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Aidan Forster studies creative writing at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina. He reads poetry for The Adroit Journal and The Blueshift Journal. His work appears in BOAAT, Indiana Review, Pleiades, Sixth Finch, Thrush Poetry Journal, and Verse, among others. He was a finalist for the 2017 Vinyl 45s Chapbook Contest, and his debut chapbook, Exit Pastoral, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018.

Allie Rowbottom was an East Coast based writer, splitting her time between the City lights and her equine companion at his barn. In 2008 she received her bachelor’s degree from NYU’s Gallatin for writing and women’s studies; in 2009 she relocated to the West to attend the California Institute of the Arts to continue nurturing these pursuits. She now lives in Houston pursuing her Phd.

Allison Hutchcraft is a poet and teacher living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in the Kenyon ReviewCrazyhorseThe Cincinnati ReviewBarrow Street, theBeloit Poetry JournalAmerican Letters & CommentaryWest Branch, and other journals. The recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council and a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts & Science Council for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, she has been awarded scholarships from the Tin HouseWriters Workshop, the Key West Literary Seminars, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She holds an MFA from Purdue University and teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. A 2017 fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, she will be a resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast in spring of 2018.

Ana Owusu-Tyo has a master’s degree in eighteenth-century literature from Indiana University. She is Spanish and Ghanaian and currently lives far away from her native Brooklyn on ten acres in rural North Carolina where she raises her three children and chickens.  She is finishing a memoir about losing a daughter and beginning a novel inspired by the spirits on the former plantation she lives on. An excerpt of her memoir, Footnotes, has recently appeared in the anthology Stories that Need to be Told. She is also semi insta-famous for her crochet and recently learned to do a headstand in the middle of the room.

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is a Pilipinx/Pin@y poet and artist (on other days, she identifies as a usual ghost, comet or part-time animal) . Peñaredondo is the author of All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, 2016), winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize and the chapbook,Maroon (Jamii Publications). Her work has appeared in Asian American Writers’ Workshop: The Margins, Drunken Boat, Four Way Review, Cream City Review, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. She/Siya is a VONA/Voices of our Nations Art fello, a recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, Gluck Program of the Arts Fellowship, Naropa University’s Zora Neal Hurston Award, Squaw Valley Writers Fellowship and Fishtrap Fellowship. She/Siya has received scholarships from Tin House, Split This Rock, Dzanc Books International Literary Program and others. Angela resides in Southern California, drifiting between deserts, beaches, lowly cities and socially engineered suburbs.

A Pushcart-nominated writer, Aurvi Sharma has been awarded the Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize, the Prairie Schooner Essay Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the AWP Emerging Writer Prize. Sharma’s work has also appeared inFourth Genre and Essay Daily. She recently received the MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

While Ben Kingsley is best known for his Academy Award winning role as Mahatma Gandhi, this Ben is a touch less famous (having not acted since a third-grade debut as the undertaker in Music Man). He is the 22nd Tickner Writing Fellow, recipient of a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, scholarships from Kundiman, Sewanee, VONA, & belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. In 2017 his work will be featured in Apex, the Iowa Review, NarrativeNinth LetterPANKPEN America, the Poetry ReviewPrairie SchoonerSugar House, & Water-Stone Review, among others.

Ben Shattuck is a graduate and former Teaching-Writing Fellow of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught fiction writing courses at New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Iowa, and on Cuttyhunk Island. He has written for The Paris Review Daily, Salon.com, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Five Chapters, The Morning News, and the Millions, among other publications.  He exhibits paintings (benshattuck.com) and is currently working on his first novel. Ben is also a contra dancer, banjo player, and avid birdwatcher.

Brandon Taylor is the assistant editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Lit Hub. This fall he will begin an MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He currently lives in Madison, WI where he is a PhD candidate in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bryan Hurt is the author of Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France (winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction) and editor of Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest. His fiction and essays have appeared in The American ReaderGuernica, the Kenyon Review, the Los Angeles Review of BooksTin HouseTriQuarterly, and many other publications. He’s been awarded fellowships from Tin House and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He is an assistant professor of English at Capital University in Columbus, OH.

C Pam Zhang’s fiction is in or coming to Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, The Missouri ReviewThe OffingTin House Open Bar, and elsewhere. An Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow and a Hambidge Center Distinguished Fellow, she was recently a runner up in The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize and an honorable mention in the Zoetrope Short Fiction Contest. She’s not quite sure where home is, but lives online @cpamzhang.

Cab Tran was born in Vietnam and raised in rural Oregon.  He received his BA from the University of Montana and his MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. A former David T. K. Wong Fellow, he has also been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the Writers’ and Translators’ Center of Rhodes in Rhodes, Greece.  His work has appeared in Black Warrior ReviewVagabond: Bulgaria’s English Monthly, and elsewhere. In 2011 he was longlisted for the inaugural Paris Literary Prize. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Cam Terwilliger’s fiction and narrative journalism can be found online in American Short Fiction, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, and Narrative, where he was named one of Narrative’s “15 Under 30.” In print, his writing appears in West Branch, Post Road, and Gettysburg Review, among others. His work has been supported by fellowships and scholarships from the Fulbright Program, the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Caoilinn Hughes’ debut novel, Orchid & the Wasp, will be published in 2018 by Hogarth (U.S.), Oneworld (U.K.) and Les Éditions Bourgois (France). Her poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014), won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award, the Patrick Kavanagh Award and was a finalist for four other prizes. She has received fellowships from the James Merrill Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Centre Culturel Irlandais, and scholarships from the Tin House Summer Workshop 2017 and the Arts Council of Ireland. Her work has appeared in POETRY, Tin House, Best British Poetry, Best NZ Poems, Poetry Ireland, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. She is represented by Bill Clegg.

Caroline O’Connor Thomas is a poet living in Oakland, California. She received her MFA from St. Mary’s College of California, where she was awarded the Russell and Yvonne Lannan Prize. Her work has appeared in Foothill Journal and Quiet Lightning. She is the curator of the Living Room reading series.

Carson Beker is a writer, playwright, storyteller, and actor with an MFA and MA from SFSU. She is the co-founder of The Escapery, an SF Bay Writing Unschool and has also taught creative writing at San Francisco State University. She is the former Fiction Editor of Fourteen Hills. Her work has appeared in Gigantic Sequins, Sparkle + Blink, Transfer Magazine, and Bourbon Penn, her plays have been at the San Francisco Olympians Festival and at Z Space. She’ll be a 2016 Lamdba Literary Resident in Fiction.

Casey Fleming is a writer and teacher in Houston, Texas where she cofounded the Poison Pen Reading Series.  Her work–fiction and nonfiction–has appeared in the Houston ChronicleSojourners Magazine, Fourth GenreGulf CoastSugar & Rice, and Literary Mama, among other print and online publications.  Her writing has been a finalist for the Iowa Review Prize in Nonfiction, the Willis Barnstone Translating Poetry Award, and a runner-up for the Tobias Wolff Award in Creative Nonfiction.  She teaches memoir writing at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer and critical theory and literature at The Kinkaid School.

Charlie Schneider completed an MFA in fiction at the University of Oregon. His work explores the ways people construct clever edifices of denial in order to rationalize their own wrongdoing. Of late, this has taken the form of stories about the perpetrators of lynchings. He has received a fellowship from the Tin House Summer Workshop and a Work-Study Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. This fall, he will spend a month at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, where he will hunt ghosts.

Christie VanLaningham writes fiction inspired by failed places, heirlooms, witchy women, abandoned children, lumberjacks, lovable demagogues, every kind of fairy tale, and what it means to be home. Her short stories have appeared in several North American literary journals, and she is currently working on a novel, from which her reading has been excerpted.

Cody Carvel was raised in Oklahoma and West Texas. He received a BA in English and African-American Studies from Harvard University and an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. His work has appeared in Mirage #4 Period(ical), Userlands (ed. Dennis Cooper), Tin House MagazineYellow Medicine Review, Elderly, and the Harvard Advocate. In 2012 he was a fellow at the Millay Colony. He is married to the famous playwright and director Julia Jarcho. He lives in New York City where he skips around town looking for landmarks related to modernist poetry and art.

Danielle Bainbridge graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts, Cum Laude. Danielle’s past research has included comparative work on African American and Caribbean theatre. She is currently pursuing a joint degree at Yale University in African-American Studies and American Studies and the certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her creative non-fiction has been published in Moko Magazine and Killens Review of Arts & Letters.

David Bersell is the author of the essay collections The Way I’ve Seen Her Ever Since (Lettered Streets Press) and Nashville Notebook (Ursus Americanus Press). David studied writing at the University of New Hampshire, University of Maine Farmington, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and the Tin House Summer Workshop, which he attended as a nonfiction scholar. He lives in Brooklyn.

David James Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared inThe Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic Monthly and Playboy magazines. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters. His debut short story collection, The Heaven of Animals, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014. He is currently at work on a novel, which is also forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.

Dawnie Walton is a fiction writer and journalist whose work explores identity, place, and the influence of pop culture. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony (2015) and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she is currently working on her first novel. Her fiction was most recently featured in audio form as part of Let’s Play, a gallery exhibition of AfroSurreal artists in Oakland, California. Before following literary muses, she was an editor for Time Inc. titles including Essence, Entertainment Weekly, and LIFE.

Dennis Norris II is a graduate of Haverford College and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. His writing has appeared in Bound Off: An Online Literary Audio Magazine and Madcap Review. In 2015 he was named a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and has previously won awards and fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, VONA, and the NYS Summer Writers Institute. He lives in Harlem and is hard at work on a novel.

Diana Khoi Nguyen is currently a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review,PEN America, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere.

Drew Johnson was raised in Mississippi and lives in Massachusetts. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, VQR, Cosmonauts Avenue, and as a single-issue chapbook from The Cupboard. His nonfiction has appeared at Literary Hub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Paris Review Daily. These pieces and others may be found at walkswithmoose.com.

Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. She writes about queerness, Appalachia, ambivalence, having a body, and being alive. Her essays, and reportage have appeared/will appear shortly in VICE, Catapult, Splinter (Fusion), The New Republic, Salon, Slate, The Marshall Project, Hyperallergic, The Rumpus, 100 Days in Appalachia, The Daily Yonder, Autostraddle, The Philadelphia Inquirer and others; her fiction in Granta, American Short Fiction, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Gulf Coast. She lives in West Philadelphia.

Ethan Feuer is a writer and designer living in Virginia. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Indiana Review, Electric Literature, Tin House Open Bar, DIAGRAM, Smokelong Quarterly, and elsewhere. He received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he was runner-up for the 2017 Henfield Prize. Design work (at Architecture Research Office) includes project for Brookly Bridge Park, Tulane University, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He is at work on a novel about plague and acculturation in a fictional city.

Gabriel Houck is originally from New Orleans, where his family still lives. He holds MFAs in writing from California Institute of the Arts and from the University of Iowa, and is currently a PhD candidate and Maude Hammond Fling Fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s creative writing program. His story, “When the Time Came,” was selected as a distinguished story in the 2015 edition of The Best American Short Stories, edited by T.C. Boyle, and his writing appears in journals such as Mid American Review, Western Humanities Review, Grist, PANK, Moon City Review, The Adirondack Review, Fourteen Hills, Lunch Ticket, and The Pinch. His fiction has also won Mid American Review’s 2014 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, and has earned finalist honors in StoryQuarterly’s 2014 Fiction Prize, among others.

Gabriel Tallent grew up in Mendocino, California, thrashing through the underbrush in search of anything awesome. He attended the Mendocino Community High School and spent a lot of time backpacking, re-reading Greek tragedies, and trying to figure out Moby Dick. Tallent received his BA from Willamette University and wrote his thesis on the discursive construction of pleasure in Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, which is more interesting than it sounds. He has worked as a crew leader for Northwest Youth Corps, as an extremely bored and distracted checker at Target, as dining room staff at the Alta Lodge, and as a food runner and server at The Copper Onion. He lives in Salt Lake City, where he can be found climbing or futilely trying to identify plants in Little Cottonwood Canyon. His stories have been published in Narrative and in the St Petersburg Review. His debut novel, My Absolute Darling, was published in August 2017 by Riverhead Books.

Hannah Perrin King grew up on a dirt road in rural California and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. When people ask her, “What do you write about?” she cringes and mumbles something about god and horses. As a one-time pre-med escapee, King is primarily interested in blending genres and disciplines in a way that speaks to the human condition but still helps poetry’s bad rep. She is currently a MFA candidate in Poetry at The New School, and recently received honorable mention in The Cincinnati Review‘s Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose.

Hannah Withers is a writer and joke-teller living in Portland, OR. She received her MFA from the University of Montana, was a 2016 Fiction Fellow at the Idyllwild Arts Writers Week, has had work published with The Kenyon ReviewMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Believer LoggerThe Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere, and was a finalist for the 2016 Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction. She’s currently working on a novel that she’s calling a “western,” which is both accurate and misleading. She can be found online @hbwithers, and can be found in the world next to the chips and guac.

Jae Choi’s poems have appeared in Tin HouseThe Iowa ReviewPloughsharesWeekdayLVNGPoor Claudia, and Flying Object’s It’s My Decision series. The chapbook Woman Carrying Thing was published last year by The Song Cave. She divides her time, discriminately, along the West Coast, but currently lives in Joshua Tree, CA.

Jamel Brinkley is a Kimbilio Fellow, a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the 2015-16 Provost’s Visiting Writer in Fiction at the University of Iowa. He has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as the diFilipis-Rosselli scholarship from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. He is at work on a collection and a novel, and his short stories have appeared in A Public Space.

James Scott earned his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and his MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He has received awards from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, the Millay Colony, the Saint Botolph Club, the Tin House Summer Writer’s Conference, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work has been short listed for the Pushcart Prize and nominated for the Best New American Voices.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami Beach, Jaquira Díaz is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts. She’s been awarded fellowships or scholarships from The MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Summer Literary Seminars, the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Best American Essays 2016Rolling StonePushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small PressesThe GuardianThe FADERPloughsharesKenyon ReviewThe SunThe Southern ReviewSalonBrevityNinth LetterSliceTriQuarterly, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications.

Jenn Shapland is a nonfiction writer. Her essays appear in Tin HouseThe Lifted BrowElectric Literature, and elsewhere. She’s currently writing a book of nonfiction called The Autobiography of Carson McCullers.

Jennifer Croft is the recipient of Fulbright, PEN, and National Endowment for the Arts grants, as well as the Michael Henry Heim Prize, and her translations from Polish, Spanish, and Ukrainian have appeared in The New York Times, n+1, Electric Literature, BOMB, Guernica, The New Republic and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is a Founding Editor of The Buenos Aires Review. Read illustrated chapters of her novel—in a wide range of languages—at homesickbook.space.

Jesse Donaldson was born and raised in Kentucky, educated in Texas, and now lives in Oregon. He is the author of The More They Disappear and On Homesickness.

Jessica Guzman Alderman is a Cuban-American writer from southwest Florida. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Sycamore Review, The Normal School, BOAAT, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from West Virginia University and currently studies as a doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. She reads for Memorious.

Jon Lewis-Katz has taught in the New York City public school system and at Cornell University where he completed his M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He has received the Charles Pick Fellowship at the University of East Anglia and the Alonzo Davis Fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. At present, he teaches writing at Bronx Community College and is finishing a collection of linked short stories about West Indians and West Indian-Americans in New York City.

Joyce Li is an MFA candidate in fiction at Brooklyn College. In addition to Tin House, she has received fellowships and awards from the Norton Island Residency Program and the New York State Writers Institute. A Jersey girl at heart, she now lives in New York, where she works at a non-profit organization for immigrants in the arts and sciences and enjoys copious amounts of dim sum. She is working on her first novel, set in the Kowloon Walled City.

Kate Milliken’s stories have appeared in Zyzzyva, Fiction, New Orleans Review, and Santa Monica Review, among others. A graduate of the Bennington College Writing Seminars, the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, and several Pushcart Prize nominations, Kate has also written for television and commercial advertising. Kate’s debut collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming, published by the University of Iowa Press, was chosen for the 2013 John Simmons Short Fiction Award by author Julie Orringer.

Kate Petersen is from Arizona. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Zyzzyva, New England Review, Epoch, Paris Review Daily, The Collagist and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, and currently teaches at Stanford as a Jones lecturer.

Kathryn Scanlan’s work has appeared in NOON, Fence, Caketrain, DIAGRAM, Two Serious Ladies, Pastelegram, and The Collagist, among other places. She has received fellowships from the Tin House Writer’s Workshop and the Vermont Studio Center, and her story “The Old Mill” was selected for the 2010 Iowa Review Fiction Prize.

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, 2013), which won Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under, out November 1, 2016 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in New York MagazineChicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Southern Review, and other publications. She received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin in 2015 and lives in Charlestown, MA. She is a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature and a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where she is working on her next novel.

Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai’i. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016, McSweeney’s, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and Mid-American Review, among others. He also received a 2015 scholarship to the Bread Loaf writer’s conference. You can find out more about him at www.kawaistrongwashburn.com.

Laura Maylene Walter is the recipient of the 2010 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and the Ohioana Library Association’s 2011 Walter Rumsey Marvin grant. Her short story collection, Living Arrangements (BkMk Press 2011), won a national gold IPPY award and a silver Foreword Book of the Year award. Laura’s writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Poets & WritersThe SunThe Writer, Ninth Letter, Michigan Quarterly Review, Chicago Tribune‘s Printers Row, Notre Dame Review, Washington Square Review, Puerto del Sol, Tampa Review, Portland Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, South Carolina Review, Fourteen Hills, SmokeLong Quarterly, Green Mountains Review Online, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, American Literary ReviewOhioana Quarterly, Flyway, Crab Creek ReviewSouth Dakota ReviewRust Belt Chic: The Cleveland AnthologyEquus, Cat Fancy (yes, Cat Fancy) and elsewhere. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Writers Omi at Ledig House residency, the Writers in the Heartland writing residency, and was a 2013 Tin House Writers’ Workshop Fiction Scholar.

Leila Chatti is Tunisian-American dual citizen, who has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. She received her M.F.A. in poetry from North Carolina State University, where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work appears in Best New Poets 2015, Boston Review, North American Review, Narrative, Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, and other journals and anthologies, and she serves on the poetry staff at The Adroit Journal. She currently lives with her partner Henrik and their cat in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and will be heading to the Fine Arts Work Center as a writing fellow this fall.

Lyz Pfister is a freelance writer and translator based in Berlin. Her work has been featured in S T I L LNo Man’s Land, and The Bastille, among others. She is the poetry editor of SAND, Berlin’s English-language literary journal, and the author of the food and culture blog Eat Me. Drink Me.

Mai Nardone’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review OnlineSlice, and the Tin House Open Bar. He has received also received a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. He lives in Bangkok.

Maria Lioutai was born in Moscow four years before the Soviet Union collapsed. Her childhood consisted of wearing giant bows in her hair, eating borscht, and visiting Lenin in the Red Square mausoleum on school field trips. She now writes short stories in Toronto, Canada. She was on the longlist for both the 2015 and the 2016 CBC short story prize.

Mo McFeely is a poet living in Portland.

Nick Greer is from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an editor of Territory, a literary project about maps and other strange objects. Recent work can be found in Salt HillPhantomWitch Craft Magazine, and the Pacifica Literary Review.

Olaniyi Omiwale was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He shares his birthday with Fela Kuti, the late Afrobeat pioneer. His favorite writers include Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe— both of whom he cursorily read in his childhood but rediscovered with renewed interest in his youth. Olaniyi was also a participating writer at the 2015 Yale Writers’ Conference.

Olivia Clare is the author of a short story collection, Disasters in the First World, and a novel, both forthcoming from Grove Atlantic. She is also the author of a book of poems, The 26-Hour Day (New Issues, 2015). In fiction, she is a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2014 O. Henry Prize.

Rajat Singh is an essayist living in New York. His work appears in The Gay & Lesbian Review, in two anthologies, Moving Truth(s) and Kajal, and on Catapult, LitHub, and Papercuts, among others. This summer, in addition to Tin House, he is attending the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat. He is working on a collection of essays on queer melancholy.

Randall Tyrone has an MFA in poetry from the University of Wyoming and is an Editor for Essay Press. He’s been published in Okey-Panky/Electric Literature & Oversound Poetry.

Regina Porter is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She is the recipient of a 2017-2018 Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholarship. Her fiction has been published in the Harvard Review. An award-winning writer with a background in playwriting, Regina has worked with Playwrights Horizons, The Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage & Film, The Women’s Project, Woolly Mammoth Theater, and Horizons Theater Company. She has been anthologized in Plays from Woolly Mammoth by Broadway Play Services, and Heinemann’s Scenes For Women by Women. Regina lives in Brooklyn.

Rosalie Moffett’s work has been published or is forthcoming in AGNIGulf CoastThe Journal,FIELD, and Tin House, among others.

Ruth Madievsky is the author of a poetry collection, “Emergency Brake,” which was named Tavern Books’ 2015 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series selection and was published in February 2016. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. She is originally from Moldova and lives in Los Angeles, where she is a doctoral student at USC’s School of Pharmacy. You can find her at ruthmadievsky.com.

Sarah Fuchs taught high school and middle school for nineteen years in Lomé, Accra, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and Oakland, CA, where she co-founded the School for Social Justice and Community Development. A graduate of the NYU Writers Workshop in Paris, she is the 2016-17 Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at UW Madison, and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Tin House, Aspen Summer Words and Writing by Writers Tamales Bay. She is working on her first novel.

Sarah Gerard is the author of the novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio), the forthcoming essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial), and two chapbooks, most recently BFF (Guillotine). Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, New York Magazine‘s “The Cut”, The Paris Review Daily, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, Joyland, Vice, BOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies for Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post. She’s been supported by fellowships and residencies from Yaddo and PlatteForum. She writes a monthly column on artists’ notebooks for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.

Shelly Oria’s fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s and The Paris Review among many other places, and has won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. Her short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG & Random House Canada, 2014) earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award, a Goldie Award, and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. The book was recently translated into Hebrew and published in Israel by Keter Publishing. www.shellyoria.com

Will Mackin lives and writes in New Mexico. His work has been published in The New Yorker, GQ, Tin House, Rhapsody, and The New York Times Magazine. His short story “Kattekoppen” was included in The Best American Short Stories 2014. 

Taylor Johnson is proud of being from Washington, DC. They’ve received fellowships and scholarships from Callaloo, Cave Canem, Lambda Literary foundation, VONA, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, and Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers Conference. Their work appears in, or is forthcoming from, CALLALOO, the minnesota review, Vinyl Poetry, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Winter Tangerine, Third Coast, the shade journal, and elsewhere.

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint graduated from Brown University in 2011 with a B.A. in Literary Arts and International Relations. Her short stories have appeared in Caketrain, The Kenyon Review Online, The Bicycle Review, Adj Noun Magazine, and various Brown-RISD literary journals. She spent April 2012 as an artist-in-residence at Hedgebook on Whidbey Island, Washington

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the chapbook app absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014), the books IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (forthcoming 2017 from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that published art and writing from 2008-2013. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, 2016 Tin House summer poetry scholar, was longlisted for Cosmonauts Avenue’s inaugural poetry prize (judged by Claudia Rankine), and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, the Offing, and elsewhere. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.

Tracey Knapp is a poet living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works in IT communications and graphic design. Knapp’s first full-length collection of poems, Mouth, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and was published in 2015. Tracey was a Tin House Writers’ Workshop Fellow, and a recipient of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2008 and 2010, The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems, and has appeared in Poetry Daily, Five Points, The National Poetry Review, Red Wheelbarrow Review, The New Ohio Review, The Minnesota Review and elsewhere. ​

Val Brelinski was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, the daughter of devout evangelical Christians. From 2003 to 2005, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she was also a Jones Lecturer in fiction writing. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia, and her recent writing has been featured in VogueMORESalonVQR and The Rumpus. She received prizes for her fiction from the San Francisco ChronicleThe Charlottesville Weekly, and The Boise Weekly, and was also a finalist for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Val lives in Northern California and teaches creative writing in Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. Her debut novel, The Girl Who Slept with God, is now available in paperback.

Vishwas R. Gaitonde is a writer whose work has been published or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Mid-American Review, Hawaii Review, Verbatim – The Language Quarterly, Santa Monica Review, Gargoyle, and Bellevue Literary Review, among other publications. One of his short stories was cited as a “Distinguished Story” in the notable stories list in Best American Short Stories 2016. In 2017, he was awarded a Hawthornden literary fellowship from Scotland.

Zack Strait is pursuing his PhD at Florida State University and serving as Poetry Editor for BOAAT (boaatpress.com). Recent work can be found in Pleiades.

Zana Previti was born and raised in New England. She earned her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Irvine, and her MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho. Her work has been published in The New England Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, RHINO Poetry, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She was recently named the recipient of Poetry International’s 2014 C.P. Cavafy Prize for Poetry and the Fall 2016 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State Altoona.