Gail Konop Baker's memoir CANCER IS A BITCH: (OR, I'd Rather be Having a Midlife Crisis) will be released in paperback on September 22nd. Gail is an award-winning poet, short story writer, essayist, author, professional keynote speaker, college lecturer, health and patient advocate, competitive runner (training for her first marathon in Chicago on October 11th), occasional yoga instructor, mother of three and breast cancer survivor.
Rebecca Barry is the author of Later at the Bar, A Novel in Stories, which was a New York Times Editor's Choice and a New York Times Notable Book in 2007. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as Ploughshares, One Story, Ecotone, Mid American Review, Tin House, and The Best New American Voices. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Magazine, Real Simple, Details, The New York Times Magazine, and Babble, among other places. She's also had nonfiction in The Best American Travel Writing and One Big Happy Family (an anthology edited by Rebecca Walker). She lives in upstate New York with two small children who she writes about on her blog, The Main Street Diaries. Her website is www.rebeccabarry.net.
Scott Beal's poems have appeared in journals, anthologies, and his chapbook, Two Shakespearean Madwomen Vs. The Detroit Red Wings. He earned his MFA in 1996 from the University of Michigan, where he received multiple Hopwood Awards. He currently leads and/or recently has led writing workshops for the Neutral Zone, 826michigan, Eastern Michigan University, The louderARTS Project, Young Chicago Authors, and the Dzanc Writer-in-Residence program.
Charles is the author of a novel, The Week You Weren't Here, and the co-editor of The Art of Friction, an anthology of genre-reluctant fiction and creative nonfiction, which includes contributions from Achy Obejas, Thomas Beller, Bernard Cooper, Jonathan Safran Foer, Stefan Kiesbye, Cris Mazza, and others. His short fiction and commentary has appeared in Esquire, The Journal of Experimental Fiction, Bookslut, and, most recently, in the &NOW Awards: Best Innovative Fiction anthology. He live in Chicago.
Randall Brown is the author of the award-winning flash fiction collection Mad toLive (Flume Press 2008), a collection that has been recently republished by PS Books in Philadelphia as a Deluxe Edition with "bonus tracks" (PS Books 2011). He directs and teaches at Rosemont College's MFA in Creative Writing program. He's been published widely, both online and in print, and has appeared in various anthologies, both here and abroad, including The Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction (W.W. Norton 2010). His essay on (very) short fiction appears in The Rose Metal Press FieldGuide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field (Rose Metal Press 2009). He worked as editor and lead editor with the flash fiction journal from 2004-2009 and in 2010 founded Matter Press and its Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. He blogs regularly at FlashFiction.Net.
Louella Bryant has won numerous awards for her short stories and poems, which have appeared in the magazines Hunger Mountain, Fine Print, Carve, Vermont Life, The Teacher’s Voice, and Mobius, and the anthologies High Horse (Fleur de Lis Press), Tartts 2 — Incisive Fiction from Emerging Writers (Livingston Press), and A Cadence of Horses (Yarrow Mountain Press). Her essays are included in the anthology Far From Home (Seal Press) and the magazines Sacred Fire and Vermont Quarterly. Louella is the author of two young-adult historical novels. The Black Bonnet, finalist for the Vermont Book Award, and Father By Blood, winner of the Silver Bay Children's Literature Award (New England Press), and a picture book, Two Tracks in the Snow (Jason & Nordic). Louella teaches creative writing in the Spalding University MFA in Writing program in Louisville and mentors young writers at the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf. Visit her website at www.louellabryant.com.
Suzanne Burns has published two full-length poetry collections, Blight (Archer Books) and The Flesh Procession (Bleak House Books). Soon Pudding House Press will publish her new poetry chapbook, Vacancy, which chronicles infamous events that took place in famous hotels throughout history. Dzanc Books will debut her first short-story collection, Misfits and Other Heroes, this June. She is currently at work on a new novel and a new poetry manuscript.
Blake Butler is the author of Ever (Calamari Press 01/09) and Scorch Atlas (forthcoming Featherproof Books 09/09). His work has been published in Ninth Letter, Fence, Unsaid, New York Tyrant, Willow Springs, etc. He lives in Atlanta and blogs at blakebutler.blogspot.com.
Ryan Call's short fiction appears or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Avery Anthology, Hobart, Caketrain, Sonora Review, No Colony, New York Tyrant, Keyhole Magazine, Lamination Colony, and Mid-American Review. He is the author of a collaborative chapbook titled Pocket Finger (Publishing Genius 2008). Another chapbook is forthcoming from ml press. He lives in Houston, Texas.
Elaine Chiew lives in London, England and her fiction has appeared in print and online in several anthologies and at literary magazines such as Alimentum, Hobart, Storyglossia, Juked, Night Train, Pedestal, Wigleaf, The Summerset Review, WordRiot, and others. She won First Prize at the Bridport International Short Story Competition (2008), and has placed Top Ten in the Per Contra Short Story Competition (2008) and storySouth's Million Writers' Award (2006). One of her flash fiction stories was selected for Wigleaf's Top Fifty Micro-Fiction, 2008. She's at work on a short story collection about 'noodles' and she blogs at www.elainepchiew.blogspot.com.
Craig Davis' short fiction has appeared in failbetter, elimae, Pindeldyboz, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. His stories have been nominated for the Million Writers' Award, included in Dzanc's Best of the Web 2008, and have been shortlisted for Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award. A fiction manuscript of his was a finalist for the Black River Chapbook Contest and a full-length collection of his fiction was a finalist for the 2008 St. Lawrence Book Award, both from Black Lawrence Press. He holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Kansas.
Nik De Dominic lives in New Orleans, where he serves as an Associate Poetry Editor for the New Orleans Review. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Los Angeles Review, 42Opus, Exquisite Corpse, Drunken Boat, Sonora Review, Harpur Palate and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Alabama.
Darren DeFrain is the Director of the Writing Program at Wichita State University where he teaches as an Associate Professor English in their MFA Program. His cult novel, The Salt Palace, was widely lauded and included on several Best of Year lists. His new collection of short fiction, Inside & Out, has received excellent reviews from The Kansas City Star, Salt Lake Magazine, and elsewhere.
Originally from Vermont, Katrina Denza now lives in North Carolina. Her work can be found in recent issues of The Jabberwock Review; The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, REAL, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, and wigleaf, among others, and forthcoming from Passages North and REAL. One of her stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, one of which was published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh. Four of her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is working on two novels and a short story collection and is also an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine.
John Domini (www.johndomini.com) has won awards in all genres, publishing fiction in Paris Review, Ploughshares, and anthologies, and non-fiction in GQ, The New York Times, and elsewhere, including Italian journals. The New York Times has praised his work as "dreamlike… grabs hold of both reader and character," and Alan Cheuse, of NPR's "All Things Considered," described it as "witty and biting." Richard Ford called his ’07 novel, Earthquake I.D., "wonderful… a rich feast," and the Emerging Writers Network, in a four-and-a-half-star review, called that book and A Tomb on the Periphery, in '08, "back-to-back stunners." Domini has worked as a visiting writer at many universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, and Grinnell. Italian publication for Earthquake I.D., is through the house that was the first to translate Don DeLillo, and it is one of five finalists for the distinguished Domenico Rea Prize, over in Italy. A Tomb on the Periphery is under contract for translation some time in 2010.
Kathy Fish's stories are published or forthcoming in Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, New South, Quick Fiction, Storyglossia and elsewhere. A collection of her flash fiction is now available from Rose Metal Press in a book entitled A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women. She will be teaching a course in flash fiction for the Discovery Program at American University in summer 2009.
Michael's short work has been published in Massachusetts Review, Swink, Northwest Review, Cutbank, Other Voices, Boise Weekly, and the anthology, Santi:Lives of Modern Saints. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana and has taught fiction at Boise State and Montana. His first novel, Radiant Days, was published by Shoemaker & Hoard in 2007.