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Authors

Alan Shapiro

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Alan Shapiro is author of twelve books of poetry (most recently Reel to Reel, from the University of Chicago Press, and Night of the Republic, from Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, a finalist for the National Book Award), four books of prose (most recently Broadway Baby, a novel from Algonquin Books). He has published two translations with Oxford University Press, and won numerous awards, including The Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, two NEAs, a Guggenheim, and a Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Elizabeth T. Gray Jr.

Elizabeth T. Gray Jr. is a poet, translator, and corporate consultant. Her work has appeared in Little Star, Talisman, Poetry International, Mantis, Kenyon Review Online, Harvard Review, Beloit Poetry Journal (Chad Walsh Prize), Best New Poets of 2012, and elsewhere. Translations of classical and contemporary Persian poetry include The Green Sea of Heaven: Fifty Ghazals from the Diwan-i Hafiz-i Shiraz (1995) and Iran: Poems of Dissent (2013). Four Way Books will publish her poem cycle SERIES | INDIA in March 2015. She holds a BA and JD from Harvard University, and an MFA from Warren Wilson College and lives in New York City. www.elizabethtgrayjr.com.

Elizabeth T. Gray Jr. is a poet, translator, and corporate consultant. Her work has appeared in Little Star, Talisman, Poetry International, Mantis, Kenyon Review Online, Harvard Review, Beloit Poetry Journal (Chad Walsh Prize), Best New Poets of 2012, and elsewhere. Translations of classical and contemporary Persian poetry include The Green Sea of Heaven: Fifty Ghazals from the Diwan-i Hafiz-i Shiraz (1995) and Iran: Poems of Dissent (2013). Four Way Books will publish her poem cycle SERIES | INDIA in March 2015. She holds a BA and JD from Harvard University, and an MFA from Warren Wilson College and lives in New York City. www.elizabethtgrayjr.com.

R. Flowers Rivera

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A resident of McKinney, Texas, R. Flowers Rivera is a native of Mississippi. She completed a Ph.D. in English at Binghamton University, and an M.A. in English at Hollins University, in addition to an M.S. at Georgia State University and a B.S. at the University of Georgia. Her work has been anthologized in Mischief, Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies and published in journals such as African American Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Columbia, Feminist Studies, Obsidian, and The Southern Review. Her short story, “The Iron Bars,” won the 1999 Peregrine Prize. Rivera was a finalist for the May Swenson Award, the Journal Intro Award, the Naomi Long Madgett Award, the Gary Snyder Memorial Award, and the Paumanok Poetry Award, as well as a nominee for The Pushcart Prize. Rivera was awarded the 2009 Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry in association with the Taos Summer Writers Conference.

Jeffrey Renard Allen

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Jeffrey Renard Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell, 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell, 1999), and two works of fiction, the widely celebrated novel, Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, and the story collection Holding Pattern (Graywolf Press, 2008), which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His other awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a support grant from Creative Capital, The Chicago Public Library’s Twenty-first Century Award, a Recognition for Pioneering Achievements in Fiction from the African American Literature and Culture Association, the 2003 Charles Angoff award for fiction from The Literary Review, and special citations from the Society for Midlands Authors and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. He has been a fellow at The Dorothy L. and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, a John Farrar Fellow in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a Walter E. Dakins Fellow in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Jericho Brown

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Jericho Brown was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before earning his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston.  He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University.  Brown is a recent recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy.  His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, The Believer, The Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Oxford American, Ploughshares, and Tin House.  Brown has served as the Director of the Cropper Center for Creative Writing at the University of San Diego, and he is now an assistant professor of poetry at Emory University.  His first book, Please, won the American Book Award.

Joe Milazzo

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Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books; forthcoming, 2015), a volume of poetry. His writings have appeared in the pages of Black ClockBlack Warrior ReviewThe CollagistDrunken Boat, and H_NGM_N, among others. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX.

Liam Callanan

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Liam Callanan’s new book, Listen, a collection of short stories, is out this spring. His most recent novel, All Saints, was named a Target Bookmarked Book Club Breakout pick; his previous novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for the Edgar Award.  He’s a frequent essayist for local and national public radio, and has written for Slate, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and about chasing children’s books (in France and Greece) for the Wall Street Journal. Liam’s also the founder and executive producer of the nationwide Poetry Everywhere animated film project (poetryeverywhere.org). Liam teaches in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was previously department chair and director of its doctoral program in creative writing.  He earned an MFA from George Mason University, an MA at Georgetown and a BA at Yale.

Peter Turchi

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Peter Turchi is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, including Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer and, most recently, A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic. He has also co-edited three anthologies for writers, including Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life and The Story Behind the Story: 16 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, he has served as director of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and the creative writing programs at Arizona State University. He currently teaches at the University of Houston. He offers resources for writers online at peterturchi.com.

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