Lee K. Abbott is the author of seven collections of short stories, All Things, All at Once: New & Selected Stories; Dreams of Distant Lives; Strangers in Paradise; Love Is the Crooked Thing; The Heart Never Fits Its Wanting; Living after Midnight; and Wet Places at Noon. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Major Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. He is a recipient of the 2004 Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. He teaches at Ohio State University.
Fred Leebron is the author of the novels Six Figures, In the Middle of All This, and Out West. He is coeditor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology and coauthor of Creating Fiction: A Writer’s Companion. The independent production of Six Figures premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was a nominee for a Canadian “Oscar.” New stories have recently appeared in Tin House and the anthology Cape Cod Noir. Honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Michener Award, a Stegner Fellowship, and an O. Henry Award. He is the director of the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte and professor of creative writing at Gettysburg College.
Rebecca McClanahan is the author of The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, (which won the 2005 Glasgow Award), five volumes of poetry, and three books about writing, including Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Poetry’s J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and (twice) Shenandoah’s Thomas H. Carter Prize for the Essay. She teaches in the low-residency MFA programs at Queens University and Pacific Lutheran University, and at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.
Stanley Plumly is the author of twelve books, most recently Orphan Hours and Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography. Other books include Old Heart, which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award), Argument and Song, Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New and Selected Poems, The Marriage in the Trees, Boy on the Step, Summer Celestial, Out-of-the-Body Travel, Giraffe, How the Plains Indians Got Horses, and In the Outer Dark. He is the recipient of seven Pushcart Prizes, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ingram-Merrill Foundation. He is currently a distinguished professor and director of creative writing at the University of Maryland.
Sidney Wade is the author of five collections of poetry, Stroke, From Istanbul, Celestial Bodies, Green, and Empty Sleeves. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Stanley P. Young Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers’s Conference, and several University of Florida Research Development awards. Her poems and translations have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including Grand Street, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Poetry, and others. She is the poetry editor of the literary journal Subtropics. She teaches in the MFA@FLA Creative Writing Program at the University of Florida.