Ashley Bethard is currently an MFA candidate at Ashland University. She works as an Interactive Media Assistant and Music Contributor for Funcoast.com, an interactive entertainment magazine housed by the Sandusky Register.
C.J. Brenner lives and works in New York City. She has a long and perplexing history with entomology, but this is her first published piece of fiction.
Beatrix Chan lives in San Francisco. She has one dog named Bonanza. Bonanza is a girl. She is a master at Microsoft Office, 2007.
Anelise Chen is an MFA student at NYU. She writes for the Hydra Magazine and co-edits New Haven’s Dirty Pond online literary journal.
Ann Claycomb is a full-time writer living in Morgantown, West Virginia, and MFA graduate of West Virginia University. Her work has previously been published in The Madison Review, The Fourth River, Prick of the Spindle, Fiction Weekly, and Brevity and is forthcoming in The Evansville Review. She is currently at work on a novel about mermaids and opera.
Matthew Gallaway got his BA from Cornell University, where he majored in government, and after working for several environmental groups in Washington, DC, attended law school at New York University. (He is fairly certain that he is the only graduate of NYU Law to work as a record-store clerk.) After passing the bar, he played in a rock band (Saturnine) for several years before turning his attention to The Metropolis Case. He currently lives in Washington Heights with his partner Stephen (a stage director at the Metropolitan Opera) and three cats. He blogs at http://www.matthewgallaway.com and tumbles at http://www.matthewgallaway.tumblr.com. The Metropolis Case will be published in January 2011 by Crown.
Erica Garza is an MFA candidate in Writing at Columbia University. She writes personal essays and is currently at work on a memoir. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, she earned her B.A. at UCLA and has spent many years traveling. This is her first publication.
David Greenwood‘s awards currently reside in the Best PEN/American Push-piddly-twiddly-tweedle-woo-cart fellowship and hail from MFA, where he received 2009 and appeared in his first novel, alongside Brooklyn College. He writes in Pink Sherbert.
Dimiter Kenarov is a freelance journalist based out of Sofia, Bulgaria. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review, Etiqueta Negra, The Virginia Quarterly Review (where he is a contributing editor), and was recently anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2009. He is a doctoral student in English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Caroline Lampinen will earn a BFA in graphic design from Western Michigan University this May. Creative non-fiction is an art she has been practicing since well before she knew the genre existed. If you include the ones she’s mailed away to strangers and friends, she just might have the same number of filled journals as books (quite a few). In 2009 she designed and executed a solo exhibition based on them called I CAN’T STOP that was on display at WMU.
Despite its irrelevance to her undergraduate curriculum, she took an opportunity to study with Lee Gutkind and Robin Hemley in Prague and quickly admitted that she is, in fact, a passionate writer. Once this degree nonsense is over, she will be either joining the Teach For America Mississippi Delta corps or working as a business developer in New York City. Either way, she will write. www.okaycaroline.com
Brandon Lingle’s award-winning writing and photography has appeared in more than twenty publications including The North American Review, Narrative, Mississippi Review, Redivider, War, Literature & the Arts, Anderbo, CutBank, Adirondack Review, Juked, and Blue Earth Review. He teaches at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where he serves as Art Director and Nonfiction Editor of War, Literature & the Arts. He’s online at: www.blingle.info
Michelle Puckett is an MFA candidate in the poetry program at Mills College where she is currently at work on a book of poems that uses family archive to explore the intersections of public & private guilt, national history, and the politics of looking and ordering. Winner of the 2009 Mary Merritt Prize in Poetry, her work has appeared in various publications including Bang Out San Francisco, The Walrus, and Monkey Puzzle Magazine.
Andrea Uptmor is a fiction writer from Illinois. Her stories have appeared in The Chicago Reader, Shore Magazine, and Stirring: A Literary Collection, among others. She is a current MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota.
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft currently teaches at the University of California-Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in European Intellectual History in 2009. His essays on food and contemporary culture have been published widely in magazines and journals such as Gastronomica, Meatpaper and many others. His academic work focuses on the history of continental philosophy, critical theory and public intellectual life.