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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.

JULIAN AGUON is an Indigenous human rights lawyer writer from Guam. He is the author of No Country for Eight Spot Butterflies (Astra House, 2022), based on his widely acclaimed debut, The Properties of Perpetual Light, which was released by University of Guam Press in March 2021. His essay “To Hell With Drowning,” published in The Atlantic, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2022, and was selected for Best American Science Writing 2022. It is the basis for a forthcoming book by the same name. Julian is also the founder of Blue Ocean Law, a progressive firm that works at the intersection of Indigenous rights and environmental justice. He also serves on the global advisory council of Progressive International.

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, was published by Grove Atlantic Press in Fall 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, The New York Times, and on Audible, and she has illustrated for Coca-Cola and Nike. She lives in Pittsburgh. 

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 MagazineVogueMcSweeney’sOpen 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.

ERIN CONNAL is an Australian born writer who has lived half of her life in the United States. She was recently awarded a 2022 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, was shortlisted for the 2021 Disquiet Literary Contest, longlisted for the 2002 Disquiet Literary Contest and was a runner up in the 2021 Northwest Review Fiction Contest. She has been published in Virginia Quarterly Review and has a forthcoming publication in Northwest Review. Erin received her MFA at NYU and is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.

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, was published by Random House.

KATHERINE DYKSTRA is the author of What Happened to Paula? On the Death of an America Girl, published by 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 was published by 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.” His second book, THE LAST WINTER, was published by Little, Brown. 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 MagazineThe BelieverOutsideMen’s JournalNational Geographic AdventurePowder, TheNewYorker.com, TheParisReview.com, Salon.com, NarrativeThe 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 novels Sunset City and The House Uptown, and the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost, as well as two poetry chapbooks: Arbor and Double Blind. 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.

TESS GUNTY has an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in JoylandThe Iowa ReviewThe Los Angeles Review of BooksFlashNo Tokens, and elsewhere. It has also been performed on NPR. In addition to writing fiction and nonfiction, she works as a researcher and editor. She lives in Los Angeles. Her novels The Rabbit Hutch and Honeydew will be published by Knopf. The Rabbit Hutch has been longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award.

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 graduated from Harvard and holds an MFA in creative writing from NYU. She is the author of the novel NSFW (Henry Holt) and the national bestselling young adult novel Hancock Park (HarperCollins). She was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently lives in New York.

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, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2022. 

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 is a writer from New Rochelle, NY, who earned an MFA in 2019 from Rutgers University-Newark. As Lie Is to Grin, his first novel was published by Catapult in 2017 and was on the shortlist for the Center for Fiction’s first novel prize. His short story, “The Exterminator”, will appear in the Fall 2021 Founder’s Issue of Lampblack, a magazine and literary organization he helped to co-found. Marsalis is working on his second novel entitled, End Times, and is currently a part-time lecturer in the English Department at Rutgers University-Newark.

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.

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. His debut novel, An Honest Living, will be published by Viking in 2022. 

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, Story, 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.

ANNA QU is the author of the debut memoir Made In China, published by 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’s memoir Trying to Float (Scribner, 2016) recounts her childhood growing up at the Chelsea Hotel. 

JESS RULIFFSON is a nonfiction cartoonist. She is the author of the forthcoming book Invisible Wounds, (Fantagraphics, 2022). 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 of International Studies at Rhodes College, and is affiliated with both the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. She is a former demographics consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense and currently lives in Memphis, TN. 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape our World was published by W.W. Norton in 2022.  

DASH SHAW is a Richmond, Virginia-based cartoonist and animator. His graphic novels include Doctors, New School, BodyWorld, Bottomless Belly Button, the comic series Clue: Candlestick, and Discipline, from the New York Review of Comics. As an animator, his feature film debut as writer-director was 2016’s My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, starring the voice talents of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival and continued to play festivals around the world. It was distributed by GKids, Studio Ghibli’s US Distributor, who quickly sold it to Netflix streaming. His second film, Cryptozoo, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won awards at both festivals. The U.S. distributor Magnolia is releasing it later this year.

JOANNE SERLING’s debut novel, Good Neighbors, was 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.

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, was 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 is the author of Revival Season, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. She received her B.A. from Duke University, her M.A. from New York University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She has received a fellowship from Kimbilio Fiction, and she will be a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence in 2022. She currently teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the University of San Francisco.

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, was 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

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.

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 awarded a 2018 NEA Creative Writing Grant in Fiction. He was also awarded a fellowship to the 2015 Arctic Circle Residency and was the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Paris Review, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Guernica, The Walrus, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Off Assignment, Story Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, American Short Fiction, among others. He has received support from MacDowell, Yaddo, Arteles Creative Center (Finland), Jentel, ART OMI, VCCA, Brush Creek, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, among others; he’s also received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He teaches at the University of Colorado Denver and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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.

LYNN PANE was a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow. She earned an MFA in Fiction from New York University. Her work has appeared in Tin HouseCosmonauts AvenueNo 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.