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    Jan Beatty’s books include The Switching Yard (forthcoming, 2013), Red Sugar (2008, Finalist, Paterson Prize), Boneshaker (2002), and Mad River (1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize), all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her chapbook, Ravage, was published in 2012 by Lefty Blondie Press. Awards include the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, two PCA fellowships, and a $15,000 Creative Achievement Award from the Heinz Foundation. Beatty has read her work widely, at venues such as the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Split This Rock. Beatty hosts and produces Prosody, a public radio show on NPR affiliate WESA-FM featuring national writers. She directs the creative writing program at Carlow University where she teaches in the MFA program. www.janbeatty.com

     

     

    SHERWIN BITSUI is the author of two poetry books, Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003), and FloodSong (Copper Canyon Press, 2009). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a 2010 PEN Open Book Award and an American Book Award. He is originally from Baa’oogeedí (White Cone, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. Currently, he lives in Tucson. He is Diné of the Todich’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tł’ízíłání (Many Goats Clan). www.bitsui.com

    MICHELLE BROWER began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University and has been hooked ever since.  During that time, she assisted the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo and found herself in love with the process of discovering new writers and helping existing writers further their careers.  After graduating, she became an agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, and there began representing books in many different areas of fiction and non-fiction.   In 2009, she joined Folio Literary Management, where she is looking for literary fiction, thrillers, high-quality commercial fiction that transcends genre, and narrative non-fiction.  She enjoys digging into a manuscript and working with authors to make their project as saleable as it can be, and her list includes the authors S.G. Browne, Rebecca Rasmussen, Dana Gynther, and Michele Young-Stone among many others.

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    JOY CASTRO is the author of the literary thriller Hell or High Water (St. Martin’s, 2012) and the memoirs The Truth Book (Arcade, 2005) and Island of Bones (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2012). Her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, North American Review, Seneca Review, and The New York Times Magazine.  She is an associate professor and the associate director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches literature, creative writing, and Latino studies.  www.joycastro.com.

     

     

    RACHEL COHN is the author of numerous award-winning young adult novels, including the Betas series, Gingerbread, You Know Where to Find Me, and, with David Levithan, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. She lives in Los Angeles and she can be found on the web at www.rachelcohn.com.

    MARK E. CULL is the author of the short story collection One Way Donkey Ride (Asylum Arts) and a novel King of the Sea Monkeys (forthcoming Guernica Editions) and has co-edited three short storyanthologies; Anyone is Possible, Blue Cathedral and The Crucifix is Down. He is Publisher of Red Hen Press, which he founded in 1994 with Kate Gale. During the time Red Hen Press has become one of the leading independent literary presses in North America, he has designed and produced more than twenty volumes of literary fiction and poetry a year. He also serves on the board of WriteGirl a Los Angeles-based organization that promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls.

    GABRIEL JASON DEAN is a New York / Austin- based playwright who originally hails from Atlanta, GA. His plays have been produced or developed at Theatre Row, Hangar Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Lark, New York Stage & Film, People’s Light, ASSITEJ International, The Kennedy Center,  Oregon Shakespeare, Dallas Children’s Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Dad's Garage Theatre, Actor's Express, Horizon Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, FronteraFest, Source Festival and Essential Theatre.  Gabriel received the Kennedy Center’s ACTF 2012 Paula Vogel Prize, Theatre for Young Audience’s Award and was Runner-Up for the National Steinberg Award.  In 2011, he received the Kennedy Center’s ACTF Ken Ludwig Prize for a body of work from an emerging writer and was Runner-Up for the Princess Grace Award.  His script for children, The Transition of Doodle Pequeño received the 2011 New England Theatre Conference Aurand Harris Award and was selected for the 2012 Kennedy Center New Visions / New Voices Conference with People’s Light and Theatre Company.  He is the recipient of the 2010 Essential Theatre New Play Prize and won the 2010 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival.  Gabriel was voted “Best Playwright” in 2009 by Creative Loafing: Atlanta. In 2005, he won the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs Playwriting Award. Other plays have been finalists or semi-finalists for the Seven Devils Conference, The O’Neill Theatre Conference, PlayPenn, JAW, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, Interact’s 20/20 Commissions, the Lark Playwright’s Week and Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project.  His scripts are available through Dramatic Publishing, Playscripts and Samuel French.  Gabriel's poetry, fiction and journalism has been published in Snake Nation Review, The Tower, Eclectica Magazine, The Melic Review, and Creative Loafing. He received the Porter Fleming Prize for Fiction and the Sidney Lanier Prize for Poetry.   Gabriel is on faculty for Spalding University’s Brief-Residency MFA Program. BA: Oglethorpe University. MFA: Michener Center for Writers—UT Austin.

     

    NATALIE DIAZ was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. She was part of the Old Dominion LadyMonarch basketball team that made it to the NCAA Championship game in 1997. After playing professionalbasketball in Europe and Asia for several years, Diaz returned to Old Dominion and completed a double-MFA in poetry and fiction. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in April of 2012. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Black Renaissance Noire, Crab Orchard Review, and others. Diaz currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, and directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.

     

    DAVID ALLAN EVANS was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, and began college on a football scholarship. He has a B.A. from Morningside College, an M.A. from the University of Iowa, and an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. He has won writing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bush Artist Foundation; he has twice been a Fulbright Scholar to China. Recently he received the 2009 Governor’s Award for Creative Distinction in the Arts. He is the author of eight collections of poems, the most recent being  The Bull Rider’s Advice: New and Selected Poems, as well as several books of prose, including a memoir about growing up in Sioux City. He has edited and co-edited several anthologies. His poems, short stories, and essays have been published in numerous magazines and journals, and in over 80 anthologies, including Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Southern Review, Esquire, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, Prairie Schooner, Heartland: Poets of the Midwest, Best Poems of 1969 (The Borestone Awards), The HBJ Treasury of Literature, Poetspeak, Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest, The Norton Book of Sports, Motion: The Anthology of American Sports Poems, and The Poets Guide to Birds. He was named Poet Laureate of South Dakota by the governor in 2002. His poem, “Neighbors,” was the first poem to be re-printed in the popular newspaper column and website, “American Life in Poetry,” established by Ted Kooser,former U.S. Poet Laureate. Evans lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

     

    (Poetry) CHARLES FORT's books include: We Did 
Not Fear The Father: New and Selected Poems by Red Hen Press (2010) and Mrs.
 Belladonna's Supper Club Waltz, New 
and Selected Prose Poems, Volumes 1 
and 2, by Backwaters Press (2010), with 
elements of poetry, fiction, creative 
non-fiction, and memoir. Fort's poems have appeared in The Best American 
Poetry 2003, The Best American 
Poetry 2000, Best of Prose Poem International, The American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry, and other places, including twenty-one anthologies. Carnegie Mellon University
 Press reprinted his first book, The 
Town Clock Burning, under its Classic
 Contemporary Series. His other books include Darvil, St. Andrews Press, and Frankenstein Was A Negro, Loganhouse Press. A MacDowell Fellow, Fort attended the Breadloaf Writers' Conference in 1972 and 1974, and the Cranbrook Writers' Conference in 1971, 1972, and 1973. He holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University, and he has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Creative Writing in Poetry and Fiction, Harlem Renaissance, Twentieth Century British and American Literature, Contemporary Poetics, and Seminar in Prosody. He is also the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Writer's Voice: Open Poetry Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, and The Mary Carolyn Davis Memorial Award. Fort held the Paul W and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Chair in Poetry at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (1997-2007). www.charlesfortpoet.com

     

    GABRIEL FRIED is the longtime poetry editor at Persea Books, a literary publishing house founded in 1975 and based in New York City. He is the author of Making the New Lamb Take, a collection of poems, and his poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The American Scholar, The Paris Review, and other journals and magazines. He also teaches courses on creative writing, publishing, and baseball at the University of Missouri (Columbia).

    D. SCOTT GLASSER is the Chair of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Theatre where he teaches directing, acting, voice, theory, film and Shakespeare.  Scott has been a director, playwright, actor, dramaturg and teacher at such theatres as the Guthrie Theatre, GeVa Repertory (Rochester), Opera Institute (Boston), ACT (Seattle), Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Children's Theater Company (Minneapolis), Skylight Opera Theatre, Madison and Minnesota Operas, Utah and Nebraska Shakespeare Festivals and many others.  He recently directed A Walk in the Woods and At The Vanishing Point for the Great Plains Theatre Conference.  Scott received an MFA in Acting from Cornell University, helped create Willamette University’s theater program, co-founded the Dakota Theatre Caravan, was a resident actor/director at the St. Paul Actors Theatre, produced and performed at the Edinburgh International Fringe, was Artistic Director of Madison Repertory Theatre from 1993 to 2002, and is a longstanding member of Actors Equity and the Stage Directors & Choreographers unions.   He has directed over 160 plays, operas and musicals,including his translationof Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, and adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing, and Aristophanes’ The Birds, as well as premieres of plays by Lee Blessing, Jon Klein, Martha Boesing, and Steven Dietz.  He has assisted playwrights in the development of many works, including David Feldshuh’s Miss Ever’s Boys.   He was also involved in 10 years of workshops and performances of developing plays At The Playwright’s Center and the Midwest Playlabs.   He has edited and shaped over 30 productions of Shakespeare’s plays.  Recent productions have toured to an international theatre festival in Siauliai, Lithuania, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Newseum in Washington DC.

     

     

    (Playwright in Residence) Benjamin Graber has been a hippie doctor, a sex doctor, a psychiatrist, and a neurobiologist. His research archives are available at the Kinsey Institute at the University of Indiana. He holds an MA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. He is a board certified psychiatrist and neurologist and served for many years as a Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical School. During his years in medical academics, he authored academic articles, book chapters, abstracts, and national and international meetingpresentations, including in Italy, Mexico, Israel, and Venezuela.  His co-authored non-fiction text, Woman’s Orgasm, has remained in print for thirty-six years , and his edited text, Circumvaginal Musculature and Sexual Function is in its thirtieth year of continuous publication. He has been a continuous member of the International Association of Sex Researchers for thirty years. In the world of creative writing, his short fiction and poetry have appeared in various venues, including Fine Line Journal, Defenestration, Anti-Muse, Canopic Jar, Uber, Spillway Review, and an anthology of Nebraska poets, Annex 22. He fell in love with playwriting after attending the firstGreat Plains Theatre Conference in 2006; subsequently the GPTC selected for their highly competitive Playlab staged reading two of his one act plays, Party Favor in 2007 and Wedding Party in 2008 and two of his full length plays Warpaint in 2009 and Heteronormativity in 2010. His first full-length play, Hippie Doctor, his MA thesis play, achieved an unusual status for a student play: a full production at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in their main stage series in 2009. Warpaint, his co-authored play with Cleveland playwright Michael Oatman, was a 2009 national finalist at the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C., and received its world premiere production in 2010 at the Shelterbelt Theatre. His one act plays, Banana Republic, Masque, and The Guru and the Turtle, and the co-authored Snipped, have all been fully produced. His ten-minute play, End of Limerence, has been produced several times, most recently in Florida. For 2010-2011 he was honored with Core Apprentice at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis where his aforementioned full length play, Heternormativity, was work shopped and read summer of 2010. Mosty recently Heteronomativity was a finalist at the prestigous for the 2011 WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory In addition to playwriting, he has served as director, assistant director or dramaturg for many theatre productions. In 2010 he was appointed Playwright in Residence at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was deeply involved in the addition of the playwriting track the University of Nebraska's Masters in Fine Arts in Writing Program, making it one of few such programs to have a track exclusively for playwrights. Since 2010 he has been serving as Playwright in Residence. www.benjamingraber.com

     

    ERIN HARRIS is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary and book club fiction,YA, and narrative non-fiction. Her clients include Times Magazine contributor Carla Power, New Criterion editor David Yezzi, and debut novelists Daniel Levine and Jennifer Laam. Erin received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.

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    (Fiction) Novelist and short story writer PATRICIA HENLEY has taught for 18 years in the MFA Program at Purdue University. She is the author of three collections of short stories: Friday Night at Silver Star, winner of the 1985 Montana First Book Award; The Secret of Cartwheels; and Worship of the Common Heart, New and Selected Stories. Her first novel, Hummingbird House, was a finalist for the 1999 National Book Award and The New Yorker Fiction Prize. Her second novel, In the River Sweet, was published by Pantheon in 2002. A Polish translation of In the River Sweet was published in Warsaw in the fall of 2006. Her stories have appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, and The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has given readings, lectures, and conducted workshops in many venues nationwide.

    ANDREW HINDERAKER is a Resident Playwright of Chicago Dramatists, an ensemble member of the Gift Theatre in Chicago, and a three-time Jeff Award nominee. His plays include Suicide, Incorporated, which premiered at the Gift in 2010, was subsequently produced Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre, and has since received several productions across the country. Hinderaker’s newest play, Colossal, about a star football player who suffers a catastrophic spinal injury, was the recent recipient of multiple awards from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The play, which features a twenty-person ensemble, a dance company, and a drum line, will receive a Rolling World Premiere in 2014-2015, starting at the Olney Theatre Center outside Washington, D.C. Additional plays by Hinderaker, including Dirty, Kingsville, and I Am Going to Change the World, have been produced/developed by Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Araca Group, Mixed Blood Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Rattlestick Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, and several others. Hinderaker currently holds commissions from the Roundabout Theatre and Marc Platt Productions, and recently completed his M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin.

    JAMES JAY has worked as a bartender, a wild land firefighter, book seller, furniture mover, and was the Executive Director of the Northern Arizona Book Festival for four years. In 1998 he completed a MFAin Creative Writing at The University of Montana. He has taught poetry at the jail, the public schools, and Northern Arizona University. His recent poems and essays have appeared in Strange Machine, The Huffington Post, Crab Creek Review, and Nerve Bundle Review. His poetry was selected for the New Poets of the AmericanWest anthology, and he has had a poem, essay, or story appear in a newspaper, magazine or journal every month for the last four years.  He won the Viola Award in Literature in 2011. His latest collection of poems, The Journeymen, was nominated for a PEN Western States Award and a Before Columbus Foundation Award. He owns Uptown Billiards, with his wife, the musician Alyson Jay, and they have two sons, Wilson and Skinny Henry. www. jamesjay.org

    JEFF KLEINMAN is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency which works with all of the major U.S. publishers(and, through subagents, with most international publishers).  He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English).  As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career.  His authors include Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Bruce Watson, Neil White, and Philip Gerard. foliolit.com/jeffkleinman

    ALLAN KORNBLUM began his publishing career in 1970 with Toothpaste, a mimeographed magazine. Shortly after studying typography at the University of Iowa, he began publishing letterpress books and pamphlets under the Toothpaste Press imprint, but by 1984, the tube had been squeezed dry. He reorganized as Coffee House Press, a nonprofit literary publishing house, moved to Minnesota, and began using contemporary technology for book production. Under his leadership, Coffee House has become one of the most highly regarded independent literary presses in the country, with a multicultural backlist of titles that are rapidly gaining the status of modern classics. In 1997, he received an American Book Award for his contributions to literature and publishing. www.coffeehousepress.org

     

    GREG KOSMICKI is a poet and social worker living in Omaha, Nebraska. He founded The Backwaters Press in 1997 which he edits and publishes. Books from The Backwaters Press have won more than 10 Nebraska book awards for poetry, anthology, and book and cover design. The Backwaters Prize winner selected by Philip Levine for 2004, No Accident by Aaron Anstett, won The Nebraska Book Award for Poetry, the Balcones Award from Austin Community College for the best book of poetry published by a small press in the US that year, and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards. Greg’s own poetry has been published in numerous magazines, both print and online, including Chiron Review, Connecticut Review, Cortland Review, New Letters, Nimrod, Paris Review, and Poetry East. He received artist’s fellowships for his poetry from the Nebraska Arts Council 2000 and 2006. He is the author of three books and 8 chapbooks of poems. Two of the poems from his book from Word Press, Some Hero of the Past, and one poem from his newest chapbook from Pudding House Publications, New Route in the Dream, have been selected by Garrison Keillor and read by him on The Writer's Almanac. Marigolds, his seventh chapbook of poems, was recently published by Black Star Press. http://backwaterpress.com

     

    ANN PATTY graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1974, Magna Cum Laude in Comparative Literature.  She immediately moved to New York City to work in publishing, which she has done ever since.  She began as a receptionist at Knopf, had a brief stint as an editor with Maurice Girodias at Olympia Press, then buckled down as an assistant at Dell.  In 1976 she moved to Pocket Books as a Senior Editor, where she discovered VC Andrews, one of the biggest successes of the paperback original revolution.  In 1982 she became the youngest editor ever to be given her own imprint when she founded Poseidon Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) where she was Publisher and Editorial Director. In 1993 she moved to Crown Publishers, first as Editor at Large, then as Editorial Director.  From 2000-2008, she was Executive Editor at Harcourt.    In 2009, she became a free lance editor, co-writer and book doctor.  She lives in Rhinebeck, New York. www.annpatty.com

     

    VICTORIA SKURNICK came to Levine Greenberg after being at The Book-of-the Month Club for almost twenty years.  As Editor-in-Chief, she relished the opportunity to devour every kind of book, from the finest literary fiction to Yiddish for Dogs.  Anne Tyler, John LeCarre, Amy Tan, Tom Wolfe, Stephen King, Michael Lewis, Lee Child, RoddyDoyle, Alice Sebold, Tracy Kidder, Julia Child and Susan Elizabeth Phillips are just a few of the authors that make her deaf and blind to anyone around her when she's reading. Victoria's other addiction besides reading is music. She has sung in many choirs in New York City and spent a few ostensibly happy years singing rock in groups like Big and the Evolution. No, you haven't heard of it-if you had, she wouldn't be an agent. She also is the co-author (with Cynthia Katz) of seven novels written by "Cynthia Victor." Raised in New Rochelle, NY, Victoria went to the University of Wisconsin where she studied political science with an emphasis on constitutional law, a subject that still fascinates her. Neither adventurous nor peripatetic, she has remained within a 20-mile radius of home since her day of birth. www.levinegreenberg.com/victoria-skurnick

     

    NED STUCKEY-FRENCH is the author of The American Essay in the American Century (Missouri, 2011), co-editor (with Carl Klaus) of Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time (Iowa, 2012), co-author (with Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French) of Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (Longman, 8th ed.), and book review editor of Fourth Genre. His articles and essays have appeared in journals and magazines such as In These Times, The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, The Normal School, Tri-Quarterly, Walking Magazine, culturefront, Pinch, Guernica, middlebrow, and American Literature, and have been listed four times among the notable essays of the year in Best American Essays. For much of the 1970s and 1980s he worked as a union and community organizer in Boston, and during 2012 he helped organize the successful campaign to save the University of Missouri Press. http://nedstuckeyfrench.com/

     

    TERESE SVOBODA is the author of five novels, most recently Bohemian Girl, named one of the ten best 2012 Westerns by Booklist and an Historical Book of the Year Finalist in Foreword. Tin God, a finalist for the John Gardner Prize, is being reissued this spring, with Publisher's Weekly deeming her a "fabulous fabulist." "Astounding!"proclaimed The New York Post in a review of her memoir Black Glasses Like Clark Kent that won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and The Japan Times "Best of Asia 2008." Vogue lauded her first novel, Cannibal, as a female Heart of Darkness. Svoboda is also the recipient of Guggenheimfellowship, the Bobst Prize, the Iowa Prize for poetry, the O. Henry Award for the short story, and a three-time winner of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her opera WET premiered at L.A.'s Disney Hall in 2005. Her writing has been selected for the "Writer's Choice" column in The New York Times Book Review, a SPIN magazine book of the year, and one of the Voice Literary Supplement's ten best reads and has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Paris Review, Narrative, One Story, American Poet, Poetry, Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, Yale Review, Slate, Chicago Tribune, and the N. Y. Times.  She is also the author of five books of prize-winning poetry and Cleaned The Crocodile's Teeth, translations from the Nuer, a South Sudanese language. She has enjoyed residencies at Bellagio, Bogliasco, Yaddo, MacDowell, and Ossabaw. Her academic positions have been at Williams, Columbia School of the Arts, William and Mary, San Francisco State, Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, New School, the Universities of Tampa, Miami and Hawaii, as well as in St. Petersburg and Nairobi for the Summer Literary Seminars.  Svoboda has appeared twice at the L.A. Book Festival, the Chicago Printers Row, the Miami Book Festival and the Brooklyn Book Festival. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and Columbia University.

    Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, MILES WAGGENER studied Spanish and English at Northern Arizona University before earning an MFA from the University of Montana, where he received the Richard Hugo Memorial Scholarship.  His poems have appeared in such journals as Crazyhorse, the Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, the Mid-American Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review.  He won an individual creative writing fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 2003 and a prize from the Academy of American Poets at the University of Montana.  Before joining the faculty of the Writer’s Workshop at The University of Nebraska at Omaha, he taught creative writing and Latin American literature at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.  His collection Phoenix Suites won the Washington Prize and was published in 2003 by The Word Works.  He lives in Omaha with his wife and fellow poet, Megan Gannon.  

     

    CHARLES HARPER WEBB, M.F.A., Ph.D. has published eight books of poetry, including Reading the Water, Liver, Tulip Farms & Leper Colonies, Hot Popsicles, and Amplified DogShadow Ball: New and Selected Poems was published in 2009 by the University of Pittsburgh Press, which will publish Webb’s next collection, What Things Are Made Of, in 2012.  Webb's awards in poetry include the Morse Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Felix Pollock Prize, and the Benjamin Saltman Prize.  His poems have appeared in many distinguished journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Tin House, Poets of the New Century, Best American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. A former professional rock musician and psychotherapist, he is the editor of Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, and recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, a fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation, and the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.   He directs the MFA Program at California State University, Long Beach.

     

    WANG PING was born in China and came to USA in 1986. Her publications include American Visa (short stories, 1994), Foreign Devil (novel, 1996), Of Flesh and Spirit (poetry, 1998), The Magic Whip (poetry, 2003), The LastCommunist Virgin (stories, 2007), All Roads to Joy: Memories along the Yangtze (forthcoming 2012), all from Coffee House. New Generation: Poetry from China Today (1999), an anthology she edited and co-translated, is published by Hanging Loose. Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian, co-translation with Ron Padgett, 2010 from Zephyr. Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (2000, University of Minnesota Press) won the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities, and in 2002, Random House published its paperback. The Last Communist Virgin won 2008 Minnesota Book Award and Asian American Studies Award. She had two photography and multi-media exhibitions--“Behind the Gate: After the Flooding of the Three Gorges” at Janet Fine Art Gallery, Macalester College, 2007, and “All Roads to Lhasa” at Banfill-Lock Cultural Center, 2008. She collaborated with the British filmmaker Isaac Julien on Ten Thousand Waves, a film installation about the illegal Chinese immigration in London. She is the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Artist Fellowship, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and the McKnight Artist Fellowship.

     

     

    LEIGH ALLISON WILSON is the author of two books of fiction and numerous stories, flash fiction and essays. Her first book, From the Bottom Up, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her second book, Wind, was nominated by William Morrow for a Pulitzer Prize. Her prose has appeared in The Georgia Review, Grand Street, Harper’s, The Kenyon Review , Mademoiselle, The Southern Review, among other magazines and journals. She has frequently reviewed books for The Washington Post Book World. Her work has been anthologized widely and read on NPR’s Selected Shorts.

    A graduate of Williams College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has taught in the Syracuse University MFA Program and the University of Nebraska MFA Program. Currently she directs the Program in Creative Writing at SUNY Oswego, in Oswego, New York.

    SCOTT WORKING is a playwright, actor and director. He has performed throughout Omaha since the late 1980s.  Most recently he performed in SNAP Productions Clybourne Park, produced and directed a dramatic evening of Edgar Allan Poe at historic Joslyn Castle and produced and directed a touring production of a multi-media show about Jackson Pollock.  Some favorite projects of the last few years have been directing and being a part of the ensemble in Ellen Struve’s Nobody Gets Paid at the Shelterbelt Theatre, performing in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol under the direction of Kevin Lawler at the Blue Barn Theatre, and being a part of the ensemble in Almost, Maine at the Omaha Community Playhouse.  While finishing up his undergraduate study at the University of Nebraska–Omaha´s Writer´s Workshop, he founded the Shelterbelt Theatre.  In July, as a part of the theatre’s 20th anniversary, they are remounting both his and Shelterbelt’s first play, V of Geese.  He has a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa´s Playwright´s Workshop. Currently, he’s the Theatre Program Coordinator and full-time Theatre Instructor at Metropolitan Community College and Associate Artistic Director of the Great Plains Theatre Conference.