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Kazim Ali’s books in­clude four vol­umes of po­etry, The Far Mosque, The For­ti­eth Day, Bright Felon: Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and Cities, and Sky Ward; three nov­els, Quinn’s Pas­sage, The Dis­ap­pear­ance of Seth, and Wind In­stru­ment; two col­lec­tions of es­says, Or­ange Alert and Fast­ing for Ra­madan; and trans­la­tions of po­etry and nov­els. He is the edi­tor of Jean Valen­tine: ThisWorld Com­pany. He is on the fac­ulty of Ober­lin Col­lege and is found­ing edi­tor of Night­boat Books.

Dinika M. Amaral was raised in Bom­bay on the lessons of The God­fa­ther. She worked in fi­nance and quit to go to grad­u­ate school at New York Univer­sity, where she got her MA and MFA. Her work has ap­peared in the Times of In­dia and Golden Hand­cuffs Re­view and is forth­com­ing in the Den­ver Quar­terly and Guer­nica. Presently, she serves as a writ­ing coach at NYU’S Stern School of Busi­ness and sub­sti­tute-teaches cre­ative writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. Her se­cret dream is to be a bet­ter mob wife to Michael Cor­leone than Kay.

John Ash­bery’s most re­cent col­lec­tion of po­ems is Quick Ques­tion (2012). A two-vol­ume set of his trans­la­tions from the French (po­etry and prose) was pub­lished in early 2014.

Catherine Blau­velt is a 2012 grad­u­ate of the Iowa Writ­ers’ Work­shop. In 2013, she won the “Dis­cov­ery”/ Bos­ton Re­view Po­etry Con­test. Her po­ems have pre­vi­ously ap­peared in Likestar­lings, Fifth Wed­nes­day Jour­nal, and the Bos­ton Re­view. She cur­rently works for the Iowa Youth Writ­ing Project at the Univer­sity of Iowa.

Amy Butcher is an es­say­ist and au­thor of the forth­com­ing mem­oir Vis­it­ing Hours (Blue Rider Press/pen­guin, April 2015), of which this es­say is an ex­cerpt. She earned her MFA from the Univer­sity of Iowa and has re­cent work in the New York Times Mag­a­zine, the New York Times Mod­ern Love column, Gulf Coast, Guer­nica, and Brevity, among oth­ers. More at amye­

Robert Coover is the re­cip­i­ent of the Wil­liam Faulkner Foun­da­tion Award, for The Ori­gin of the Brunists, and the Rea Award for the Short Story. His sto­ries have ap­peared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, etc. He has

pub­lished four­teen nov­els, and his lat­est, The Brunist Day of Wrath, is out now from Dzanc Books.

Carol Ann Davis is the au­thor of Psalm and At­las Hour. She teaches at Fairfield Univer­sity in Con­necti­cut.

Jen­nifer Alise Drew is the prose edi­tor for AGNI mag­a­zine and has worked as an edi­tor for nu­mer­ous other mag­a­zines, pub­lish­ing com­pa­nies, and au­thors, in­clud­ing Hunter S. Thomp­son, who taught her that writ­ing should be fun, though it of­ten isn’t. She holds an MA in cre­ative writ­ing from Bos­ton Univer­sity and is cur­rently com­plet­ing a mem­oir in es­says about her son, cere­bral palsy, and other sto­ries, the first part of which can be found in LU­MINA, vol­ume XIII.

Craig Dworkin is the au­thor of Read­ing the Il­leg­i­ble (North­west­ern, 2003) and No Medium (MIT, 2013) and is the edi­tor of five books: Ar­chi­tec­tures of Po­etry (Rodopi, 2004); Lan­guage to Cover a Page: The Early Writ­ing of Vito Ac­conci (MIT, 2006); The Con­se­quence of In­no­va­tion: 21st Cen­tury Po­et­ics (Roof, 2008); The Sound of Po­etry/the Po­etry of Sound (with Mar­jorie Perloff, Chicago, 2009); and Against Ex­pres­sion: An An­thol­ogy of Con­cep­tual Writ­ing (with Kenneth Gold­smith, North­west­ern, 2010). He teaches at the Univer­sity of Utah and serves as Se­nior Found­ing Edi­tor to Eclipse (

Jo­hanna Drucker is the Bres­lauer Pro­fes­sor of Bib­li­o­graph­i­cal Stud­ies at UCLA and a well-known vis­ual poet and book artist.

Jo­hanna Hunt­ing re­ceived her MFA from Columbia Univer­sity. She lives in New York City and is work­ing on a col­lec­tion of linked sto­ries.

Peter Markus is the au­thor of a novel, Bob, or Man on Boat, as well as three books of short fic­tion, the most re­cent of which is We Make Mud. A new col­lec­tion, The Fish and the Not Fish, is due out in the fall of 2014. He lives in Michi­gan.

Camp­bell Mcgrath is the au­thor of ten books of po­etry, most re­cently In the King­dom of the Sea Mon­keys (Ecco Press, 2012). A Guggen­heim and Macarthur Fel­low, he teaches in the MFA pro­gram at Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity in Mi­ami.

Dave Mondy is a writer/per­former/pro­ducer. He was re­cently se­lected as Writer-in-res­i­dence for Ran­dolph Col­lege and has re­ceived four Solas awards for travel writ­ing. He writes a liquor column for Ed­i­ble in Tuc­son, his na­tion­ally toured solo show re­ceived the Best Solo Com­edy award at the San Fran­cisco Fringe Fes­ti­val, and his mem­oir/fic­tion can be heard on pu­bic ra­dio, seen on­line as a com­mis­sioned video se­ries, and read in sev­eral lit­er­ary pe­ri­od­i­cals. He is a found­ing mem­ber of the Rock­star Sto­ry­tellers and has penned com­edy for A Prairie Home Com­pan­ion. He re­cently re­ceived his MFA in cre­ative nonfiction from the Univer­sity of Ari­zona. Find more at dav­e­

An­drew R. Mossin is the au­thor of the col­lec­tion of crit­i­cal es­says, Male Sub­jec­tiv­ity and Po­etic Form in “New Amer­i­can” Po­etry (Pal­grave Macmil­lan, 2010) and two col­lec­tions of po­etry, The Epochal Body (Singing Horse Press, 2004) and The Veil (Singing Horse Press, 2008). He has re­cently com­pleted a new book of po­etry, The Called, and a mem­oir, Through the Rivers. He teaches in the In­tel­lec­tual Her­itage Pro­gram at Tem­ple Univer­sity in Philadel­phia, PA.

D.A. Powell’s most re­cent col­lec­tions are Use­less Land­scape, or A Guide for Boys (2012), which re­ceived the Na­tional Book Crit­ics Cir­cle Award in po­etry, and Repast (2014), both from Gray­wolf Press. He lives in San Fran­cisco.

Daniel Pop­pick’s po­ems have ap­peared in BOMB, Den­ver Quar­terly, Colorado Re­view, The Claudius App, and other jour­nals. He co-ed­its the Cate­nary Press with Rob Schlegel.

Joshua Rivkin’s po­ems and es­says have ap­peared in The New Yorker, Virginia Quar­terly Re­view, Slate, Best New Po­ets, and else­where. He has re­ceived a win­ter fel­low­ship from the Fine Arts Work Cen­ter in Province­town, a Stegner Fel­low­ship in po­etry from Stan­ford, and a Ful­bright fel­low­ship to Italy.

He­len Klein Ross’s po­etry, es­says, and fic­tion have ap­peared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Sal­ma­gundi, and in an­tholo­gies, in­clud­ing SHORT, pub­lished in 2014 by Persea Books. Her first novel, Mak­ing It: A Novel of Madi­son Av­enue, was pub­lished in March by Si­mon and Schus­ter. Her next is due out in 2016. She is edi­tor of a forth­com­ing po­etry an­thol­ogy, The Traveler’s Vade Me­cum, which pro­vides a glimpse

into habits and so­cial as­pects of nine­teenth-cen­tury America. She lives in Man­hat­tan and Lakeville, CT.

Mon­treux Rotholtz is a grad­u­ate of the Iowa Writ­ers’ Work­shop. Her po­ems ap­pear or are forth­com­ing in Columbia Po­etry Re­view, Den­ver Quar­terly, the PEN Po­etry Se­ries, Fence, and else­where. She lives in Seat­tle with her hus­band and a dog named Toast.

Mau­rice Car­los Ruf­fin’s work has ap­peared in Re­di­vider, Apalachee Re­view, and Un­fath­omable City. He has an MFA from the Cre­ative Writ­ing Work­shop at the Univer­sity of New Or­leans.

Rob Schlegel is the au­thor of The Lesser Fields (Cen­ter for Lit­er­ary Pub­lish­ing, 2009) and Jan­uary Ma­chine (Four Way Books, 2014).

Peter Jay Shippy’s fourth book is A Spell of Songs (Satur­na­lia Books). His work ap­peared in The Best Amer­i­can Po­etry 2012 and 2014. He teaches at Emer­son Col­lege.

Ben­nett Sims is the re­cip­i­ent of the 2014 Bard Fic­tion Prize and was also a Provost Post­grad­u­ate Vis­it­ing Writer at the Univer­sity of Iowa. He grad­u­ated from Pomona Col­lege and from the Iowa Writ­ers’ Work­shop, where he held a Tru­man Capote Fel­low­ship and a John C. Schu­pes Fel­low­ship in Fic­tion. His sto­ries have ap­peared or are forth­com­ing from A Pub­lic Space, Zoetrope, Orion, Sub­trop­ics, Con­junc­tions, Tin House, and Elec­tric Lit­er­a­ture. He is twenty-eight and was born in Baton Rouge.

Gar­rett Ste­wart is the au­thor of sev­eral books on fic­tion, film, and fine art, most re­cently Book­work: Medium to Ob­ject to Con­cept to Art and Closed Cir­cuits: Screen­ing Nar­ra­tive Sur­veil­lance. He is the James O. Freed­man Pro­fes­sor of Let­ters at the Univer­sity of Iowa.

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