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Jan Shoemaker

May 9, 2016
Jan Shoemaker’s essays have been anthologized, featured on public radio, and have appeared in many magazines and journals including River Teeth, The Sun, Fourth Genre, The Colorado Review, Sufi Journal, and American Literary Review. She writes and teaches in Michigan.
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Rebecca McClanahan

May 9, 2016
Rebecca McClanahan has published ten books of nonfiction, essays, poetry, and writing instruction, most recently The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change and a new edition of Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively.
Keywords: 11-1, 13-2, 17-2, 3-1, 4-2

Cate Hennessey

May 9, 2016
Cate Hennessey’s essays and book reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, PANK, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee, she teaches at West Chester University.
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Tim Hillegonds

May 9, 2016
Tim Hillegonds earned a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University in Chicago.
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Sonya Huber

May 9, 2016
Sonya Huber is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), finalist for the 2010 Grub Street National Book Prize in Nonfiction, and Opa Nobody (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize.
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Donald J. Mitchell

May 9, 2016
Donald J. Mitchell lives in Deming, WA, on land his great grandfather homesteaded in the 1880s. He’s lived there all his life writing poetry, short essays, and fiction.
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Joe Oestreich

May 9, 2016
Joe Oestreich is the author of two books of creative nonfiction: Lines of Scrimmage (co-written with Scott Pleasant, 2015) and Hitless Wonder (2012).
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William Torrey

May 9, 2016
William Torrey teaches Creative Writing and Literature at St. Andrew’s School.
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Gina Williams

May 9, 2016
Gina Williams lives and creates in the Pacific Northwest.
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Heather Gemmen Wilson

May 9, 2016
Heather Gemmen Wilson is an award-winning author. She enjoyed a twenty-year career as a book editor before returning to school.
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Fleda Brown

May 9, 2016
Fleda Brown’s The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems will be out from University of Nebraska Press in 2017. Her eighth collection of poems, No Need of Sympathy (BOA Editions, LTD) and her collection of essays with Sydney Lea, Growing Old in Poetry (Autumn House Press) came out in 2013.
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Joe Wilkins

November 20, 2015
Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, winner of a 2014 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs.
Keywords: 17-1, 18-1

Stephen Benz

November 20, 2015
Along with two books of travel essays—Guatemalan Journey (University of Texas Press) and Green Dreams: Travels in Central America (Lonely Planet)—Stephen Benz has published essays in Creative Nonfiction, TriQuarterly, Los Angeles Review, and other journals. Two of his essays have been selected for the Best American Travel Writing series. Formerly a writer for Tropic, the Sunday magazine of the Miami Herald, he now teaches professional writing at the University of New Mexico and is on the faculty of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference.
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Jill Christman

November 20, 2015
Jill Christman is the author of Darkroom: A Family Exposure (AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction winner), Borrowed Babies: Apprenticing for Motherhood (Shebooks 2014), and essays in magazines and journals such as Brevity, Fourth Genre, Iron Horse Literary Review, Literary Mama, Oprah Magazine, and Brain, Child. She teaches creative nonfiction writing in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA program and at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she lives with her husband, writer Mark Neely, and their two children.
Keywords: 17-1, 19-2

Karen Dietrich

November 20, 2015
Karen Dietrich is the author of The Girl Factory (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Her writing has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly, The Bellingham Review, Specter, and elsewhere.
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Tom Fate

November 20, 2015
Tom Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Beyond the White Noise, a collection of essays, Steady and Trembling, a spiritual memoir, and Cabin Fever, a nature memoir. A regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, his essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Orion, Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, and many other journals and anthologies, and they have often aired on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio. He teaches creative writing at College of DuPage in Chicago.
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Kerry Folan

November 20, 2015
Kerry Folan's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Hippocampus, and The Butter, among other publications. She is currently a second-year MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at George Mason University.
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Robert Long Foreman

November 20, 2015
Robert Long Foreman is from Wheeling, West Virginia. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared most recently in Copper Nickel, Redivider, Booth, The Utne Reader, Fourth Genre, and the 2014 Pushcart anthology. He is The Cossack Review’s Fiction Editor, and he teaches creative writing and literature at Rhode Island College.
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Shannon Huffman Polson

November 20, 2015
Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey as well as essays in Cirque Journal, High Country News, Alaska and Seattle magazines, Huffington Post, and Ruminate Magazine, where her work was given honorable mention in the 2015 VanderMey Prize for Nonfiction. Her current project about mythology, community, and pathfinding is based on her experience as one of the Army’s first women attack helicopter pilots.
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Shanley Jacobs

November 20, 2015
Shanley Jacobs’ poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in Blackbird, Gulf Coast, The Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: Best New Voices from the Academy of American Poets University & College Prizes (1998-2009), and Tampa Review. She is a recipient of a Catherine and Joan Byrne Academy of American Poets Prize, a fellowship to Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a 2014 AWP Intro Journals Project Award in Nonfiction. She is an MFA candidate at the University of San Francisco and has her MFA in Poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Catalina Ouyang

November 20, 2015
Catalina Ouyang is a visual artist and writer based in St. Louis, where she and her partner enjoy unimaginably cheap rent. She was the recipient of the 2015 CURA Prize for her short story “Third Sister.” Her visual work has been exhibited in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Annapolis, and Florence. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2015.
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Katherine Robb

November 20, 2015
Katherine Robb is a writer and attorney. Her writing has been published in Blue Fifth Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Hobart (online), Jenny, Tincture Journal, New York University Annual Survey of American Law, and Taconic Press. She recently finished her first novel.
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Nathan Thornburgh

November 20, 2015
Nathan Thornburgh is a former musician, former traveling salesman, and former foreign correspondent with TIME Magazine. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Roads & Kingdoms (voted American's Best Travel Journalism site by the Society of American Travel Writers).
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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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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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Jonathan Hiskes

February 27, 2015
Jonathan Hiskes works in communications at the University of Washington. He is a father, a husband, a lazy gardener, a wistful hiker, and a former staff writer at Grist, Sustainable Industries, and the Brown County (Ind.) Democrat. His writing has appeared in The Sun, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Books & Culture, The Other Journal, The Mennonite, Geez, Portland Business Journal, Seattle Weekly, and elsewhere.
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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.
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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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