Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for a California Book Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices, Virginia Quarterly Review, Narrative, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, and The New York Times, among other publications. He’s been a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University and a Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia in the UK. His memoir, Epilogue, is newly out from W.W. Norton Co/Liveright and Granta Books.
Rachel DeWoskin’s fifth book, the novel Second Circus, will be published by Penguin in 2017. Her critically acclaimed novel, Blind, was published by Penguin in 2014 and is a Library Guild and an Illinois Reads selection. Her novel Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011), received the American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the top 3 books of the year by Newsday. DeWoskin’s memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton, 2005), about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries, optioned by Paramount, HBO and the Sundance Channel, and is now in development at BBC America, where DeWoskin is co-writing a TV series based on the book. DeWoskin’s debut novel Repeat After Me (Overlook Press, 2009), won a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award. She has written essays and articles for Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers, and anthologies including Found: Requiem for a Paper Bag, and Wanderlust. Her poems have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, New Delta Review, Nerve Magazine and The New Orleans Review. She teaches fiction at the University of Chicago.
Daniel Raeburn is the author of The Imp, a series of booklets about underground cartoonists. He also wrote the book Chris Ware. His other essays and memoirs have appeared in The Baffler, Tim House, and the New Yorker. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He earned his BA at the University of Iowa and his MFA from Bennington College.
Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry--"Facts for Visitors" and "Voyager" (both published by the University of California Press)--as well as a scholarly study, "Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry" (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has written on contemporary poetry for various publications, including The New York Times, The New Republic, and Lana Turner. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop. In fall 2015, he delivered the Bagley Wright Lectures in Poetry. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, Reddy is an Associate Professor in English and at the College.
Jennifer Scappettone is a poet, translator, and scholar, the author of the poetry collection From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009) and of several chapbooks: Beauty [Is the New Absurdity] (dusi/e chap kollektiv, 2007), Err-Residence (Bronze Skull, 2007), and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale (La Camera Verde, 2008), translated into Italian in dialogue with Marco Giovenale. Exit 43, an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-up pastorals, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a letterpress fragment forthcoming from Compline Press. She edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which won the Academy of American Poets' biennial Raiziss/De Palchi Book Award. She edited Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse (Belladonna, 2009), featuring her pop-ups and prose and new writing by Etel Adnan and Lyn Hejinian. Her poetry is featured in a range of anthologies, including Novas Poéticas de Resistência/Poetics of Resistance, edited by Graça Capinha, Emergency Index, a documentary performance anthology (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), La alteración del silencio: Poesía norteamericana reciente (Das Kapital, 2010), and The Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner, 2004). Recent collaborative projects include sonic performances of Exit 43 with the Difforme Ensemble (Marco Ariano, Renato Ciunfrini, Roberto Fega); the performance work PARK, under development with choreographer Kathy Westwater and architect Seung Jae Lee and presented in 2010-12 at Dance Theater Workshop, Reed College, LentSpace, and Fresh Kills Landfill; and X Locus, twinned installations for the courtyard and tract of Trajan’s aqueduct at the American Academy in Rome, designed with AGENCY Architecture (Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller) and composer Paul Rudy, in 2011. Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, her critical study of the premodern city as a crucible for twentieth-century experimentation across literature, politics, the visual arts, architecture, and urbanism, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.
Vu Tran’s fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery Stories, A Best of Fence, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and other publications. He has received honors from Glimmer Train Stories and the Michigan Quarterly Review, and is a recipient of a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award and a 2011 Finalist Award for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. His first novel, Dragonfish, will be published by WW Norton in August 2015. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow in fiction at the Black Mountain Institute.
John Wilkinson's most recent books of poetry are Reckitt's Blue (2013) and Down to Earth (Salt 2008). Born in London and educated at Cambridge, he worked in mental health services in the industrial West Midlands, South Wales and the East End of London before moving to the University of Notre Dame as Writer in Residence in 2005. He joined the English Department at Chicago in 2010. As well as nine books of poetry and several chapbooks, he has also published a critical collection, The Lyric Touch (Salt 2007) and critical essays on modernist and contemporary British and American poetry.