C.M. Mayo is the author of an historical novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books, 2009); Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico (Milkweed Editions, 2007) and Sky Over El Nido (University of Georgia Press, 1995) which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. An avid translator of Mexican literature, she is also founding editor of Tameme and editor of the widely-lauded anthology of Mexican writing, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion. She leads writing workshops in Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, and the Bethesda MD Writers Center. Her website is www.cmmayo.com.
Steven J. McDermott is the founding editor and publisher of the literary journal STORYGLOSSIA. He’s the author of the short story collection Winter of Different Directions and his short fiction has appeared in numerous online and print journals, including Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature, Carve, Passages North, Red Wheelbarrow, Word Riot, Westview, Thieves Jargon, SmokeLong Quarterly, DOGZPLOT, elimae, Mud Luscious, and Keyhole Magazine, among others. His stories have received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and his story “Blue Jeans and Black Leather” was produced as a short film and shown at several film festivals. He’s currently at work on a short story collection in between piecing together a multi-genre novelesque thingamajig.
Kyle Minor is the author of In the Devil's Territory, a collection of short fiction, and co-editor of The Other Chekhov. His work appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2008, The Southern Review, Surreal South, and Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers.
Amy Minton’s recent publications appear in Indiana Review (32.2), On Earth As It Is (forthcoming), elimae, Monkeybicycle, Dogzplot, Hobart, Dewclaw, and Pindeldyboz. Her short story, “Overhanded,” was selected for inclusion in Best of the Web 2008 (Dzanc Books), edited by Steve Almond. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She lives and works in San Antonio.
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (2004); Small press editor (Momentum Press) 1974-1988); poems, prose poems and creative prose published in over five dozen literary magazines and a dozen anthologies (including Best of the Web 2008); a critical history on Los Angeles poetry forthcoming in 2010 from the University of Iowa Press. Collections of poetry include Hidden Proofs (1982), Vehemence (CD, New Alliance Records; 1993), and Bittersweet Kaleidoscope (2006).
Sheryl Monks is the former co-owner/ editor of Press 53, an Indie book publisher in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and a BA in English. She teaches creative writing at Salem College, where she also serves on the board for the Center for Women Writers. Her stories have earned a Northwest NC Regional Artist's Project Grant, the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, and finalist nods in literary contests sponsored by Backwards City Review and VERB: An Audioquarterly. Work has appeared in RE:AL — Regarding Arts and Letters, Backwards City Review, Southern Gothic online, and elsewhere.
Alissa Nutting received her MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama, where she was editor of The Black Warrior Review literary magazine. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she is a Schaeffer Fellow in fiction. A current reader for the literary magazine Witness, Alissa's stories have been published in Tin House, Fence, The Southeast Review, Swink, Mid-American Review, and other journals.
Jeff Parker is the author of the novel Ovenman (Tin House Books) and with William Powhida the collection of art and stories The Back of the Line (DECODE). A short story collection, The Taste of Penny (Dzanc Books), and a nonfiction book, Where Bears Roam the Streets (Harper Collins), are forthcoming in 2010. With Mikhail Iossel he co-edited the anthologies Rasskazy: New Fiction From a New Russia (Tin House Books, 2009) and Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive, 2004). He is currently the Acting Director of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.
Anne Leigh Parrish’s stories appear in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Carve Magazine, American Short Fiction, Pinch, Eclectica Magazine, Storyglossia, PANK, Knee-Jerk Magazine, and Prime Number Magazine, among other publications. To learn more about her and her work, please visit www.anneleighparrish.com.
Meg Pokrass lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. Originally an actress, her flash fiction stories and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in 3AM, Juked, Pindeldyboz, Smokelong Quarterly's Fifth Anniversary Issue,Wigleaf, Elimae, Keyhole, Frigg,Wordriot, Mud Luscious,The Rose and Thorn,Thieves Jargon, Eclectica and many others. Meg serves as a staff editor for SmokeLong Quarterly. Meg's blog, full of writing exercises and literary links, is here: http://www.megpokrass.com.
Yelizaveta P. Renfro is the author of A Catalogue of Everything in the World (Black Lawrence Press, 2010), winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, North American Review, Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, South Dakota Review, Witness, Blue Mesa Review, Fourth River, Bayou Magazine, Untamed Ink, So to Speak, and the anthologies A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection (OV Books, 2008) and Commutability: Stories about the Journey from Here to There (Main Street Rag, 2010). She holds an MFA from George Mason University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Born in the former Soviet Union, she has lived in California, Virginia, Nebraska, and Connecticut.
Lisa's essay and memoir work has been published in mainstream and literary venues. This has included the New York Times, O-The Oprah Magazine, Sport Literate, Barnstorm, Quay, Mediabistro, Skirt!, and many other magazines, websites, journals, and essay collections. A memoir of linked narrative essays is in progress. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Stonecoast Program at University of Southern Maine, where she was a workshop assistant; and a B.S. in journalism from Syracuse University. Lisa teaches in the Rutgers University Writing Program Extension.
Russell Rowland's first novel, In Open Spaces (Harpercollins 2002), made the San Francisco Chronicle's bestseller list, and was named among the Best of the West by the Salt Lake City Tribune. The sequel, The Watershed Years (Riverbend 2007) was one of three finalists for the High Plains Book Award. Russell has an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, and he has taught at BU, St. Mary's College, where he was Writer-in-Residence, and MSU-Billings. He currently teaches online workshops at Gotham, and does private consulting. He is also the fiction editor for www.stonethrowmagazine.com.
Pamela Ryder's stories have been widely published in literary journals. Correction of Drift: A Novel in Stories was published by Fiction Collective 2/University of Alabama Press. A short story collection, A Tendency To Be Gone, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books.
Peter Selgin's first book of short stories, Drowning Lessons, won the 2008 Flannery O'Connor Award and was published by the University of Georgia Press. His book on fiction writing, By Cunning & Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers, was published by Writer's Digest Books, 2007. Another, The Secret Life of Fiction, is forthcoming from the same press. His autobiographical work, Life Goes to the Movies, will be published by Dzanc Books in April 2009. His stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including Ploughshares, Salon.com, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, Boulevard, Poets & Writers, Colorado Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthologies Our Roots Are Deep With Passion (Other Books, 2006), Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2003), and Best American Essays 2006. He edits the journal Alimentum: The Literature of Food, and leads his own annual writing workshop in Vitorchiano, Italy. He lives in the Bronx, New York.
George Singleton’s the author of four collections of shorts stories and two novels: These People Are Us (2001), The Half-Mammals of Dixie (2002), Why Dogs Chase Cars (2004), Novel (2005), Drowning in Gruel (2006), and Work Shirts for Madmen (2007). He has published one book of advice: Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds (2008). His stories have appeared in magazines such at The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Playboy, Book, Zoetrope, Glimmer Train, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Ninth Letter, and North American Review, among others. He’s had work anthologized in nine editions of New Stories from the South, plus Writers Harvest 2, A Dixie Christmas, They Write Among Us, 20 Over 40, Must Be This Tall to Ride, Love Is a Four-Letter Word, and Behind the Short Story: from First to Final Draft. His nonfiction has appeared in the Oxford American, Best Food Writing 2005, Dog Is My Co-Pilot, and Paste. Singleton lives in Dacusville, South Carolina.
Ron Tanner has published stories and essays widely in such journals as The Iowa Review, New Letters, and Wheelhouse. His awards for short fiction include a Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, and many others. Most recently, he won a 2008 Best of the Web Award and a Story South Million Writers award for fiction. His collection of stories, A Bed of Nails, won both the G.S. Sharat Chandra award and the Towson Prize for Literature and is now in its second printing. He teaches writing at Loyola University-Maryland.
J. A. Tyler is the author of the forthcoming novellas Someone, Somewhere (ghost road press) and In Love With A Ghost (willows wept press) as well as the chapbooks The Girl in the Black Sweater (Trainwreck Press) and Everyone In This Is Either Dying Or Will Die Or Is Thinking Of Death (Achilles Chapbook Series). He is also founding editor of mud luscious / ml press. Visit: www.aboutjatyler.com.