FRANCES COADY

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SARAH PANLIBUTON BARNES is writing a chimerical memoir/oral history about the year she spent in the Philippines as an accidental beauty queen in her family’s ancestral home. It is also  a mythic genealogy of the last 100 years of her maternal lineage.  Once a high school runaway, a sword dancer, a Mandarin translator on a trek through the Tibetan Plateau, and a student of Balinese shadow puppetry she is the winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction prize. Her prose has appeared in an anthology published by the Sad Asian Girl Club, in Man Repeller, Panay News VIDA, and Catapult.

RENEE CHERIE BRANUM is writing a novel Left. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Montana, and  an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Truman Capote Fellow, and a recipient of the Prairie Lights Jack Leggett Fiction Prize. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in various magazines including  Blackbird and The Long Story, Narrative MagazineThe Alaska Quarterly True StoryChicago Quarterly Review, The Texas Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Best of the Los Angeles Review anthology,  and Lithub. Her essay “Certainty” was awarded the Los Angeles Review’s 2016 Fall Nonfiction award.

P CARL Becoming A Man (Simon & Schuster January, 2020)  is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College in Boston and was awarded a 2017 Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, the Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy for the Fall of 2018, and the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Research Residency at the University of Washington. The former Director and co-founder of HowlRound, he was also the co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College.

 AVA CHIN is the  author of Eating Wildly : Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal (Simon and Schuster, 2014) which won the 2015 M.F.K. Fischer Book Award. She is currently writing her second book 37 Mott Street (Penguin Press).  As an only child, and a second-generation Chinese American growing up with a single mother in Flushing Queens, Ava’s family history was shrouded in silence. In 37 Mott Street she discovers the stories she wasn’t told as a child. Her quest leads her to a single tenement building where relatives from both sides of her family lived from 1915 to the present, and to the devastating and long-lasting effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

JAIME CORTEZ has a debut story collection xxxx which will be published by Grove Atlantic in 2020). He is a writer and visual artist. His short stories, comics, and essays have been published in over a dozen anthologies, including “KinderGarde” (Small Press Traffic, 2013), “Street Art San Francisco” (Abrams Press, 2009), and the groundbreaking LGBT comics anthology “No Straight Lines” (Fantagraphics, 2012).  He served as the editor for the anthology “Virgins, Guerrillas & Locas” (Cleis Press, 1999), and wrote and illustrated the graphic novel “Sexile” (AIDS Project Los Angeles, 2004).  Cortez lives near the coastal agricultural town of Watsonville, California .

ANNA COX is the author of I Keep My Worries in My Teeth, her debut novel, which will be published by Little A in May 2020.  A photographer  whose work has been exhibited across the US, she now finds herself accidentally living in Canada where she teaches at The University of Guelph.  Her story What Happy Couples Do appeared in Carve Magazine and won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award in 2011.

MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM  is writing a novel which will be published by Random House.  He is the author of six novels:  A Home at the End of the WorldFlesh and BloodThe Hours (which won the PEN Faulkner Award, and the Pulitzer Prize)Specimen DaysBy Nightfall, and The Snow Queen, as well as a collection of re-imagined fairy tales, A Wild Swan and Other Tales, all published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown, a non-fiction book which was published by Random House. He is a Senior Lecturer in English, Creative Writing, at Yale University.

ERIC EYRE is an award-winning reporter for the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail.  His  work on on West Virginia’s opioid epidemic won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. His first book, Death In Mud Lick, will be published by Scribner in April 2020.  The film rights have been optioned by Columbia Pictures.

DANNY LORBERBAUM has an MFA from Hunter College.  He has had Fellowships at both MacDowell, and the Center for Fiction. His  stories have appeared in Southwest Review, Guernica, VQR and One Story. He is at working on a novel  When the World Gets In.

JULIAN LUCAS lives in Brooklyn and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. A contributing writer at the New York Times Book Review and associate editor of Cabinet, he has written for the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Harper’s and Vanity Fair. He is working on a non fiction book,  We the Runaways, which examines representations of American history in contemporary art, literature, computer games, and reenactment culture, with an emphasis on slavery and the conquest of the New World.

DARRAGH MCKEON is working on his second novel. He is the author of the highly acclaimed All That Is Solid Melts into Air (Harper Perennial, 2014). He has worked as a theater director, and has recently returned to  Ireland after living in New York.

ANDERS NILSEN is working on TONGUES  a retelling of the Prometheus myth and will be published by Pantheon, and Jonathan Cape in the UK.  He is the  artist and author of eight books including Big QuestionsThe End, and Poetry is Useless. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Kramer’s Ergot, Pitchfork, Medium and elsewhere. His comics have been translated into several languages overseas and his painting and drawing have been exhibited internationally. Nilsen’s work has received three Ignatz awards as well as the Lynd Ward Prize for the Graphic Novel and Big Questions was listed as a New York Times Notable Book in 2011.

SHARON OLDS latest book of poetry ARIAS  will be published by Knopf in October 2019. ODES was published by Knopf  in 2016, the year she received The Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.  Her many award-winning books include Satan Says (1980) winner of  the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award.  The Dead and the Living (1984) winner of  the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father (1992) short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize,  The Unswept Room (2002)  a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. and Stag’s Leap (Knopf, 2012) which was awarded both the T S Eliot Prize and the Pulitzer Prize.  

CLAUDIA RANKINE has a new book, JUST US:  An American Conversation, coming from Graywolf in September 2020. Citizen: An American Lyric, (Graywolf, 2014) was  a New York Times bestseller,  winner of  the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award.  Her books include: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf, 2004); PLOT ( Grove, 2001); and  The End of the Alphabet ( Grove, 1998).  A 2016 MacArthur Fellow, she is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale. Her play The White Card was published by Graywolf in 2019.

LAURET SAVOY is working on a new book On the River’s Back (Farrar Straus & Giroux)   a memoir, exploring her family’s African American, mixed European and Indigenous heritage and its ties to the tidewater and Piedmont landscapes from the colonial era to the Civil War. Trace, Memory, History, Race and The American Landscape (Counterpoint 2015) was a finalist for the 2016 Saroyan Prize, the Pen Open Book Award and the Wheatley Book award. She is a recipient of a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, and is a professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College

REBECCA SOLNIT has written a children’s book Cinderella Liberator ( Haymarket,May 2019),  and has a new essay collection Whose Story Is This?  (Haymarket, October,2019). Her memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence will be published by Viking in March 2020. Her many books include a trilogy of atlases, Hope in the DarkMen Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell;; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award).  Call Them By Their True Names was longlisted for the 2018  National Book Award, and won both the Kirkus Prize for nonfiction. She writes regularly for the Guardian and Lithub and seves on the board of climate-acton group Oil Change International.

KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR’S most recent book Race for Profit (Univeristy of North Carolina Press, October) is a  2019 National Book Awards Longlist nominee for nonfiction.  She is the author of From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket), the winner of the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also the editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective which was awarded  the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ nonfiction in 2018.  In 2016, she was named one of the one hundred most influential African Americans in the United States by The Root. She is assistant professor in the department of African American Studies at Princeton University.

OCEAN VUONG’S novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (June 2019 Penguin Press) was a New York Times bestseller for six consecutive weeks. It is a finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Fiction, and is on the 2019 Fiction Longlist for the National Book Awards.  Translation rghts have sold to date in twenty countries. His critically acclaimed poetry collection  Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press 2016)  was New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.  His writing has appeared in magazines including The New Yorker. He is a 2019 MacArthur Fellow.

GARY YOUNGE is an award-winning author, broadcaster and columnist for The Guardian, and The Nation. Another Day in the Death of America (Nation Books, 2016)  was awarded the 2017 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize from Columbia Journalism School and Nieman Foundation. It was longlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non- Fiction from the American Library Association.  He is the author of The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream (Haymarket); Who Are We And Should it Matter in the 21st Century (Nation Books); Stranger in a Strange Land (New Press); and No Place Like Home (Mississippi).