Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. His work has appeared many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is the editor of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida. For more information about him, please visit: www.sukrungruang.com.
Lavonne J. Adams is the author of Through the Glorieta Pass (Pearl Editions, 2009), and two award-winning chapbooks. She has published in more than fifty literary journals, including the Missouri Review, The Southern Poetry Review, BLIP and Poet Lore. She has completed residencies at the Harwood Museum of Art, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center, and is the MFA Coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Jack Pendarvis has written three books. He is a regular columnist for THE OXFORD AMERICAN and THE BELIEVER magazines.
Ned Stuckey-French is Assistant Professor of English at Florida State University. He is the author of The American Essay in the American Century, coeditor of Essayists on the Essay: Four Centuries of Commentary and coauthor of the eighth edition of Writing fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, the most widely adopted creative writing text in the U.S. He lives with his wife, author Elizabeth Stuckey-French, in Tallahassee, Florida.
Bill Roorbach is now writing full time and enjoying life with his family and friends. in Maine. A new novel, THE HIGH SIDE, is due from Algonquin, spring 2012.
Greg Alan Brownderville, a native of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas, is the author of a collection of poems entitled Gust (Northwestern University Press, 2011). He teaches Creative Writing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Madison Smartt Bell
Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve novels, including The Washington Square Ensemble (1983), Waiting for the End of the World (1985), Straight Cut (1986), The Year of Silence (1987), Doctor Sleep (1991), Save Me, Joe Louis (1993), Ten Indians (1997) and Soldier's Joy, which received the Lillian Smith Award in 1989. Bell has also published two collections of short stories: Zero db (1987) and Barking Man (1990). Bell's eighth novel, All Soul's Rising, was a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award and the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf award for the best book of the year dealing with matters of race. Devil's Dream, a novel based on the career of Nathan Bedford Forrest, was published by Pantheon in 2009. His most recent novel is The Color of Night.
WAYNE ZADE has taught writing, literature, and jazz studies at Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri, since 1976. He is working on a collection of interviews with American and Japanese jazz musicians about jazz and Japan. An interview with the pianist Peter Martin appeared in Belles Lettres in May, 2011, and an interview with the jazz critic Ashley Kahn is forthcoming in the same journal. The names of his favorite poets change almost everyday, for which he continues to be profoundly grateful and pleasantly surprised.
E.J. LEVY’S nonfiction has appeared in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2005, THE NEW YORK TIMES, ORION, THE NATION, SALMAGUNDI, KENYON REVIEW, and THE TOUCHSTONE ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY CREATIVE NONFICTION, among other fine publications. Her anthology, TASTING LIFE TWICE: LITERARY LESBIAN FICTION BY NEW AMERICAN WRITERS, won a Lambda Literary Award. Levy's story collection, MY LIFE IN THEORY, won the 2011 Flannery O'Connor Prize and will be published in 2012, as will her memoir AMAZONS: A LOVE STORY.