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 recently retired from Ohio State University and now lives in New Mexico.
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. Her most recent book is The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change. 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.
Peter Stitt is the founding and current editor of the Gettysburg Review and the author of two books of creative nonfiction—Hard Roads Home: How I Found a Family in Mormonia (2011) and The Perfect Life, Lyric Essays (2013)—and two books of literary criticism on American poetry—The World’s Hieroglyphic Beauty (selected by The New York Times Book Review in 1987 as a notable book of the year) and Uncertainty and Plenitude (1997). His poems, reviews, and essays critical and creative have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, the Southern Review, and many other periodicals. He has interviewed several poets on behalf of the Paris Review and was, for eleven years, the regular reviewer of poetry for the Georgia Review. A professor of English at Gettysburg College, he has also taught at the University of Minnesota, Michigan Technological University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Middlebury College, and the University of Houston. With his doting dog Baby Biter Bichon Boo Boo, his stepdaughter Crystal, and an uncertain number of cats, he lives in an old farm house in rural Pennsylvania.
Hope Maxwel Snyder, a native of Colombia, South America, founded and directed the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival for eight years in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and is currently on the staff of the Bread Loaf Conference in Sicily. She is the founder of Somondoco Press—a small, independent publisher of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction—and the author of a novel, Orange Wine, and a book of poems, The Houdini Chronicles. Her poems have appeared in many publications, including the Comstock Review, the Gettysburg Review, and the Kenyon Review, as well as in two anthologies: In Good Company and Old Flame. She is the recipient of the Donald Everitt Axinn Award in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the first scholarship to attend Bread Loaf in Sicily, three poetry fellowships for The Gettysburg Review Conference for Writers, and the Peter Taylor Fellowship in Poetry at the Kenyon Review’s writing conference. Her recent projects include translating the work of Cuban poet Wendy Guerra and working on a new poetry collection.