Steven Gillis is the author of the novels Walter Falls, The Weight of Nothing—both finalists for the Independent Publishers Book of the Year and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year 2003 and 2005—and Temporary People. Steve's stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in over three dozen journals. A six-time Pushcart nominee and 4 time Best Of... Notable Stories, a collection of Steve's stories - titled Giraffes - was published in February, 2007. A second collection of Steve's stories—titled The Principles of Landscape—will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2009. A member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival Board of Directors, and a finalist for the 2007 Ann Arbor News Citizen of the Year, Steve teaches writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of 826 Michigan and the co-founder of Dzanc Books in partnership with Dan Wickett. All proceeds from Steve's writing go to Dzanc.
iane Goettel is the Managing Editor of Black Lawrence Press. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Adirondack Review from 2006-2009. Diane teaches weekly creative writing workshops in Brooklyn and Manhattan and is a regular contributor to A&U: America's AIDS Magazine. Diane's fiction has appeared in 42 Opus, failbetter, and Lichen. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
Brent Goodman is the author of The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (2009 Black Lawrence Press) and two chapbooks, Trees Are the Slowest Rivers (1998 Sarasota Poetry Theatre) and Wrong Horoscope (1999 Thorngate Road) which won the Frank O'Hara Award. His work has appeared in Poetry, Green Mountains Review, Poetry East, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Diode, No Tell Motel, Gulf Coast, Barn Owl Review, and elsewhere. A twice recipient of Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Fellowship Awards and a former Lecturer of English at Purdue University (MFA '96), Brent is currently an assistant editor for the online journal Anti-.
Richard Grayson, a retired lawyer, is the author of eight books of short stories, including With Hitler in New York (1979), I Brake for Delmore Schwartz (1983), I Survived Caracas Traffic (1996), The Silicon Valley Diet (2000) and Who Will Kiss the Pig? (2007). His nonfiction has appeared in People, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Arizona Republic and The San Jose Mercury News. He has taught writing and literature on the college level since 1975.
KJ Hannah Greenberg, blogger for Israel's Jerusalem Post, columnist for Britain's The Mother Magazine, and fiction, nonfiction, and poetry reader for Sotto Voce, had published, across genres, worldwide. Former rhetoric professor, National Endowment for the Humanities awardee, and Grace Notes nonfiction judge, she recently won a flash fiction contest at Strange, Weird and Wonderful as well as recognition for her poetry at Poetry Super Highway. Throughout, she has been bouyed by her hibernaculum of imaginary hedgehogs.
Seth Harwood graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2002, and his short stories have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has taught creative writing and literature at Stanford, City College of San Francisco, the University of Iowa, and the University of Massachusetts. His first novel, Jack Wakes Up, comes out in May 2009 from Three Rivers Press. You can find free audio novels, interviews, and much more at www.sethharwood.com.
"Less is more" rules Tania Hershman's fiction. Half of the stories in Tania Hershman's debut collection, The White Road and Other Stories, are flash fiction. She is the European regional winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association 600-word short story competition, joint winner of the 2008 Biscuit Publishing Flash Fiction contest, and the winner of Creating Reality's 2nd 300 word contest. Her flash and longer fiction have been published online and in print and broadcast on BBC Radio and in podcasts. She is the founder and editor of The Short Review, a journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections. Originally from the UK, Tania, a former science journalist, lives in Jerusalem, Israel. She blogs at TaniaWrites.
Marcel Jolley was born and raised in Skagway, Alaska and now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Cathy and son Will. His collection of short stories, Neither Here Nor There, was chosen as the winner of the first annual St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems, judged by Ilya Kaminsky.
Hardy Jones will see his novel, Every Bitter Thing, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2010. He's published many stories and essays in literary journals, is on the editorial staff of Memoir (and) Journal, and is currently a professor at Cameron University in Oklahoma.
Jeff Kass is a teacher of English and Creative Writing at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor MI and at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti MI and also works as the Poet-in-Residence for Ann Arbor Public Schools. A graduate of Yale University with a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, he has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for Ann Arbor District employees for his teaching and organizing of poetry programs; and was also named the 1995-96 California Education Placement Association’s New Teacher of the Year for Northern California Secondary Schools. In April of 2007, he was recognized by the American Civil Liberties Union as Michigan’s Wendy Joyrich Teacher of the Year and was also selected the 2007 Michigan Youth Art’s Festival’s Artist-in-Residence.
Stefan Kiesbye is the author of the novel Next Door Lived A Girl (Low Fidelity Press) and the upcoming story collection The Devil’s Moor (Dzanc Books). His work has appeared in Hobart, The St. Petersburg Review, and the anthology The Art of Friction. He lives in Los Angeles. www.skiesbye.com.
Since 2002 Henning Koch has worked as a translator and dramaturge for Yellow Bird Films, makers of Henning Mankell’s Wallander series for television/ cinema in Scandinavia, Germany and the UK. The Wallander project is the biggest ever film project in Scandinavia in terms of budget. In his time with Yellow Bird Koch has worked on some 50 drafts of 14 feature-length films. In 2005, Koch moved to Sardinia, off the coast of Italy, where he spent two years writing the short story collection Love Doesn’t Work, to be published by Dzanc Books in June 2010. In 2008 he wrote a fantasy thriller (novel) entitled The Maggot People, publication date not yet fixed. He is currently at work on his next (as yet untitled) novel. He writes a monthly column about his life in Sardinia for online journal The Nervous Breakdown.
K. Kvashay-Boyle's fiction is featured in McSweeney's, Best of McSweeney's, Best American Non-Required Reading, the textbooks Outsiders' Rules, and On Scene: A Writer's Guide, included as 100 Distinguished Stories in The Best American Short Stories 2003, won the audience award at the Pittsburg Arts and Lectures American Short Reading Series, has been performed at the Los Angeles Armand Hammer Museum, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, dramatized for multiple audiobooks, taught at Yale and produced as a high school
Aimee Loiselle's short story "Souvenirs" won third place and publication in the anthology American Fiction: The Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Authors, Volume 11 (New Rivers Press, 2010). Other stories have appeared in Blueline, Natural Bridge, Hospital Drive, Square Lake, and Out of Line. Broken Plate will publish another story very soon, and a flash fiction piece appeared in Steam Ticket. Some of Loiselle's stories have also been finalists in contests from Press 53, Glimmer Train Stories, and Cutthroat Journal. Her novel manuscript "Being Good About It" was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize founded by Barbara Kingsolver and made it onto the shortlist for finalists in the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. www.aimeeloiselle.com.
Robert Lopez is the author of Asunder, Kamby Balongo Mean River, and Part of the World. His fiction and poetry has appeared in dozens of journals, including; Bomb, The Threepenny Review, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, New York Tyrant, Unsaid, etc. A new novel, Kamby Bolongo Mean River, will be published by Dzanc Books in September, 2009. He teaches at The New School, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University.
Alex Lumans was born in Aiken, South Carolina, and attended College of Charleston for a BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Then Alex attended the Masters of Fine Arts Program for Fiction at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where, in August 2009, he plans to finally obtain this degree. His fiction has been published in Clarkesworld and is forthcoming in the Greensboro Review and the Southern Indiana Review as well as in the anthologies Surreal South 2009 and The Versus Anthology.
Peter Markus is the author of a novel, Bob, or Man on Boat, as well as three short books of short-short fiction, Good, Brother, The Moon is a Lighthouse, and The Singing Fish. A new collection of stories, We Make Mud, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2011. In between now and then he has a limited edition chapbook of stories, The Moon is a Fish, coming out on Cinematheque Press as well as a chapbook from ML Press, The Fish and the Not Fish. His fiction has appeared in New Sudden Fiction, Sudden Stories, Fiction Gallery (all anthologies) as well as in such literary journals as Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, among others. He lives in Michigan.