KAREN E. BENDER is the author of the novel
Like Normal People (Houghton Mifflin). Her fiction has appeared in
The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories, and
The Pushcart Prize. She is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology
Choice (Macadam Cage), and teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
JILL GILBRETH received her M.F.A. from Emerson College. She lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, and teaches literature and writing at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. This is her first publication.
BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON is the author of
Corpus Christi: Stories. In 2006, he received a National Book Award honor for writers under thirty-five. He is Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, and may be reached at bretanthonyjohnston.com.
ELLEN LITMAN was born in Moscow, Russia, where she lived until 1992. Her fiction has appeared in
Best New American Voices 2007, Best of Tin House, TriQuarterly, The Ontario Review, and elsewhere. Her novel in stories,
The Last Chicken in America, will be published by W.W. Norton in the fall of 2007.
MARGARET MCMULLAN has written four novels, including
When I Crossed No-Bob and
In My Mother's House. Her work has appeared in
Glamour, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Accents, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Other Voices, and
Boulevard. She is currently a professor of English at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.
LISA NILSSON grew up in Avon, Massachusetts, where she found early inspiration in family members who painted houses and watercolors, repaired car bodies, and mixed colors for false teeth. In 2003 she moved with her husband, Rich Remsberg, to North Adams. Other work can be seen at Mass MoCA, in the show "Boxed Sets: Assembling Objects, Images, and People."
ALIX OHLIN is the author of
The Missing Person (2005) and
Babylon and Other Stories (2006). Her stories have appeared in
Best New American Voices, The Best American Short Stories, and on NPR's "Selected Shorts." She teaches at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
PETER ORNER was born in Chicago and is the author of the collection
Esther Stories and the novel
The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, winner of the Bard Fiction Prize and finalist for the
Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2006, Orner was awarded a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.
KAREN SHEPARD is the author of three novels,
An Empire of Women,
The Bad Boy's Wife, and, most recently,
Don't I Know You? She teaches writing and literature at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband, the novelist Jim Shepard, and their three children.
JOAN SILBER is the author of
Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award and for the Story Prize. A new novel will be published by W.W. Norton in spring 2008. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
SARAH STONE is the author of
The True Sources of the Nile and co-author, with Ron Nyren, of
The Longman Guide to Intermediate and Advanced Fiction Writing (also published in a textbook version as
Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Fiction Writers). She teaches in the M.F.A. program at New College of California and at San Francisco State University.
CHRISTOPHER TILGHMAN is the author of the novels
Mason's Retreat and
Roads of the Heart, and the story collections
The Way People Run and
In a Father's Place. He teaches at the University of Virginia.
PAUL YOON's work has appeared or is forthcoming in
One Story, Post Road, Salamander, Glimmer Train, TriQuarterly, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. He was included in
The Best American Short Stories 2006, edited by Ann Patchett, and was recently selected as an emerging writer for PEN/New England's Discovery Night.