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Contributors’ Notes


Charles Baxter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College, in Saint Paul. After completing graduate work in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught for several years at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1989, he moved to the Department of English at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and its MFA program. He now teaches at the University of Minnesota. Baxter is the author of 4 novels, 4 collections of short stories, 3 collections of poems, a collection of essays on fiction and is the editor of other works.


William Burke is a poet from Maine. He has worked as a street performer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, taught English in the Ukraine, been arrested for reading Shakespeare on the street in the U.S., been a peace witness in Iraq and the West Bank and has worked with African immigrants in agricultural projects in the U.S. He currently resides in Louisiana.


Michael Byers is a former Stegner Fellow. He earned his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, where he currently teaches. His novel, Long for This World, won numerous awards and was selected as a New York Times notable Book. His story collection, The Coast of Good Intentions, won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Lise Funderburg is the author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity (1994) and the memoir Pig Candy (2008), which has been described as part memoir, part travelogue, and part social history, about race, mortality, filial duty…and barbecue. She has written numerous articles for publications including O Magazine, Self Magazine. She is a creative writing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and resides in Philadelphia.


Catherine Jensen is a print artist and on-again hermit working in New York City.


Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her first book, Mrs. Kimble, won the 2004 PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her second, Baker Towers, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 2006 PEN/L.L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author. Both have been published in nine languages. Other fiction has been published in Granta, Ploughshares, Five Points, Good Housekeeping and other places.


Jana Hsu is currently going for her MFA in Creative Writing under The Jim Townsend Scholarship at Saint Mary’s College of California and is working on her first novel-length manuscript. Before that, she was singing and acting in NYC’s Silk Road Café and hanging out with other emerging independent artists. She has a small speaking role as a journalist in the internationally acclaimed Bollywood film, When Kiran Met Karen. She also holds an MA in English Education from Columbia University and enjoys being a writer and assistant editor of dining reviews, artist profiles and feature lengths for a national photo production publication called Resource Magazine (, Novo Magazine ( a San Francisco based publication on dining and nightlife, as well as various other print and online E-zines. She will be traveling to Prague in the summer for a playwriting workshop under the John Woods Scholarship.


Andrew Lam is a syndicated writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media in America. His book, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, won the PEN American “Beyond the Margins” Award in 2006. Check him out online at: //


Caroline Manring is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently a Legget-Schupes Fellow. She recently taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva NY. She grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New and Ornithology. Her work has appeared in the Seneca Review, 2RiverView, and York State, where she also attended Cornell University and studied English . Her parakeet, Sully, is named after the pilot who landed on the Hudson with no engines, and she herself often has the feeling she’s operating with no engines. The “Telegram” poems, if read aloud, should be urgently shouted.


Lisa Markowitz received an M.F.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her  poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Colorado Review, Interim, American Poetry Journal and Portland Review.


Nathan Oates’s fiction and essays have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Fugue and elsewhere. One of his stories was selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2008. He earned his M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Seton Hall University and lives in Brooklyn.


Lynn Obermoeller is an author of articles and essays. She won third place for Best Restaurant Review in 2008 Missouri Writers’ Guild contest and placed in 2007 for a memoir piece in the Soul-Making Literary Competition with National League of American Pen Women in San Francisco, CA. Lynn resides in St. Louis, MO, where she is a member of St. Louis Writers Guild (// and serves as editor of the electronic newsletter, Here’s News! Writing letters by hand is her favorite form of writing, which has led to her working on three books in epistolary form.


Matthew Salesses is in his birth land, Korea, with his fiancée. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Hobart, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, Quick Fiction, among others, and has received awards from Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, and IMPAC. He writes nonfiction live at:


Adam Spanos is an MA student of anthropology at Columbia University. He welcomes exchange and can be contacted by email:


Steven Weinberg lives and creates in San Francisco with his girlfriend Casey; their collective work and contact information are available at Telephone and Soup.


Shawn Wong is the author of two novels, Homebase and American Knees and the editor of six anthologies of literature. The film version of American Knees entitled Americanese will be released in 2009 by IFC Films. Wong is Professor of English at the University of Washington.


John Wray is the author of three novels, most recently Lowboy, which was just released in March 2009. Lowboy is the story of a sixteen-year-old paranoid schizophrenic who thinks the world will end in six hours if he doesn’t lose his virginity. Wray’s first novel, The Right Hand of Sleep, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and won a Whiting Award in Fiction. For his second novel, Canaan’s Tongue, he traveled down the Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans on a raft made out of Home Depot surplus, giving readings in towns along the way. This past year, Granta magazine selected him as one of the best American novelists under the age of thirty-five.


Anne Frances Wysocki is associate professor in the English department at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Her past work centers around questions of new media in pedagogical and cultural contexts.