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J.T. Barbarese is the author of three books of poetry, Sweet Spot (2012), A Very Small World (2004), and The Black Beach (2005). His poems have appeared inThe Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Poetry, The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement, and his literary journalism in Tri-Quarterly, boundary 2, The Sewanee Review, Studies in English Literature, and The Journal of Modern Literature, and his translations of Jacques Prévert inThe Denver Quarterly and Boulevard. In 2008 he assumed the editorship of Story Quarterly, now published out of Rutgers University.

Lise Funderburg’s first nonfiction book, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity, was a collection of oral histories. Her new book is a combined social history and memoir called Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home. She has written book reviews, essays, and feature articles for such publications as The Nation, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, and The Hungry Mind Review. She has also served as an editor for Vogue, Lucky, and O, the Oprah Magazine.                   

Lauren Grodstein is the author of three novels, The Explanation for Everything (Algonquin, 2014), A Friend of the Family (Algonquin, 2009), and Reproduction is the Flaw of Love, (Dial, 2004), which was an Breakout Book and a Borders Original Voices pick. She is also the author of the story collection, The Best of Animals (Persea, 2002) and the pseudonymous Girls Dinner Club (Harper Collins, 2005), which was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, and other languages, and her essays and stories have been widely anthologized.

Tyler Hoffman is the editor of the electronic American studies journal The Mickle Street Review and associate editor of the Robert Frost Review. He is the author of two books—Robert Frost and the Politics of Poetry andTeaching with The Norton Anthology of Poetry: A Guide for Instructors, He is completing work on a book on the history and theory of public performance poetry titled “States of Change: American Public Poetry and the Performance of Culture.” He has published many articles and book chapters, including work on John Brown and children’s literature, American Civil War verse, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Vachel Lindsay, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Gary Snyder, Thom Gunn, and the contemporary slam poetry scene. He is past president of the international Robert Frost Society.

Paul Lisicky is the author of Unbuilt Projects (nonfiction), Lawnboy (fiction), Famous Builder (memoir), and The Burning House (fiction). His latest book, a memoir titled The Narrow Door, is forthcoming in 2015. His work has appeared in PloughsharesThe RumpusThe Iowa ReviewSubtropics, and and many other magazines and anthologies. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.  He has taught in the writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and elsewhere.

Patrick Rosal is the author of three poetry collections: Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, which won the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; My American Kundiman, which won the Association of Asian American Studies 2006 Book Award; and, just released, Boneshepherd (all Persea Books). For 2009, he has been awarded a Fulbright grant as a U.S. Scholar. His poems and essays have been published widely in literary journals including Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Non-Fiction, as well as The Beacon Best and Language for a New Century, among many other anthologies. His performances and readings have been received at hundreds of venues in the U.S. and internationally in London, South America, South Africa, and the Philippines.

Lisa Zeidner is the author of five novels: Customs, Alexandra Freed, Limited Partnerships, Layover, which has been translated into six languages and is in production as a film, and her most recently published novel, Love Bomb (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar Straus and Giroux). She has also published two books of poetry, Talking Cure and Pocket Sundial, which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. She has also written screenplays for Universal Studios and Focus Features. Her fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in GQ, Mademoiselle, The New York Times, Boulevard, Poetry, The Washington Post and other publications. Her creative nonfiction has been anthologized in’s Life As We Know It and Tin House’s Cooking and Stealing. Zeidner is the recipient of the 1993 Warren I. Sussman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Provost’s Teaching Award.