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Zach Linge

Zach Linge’s poems appear in AGNI, Best New Poets 2020, New England Review, Poetry and elsewhere, and their second refereed article was published in a special issue of African American Review on the works of Percival Everett. Linge is the recipient of scholarships to The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and the Sewanee Writers Conference and lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where they serve as editor-in-chief of the Southeast Review.

Alice Sola Kim

Alice Sola Kim

Alice Sola Kim’s writing has appeared in publications such as The Cut, Tin House, McSweeney’s, Lightspeed, and The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017. She has received grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and is a winner of a 2016 Whiting Award.

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Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle, A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine (The Believer). McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of seven tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.

Alex Burns

Alex Burns

Alex Burns is founding artistic director of Quintessence Theatre Group (, an ensemble theater dedicated to the performance and adaptation of epic works of classic literature and drama in Philadelphia, Pa. In addition to more than 30 shows at Quintessence, he has directed at the Arden Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival and the Shakespeare Theatre. Burns also served as assistant director for productions at Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre and Syracuse Stage, among others.

Burns holds a B.S. in theater from Northwestern University, was the directing fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and the Jack O’Brien Director Fellowship.

ben lerner

Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kan. He received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, among other honors. Lerner is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw and Mean Free Path), two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04) and several collaborations with artists (including Blossom, with Thomas Demand). His most recent book is the monograph The Hatred of Poetry. Through his work, Lerner strives to explore the relevance of art and the artist to modern culture.

Lerner holds a B.A. in political science and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Brown University. He is Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College.

jean mcgarry

Jean McGarry

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A native Rhode Islander, Jean McGarry was educated at Regis and Radcliffe colleges, the University of California-Irvine and Johns Hopkins University. Her professional experience includes newspaper reporter and translator, though she has primarily taught writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, George Washington University and now at the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

McGarry’s books include Airs of Providence, The Very Rich Hours, The Courage of Girls, Home at Last, Gallagher’s Travels, Dream Date and Ocean State. Her most recent work, No Harm Done, was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2017. McGarry’s stories have appeared in The Yale Review, Southwest Review and The New Yorker, among others.

Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli

Born in Mexico City in 1983, Valeria Luiselli published a book of personal essays entitled Papeles falsos (Sidewalks) in 2010 and her work has been published in magazines and newspapers such as Letras Libres and the New York Times. Her first novel, Los ingrávidos (Faces In The Crowd) was originally published by Sexto Piso in April 2011 and in the UK by Granta in May 2012. In 2014 she was named one of the 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation in the US and her most recent novel, La historia de mis dientes (The Story of My Teeth) is one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 and won the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction 2016. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Asymptote, McSweeney and Granta. She has recently completed a PhD in Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in 14 languages.

Henry VeggianHenry Veggian

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Henry Veggian is a Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. His work has appeared in boundary 2Modern Fiction StudiesAmerican StudiesReader and Quaderni d'Italianistica. His essay on Thomas Pynchon's Vineland is in the collected volume Pynchon's California (University of Iowa Press).

Veggian was raised in and around the editorial offices of Il Progresso Italo-Americano, the historic Italian language newspaper of New York City, and honors that memory by maintaining steady editorial work at boundary 2, Rodopi Editions' Dialogue Series, and an essay collection about the writing of President Barack Obama. Veggian's most recent book is Understanding Don Delillo (University of South Carolina Press).

Rivka Galchen 

Rivka Galchen

Tuesday, February 28, 2017