt, tumbles at bryanhurt.tumblr.com, and lives in Los Angeles, where he’s finishing up his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California.
SALLY KEITH is the author of The Fact of the Matter (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and two previous collections of poetry, Design (Center for Literary Publishing, 2000) and Dwelling Song (University of Georgia Press, 2004). She is a member of the M.F.A. Faculty at George Mason University and lives in Washington, D.C.
JOHN KINSELLA’s most recent book of poetry is Jam Tree Gully (Norton, 2011). He is a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University.
ADITI MACHADO is a recent graduate of the M.F.A. Program at Washington University in Saint Louis, where she will stay on as the Third Year Fellow in Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Iowa Review, StructoMagazine, and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (HarperCollins India, 2012), among other publications. She is the poetry editor of Asymptote, an online international journal of translation.
JAMAAL MAY is the author of Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), which won the 2012 Beatrice Hawley Award, as well as two poetry chapbooks (The God Engine, 2009, and The Whetting of Teeth, 2012). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, Callaloo, Indiana Review, and Blackbird, among other journals, anthologies, films, and broadcasts. A recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Cave Canem, and Callaloo, Jamaal is a graduate of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers and is the 2011-12 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.
DENNIS MCFADDEN’s collection of stories, Hart’s Grove, was published in June 2010 by Colgate University Press; his fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Best American Mystery Stories 2011, New England Review, Missouri Review, Massachusetts Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Fiction, PRISM international, and Crazyhorse.
TOMÁS Q. MORÍN is the winner of the 2012 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his collection, A Larger Country, forthcoming in September from Copper Canyon Press. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the forthcoming anthology Coming Close: Poets Pay Tribute to Philip Levine as Teacher and Mentor. His poems have appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Boulevard, and Narrative.
DARREN MORRIS’s poems have appeared in journals including American Poetry Review, Southern Review, 32 Poems, Tongue: A Journal of Writing and Art, and Raritan. His fiction was awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and his short story “The Weight of the World” won the 2011 Just Desserts Prize from Passages North. He is at work on his first collections of poetry and short fiction.
ELIZABETH O’BRIEN writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in decomP, PANK, Swink, Versal, Juked, A capella Zoo, Emerson Review, Flashquake, and other places. She lives in Minneapolis and can be found online at elizabethobrien.net.
ALISON PELEGRIN is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Hurricane Party (2011) and Big Muddy River of Stars (2007), both with the University of Akron Press. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, and Southern Review. Pelegrin teaches English at Southeastern Louisiana University.
PATRICK PHILLIPS is the author of the poetry collections Chattahoochee (University of Arkansas Press, 2004) and Boy (University of Georgia Press, 2008); his book of translations, When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems of Henrik Nordbrandt, is forthcoming from Open Letter in 2013. A recent Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he teaches at Drew University.
GREG PIERCE’s plays include Slowgirl (Lincoln Center Theater, 2012), The Landing, written with composer John Kander (Vineyard Theatre, 2012), and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, written with director Stephen Earnhart, based on the novel by Haruki Murakami (Ohio Theatre, 2010; Edinburgh International Festival, 2011; Singapore Arts Festival, 2012). His stories have appeared in Avery, Berkeley Fiction Review, Confrontation, New England Review, and Web Conjunctions. He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Djerassi Institute, the New York Public Library, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. He has a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in fiction from Warren Wilson College. He grew up in Shelburne, Vermont, and now lives in New York City.
PAISLEY REKDAL’s two most recent books are Animal Eye (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) and Intimate: An American Family Photo Album (Tupelo Press, 2012).
HOYT ROGERS has published his work—including essays, poems, and translations—in dozens of books and periodicals. He is the author of a collection of poems, Witnesses (1986), and a volume of criticism, The Poetics of Inconstancy (1998). His poetry has appeared most recently in Agni Online in 2010, and his latest short story was published by the New England Review in the summer of 2011. Rogers translates from the French, German, and Spanish—most notably, works by Bonnefoy and Borges. With Paul Auster, he is currently preparing a bilingual edition of poems by André du Bouchet.
STEVEN D. SCHROEDER’s first book of poetry is Torched Verse Ends (BlazeVOX Books, 2008). His poems are available or forthcoming in Pleiades, Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, Barn Owl Review, and Drunken Boat. He edits the online poetry journal Anti- and works as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer.
EUGENE SCHUYLER (1840–90) was an American diplomat and scholar. In 1867 he published a translation of Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons and in 1878 a translation of Tolstoy’s The Cossacks. He served for many years as a diplomat in a variety of locations, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Constantinople, and Serbia. Among his writings were many magazines articles about Russian culture and customs, as well as Notes of a Journey in Russian Turkistan, Kohkand, Bukhara and Kuldja (2 vols., 1876), Peter the Great (2 vols., 1884), and American Diplomacy and the Furtherance of Commerce (1886).
MAURA STANTON lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Her stories have won the Nelson Algren Award from the Chicago Tribune and the Lawrence Foundation Award from the Michigan Quarterly Review. She has published a novel and three collections of short stories, most recently Cities in the Sea (University of Michigan Press, 2003). She is currently working on short stories and a novel set in Venice.
TAMMY LYNNE STONER is an artist and writer who lives in Portland, Oregon, where she tries not to asphyxiate her wife and child with errant paint fumes. She is also the fiction editor of Gertrude Journal and creator of the children’s television show Dottie’s Magic Pockets. Her websites are TammysArt.com and TammyLynneStoner.com.