SHASTA GRANT is author of Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home, a forthcoming chapbook with Split Lip Press, the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellow, and Spring 2017 Writer-in-Residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida. Winner of the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, judged by Ann Patchett, her stories and essays have appeared in cream city review, Epiphany, Gargoyle, wigleaf, and elsewhere. A graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, she current lives in Singapore and Indianapolis. (@shastagrant)
Guest Editor SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY has contributed fiction, essays, and journalism to Tin House, VICE, Pacifica Literary Review, Monkeybicycle, SmokeLong Quarterly, and NAILED, among other places. He is a contributing writer for The Portland Mercury, Portland’s alternative weekly newspaper, and a contributing writer for Los Angeles-based ENDPAIN. A recipient of the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship, Holley lives in Portland, Oregon.
CARRIE KILMAN loves stories that explore what can divide and connect different peoples, places, and points of view. A former staff writer for Teaching Tolerance magazine and a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Carrie has written extensively about social justice movements across the US. Her work has appeared in In These Times, Alternet.org, Tolerance.org, Yankee Magazine, and Wisconsin Public Radio. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is a staff editor for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and runs a life-story writing program for senior citizens. (@cailo)
When TOWLES KINTZ isn’t at a playground, in her kitchen, or keeping her toddler from launching himself off of the living room furniture, she seeks respite in great literature. Her essays have appeared in Brevity, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Art House America, among others. Kintz holds a B.A. in English from Davidson College and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College. She lives in Nashville, Tennesee, with her family. (@proximitymag)
MAGGIE MESSITT is passionate about narratives most storytellers pass over and places most people will never visit. She spent eight years in South Africa as a freelance journalist, newspaper and magazine editor, and the director of a writing school for women. Most recently, her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Teaching Tolerance, River Teeth, and elsewhere. Longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa is her first book. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she is finishing her PhD in creative nonfiction and her next book, a hybrid of investigation and memoir. (@maggiemessitt)
Guest Editor BRAD AARON MODLIN is the author of Everyone at This Party Has Two Names – winner of the Cowles Poetry Prize – and the author of Surviving in Drought – a small collection of stories that won The Cupboard‘s annual contest. His nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Florida Review, Proximity, Fourth Genre, DIAGRAM, and others. Brad earned his MFA from Bowling Green State and his PhD from Ohio University. He currently lives in Joplin, Missouri, and teaches creative writing at Missouri Southern State University.
STACY MUSZYNSKI works to get to the heart of the story, uncover it, and make it beat soundly. Her writing-editing-teaching has won awards in academia and at some of the world’s leading advertising and high-tech firms, including J Walter Thompson Detroit and Dell Inc. She has worked as the blog editor for American Short Fiction, books editor for Front Porch Journal, and as a freelance writer/editor for clients ranging from the World Wildlife Federation to Dzanc Books. A member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN America, Stacy has an MFA in Fiction (with distinction) from Texas State University, and is currently at work on a genre-bending memoir. (@stacymus)
Guest Editor ERICA TRABOLD is a writer of family and memory. Her essays have appeared in Proximity, Seneca Review, and The Collagist, and are forthcoming in Passages North, South Dakota Review, and an anthology of lyric essays by Tinderbox Editions. A Nebraska native, Erica currently lives in Oregon, where she graduated with an MFA from Oregon State University and served as the nonfiction editor of 45th Parallel Magazine. She writes for the Pleiades Book Review and was a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. (@ericatrabold)
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