Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. She holds a B.A. from
Tufts University and an M.F.A. in writing from the University of California Irvine. She teaches at
GrubStreet and Tufts in Boston. Her first book, The Body Papers, won the Restless Books Prize
for New Immigrant Writing in Nonfiction.
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is the author of Soft Targets
(forthcoming 2019), The Uses of the Body
(2015) and The Last Usable Hour
both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium
(2004), which was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry.
Landau studied at Stanford University, Columbia University, and Brown University, where she was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and earned a PhD in English and American Literature. For many years she co-directed the KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry Series and co-hosted the video interview program Open Book on Slate.com. In 2016, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Landau is director of the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where she also teaches. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, sons, and daughter.
Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014) and Oculus, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2019. She has received fellowships from the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library and from George Washington University, among others. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Shane McCrae grew up in Texas and California. The first in his family to graduate from college, McCrae earned a BA at Linfield College, an MA at the University of Iowa, an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a JD at Harvard Law School.
McCrae is the author of several poetry collections, including Mule(2011); Blood (2013); The Animal Too Big to Kill (2015); In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and The Gilded Auction Block (2018). His work has also been featured in The Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler, and his honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
McCrae lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.
Niviaq Korneliussen won a prestigious short story competition in Greenland when she was only twenty-two. As a result, she won a writing grant which produced Last Night in Nuuk. She lives in Nuuk, Greenland, travels frequently, and teaches writing classes in indigenous communities in the Greenlandic interior.
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H. M. Naqvi is the acclaimed author of Home Boy, which won the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Naqvi has worked in the financial services industry, taught creative writing at Boston University, run a spoken-word venue, and appeared on CNN, NPR, and Bloomberg TV. He is currently visiting professor at the Lahore Institute of Management Services. Naqvi’s newest book, The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack, will be published this spring.
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Sharmila Sen grew up in Calcutta, India, and immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She was educated in the public schools of Cambridge, Mass., received her A.B. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from Yale in English literature. As an assistant professor at Harvard she taught courses on literatures from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean for seven years. Currently, she is executive editor-at-large at Harvard University Press. Sharmila has lived and worked in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. She has lectured around the world on postcolonial literature and culture and published essays on racism and immigration. Sharmila resides in Cambridge, Mass., with her architect husband and their three children.
Ahmed Naji is an Egyptian novelist and journalist. He is the author of three books, Rogers (2007), Seven Lessons Learned from Ahmed Makky (2009) and Using Life (2014). In 2016 Ahmed was sentenced for 2 years in prison after a reader complained that an excerpt published in a literary journal harmed public morality. His imprisonment marks the first time in modern Egypt that an author has been jailed for a work of literature. Naji was released in December 2016. His original conviction was overturned in May 2017. He is now fellow at Black Mountain Institute, Living in Las Vegas.