HEATHER CHRISTLE is the author of four poetry collections, including The Trees The Trees, which won the Believer Poetry Award; What Is Amazing, a Massachusetts Book Award "Must-Read"; and, most recently, Heliopause. A contributing editor for jubilat, she also co-edits the PEN Poetry Series. She has taught writing at Antioch College, Sarah Lawrence College, Emory University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received her MFA. A native of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, she currently lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she is writing a book about crying. You can read an interview with her here, or learn more on her Tumblr.
MATTHEA HARVEY is the author of five books of poetry--If the Tabloids are True What Are You?, Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn. Read a review of her most recent book, or visit her website.
ZACHARY SCHOMBURG is the author of The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean 2014), and 3 previous books of poems. He is also a translator, a novelist in progress, a teacher, a publisher of a small press called Octopus Books, and a co-curator of the Bad Blood Reading Series. He lives in Portland, OR. Read some recent poems or check out his Tumblr.
DARA WIER's 2013 You Good Thing was a BELIEVER'S reader's choice; she edits for factory hollow press and teaches workshops and seminars for the University of Massachusetts Amherst's MFA for Poets and Writers. Read an interview or visit her blog INSIDE UNDIVIDED, about writing and reading.
PAUL LISICKY is the author of the novels Lawnboy and The Burning House; a memoir, Famous Builder, and Unbuilt Projects, a collection of short prose. A new memoir, The Narrow Door, is forthcoming in 2015. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University, Camden, and in the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College. Follow him on Twitter or read a review of his most recent collection.
BRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Windeye and the novel Immobility both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence in Brown University's Literary Arts Department. Visit his website or read an interview.
NOY HOLLAND's collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf.) Her first novel, Palisade, is forthcoming from Counterpoint. She has published work in The Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Glimmer Train, Milan Review, Western Humanities Review, The Believer, NOON, and New York Tyrant, among others. She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has taught for many years in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, as well as at Phillips Andover and the University of Florida. She serves on the board of directors at Fiction Collective Two. Read an interview or a story.
JOY WILLIAMS is the author of four novels, including The Quick and the Dead, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and three collections of stories. Ill Nature, a book of essays, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the short story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught at the Universities of Houston, Florida, Iowa, and Arizona. Read a story or an interview.
Writers in Residence
EULA BISS is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays, and The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers' Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Eula Biss and John Bresland are the Chicago-based band STET Everything. Listen to an interview or read an article.
CHRISTOPHER DeWEESE is the author of The Black Forest. His second book, The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, will be published by Octopus Books in 2015. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Granta, and Tin House. He has taught at Agnes Scott College, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts, and is currently Assistant Professor of Poetry at Wright State University. He lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Follow him on Twitter or read some poems.
THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS is the author of Skin, Inc. and The Maverick Room, which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and a recipient of a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001 and 2010), Grand Street, The Baffler, jubilat, Tin House, Poetry, and The Nation. He is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency M.F.A Program, and a Cave Canem faculty member. Read a poem or an interview.
MITCHELL S. JACKSON is a Portland, Oregon native who lives in Brooklyn and teaches at NYU. Jackson’s novel, The Residue Years, was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, the PEN / Hemingway award for first fiction, The Hurston / Wright Legacy Award for best fiction by a writer of African descent; it was long-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for writing and the Chautauqua Prize. Visit his website and read a review of his debut novel.
YANNICK MURPHY is the author of This is the Water; The Call; Signed, Mata Hari; Here They Come; and The Sea of Trees, as well as two story collections and several children's books. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Chesterfield Screenwriting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Laurence L. & Thomas Winship/PEN New England Award. Her work has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She has taught writing at the University of Southern California (the Professional Writing Program), Oberlin College, The Writer's Voice, and most recently she was a visiting writer at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Vermont with her husband and children. Visit her website or read an interview.
OKEY NDIBE is a novelist, political commentator, and essayist—and the author of the novels Arrows of Rain, and most recently, Foreign Gods, Inc. He began his career as a magazine editor in Nigeria, and moved to the United States in 1988 to be the founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine published by the late novelist Chinua Achebe. He contributes opinion essays to numerous journals, newspapers, and websites, including The New York Times, Al Jazeera online, and BBC online. He earned MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is currently a visiting professor at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where he teaches African and African Diaspora literatures. He is working on Going Dutch and other American Mis/Adventures, a memoir about his life in the United States. Visit his website or follow him on Twitter.
CHRISTINE SCHUTT is the author of two short story collections and three novels. Her first novel, Florida, was a National Book Award finalist; her second novel, All Souls, a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. A third novel, Prosperous Friends, was noted in The New Yorker as one of the best books of 2012. Among other honors, Schutt has twice won the O.Henry Short Story Prize. She is the recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowships. Schutt is a senior editor of NOON,a literary annual, and lives and teaches in New York. Visit her website or read an interview.
JAMES TATE is the author of seventeen books of poetry and several collections of prose, including Eternal Ones of the Dream: Later Selected Poems, The Ghost Soldiers, Return to the City of White Donkeys, Memoir of the Hawk, and The Route as Briefed. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award, he has served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches poetry in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts. Read a poem or listen to him read.
ARISA WHITE s the author of the full-length poetry collections Hurrah's Nest and A Penny Saved. A Cave Canem fellow and MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she is one of the founding editors of HER KIND, an online literary community powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Arisa is a 2013-14 recipient of an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, an advisory board member for Flying Object, and a BFA faculty member at Goddard College. Arisa is a native New Yorker, living in Oakland, CA, with her wife, Samantha. Visit her website or read a review of her debut collection of poems.