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RABIH ALAMEDDINE is the author of the novels I, the Divine (W.W. Norton), and The Hakawati (A.A. Knopf), which was an international bestseller, as well as Koolaids and The Perv (both Grove Atlantic). His novel An Unnecessary Woman (Grove) won the NCIBA Award 2014 and California Book Award 2014, and was a finalist for the National Book Award 2014, the PEN Open Book Award 2015, the NBCC Award (National Book Critics Circle Award), and longlisted for the IMPAC Award. It won the Prix Femina Etranger in 2016. His most recent novel, The Angel of History (Grove Atlantic) was long-listed for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Alameddine was a 2002 Guggenheim fellow. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.

HOWARD ANDERSON, after a brief stint at military school in Missouri, joined the army. He flew with a helicopter battalion in Vietnam until returning to the States, where he attended the University of New Mexico and received a degree in History and Anthropology. After traveling the country working a slew of odd-jobs, he got his law degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He began working as legal counsel for the New Mexico Organized Crime Commission before moving to Hollywood to try his hand at writing scripts: he split his time between both New Mexico and California and working as a lawyer and writing for many years. His novel, Albert of Adelaide, was published by Twelve Books in July 2012. Rights have been sold in Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK.

LILA AZAM ZANGANEH was born in Paris to Iranian parents. After studying literature and philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, she moved to the United States to teach literature, cinema and Romance languages at Harvard University. She has published a range of literary essays and interviews for, among others, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Le Monde and La Repubblica. Her first book, The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, a combination of fiction and essay on Vladimir Nabokov, has been published in twelve languages. Her new novel, A Tale for Lovers & Madmen, is forthcoming. She is fluent in seven languages and is the recipient of the Roger Shattuck Award for Criticism.

DENNIS BOCK’s collection of stories, Olympia, won the 1998 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Canadian Authors’ Association Jubilee Award, and the Betty Trask Award in the UK. His first novel, The Ash Garden, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Regional Best Book). It won the 2002 Canada-Japan Literary Award. The Communist’s Daughter (2006) is a fictionalized memoir of the Canadian battle surgeon Norman Bethune. His most recent novel, Going Home Again, was shortlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won The 21st Century People’s Literature Award in China for best foreign novel. His book reviews and travel essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail and The National Post. He is a lecturer at the University of Toronto and teaches at the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Toronto with his two sons.

CYNTHIA BOND is a writer and educator. She has worked with homeless youth as the Arts and Education Coordinator of the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Center in Hollywood, directed the Pedro Zamora Youth HIV Clinic at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and coordinated an ongoing writing/theater workshop with comedian Ellen DeGeneres. She created a series of writing and folk art workshops for at-risk youth within LA Unified School District and also taught at various substance abuse treatment centers within the LA area. Bond received the PEN USA Rosenthal Fellowship – for emerging writers from minority, immigrant and underserved communities. Her first novel, Ruby, was published by Hogarth Press, April 2014. A New York Times bestseller it was the Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection in 2015, was longlisted for The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2014, and shortlisted for the Baileys Prize (UK) in 2016. It was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.

CHARLES BURNS is the recipient of Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards (including several specifically for Burn’s stunning draughtsmanship). His masterpiece of eerie teenage angst, Black Hole, was the most eagerly-awaited continuing comic of the last decade, a wait that ended in October 2005 when Pantheon published a compilation of the entire series. Author of Big Baby, El Borbah, and Skin Deep, Burns is internationally known as one of the leading figures of the comix movement. He is the author most recently of the “Nitnit” trilogy, comprised of X’ed Out, The Hive and Sugar Skull, which were published in individual volumes by Pantheon, straight to #1 on the New York Times Graphic Books Best Sellers list. The trilogy has since been collected into a single volume called Last Look.

ANNE CARSON was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.

PANG-MEI NATASHA CHANG is a graduate of Columbia Law School. She lived in Moscow for many years but has now returned to New York City. Chang was a Chinese Studies major at Harvard when she began to interview her great-aunt Chang Yu-i about her childhood in China. From their conversations emerged Bound Feet and Western Dress (Doubleday/Anchor), which is in part Yu-i’s story, of her struggle to live a ‘modern’ life, and partly Pang-Mei’s own story, that of a Chinese American who had struggled with similar issues of personal identity. Foreign rights to sold in many countries and it was also dramatized as a BBC radio serial.

BILL CHENG was born and raised in Queens, New York. He received his B.A. in English from Baruch College in 2005, taking courses in their Sidney Harman Visiting Writer Program.  In 2010, he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Hunter College, studying fiction under Colum McCann, Peter Carey and Nathan Englander.  He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Cheng’s debut Southern Cross the Dog is an epic novel in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor in which irrepressible and dark forces – both natural and human – threaten to destroy the lives of three childhood friends who have survived the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. It was published in May 2013 by Ecco/Harper Collins, and was longlisted for PEN Open Book Award in 2014. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, 2015.

DANIEL CLOWES was born in Chicago in 1961. In 1989, he published the first issue of his seminal comic-book, Eightball. His graphic novels include Ghost World, David Boring, Caricature, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Ice Haven, Mr. Wonderful, and Wilson. His latest book is Patience. His screenplay for the film adaptation of Ghost World (starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johanson) was nominated for an Academy Award. He is the illustrator of many covers for The New Yorler, and was the first cartoonist to have his work featured in Esquire’s annual fiction issue. A major retrospective of his work, The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, debuted at the OMCA in Oakland, before traveling to the MCA in Chicago, and the Wexner in Columbus. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Erika and son Charles.

EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and the novel-in-stories, The Dew Breaker. She is the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2,  and Best American Essays 2011. She has written six  books for  young adults and children, Anacaona, Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama’s Nightingale, and Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel. Her memoir , Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a  2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography.  Her next book, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story will be published by Graywolf Press in July 2017.  She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

JUNOT DÍAZ was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. He is the co-founder of the Voices of Our National Arts Foundation. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and a Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.

NATHAN ENGLANDER is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Englander’s play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, premiered at The Public Theater in 2012. He also translated the New American Haggadah and co-translated Etgar Keret’s Suddenly a Knock on the Door. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

NURUDDIN FARAH was born in 1945 in Baidoa, in what is now Somalia and grew up in Kallafo, under Ethiopian rule in the Ogaden. His first novel, From a Crooked Rib was published in the Heineman African Writers series, and achieved worldwide cult status but also earned him the enmity of the then-dictator of Somalia. Farah was exiled for more than 25 years.  Nuruddin Farah’s main work is divided into trilogies, the first, “Variations on the Theme of African Dictatorship” – Sweet and Sour Milk, Sardines and Close Sesame – focuses on the family unit as a refuge and antithesis to the threats of dictatorship. The second trilogy, “Blood in the Sun” – Maps, Gifts and Secrets – largely came into being during the turmoil of the Somali civil war, and takes the orphan as the central metaphor for the increasing distance to his country of origin. Farah’s third trilogy, “The Collapse” – Links, Knots and Crossbones (a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2012). His most recent novel, Hiding in Plain Sight, was published by Riverhead and in the same year Farah received the SALA Lifetime Achievement Award 2014. Farah is currently working on a new novel, North of Dawn (forthcoming Riverhead). He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER is the author of three award-winning and internationally best-selling novels: Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (both Houghton Mifflin) and Here I Am (FSG) as well as two works of nonfiction: Eating Animals and The New American Haggadah (both Little Brown). He won The Guardian Book Prize for his debut novel, was included in Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists” issue as well as The New Yorker’s “20 under 40” list of the best young writers in the US; and his books are published in over 30 languages.

EMILY FRIDLUND grew up in Minnesota and currently lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston Review,  ZYZZYVA,  FiveChapters,  New Orleans ReviewSou’wester, New Delta ReviewPainted Bride Quarterly, and Southwest Review. She holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Fridlund’s first novel, History of Wolves (Atlantic Monthly Press), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, A New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of USA Today’s Notable Books, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a #1 Indie Next pick. The opening chapter was awarded the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction. Her collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize and will be published by Sarabande in 2017.

MAUREEN GIBBON is the author of the novels Swimming Sweet Arrow, Thief, and Paris Red. A graduate of Barnard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she now lives in northern Minnesota.

THE GOGGLES are PAUL SHOEBRIDGE and MICHAEL SIMONS. The award-winning creators of an acclaimed interactive documentary, Welcome to Pine Point, which was produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and received more than a dozen international awards. They have produced magazines (Adbusters), books, television spots, and major advocacy campaigns for TV Turnoff Week, Buy Nothing Day and the Blackspot Sneaker, which was listed as one of the New York Times’ “Best Ideas”. Their work has been awarded numerous international design awards, 3 Webby awards, and has been featured in visual exhibitions and in documentaries.  The Goggles co-authored (with Mia Kirshner) I Live Here (Pantheon, 2008), a visually stunning narrative about the lives of refugees, prisoners and displaced people. Their app, Touch, will be released by Penguin in 2019.

PAUL GRINER is the author of a story collection Follow Me, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, and his fiction has appeared in many publications including Story, Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, Zoetrope and Playboy. He lives with his family in Kentucky. He is the author of the novels Collectors (Random House) and The German Woman (Houghton Mifflin). His most recent novel, Second Life, was published by Counterpoint, January 2015 and his story collection, Hurry Please, I Want to Know, Sarabande Books, was published in June of the same year and won the 2016 Kentucky Literary Award.

ANISSA HELOU is a chef, food writer, journalist, broadcaster, consultant and blogger focusing on the cuisines and culinary heritage of the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa. Born and raised between Beirut, Lebanon, and Mashta el-Helou, Syria, she knows the Mediterranean as only a well-traveled native can. Ms. Helou is the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks including Levant, The Fifth Quarter, An Offal Cookbook; Modern Mezze; Savory Baking from the Mediterranean; Mediterranean Street Food; Café Morocco; and Lebanese Cuisine, which was a finalist for the prestigious Andre Simon awards and chosen as one of the Los Angeles Times’ favorite books in 1998. Lebanese Cuisine remains the classic and most comprehensive work on this increasingly popular cuisine. The Fifth Quarter, An Offal Cookbook; Modern Mezze; and Mediterranean Street Food have received Gourmand World Cookbook awards. The latter was included in Food & Wine magazine’s selection of the Best of the Best for 2002. Savory Baking from the Mediterranean, was chosen by NPR, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Food & Wine as one of the best cookbooks for 2007 and Levant was chosen as best of the year by several publications including the Observer Food Monthly and Australian Gourmet Traveller. Her next book, The Foods of Islam, will be published by Ecco in April 2018.

ALEKSANDAR HEMON was born in 1964, in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He came to the US as part of a month long cultural exchange program of journalists but was granted political asylum when Sarajevo came under siege.  Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project, Love and Obstacles, The Making of Zombie Wars and a collection of auto-biographical essays, The Book of My Lives. He is working on his next novel, tentatively titled The World and All That It Holds, as well as two works of nonfiction, How Did You Get Here?: Tales of Displacement (oral histories) and My Parents: Theoretical Foundations (memoir), all forthcoming from FSG. How Did You Get Here? was the recipient a PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History in 2017.  He is currently the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Columbia College, Chicago.

SMITH HENDERSON was born and raised in western Montana where he set his first novel, Fourth of July Creek, (Ecco, June 2014). It won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award (UK) and the 2014 Montana Book Award, was shortlisted for The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2014, and longlisted for the Folio Prize 2014. It was also a finalist for the Ken Kesey Oregon Book Award, the “Reading the West Book Award 2014”, and the PEN Literary Award 2015, as well as the prestigious James Tait Black Prize (UK).

BRUCE HOLBERT is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Hotel America, The Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, Other Voices, The Contemporary West and the New York Times. Holbert grew up in the Grand Coulee near the Columbia River. His family was among the and among the first settlers of the country. His first novel, Lonesome Animals was a top ten pick in 2012 for The Seattle Times; it was followed by The Hour of Lead in 2014 (both Counterpoint), which won the Washington State Book Award 2015 and was named by Kirkus as a top 100 pick for 2014. Holbert’s next novel, Whiskey, will be published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.

TERRENCE HOLT teaches writing and practices medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  His short fiction has been anthologized widely, in best-of collections in the US, Europe, and Asia.  It was collected as In the Valley of the Kings (W. W. Norton, 2009), which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and the runner-up for the 2010 PEN American Center’s Robert W. Bingham Prize for Distinguished Literary Achievement.  His most recent collection, the New York Times bestseller Internal Medicine (Norton/Liveright, 2014), was named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best memoirs as well as one of the best science and nature books of 2014.  Over the past several years he has been an invited speaker at such venues as the Perth International Arts Festival and the Adelaide Festival in Australia, and the National Literary Festival in Washington, DC, as well as at a number of medical schools.  He is currently at work on an extended ghost story, which he thinks might have something to do with medicine, mortality, war, sin and redemption, but it’s really too soon to tell.

TANIA JAMES was raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She studied filmmaking at Harvard University and received an MFA in writing from Columbia University. James is the author of Atlas of Unknowns and Aerogrammes (both Alfred A. Knopf). Her latest novel, The Tusk That Did the Damage (Alfred A. Knopf 2015) was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and is longlisted for the Financial Times Oppenheimer Fund Emerging Voices Award.

DENIS JOHNSON is the author of a story collection, Jesus’ Son, a novella, Train Dreams, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and several novels, including Tree of Smoke, which won the 2007 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Johnson’s plays have been produced in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Seattle, and he has published several collections of poetry. His new short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, will be published by Random House in February of 2018.

YAŞAR KEMAL was a Turkish writer of Kurdish descent. As a member of the Central Committee of the banned Worker’s party he was imprisoned, released, then tried twice in succession by the State Security Council for having written essays in support of Kurdish dissidents and criticizing Turkish democracy. Kemal was acquitted after the first trial but the Council called him up for a second trial and he was sentenced to 20 months jail to be deferred subject to five years’ complete ban on writing or speaking on the Kurdish issue. Later he took the decision to European Human Rights Court and won. Kemal won a great many prizes for his literature and his work on behalf of human rights. His work has been translated into many languages and has won countless prizes from all over the world – including the French Grand Officier Légion d’Honneur and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. They Burn the Thistles and Memed My Hawk were reissued in the US by New York Review of Books.

LÊ THI DIEM THÚY is the author of The Gangster We Are All Looking For.  She lives in Western Massachusetts.

VALERIA LUISELLI was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. She is the author of the award-winning novels The Story of My Teeth (2015) and Faces in the Crowd (2013), and the books of essays Sidewalks (2013) and Tell Me How It Ends (2017) – all published by Coffee House Press. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Granta, Harper’s and McSweeney’s. She lives in Harlem, NY. She is at work on her second novel, The Lost Children Archives (forthcoming Knopf 2018).

MICHAEL DAVID LUKAS is the author of the international bestselling novel The Oracle of Stamboul, which was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has been published in fifteen languages. His second novel, The Forty-third Name of God, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau in Spring 2018. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv. A graduate of Brown University, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Santa Maddalena Foundation, and his writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Slate, and VQR. He lives in Oakland, California.

REBECCA MAKKAI is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the new collection Music for Wartime – six stories from which have appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently on the faculty of the MFA programs at Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. Her next novel, The Great Beilevers, will be published by Viking. Her website is www.rebeccamakkai.com

BENJAMIN MARKOVITS grew up in London, Oxford, Texas and Berlin. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics. Since then he has taught high-school English, worked at a left-wing cultural magazine and published seven novels, including a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron (ImpostureA Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves) and a series of linked stories about a New York private school (Fathers and Daughters). In 2013, Granta selected him to their Best of Young British Novelists list. You Don’t Have To Live Like This (about an experimental community in Detroit, including this scene in which the narrator plays basketball with Obama) won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction in 2015. It was followed by Playing Days (Harper Collins, November 2016), a novel about Ben’s experience playing pro ball in Germany, against the likes of a very young Dirk Nowitzki.

JANE MCCAFFERTY is author of four books of fiction. Director of the World, a book of stories which won the Drue Heinz prize as judged by John Edgar Wideman, and a collection of stories, Thank You For The Music, and two novels, One Heart and First Your Try Everything published by HarperCollins. Her work has been awarded an NEA, two Pushcart prizes, The Great Lakes New Writers Award, an Oprah book of the week award, and several special mentioned in Best American Short Stories. She is currently finishing a novella in Pittsburgh, where she teaches at Carnegie Mellon. She also writes non-fiction and poems.

NADIFA MOHAMED was born in Somalia and raised in the United Kingdom, she holds a degree from Oxford University in History and Politics. Her first novel, Black Mamba Boy (Harper Fiction UK & FSG US), was based on her father’s childhood experiences in East Africa and the Middle East, and won the Betty Trask Prize, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Prize, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, Dylan Thomas Prize, PEN Open Book Award and long listed for the Orange Prize. Her second novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls (S&S UK & FSG US), is set in Somalia during the Siyad Barre dictatorship, and has won a Somerset Maugham Award and the Prix Albert Bernard, and was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and long listed for a Dylan Thomas Award. Her novels have been translated into fourteen languages and in 2013 she was selected as one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, a once in a decade honor. Mohamed’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and many other publications.

BICH MINH NGUYEN, who also goes by Beth, is the author of three books, all with Viking Penguin: the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and most recently the novel Pioneer Girl. Her work has been featured in numerous university and community reads programs around the country. Nguyen was born in Saigon and grew up in Michigan, where her family settled after leaving Viet Nam as refugees. She now lives in the Bay Area, where she teaches in and directs the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

CHRIS OFFUTT is the author of the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother and three memoirs The Same River TwiceNo Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. His new novel, Country Dark, is forthcoming from Grove Press. His work is included in many anthologies and textbooks, including Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. He has written screenplays for WeedsTrue Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. He lives near Oxford, Mississippi.

TOMMY ORANGE was born and raised in Oakland, California. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He currently lives in Angels Camp, California. His first novel, There There will be published by Alfred A. Knopf.

JULIE OTSUKA was born and raised in California. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, won the 2003 Asian American Literary Award and the 2003 American Library Association Alex Award. Her second novel, The Buddha in the Attic, was a finalist for the National Book Award 2011, won the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the 2011 Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Buddha was an international bestseller and the winner of the prestigious Prix Femina étranger 2012, and the Albatros Literaturpreis 2013. Otsuka is currently at work on her next book – working title The Swimmers.

RAJESH PARAMESWARAN is the author of the short story collection I Am Executioner: Love Stories (Knopf 2012), a Washington Post best book of the year. The collection was named one of the “25 Great Short Story Collections from the 21st Century So Far” by The Scottish Book Trust, and stories from the collection have been included on lists such as Flavorwire’s “The Scariest Short Stories of All Time,” and “The Greatest Short Stories About Love.” Raj’s work has appeared in The Best American Magazine WritingFiction; Granta; McSweeney’s; and Zoetrope: All-Story; and has been recognized with a National Magazine Award, and fellowships from: the NEA; the New York Foundation for the Arts; the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University; the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers; the MacDowell Colony; the Ucross Foundation; the Santa Maddalena Foundation; the Dora Maar House; the Camargo Foundation; and Yaddo. In 2018, Raj will be the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig.

MIROSLAV PENKOV was born and raised in Bulgaria. He is the author of the story collection, East of the West (FSG 2011), and the novel, Stork Mountain (FSG 2016). His fiction has been translated in over twenty languages and has appeared in journals and anthologies including Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2008, The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories 2012, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. Winner of the 2012 BBC International Short Story Award and The Southern Review’s Eudora Welty Prize, he was a Literature Protégé in the 2014-15 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, mentored by Michael Ondaatje. Miroslav teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas, where he is a fiction editor for the American Literary Review.

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JEFFREY ROTTER is the author of two novels, The Unknown Knowns (Scribner) and The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering (Metropolitan/Holt).

PATRICK RYAN is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts (long-listed for The Story Prize) and Send Me (a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize). He’s also the author of three novels for young adults: Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, One Story, Crazyhorse, Catapult, The Iowa Review, The Yale Review and elsewhere. His nonfiction has been published by Granta and is included in Tales of Two Cities and other anthologies. He’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a Smart Family Foundation Award for Fiction. He lives in New York City.

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PITCHAYA SUDBANTHAD grew up in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the American South, and currently splits time between Brooklyn and Bangkok. He’s a Contributing Writer at The Morning News and has been named a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow in Fiction. His forthcoming novel, The Ghosts of Bangkok, will be published by Riverhead.

MATT SUMELL was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island, NY.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed collection Making Nice, which he is currently adapting for Warner Brothers Television. A graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA Program in Writing, his short fiction and nonfiction have since appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, Electric Literature, Noon, McSweeney’sOne StoryZyzzyva, LitHub, The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, and elsewhere. His website is www.mattsumell.com.

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HANNAH TINTI’s short story collection Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her bestselling novel The Good Thief won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, an American Library Association Alex Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also co-founder and executive editor of the award-winning literary magazine One Story. Hannah has taught creative writing at Columbia’s University’s Graduate Writing Program, New York University’s MFA Program and the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy, which she co-founded with Dani Shapiro, Michael Maren, and Antonio Sersale. Her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a national bestseller and has been optioned for television by director Matt Reeves (The Batman), Endemol Shine, and Producer Michael Costigan (Brokeback Mountain).

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VENDELA VIDA is the award-winning author of the acclaimed novels The Divers Clothes Lie Empty (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2015), The Lovers (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2010), Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2007), and And Now You Can Go (Knopf, 2003). Her essay collection, Girls on the Verge: Debutante Dips, Drive-Bys, and Other Initiations (1999) grew out of her MFA thesis at Columbia. She is a founding co-editor of The Believer magazine, and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

CHRIS WARE is the author of Jimmy Corrigan – the Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories, which was deemed a Top Ten Fiction Book by The New York Times and Time Magazine. A contributor to the New Yorker, his work has been exhibited at the MoCa Los Angeles, the MCA Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art and was the focus of the PBS program “Art in the 21st Century” in late 2016.

Claire Vaye Watkins

COLSON WHITEHEAD is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel the Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. His other books include Zone OneThe IntuitionistJohn Henry Days, and Sag Harbor. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers Award, he lives in New York City.

NAOMI J. WILLIAMS is the author of Landfalls, a novel about the 18th-century Lapérouse expedition. Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2015, Landfalls was a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard Award and long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Naomi’s short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including One Story, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Southern Review, and American Short Fiction. A five-time Pushcart nominee and one-time winner, Naomi has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis. She lives in Northern California with her family and is working on a new novel tentatively titled Akiko in Paris.

Authors With Work in Progress

AMANDA REA is recipient of a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Freeman’s, Lit HubThe Missouri ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewThe SunIndiana ReviewIowa Review and elsewhere. Her work has received a Pushcart Prize and the William Peden Prize in Fiction, as well as special mention in Best American Short Stories. She lives in Colorado.