Current & Forthcoming Titles
JENNIFER ACKER is founder and Editor in Chief of The Common. She is the author of Limits of the World (Delphinium). Her short stories, essays, criticism, and translations have been published in the Washington Post, n+1, Guernica, Slate, and Ploughshares, among other places. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches at Amherst College. She has received writing fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and Ledig House/Writers OMI.
BRYCE ANDREWS lives in western Montana on a farm beside steep mountains. He is fascinated by wild animals and divides his time between agriculture, large carnivore conservation, and writing. As he types this bio, clouds are lifting from the peaks to reveal October’s first snow. A bear is bedded fifty yards from his house. Bryce’s first book, Badluck Way, was published in 2014 and received several awards. His second, Down from the Mountain, was published in April, 2019.
BETHANY BALL’s debut novel, What to Do About the Solomons, was published by Atlantic Monthly Press in March, 2017, and is a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her second novel, The Pessimists, will be published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 2021. She was born and raised in Detroit and lives in New York with her family.
BROOKE BARKER is a writer and illustrator. Her first book, Sad Animal Facts, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times best-seller, and has been published in countless languages if you can’t count higher than five. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the Observer, and Lenny Letter, and she has illustrated for Coca-Cola and Nike. She and her husband Boaz live in Amsterdam and their house has at least one rat living in it.
MARK BARR‘s debut novel, Watershed, will be published by Hub City Press. He has been awarded fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, I-Park Artists¹ Enclave, Jentel Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Millay Colony, and Yaddo. He lives with his wife and sons in Arkansas, where he develops software and bakes bread.
DAPHNE BEAL is the author of the novel In the Land of No Right Angles and numerous essays, articles, and short stories. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, McSweeney’s, Open City, and The London Review of Books among other places. Educated at Brown University, B.A., and New York University, M.F.A. in Fiction, she has earned fellowships from The New York Times Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. She worked as an assistant editor at The New Yorker and for Artforum and Bookforum. Currently, she teaches fiction writing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and is completing her second novel.
TOM COOPER was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and now lives in New Orleans. His first book, The Marauders, was published in 2015. His second novel, Florida Man, will be published by Random House.
ANNIE DEWITT is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Esquire, Tin House, Guernica, The Believer, BOMB, The Iowa Review, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Poets and Writers, amongst others, and been anthologized and translated into several languages. Her debut story collection Closest Without Going Over was shortlisted for the Mary McCarthy Award. Her debut novel White Nights In Split Town City made the NYTimes “Short List” and was heralded by BookForum, amongst others, as “masterful” and “full of syntactic daring.” She is a Co-Founder of the lit mag Gigantic and a recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship. Annie teaches at Columbia University (where she received her MFA), Bennington, Bard, Barnard, and The New School.
KATHERINE DYKSTRA is the author of What Happened to Paula? On the Death of an America Girl, forthcoming from W.W. Norton. A journalist, essayist, editor and teacher, her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Poets and Writers, Real Simple, The Common, Crab Orchard Review, Shenandoah, and Gulf Coast among other publications. She was a finalist for the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize and has twice been included in the “Notables” section of Best American Essays. Her current work was included in Creative Capital’s “On Our Radar,” a list of projects by “artists to watch.” She lives with her husband and two children.
ELISE ENGLER lives and works in New York City. She has been the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in drawing (2001), the National Science Foundation’s Antarctica Artist and Writer’s Program Grant (2009) and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Grant (2012). She has been a MacDowell fellow (2003, 2016) and a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2004). Her book Diary of a Plague Year is forthcoming from Metropolitan Books.
DIONNE FORD is the co-editor of the anthology Shared Legacies: Narratives of Race and Reconciliation by Descendants of Slaveholders and the Enslaved, forthcoming from Rutgers University Press. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, More, Rumpus and Ebony and won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomens’ Club of New York. She received a 2018 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Other honors include grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge foundation and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Hedgebrook and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University and lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
PORTER FOX was born in New York and raised on the coast of Maine. His book Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border was named one of Amazon’s “2018 Books of the Year.” The New York Times Book Review called it “romantic, urgent, valuable and appealing as hell.” Fox lives, writes, teaches and edits the award-winning literary travel writing journal Nowhere in Brooklyn. He graduated with an MFA in fiction from The New School in 2004 and teaches at Columbia University School of the Arts. His fiction, essays and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Powder, TheNewYorker.com, TheParisReview.com, Salon.com, Narrative, The Literary Review and Third Coast, among others. In 2013 he published DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow. Fox has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing and was a finalist for the 2009 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize. He was a 2016 MacDowell Colony fellow and a recipient of MacDowell’s Calderwood Foundation Art of Nonfiction Grant.
MELISSA GINSBURG is the author of the noir novel Sunset City and the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost, as well as two poetry chapbooks: Arbor and Double Blind. She is currently working on a novel set in New Orleans. Her poems have appeared in Fence, Denver Quarterly, Field, Pleiades, The Iowa Review, Blackbird, and other magazines. She has received support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Ucross Foundation, and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi. Originally from Houston, Texas, Ginsburg attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
A. KENDRA GREENE began her museum career marrying text to the exhibition wall, painstakingly, character by character, each vinyl letter trembling at the point of a bonefolder. She became an essayist during a Fulbright grant in South Korea, finished her MFA at the University of Iowa as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and then convinced the Dallas Museum of Art they needed a Writer in Residence. Of late, she is a Visiting Artist at the Nasher Sculpture Center and a Library Innovation Lab Fellow at Harvard University. Her first book, The Museum of Whales You Will Never See, will be published by Penguin Books.
LAUREN HOLMES’s short story collection, Barbara the Slut and Other People, was published by Riverhead Books in 2015, and named a best book of the year by NPR, Gawker, Publisher’s Weekly, and more. Her work has appeared in Granta, where she was a 2014 New Voice, and in Guernica. She is currently the Newhouse Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Wellesley College.
ISABEL KAPLAN is an MFA student in fiction at NYU. She is the author of the national bestselling young adult novel Hancock Park and a co-founder of Project 100, an organization launched after the 2016 election to support progressive women running for Congress. She previously worked in TV drama development at Fox Broadcasting Company. Isabel was born and raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York and Paris. Her novel The Feminist Guide to Getting Ahead will be published by Holt.
BILL KILDAY served as Marketing Director for Keyhole, the Mountain View, California-based startup that was bought by Google in 2004 and turned into Google Earth in June of 2005. Kilday was Head of Marketing for Google’s Geo division for three years, including during the launch of Google Maps and Google Earth in 2005. Never Lost Again: The Google Mapping Revolution that Sparked New Industries and Augmented Our Reality is his first book. He lives in Austin, Texas.
TIM LANE is an Ignatz Award nominated graphic novelist whose books include The Lonesome Go (Fantagraphics Books, 2014), and Abandoned Cars (Fantagraphics Books, 2008). Lane’s comics are widely published in anthologies, including The Best of American Comics series (2017), Fantagraphic’s Hotwire and MOME, the Kean Review, Smoke Signal, and DC Comic’s Bizarro World. He also contributes infographics to the Believer Magazine, and publishes the comic book Happy Hour in America. He and his work are also featured in the recent publications, We Told You So: Comics As Art (Fantagraphics Books), and The Outlaw Bible of American Art (Last Gasp). He is currently working on an “interpretive” biographical graphic novel about the actor, Steve McQueen, called Just Like Steve McQueen.
SASHA LAPOINTE is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribe. Native to the Pacific Northwest, she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as from her life in the city of Seattle. She holds an MFA from The Institute of American Indian Arts. Her memoir, Red Paint, will be published by Counterpoint Press.
MARJORIE LIU is the writer and co-creator of the Hugo, Eisner, and British Fantasy award-winning and New York Times bestselling series MONSTRESS, published by Image Comics. Liu’s comic book work includes X-23, Black Widow, Dark Wolverine, and Astonishing X-Men, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She has also written over seventeen novels, and currently teaches comic book writing at MIT.
SIMEON MARSALIS was raised in New Rochelle, NY. He attended New Rochelle High School before doing a year of post-graduate study at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013, with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion. His first novel, As Lie Is To Grin, was published by Catapult Books on October 10th, 2017. It was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Simeon is currently a Henry Rutgers Fellow at Rutgers-Newark University.
PABLO MEDINA‘s work embodies the themes of history and migration with passion, intelligence, and humor. He is the author of sixteen books, among them the novels The Cigar Roller and Cubop City Blues, the poetry collections The Man Who Wrote on Water and The Island Kingdom, and the memoir Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood. His translations include García Lorca’s Poet in New York and Alejo Carpentier’s The Kingdom of This World (forthcoming Fall 2018). Among his many awards are grants from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston. His novel The Cuban Comedy is forthcoming from Unnamed Press in 2019.
ELIZABETH POLINER is the author of the novel, As Close to Us as Breathing (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown & Co.), winner of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in Fiction, finalist for the Harold Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction, finalist for the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award in Fiction, an Amazon Best Book of 2016, and a February 2017 Pennie’s Pick. She’s also the author of Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel in stories, and What You Know in Your Hands, poems. Her stories have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, The Common, Colorado Review, and TriQuarterly, among other journals, and the Chicago Tribune, with a story placing as finalist for the Nelson Algren Short Story Award for 2019. Her poems have appeared, most recently, in The Sun. She teaches in the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at Hollins University, where she directs the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.
ANNA QU is the author of the debut memoir Made In China, forthcoming from Catapult in 2021. Her nonfiction essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Lumina, Kartika Review, Kweli Journal, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among other places. She was born in Wenzhou, China and raised in Queens, New York and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
NICOLAIA RIPS attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City (class of 2016), where she was co-editor-in-chief of LaGuardia’s literary magazine, LaGuardia Magazine. Her memoir Trying to Float recounts her childhood growing up at the Chelsea Hotel. She is now a student at Brown University. You can follow her on instagram @nrips
JESS RULIFFSON is a nonfiction cartoonist. She is the author of the forthcoming book Where Eden Once Stood, (Fantagraphics, 2019). Her work has appeared in the Gainesville Sun, the Nib, BuzzFeed, the Boston Globe, Wilson Quarterly, and Pantheon Books. Her comic, I Trained to Fight the Enemy, was shortlisted for Slate’s 2017 Cartoonist Studio Prize. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
JENNIFER DABBS SCIUBBA is an Associate Professor in the International Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and a Global Fellow with the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Sciubba has studied at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, and is a former demographics consultant to the US Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). Her research has appeared in multiple academic journals and national news outlets. Dr. Sciubba is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Maryland and her B.A. from Agnes Scott College.
JOANNE SERLING’s debut novel, Good Neighbors, will be published by Twelve in February 2018. A former magazine editor, Serling studied and taught fiction at The Writers Studio in New York City. Her short stories have appeared in New Ohio Review and North American Review. She lives outside of New York with her husband and children and is currently at work on her second book.
DEB SPERA is currently enrolled in the Writers Certificate program at UCLA. She is a two-time nominee and finalist for the Kirkwood literary prize as well as The Montana Prize in Fiction. She was the recipient of the 1888 Plaza literary Prize for her novella Her Southern Heritage. She has been published in Sixfold, The Wascana Review, Pennsylvania English and L.A. Yoga Journal. She’s the author of two produced plays through Actors Theater Of Louisville, and has held residency at Hedgebrook, a writer’s retreat for women. Born and raised in Kentucky by teenage parents, she now resides in Los Angeles where she owns her own television company, One-Two Punch Productions. She has executive produced such shows as Criminal Minds, Army Wives, Reaper, and Finding Carter. Her debut novel, Call Your Daughter Home was published by Park Row Books/HarperCollins in 2019.
LESLIE STEIN is the creator of the three-volume series Eye of the Majestic Creature and the diary comic Bright-Eyed at Midnight. Her short story collection, Present, received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year in 2018. Her most recent memoir, I Know you Rider, was published in 2020. Her comics have appeared in The New Yorker, Vice, The Best American Comics series, and numerous other anthologies. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
GABRIEL URZA was raised in Reno, Nevada, where he worked as a public defender for five years before pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from Literary Arts, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Black Mountain Institute, and is a 2021-2022 Fulbright Scholar. He is the author of the novel All That Followed (Henry Holt & Co., 2015) and the novella The White Death: An Illusion (Nouvella, 2019). His fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The London Guardian, Salon, Politico, Slice Magazine, and Guernica. He continues to work in criminal defense and is a faculty member in the MFA program at Portland State University.
KAWAI STRONG WASHBURN was born and raised on the Hamakua coast of Hawai’i. His short fiction has appeared in Mcsweeney’s, Electric Literature, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, among others. He has also received scholarships from the Tin House and Bread Loaf writer’s workshops. His debut novel, Sharks in the Time of Saviors, will be published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux in 2020.
BRAD WATSON is the author of Last Days of the Dog-Men, The Heaven of Mercury, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives, and Miss Jane. He received The Sue Kaufman Prize and The Award in Letters from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Southern Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction, The Harper Lee Award, and the Award in Fiction from The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Finalist for The National Book Award, The PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction, The Wellcome Prize (UK). NEA Grant, Lannan Foundation Residency, Guggenheim Fellowship. Originally from Mississippi, he teaches at the University of Wyoming.
MONICA WEST was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Oakland, California. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2017 where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She has attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference; she was also a 2014 Southern Methodist University Kimbilio Fellow. Her debut novel, Revival Season will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2021.
MARTIN WILSON was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MFA from the University of Florida. His debut novel, What They Always Tell Us (Delacorte Press, 2008), won the Alabama Author Award for best young adult book. His second novel, We Now Return to Regular Life, will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers in Summer 2017. His work has appeared in Tin House, One Teen Story, the Lambda Literary Review, and many other publications. He lives in New York City.
SPENCER WISE is the author of the novel The Emperor of Shoes (HarperCollins, 2018). In addition to working at a shoe factory in South China, Spencer Wise has professional experience ranging from gutting chickens and selling ginsu knives to editorial work at Sports Illustrated and Time Out New York. His work has appeared in journals such as Narrative Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Florida Review, and New Ohio Review. He is the recipient of the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction and a Vermont Studio Center fellowship. Wise is an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Augusta University.
Authors with Works in Progress
JOSHUA BALDWIN’s dispatches from Las Vegas have appeared at The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Eephus. He is the author of The Wilshire Sun, a novella published by Turtle Point Press, and his short fiction and poetry have appeared at n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and others. He was born in New York City, graduated from the University of Chicago, and lives in Los Angeles.
ANDY BENNETT lives in Minnesota with his wife Katy, son Theo, and Pippa, their Newfoundland nanny. He has an MFA in fiction from NYU’s Writer’s Workshop in Paris and was a member of The Loft Literary Mentorship Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Andy is the recipient of an ARAC/McKnight Artist Fellowship Grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and a participation trophy from his sixth-grade spelling bee.
BRENDAN FLAHERTY is from outside Hartford. He went to Washington University, and after, he lived a brief life in Hawaii, which inspired his forthcoming debut novel. He got his MFA from Boston University, where he received the Saul Bellow prize. He was once struck by lightning.
ALINA GRABOWSKI is a fiction writer from Scituate, Massachusetts. She received her MFA from Vanderbilt University, where she held a post-graduate fellowship and served as fiction editor of the Nashville Review. Her stories have appeared in the Masters Review, Joyland and Fifth Wednesday Journal. She’s been awarded scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and this summer she’ll be a 2019 Emerging Writer Fellow at Aspen Words. She’s currently at work on a linked short story collection and a novel.
PATRICK HILSMAN is a New York-based journalist and analyst with experience covering the MENA region with a focus on the Syrian conflict, international weapons traffic, and refugee rights. He was one of the only American journalists to have visited East Aleppo between the expulsion of ISIS in early 2014 and the fall of the city to regime forces in late 2016. Hilsman has appeared on BBC World, MSNBC, among others, and has written for a variety of publications including Middle East Eye, VICE, The Daily Beast, The Seattle Globalist, and the Christian Science Monitor. His reporting on drone proliferation in the Syrian conflict has been cited by experts at Bard University Drone Center, and Oxford University.
BOBBY HOUSTON is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker. He has written and directed nine narrative and nonfiction films, notably the “Mighty Times” series about the Civil Rights Movement for HBO. The first film in the series won an Emmy and the final film won the Oscar. After living in Ojai, California for 18 years, he moved to Gt Barrington, Massachusetts, where the weather is much worse.
ALEXANDER LUMANS was the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University. He was also awarded a fellowship to the 2015 Arctic Circle Residency, where he sailed around Svalbard, Norway in a tall ship. His fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Story Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Cincinnati Review, among others. He has been awarded fellowships to MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, Blue Mountain Center as well as scholarships to Sewanee and Bread Loaf. He received the 2015 Wabash Fiction Prize from Sycamore Review, the 2013 Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and the 2011 Barry Hannah Fiction Prize from Yalobusha Review. He graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
RACHEL MADDUX’s essays, reviews, and features have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, The Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, Guernica, and other places. Her work has been noted in Best American Sports Writing 2016 and collected in Best American Travel Writing 2015. In 2010 she was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in Reviews & Criticism. She was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s at work on a memoir about growing up mortal in the South at the turn of the 21st century.
DWYER MURPHY is a New York-based writer and editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief of CrimeReads.com, Literary Hub’s crime fiction vertical and the world’s most popular destination for thriller readers. He practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, where he was a litigator, and served as editor of the Columbia Law Review. He was previously an Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in The Common, Rolling Stone, Guernica, The Paris Review Daily, Electric Literature, and other publications.
LYNN PANE was a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow. She earned an MFA in Fiction from New York University. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Cosmonauts Avenue, No Tokens, and The Common.
CHRIS RUSSELL is a visual artist whose art and writing has been published in The Believer, Literary Hub, Muftah, Poetry Ireland Review, and Higher Arc, among other places. He is the associate art editor and contributor illustrator for Stonecutter Journal and is currently working on a graphic translation of Witold Gombrowicz’s Cosmos, forthcoming from Siglio Press. He lives in Queens, NY, and works in the field of deaf-blindness and special education.
BOB WILTFONG is a former correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and an Emmy award winning TV news reporter. Some know him as well for his work as “The World’s Greatest Spokesperson in the World” for Nationwide Insurance in TV commercials or as a corporate trainer of presentation skills for several Fortune 500 companies. Although his job credits are varied, his work as a world-class story teller are consistent and outstanding. Bob currently works in the corporate world as a content creator and is putting the finishing touches on his first published work on business speech.