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Abriana Jetté

February 27, 2015
Abriana Jetté is an internationally published poet, essayist, and educator from Brooklyn, New York. She earned an MFA from Boston University, where she was a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow, and an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Hofstra University, where she graduated with distinction. Her work has appeared in The Iron Horse Literary Review, Poetry Quarterly, The Moth, and many other places, and she is the editor of 50 Whispers: Poems by Extraordinary Women, which debuted as a #1 best-seller in women’s poetry. She teaches for St. John’s University and the City University of New York.
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Courtney Kersten

February 27, 2015
Courtney Kersten’s essays has previously appeared in DIAGRAM, The Masters Review, and Sweet. She currently studies at the University of Idaho’s MFA program in Creative Writing.
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Judith Kitchen

February 27, 2015
Judith Kitchen is the author of three collections of essays (most recently Half in Shade, Coffee House Press), a novel, a collection of poetry, and a critical study. In addition, she edited or co-edited three collections of short nonfiction pieces for W. W. Norton (with another collection forthcoming entitled Brief Encounters), an anthology of poetry, and a collection of literary interviews. What Persists, a selection of thirty years of her Georgia Review poetry reviews, will be released soon from University of Georgia Press. Her awards include a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the Lillian Fairchild Award, and the S. Mariella Gable Award. She served as judge for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Nonfiction Award, the Pushcart Prize in poetry, the Oregon Book Awards, and the Bush Foundation Fellowships, among others. She lived in Port Townsend, WA, until her death in November 2014.
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C. Levison McGuire

February 27, 2015
In spring of 2014, C. Levison McGuire served as the writer-in-residence for Croatia’s Zvona i Nari Library and Literary Retreat and Serbia’s Balkankult. Her work has appeared in Redivider, Ninth Letter, and Passages North, and she is currently at work on a collection of essays.
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Jennifer Lunden

February 27, 2015
Jennifer Lunden’s lyric essay “The Butterfly Effect” won first prize in the Creative Nonfiction animal issue (Winter 2011), went on to win a Pushcart Prize, and later was anthologized in True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine. Her work has also appeared in Orion, Wigleaf, and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. An earlier draft of “Evidence” was a Maine Literary Awards finalist. Read her blog at www.jenniferlunden.com.
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Jacqueline Lyons

February 27, 2015
Jacqueline Lyons is the author of the poetry collection The Way They Say Yes Here (Hanging Loose Press) and the chapbook Lost Colony (Dancing Girl Press). She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Peace Corps Writers Best Poetry Book Award, the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, Utah Arts Council Awards in Poetry and Nonfiction, and a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Nonfiction. Her nonfiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and cited in Best American Essays.
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Mark H. Massé

February 27, 2015
Mark H. Massé (www.markmasse.com) is author of two books of literary journalism: Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm’s Way (2011) and Inspired to Serve: Today’s Faith Activists (2004). He has also published two novels and is completing a third work of fiction on campus crime. A freelance author for more than thirty-five years, Massé has written for multiple national and international periodicals. In 2012, he won the Excellence in Journalism Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association for “Transformer,” a chapter from his book Trauma Journalism, which originally appeared in River Teeth in fall 2009.
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John Tormey

February 27, 2015
John Tormey works in the training department for the Massachusetts commuter railroad. He lives with his wife and two young sons in Taunton, MA. He received his MFA from Boston University in 2011 and is at work on a collection of essays and a novel.
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Tarn Wilson

February 27, 2015
Tarn Wilson is the author of the recently published memoir The Slow Farm about her early years with her hippy parents in the wilds of British Columbia. Her essays appear in Brevity, Defunct, Gulf Stream, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Inertia, Ruminate, South Loop Review, and The Sun, among others. She is a graduate of the Rainier Writing Workshop and lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Justin Heckert

February 27, 2015
Justin Heckert’s nonfiction stories have appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Grantland, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, Oxford American, Indianapolis Monthly, and Atlanta, among other publications; one of those stories was recently anthologized in the collection Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists. He has twice been named Writer of the Year by the City and Regional Magazine Association. Heckert lives near downtown Indianapolis with his wife, Amanda, and dog, Cooper.
Keywords: 16-2

Lee Martin

August 28, 2014
Lee Martin is the author of the novels, The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; Break the Skin; River of Heaven; and Quakertown. He has also published three memoirs, From Our House, Turning Bones, and Such a Life; and a short story collection, The Least You Need to Know. He teaches in the MFA program at The Ohio State University, where he is a past winner of the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.
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Pamela Schmid

August 28, 2014
Pamela Schmid is the creative nonfiction editor at Sleet, an online magazine. Before receiving a 2013-14 Loft Mentor Series award in nonfiction, she spent nearly a decade as an award-winning staff writer for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in Sliver of Stone magazine, Sleet, and Sweet: A Literary Confection. She holds an MFA degree from Hamline University and is currently completing a memoir about the power of silence and words. Her website is www.pamelaschmid.com.
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Anne Panning

August 28, 2014
Anne Panning’s novel, Butter, was published in October 2012 by Switchgrass Books. Her short story collection, Super America, won The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice. She has also published a book of short stories, The Price of Eggs. Four of her essays have received notable citations in The Best American Essays series. She has also published poetry in 32 Poems, Hotel Amerika, Fugue, and Room Magazine. She has recently completed a memoir, Dragonfly Notes; her next book project is a novel about a competitive food eater. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Mark, and two children, Hudson and Lily, and teaches creative writing at SUNY-Brockport.
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Sydney Lea

August 28, 2014
Sydney Lea’s most recent collection of nonfiction is A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife (Skyhorse, 2013), and his latest volume of poetry is I Was Thinking of Beauty (Four Way Books, 2013). He is poet laureate of Vermont.
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Nancy Lord

August 28, 2014
Nancy Lord, a former Alaska Writer Laureate, is the author of several books including Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-changed North (Counterpoint Press, 2011). In 2013 she was an artist-in-residence in Alaska’s Chugach National Forest as part of the Voices of the Wilderness Program.
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Elizabeth Arnold

August 28, 2014
Elizabeth Arnold is a graduate of the MFA program at the Rainier Writing Workshop. Her work has previously appeared in such places as The Gettysburg Review, The Whitefish Review, Superstition Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been listed as notable in The Best American Essays. She lives on a working farm in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, horses, chickens, and dogs.
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Jacqueline Haskins

August 28, 2014
Jacqueline Haskins is a biologist of watery wilds, from cypress swamps to cirque swales. Her nonfiction has received a Pushcart nomination and been a finalist in Oregon Quarterly’s Northwest Perspectives Contest. Jacqueline received her Masters in Biostatistics from U. of Washington, and her MFA from NW Institute of Literary Arts. Her nonfiction, poetry, or fiction appear in Cordite Poetry Review, Raven Chronicles, Cirque Journal, Meadowland Review, The Collapsar, Shark Reef Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. Visit her at JacquelineHaskins.com.
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Hannah Hindley

August 28, 2014
Hannah Hindley is a field educator and wilderness guide with a B.A. in English from Harvard University. She is a published writer of both truthful and fictional stories and is the recipient of the Thomas Wood Award in Journalism and the winner of the New Conrads Writing Contest for Jack Tar Magazine. She currently works as a naturalist aboard a small adventure boat and is daily witness to Alaska’s ice melt—and the changes that come with it—during her long summer seasons spent in Glacier Bay National Park and the Alexander Archipelago.
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Britt Leach

August 28, 2014
Britt Leach was an actor for thirty-odd years and at the end of that career started writing. He co-published, co-edited and wrote for Country Connections, a nationally distributed, award-winning magazine nurtured in the mountains north of Los Angeles. He also wrote and published two websites: Impertinent Information and Veritas—Any Day Now featuring his satire, poetry and essays toward memoir. He is married to Catherine Roberts Leach, a fine art photographer. Without whom, nothing. He now lives in Los Angeles.
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Ron Clinton Smith

August 28, 2014
Ron Clinton Smith is a writer of stories, songs, poetry, screenplays, and the novel Creature Storms, published in 2012. He is also a theater and film actor recently appearing in HBO’s True Detective as Sheriff Tate, and in the Sundance Channel's Rectify. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he balances his time between writing and acting.
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Jonathan Starke

August 28, 2014
Jonathan Starke is a former bodybuilder and boxer. He tends to write about the loss of things. You can find more of his lost work in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, Brevity, and North American Review, among others. He works as a creative writing coach and editor at www.jonathanstarke.com.
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Ira Sukrungruang

August 28, 2014
Ira Sukrungruang is the author of Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, Southside Buddhist, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. His essays have appeared in Shambhala Sun, Creative Nonfiction, and Fourth Genre. He teaches at University of South Florida and the City University Hong Kong low-residency MFA.
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Melissa Matthewson

August 28, 2014
Melissa Matthewson’s essays have appeared in Numero Cinq, Pithead Chapel, Defunct, Under the Gum Tree, Terrain.org, and Prime Number among others. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Melissa, along with her family, owns and operates an organic vegetable farm in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She also broadcasts a weekly alternative radio show from a tiny station in the remote hills of the Siskiyou Mountains.
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Joe Mackall

Joe Mackall January 29, 2014
Joe Mackall is the co-founder and co-editor of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and series co-editor of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize series.
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Michelle Herman

Michelle Herman January 29, 2014
Michelle Herman's most recent book is Stories We Tell Ourselves, essays about the unconscious in everyday life.
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Leila Philip

Leila Philip January 29, 2014
Leila Philip is the author of three books of nonfiction, including her most recent work, the award-winning memoir, A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family.
Keywords: 13-2, 15-2

Penny Guisinger

January 29, 2014
Penny Guisinger’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Solstice, Under the Gum Tree, and others. She holds an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine.
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Kim Todd

January 29, 2014
Kim Todd is the author of Sparrow; Chrysalis, Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis; and Tinkering with Eden, a Natural History of Exotic Species in America.
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Steven Church

January 29, 2014
Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, and The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst. His fourth book, Ultrasonic: Soundings will be released in 2014 by Lavender Ink.
Keywords: 10, 15-2, 3-1

Chelsea Biondolillo

January 29, 2014
Chelsea Biondolillo is currently writing somewhere out West, having recently completed an MFA in both creative writing and environmental studies at the University of Wyoming.
Keywords: 15-2
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