Jonah Johnson was born in Louisville, KY and later attended Oberlin College, where he studied Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and German Studies from the University of Michigan and currently teaches in the Harvard College Writing Program.
Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. Her chapbook of poems and essays, Catacombs, was published in 2011 by Argos Books. Her poems have appeared in The Journal, Devil’s Lake, The Atlas Review, Mason’s Road, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and won the 2013 Devil’s Lake Driftless Prize in Poetry and The Journal Annual Poetry Contest in 2013. In fall 2014 she will be entering USC’s PhD program in Literature & Creative Writing as a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow, and is currently working on her first full-length collection of poems, as well as a memoir.
Sarah Dohrmann writes nonfiction literature, fiction, and poetry. She has been a Fulbright fellow (Morocco), a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow of Nonfiction Literature, a Jerome Foundation grantee, and a Workspace writer-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Sarah was co-recipient, with phtographer Tiana Markova-Gold, of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for their joint project on women and prostitution in Morocco; her resultant long-form essay is forthcoming in Harper’s. Sarah’s work has appeared in The Iowa Review, TIME LightBox, British Journal of Photography, Joyland Magazine, LUMINA Journal, Some Call it Ballin’, and Teachers & Writers Magazine, among others. She is currently at work on a memoir called Point of Departure.
Carolyn Murnick is Brooklyn-based journalist and a Senior Editor for New
York Magazine Online where she covers restaurants, fashion, television, and travel. Her journalism has also appeared in publications including Interview, Food & Wine, and Radar, and her personal essays have been part of two anthologies entitled Before & After: Stories from New York and Lost & Found: Stories from New York. She is currently writing a memoir, The Hot One, which will be published by Simon & Schuster.
Vanessa Hua is an award-winning writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, ZYZZVA, New Yorker online, New York Times, FRONTLINE/World, and elsewhere. Previously, she was a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Hartford Courant, and has filed stories from China, Burma, South Korea, and Panama. She is a Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University, and writes about multi-generational living at threeunderone.blogspot.com, which the NYT’s Motherlode called a “must-read.” A graduate of Stanford University and UC Riverside’s MFA program,she is working on a novel and a collection of short stories.
Marian Palaia is a graduate of the writing program at The University of Wisconsin at Madison. She lives in San Francisco, California and Missoula, Mon
tana. Her novel, The Given World, will be published by Simon and Schuster in June, 2015. Chapters of the book have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review and TriQuarterly. She is currently at work on a new novel, The Hello Kitty Justice League.
Mary Kate Flannery is from Plainfield, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University’s MFA program. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Foundling Review, apt literary magazine, and Printers Row. She was a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s 2013 Nelson Algren Award.
Molly Prentiss writes fiction, poems, and the occasional essay. Her work can be found in Fourteen Hills, Hobart, HTML Giant, Wilder Quarterly, The Aesthete, Mud Luscious, La Petite Zine, and >kill author among others. She has been a
writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and at the Blue
Mountain Center and received her MFA from the California College of the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is hard at work on her first novel, Tuesday Nights in 1980.