Benjamin Lytal’s first novel, A Map of Tulsa, was published by Penguin in 2013. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The London Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, The Believer, McSweeney’s, Fence, The Daily Beast, and The Nation. For four years he wrote The New York Sun’s “Recent Fiction” column.
Sharon Pomerantz’s first novel Rich Boy (TWELVE) won the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction and was a Best Book of the Year from Entertainment Weekly and Booklist. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, as well as on NPR’s Selected Shorts program, and in Best American Short Stories. Her essays, reviews and cultural criticism have appeared in The Forward, The Chicago Tribune, Time, and many others. She has been a fellow at the Macdowell Colony, Art OMI, and the Virginia Center. Before moving to Chicago in 2016, she taught in the writing program at the University of Michigan.