Eric Pankey (MFA, University of Iowa, 1983) is the author of eight collections of poetry. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Antaeus, The Antioch Review, The Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, New Republic, The New Yorker, The Quarterly, Shenandoah, and many others publications. Winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Pankey has received numerous grants supporting his work, including fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has taught poetry writing at several schools, including Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa. In 2008, he published a book of poetry, THE PEAR AS ONE EXAMPLE: New and Selected Poems 1984-2008. In February 2013, Pankey published Trace, his ninth collection of poems. A new collection, Dissolve, is forthcoming in 2013.
Courtney Brkic (MFA, New York University, 2001) is the author of Stillness, a short fiction collection about the wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her memoir The Stone Fields records her work on mass grave sites around Srebrenica, as well as her family’s history during the Second World War in Sarajevo. Her newest book, The First Rule of Swimming, is coming out in the Spring 2013. She has worked as a forensic archeologist, a translator, and for the United Nations International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. She is the recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, a New York Times Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award, and her work has appeared in Zoetrope, Harpers & Queen, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, National Geographic, Dissent and The Alaska Quarterly Review, among others.
He is author of the novels The Bohemians, The Grandmothers' Club, The Light Possessed, To Catch the
Lightning, and Song of Slaves in the Desert, plus several collections of short fiction, a pair of novellas published as The Fires, and a trio of novellas published as Paradise, Or, Eat Your Face. He also published nonfiction work titled Fall Out of Heaven:An Autobriographical Journey. As a book commentator, Cheuse is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He has edited with Caroline Marshall a volume of short stories, Listening to Ourselves, with Nicholas Delbanco, Talking Horse: Bernard Malamud on Life and Work, and with Lisa Alvarez Writers Workshop in a Book: The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction.
His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Black Warrior Review, The Idaho Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere. A collection of his travel writing, A Trance After Breakfast, was published in the summer of 2009. The second edition of his introduction to literary study--Literature:Craft & Voice--which he wrote with Nicholas Delbanco has recently come out from McGraw-Hill.
Stephen Goodwin (MA, University of Virginia, 1969) is the author of three novels, including The Blood of Paradise and Breaking Her Fall, and two books of nonfiction. His short fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, Sewanee Review, Georgia Review, and Gentleman's Quarterly; his essays and nonfiction, in the Washington Post, USA Today, Preservation, Poets and Writers Magazine, and several sports magazines. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Goodwin is a former director of the literature program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has twice served as president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
Helon Habila is currently completing his PhD dissertation at the University of East Anglia in the UK. His first novel, Waiting for an Angel, has been translated into many languages including Dutch, Italian, Swedish, and French. His writing has won many prizes including the Caine Prize 2001; the Commonwealth Writers Prize, African region, 2003; and the Emily Balch Prize, 2008.
He is a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review. His second novel, Measuring Time, was published in 2007, it won the Virginia Literary Foundation Fiction Award, 2008, and was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, 2008. His third novel, Oil on Water, was published in the US in 2011. HIs stories, articles, reviews, and poems have appeared in various magazines and papers including Granta, AGNI, and the London Guardian. His short story, "The Hotel Malogo", was selected for The Best American Non-required Reading Anthology. Habila is the editor of the Granta Book of African Short Story, 2011.
Kyoko Mori (MA and PhD, University of Wisconsin) is the author of two nonfiction books, The Dream of Water: A Memoir, and Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Two Cultures, and her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Best American Essays. She has also published three novels, the most recent being Stone Field, True Arrow. She was born in Kobe, Japan, and moved to the United States in 1977. Prior to joining the faculty at Mason, she was a Briggs-Copeland lecturer in creative Writing at Harvard University.