Roundtable Participants


Hybridity: The Edges of Nonfiction  


Dr. Amanda Gardiner is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Her research area is women who committed infanticide in colonial Western Australia (1829-1901). Her work has been published in Westerly, dotdotdash, Outskirts, and M/C Journal and she was the 2014 winner of the Magdalena Prize for Research.

Ann Breidenbach teaches creative writing at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. A birthmother, she writes about adoption. Her essay, “Mothering You, My Son, in Six Chapters,” appeared in the anthology, Listen to Your Mother. Her current work-in-progress, Girlhood Cache, is a memoir told through a series of flash non-fiction essays.  

Cat Pleska holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, Baltimore. Her memoir, Riding on Comets, was published in 2015 by West Virginia University Press. She teaches in the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Arizona State University.

Catherine Taylor is the author of Giving Birth; A Journey into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin); Apart, a mixed–genre memoir on South Africa (Ugly Duckling), and a forthcoming book on puppets and drones (Fence Books). She is a Founding Editor of Essay Press and Director of Image–Text Ithaca.

Chelsea Biondolillo is the author of the prose chapbooks Ologies and #Lovesong. Her essays have appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing, Diagram, River Teeth, Brevity, Passages North, and others. She has an MFA from the University of Wyoming in creative writing and environmental studies.

Claire White is an award-winning singer songwriter and fiddler from Shetland. She learned music from Dr. Tom Anderson and has been performing and teaching internationally for the past twenty-five years. Claire is Curator of Shetland Fiddle Frenzy, Shetland Arts' annual celebration of the local music tradition. She also performs in groups including Blyde Lasses, Hjaltibonhoga, Danse McCabre and Jingbang. When not making music, Claire is a BBC Producer.

Curtis VanDonkelaar is most recently the winner of the 2016 Literal Latte Short Short Contest and the Gateway Review’s 2016 Flash Fiction Contest, and he has been a finalist in a number of fiction competitions, from flash to full collections. His stories have appeared in the Vestal Review, Western Humanities Review, MAKE, Hobart, and DIAGRAM, among others, and have been positively reviewed by Dark Sky Magazine and The Review Review, made the Wigleaf longlist, and been nominated for Best of the Net. He teaches writing and editing at Michigan State University, where he is the faculty editor/advisor of The Offbeat literary journal and a consulting editor with Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. His first essay is forthcoming this spring.

Ella Longpre has a BA from Smith College and an MFA in Writing & Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where she was named the 2013 Anne Waldman Fellow and the 2015 Leslie Scalapino Scholar. She currently teaches creative writing and poetics at Naropa University as adjunct faculty, and work in the writing center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her first full-length book, How to Keep You Alive (a memoir told in prose poems), is being published this year by Civil Coping Mechanisms Press. I am the author of three chapbooks of poetry and essay. Her work has been published and anthologized widely, shortlisted for a number of prizes, and printed in broadside form. She recently presented on the erotics (/poetics) of disaster at the 2016 PhiloSOPHIA Conference at the University of Colorado, Denver, on a panel moderated by Lisa Robertson.

Gabi Logan is an author, journalist, and writing coaching who founded Dream of Travel Writing to help aspiring travel writers transition from full-time careers in other fields into a sustainable writer's life.

Janice Simpson is a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT, Melbourne. Her creative practice research is focused on the significance of place for adoptees, in particular their place of conception and birth. She is exploring forms of hybrid writing and where that might lead in her creation of stories about place, memory and identity. Her crime novel Murder in Mt Martha was published in 2016. She is a member of the Nonfiction Lab at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poetry and the lyric essay collection, Welcome to Freetown. Other essays and poems have appeared in Garden & Gun, Fourth Genre, Oxford American, The New York Times and Tin House. A recipient of fellowships from the James Michener Foundation and the NEA, she teaches creative writing and environmental studies at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Kate Schmitt earned her MFA and PhD from the University of Houston. She is a visual artist as well as a writer, and her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poets, for which she won an Editor’s Choice Prize. She has also published her visual and written work in literary journals, including Third Coast, The Florida Review, and Louisiana Literature. She grew up in New Hampshire and Hong Kong and now lives in Florida, where she teaches creative writing at Florida Atlantic University. She can be reached at

Katy Sperry is an MFA student at Northern Arizona University focusing in Creative Nonfiction. Her work focuses on flash nonfiction, multimedia incorporation, and hybridity.

Laura Manning majored in English and played lacrosse at Tufts University. Upon graduation, she gained employment with a small educational publisher while assisting with the Wellesley College Women's Lacrosse team. Later, she moved across country to earn her MFA in Fiction at Mills College while coaching at the University of California (Berkeley) and working in locally-owned coffee shops. Later, she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she was instrumental in establishing that state's first women's lacrosse league. After several years of coaching, officiating, and further playing, Laura left the game and wandered into the southern Utah desert where she met an archaeologist and became interested in researching the origins of Native stickball.

Linda Michel-Cassidy teaches Experimental Prose and is an installation artist. Her writing has appeared in Harper Palate, Eleven Eleven, Tahoma Review and others, as well as several anthologies. I write reviews and conduct interviews for Electric Literature, the Rumpus, and Entropy Magazine, for which she is a contributing editor. Her specific areas of interest are works in translation, and hybrid and conceptual writing. In addition, she works for the literary reading series Why There Are Words, and the Mill Valley, CA Library, where she conducts author interviews for their podcast. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and another, for visual arts, from the California College of the Arts.

Marina Blitshteyn is a Soviet-born poet and writer. Her debut poetry collection, Two Hunters, will be published by Argos Books in 2017 with a CLMP Face-Out grant. She is the author of 4 chapbooks, including Russian for Lovers, Nothing Personal, and $kill$ (read 'skills'). Her lyric prose can be found in Two Serious Ladies, Ghost Proposal, The California Journal of Women Writers, and con-text online. She works as an adjunct instructor in NYC.

Melinda Harvey has worked as a critic for over a decade, writing for publications such as the Sydney Review of Books and The Lifted Brow. In 2012, she was an inaugural Hot Desk Fellow at the Wheeler Centre, working on a piece of creative non-fiction called Lip Service, which explores the real-world uses of literature in times of difficulty. She is Lecturer in Literary Studies at Monash University.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a writer, critic and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently the film editor for fortnightly magazine The Big Issue, film columnist for literary magazine The Lifted Brow, and is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Monash University. Her creative thesis is a collection of hybrid critical essays about the history of fear in Australian cinema, as well as an exegesis charting a tradition of hybrid criticism in Australia and beyond. Her writing focuses on arts and culture, and has appeared in major magazines, newspapers and journals across Australia.

Rebecca Lindenberg is the author of Love, an Index (McSweeney’s 2012) and The Logan Notebooks (Center for Literary Publishing, 2014), winner of the 2015 Utah Book Award. She’s the recipient of an Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Grant, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes, and residency fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the MacDowell Arts Colony. She holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah; she is currently a member of the Creative Writing faculty at the University of Cincinnati, and in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte.

Robyn Ferrell is an Australian writer and philosopher, currently living in Sydney. She is the author of several books of philosophy and a book of creative non-fiction, The Real Desire, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award in 2005. She is currently working on another creative non-fiction project with the working title ‘Free Stuff.’

Susan Briante’s most recent book The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press) was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. The Kenyon Review calls it “masterful at every turn.” She is also the author of the poetry collections Pioneers in the Study of Motion and Utopia Minus (an Academy of American Poets Notable Book of 2011), both from Ahsahta Press. Her research and teaching interests include poetry and poetics, cross-genre writing, experimental autobiography, documentary studies, affect theory, and translation. She is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Arizona.

Susan McCarty is an assistant professor of English and teaches in the creative writing program at Oakland University, in Rochester, Michigan. Her book, Anatomies, was published by Aforementioned Productions in 2015. Her essays and stories have appeared in The South Dakota Review, The Iowa Review, Indiana Review, The Collagist, Utne Reader, and elsewhere. She has a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah and an MFA in Fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Tim Tomlinson is co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is also the author of the poetry collections Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, and Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire. This Is Not Happening to You, a collection of short fiction, will appear in Fall 2017. His work has been published in Australia, China, Singapore, the Philippines, and in many venues in the US, including the anthologies Long Island Noir (Akashic Books), and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press). He’s run workshops in poetry and prose at many international locations, including China, Philippines, and Australia. He’s a certified yoga instructor, an avid scuba diver, and his past addresses include extended residencies in Shanghai, Manila, London, Florence, New Orleans, Boston, Miami, Andros Island, Bahamas, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, where he currently lives with his wife. He’s a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. He teaches writing workshops and seminars in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program.

Vybarr Cregan-Reid is an author and academic. He is Reader in English and Environmental Humanities in the School of English at the University of Kent. His most recent book is Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human published 2016 by Ebury, which reviewers called “delightful,” “impassioned and energetic,” and “a blazing achievement.” He has published widely on the subjects of literature, health, nature and the environment. He has written for: the BBC, Guardian, The Independent, The Big Issue, The Telegraph, The Mail, Washington Post, The I Newspaper, Wanderlust, Literary Review, New Zealand Herald and he has appeared on Radio 4 and Sky News.

Willard Spiegelman the author of ten books of literary criticism, and two books of "essays," the more recent of which is Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead. For more than thirty years, he was the editor-in-chief of the Southwest Review, this country's oldest, continuously published literary quarterly. I write frequently for the Leisure & Arts pages of The Wall Street Journal. I am the Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Xenia Hanusiak is a New York based Australian cultural journalist, essayist, non-fiction writer, poet, and writer for stage. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing and a Master’s in Music. In 2017-18 she is a Global Cultural Fellow for the University of Edinburgh. Presently, she is published in Music and Literature, La Scena Musicale, The Log Journal (National Sawdust), The New York Times, Boston Globe, South China Post, and literary journals.


Ecologies and Place


Amy Wright is the author of Everything in the Universe, Cracker Sonnets, and five chapbooks. Together with William Wright, she co-authored Creeks of the Upper South. She is also Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press, and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Austin Peay State University. Her work has been awarded with an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and two Peter Taylor Fellowships to the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop. Some of her writing appears in Brevity, Kenyon Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and is archived at

Ania Payne holds an MFA from Northern Michigan University. She is currently an instructor at Kansas State University. She has previously been published in Imitation Fruit, The Rusty Nail, The Rumpus, Gravel, Foliate Oak, Perspectives, Whiskey Island and more.

Annelise Roberts is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the Australian National University in Canberra. Email:

Cassandra Kircher’s nonfiction has recently been nominated for Best American Essays and a Pushcart, and has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Cold Mountain Review, Flyway, Apalachee Review, and others. She is the winner of Flyway's 2010 Notes in the Field contest and teaches at Elon University.

Donald Morrill is the author the nonfiction volumes Impetuous Sleeper, The Untouched Minutes (River Teeth Nonfiction Prize), Sounding for Cool, and A Stranger’s Neighborhood, as well as three collections of poetry (among them Awaiting Your Impossibilities, a 2016 Florida Book Award recipient), and a novel Beaut, forthcoming in 2018. He has been the Bedell Visiting Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and Writer-in-residence at the Poetry Center at Smith. Currently he teaches in the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Tampa.

Erica Trabold (@ericatrabold) is a writer of family and memory, and the former nonfiction editor of 45th Parallel. Her essays have appeared in Seneca Review and The Collagist, among other journals. A recent graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program, she writes and teaches in Oregon.

Ernest White II is a storyteller and explorer who has circumnavigated the globe three times. His writing includes fiction, literary essay, and travel narrative, having been featured in Time Out London, USA Today, The Manifest-Station, Ebony, Matador Network, National Geographic Traveler’s Brazil and Bradt’s Tajikistan guidebooks, and at Ernest is the creator of multicultural travel portal Fly Brother, a contributing writer at literary travel journal Panorama, a former assistant editor at Time Out São Paulo, and founding editor of digital men’s magazine Abernathy. A Florida native, Ernest’s obsessions include Indian curry, São Paulo, and Rita Hayworth.

John Price ( is the author of three nature memoirs—Not Just Any Land (U. of Nebraska), Man Killed by Pheasant (DaCapo), and Daddy Long Legs (Shambhala)—and is editor of The Tallgrass Prairie Reader (U. of Iowa). A recipient of an NEA fellowship and other recognitions, his nonfiction has recently appeared in Orion, Brevity,, Essay Daily, and I’ll Tell You Mine: Thirty Years of Essays from the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program (U. of Chicago). He teaches at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he directs the English Department’s Creative Nonfiction Writing Program.

K.C. Wolfe’s essays and short stories have appeared in The Sun, Gulf Coast, Joyland, Prime Number, Redivider, Under the Sun, Swink, Stone Canoe, and other publications. A graduate of the MFA program at The Ohio State University, he serves as the nonfiction editor and founding editor for the literary journal Sweet, which he helped found in 2008. He lives, on average, in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he teaches creative writing and journalism at Eckerd College.

Kelsey Camacho is currently living on Svalbard, where she guides dog sledding trips and writes nonfiction. Most of her work focuses on life in the Arctic, specifically the relationship between people and nature. Her work can be found in Entropy Mag, The Portland Review, Proximity Magazine, Coldnoon, and elsewhere. She graduated from Elon University in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in English and creative writing.

LeAnne Howe, Eidson Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, is a novelist, poet, playwright, and scholar.  Her five books include novels, poetry, and Native film studies. She received a United States Artists (USA) Ford Fellow, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, American Book Award, Oklahoma Book Award, and she was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to Jordan in 2010-2011.  In 2014 Howe, (Choctaw) was awarded the MLA inaugural Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for Choctalking on Other Realities. She’s received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, WLA in 2015. 

Leslie Carol Roberts is Dean of Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a nonfiction writer devoted to form and craft. Leslie has written hundreds of articles and essays for magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including The Iowa Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Sydney Morning Herald. Her book, The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica (Nebraska 2008) came out in paperback in 2012 with Bison Books. She lives in the Presidio National Park where she's completing her second book, ‘Here Is Where I Walk.’ Leslie was a Fulbright Fellow at Gateway Antarctica New Zealand and teaches in both the MFA Design and Nonfiction Writing Programs at CCA.

Lisa Birnbaum is the author of the novel Worthy (2016, Dzanc Books). Her nonfiction, fiction, poetry and spoken word performance have been supported by numerous grants and writers’ residencies. Her writing has appeared in such journals as Connecticut Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarter After Eight, and Kestrel. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Tampa.

Rebecca Giggs ( writes about ecology and environmental imagination, animals, landscape, politics and memory. Her essays have appeared in Granta, the New York Times Magazine, Best Australian Essays 2016 and 2015, Best Australian Science Writing 2014, Aeon, Overland and Meanjin. Her first nonfiction book is forthcoming from Scribe in 2018. Rebecca is a lecturer and early career researcher in the English Department at Macquarie University.

Robert Finley is an author, translator, and associate professor of literature and creative writing (specializing in non-fiction) in the Department of English at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. His writing includes The Accidental Indies, a book of lyrical essays on the 15th Century “invention” of America; and, with Marta Marín-Dominìne, the first translation into English of Joaquim Amat-Piniella’s testimonial novel of the Spanish experience of the Nazi concentration camps, K.L.Reich. He is currently working on a series of elegies combining image and text toward a construction of home.

Sean Prentiss is the author of Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, which won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, and was a finalist for the Vermont and Colorado Book Awards. Prentiss is the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction and he is the co-author of the forthcoming environmental writing textbook, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology.

Suzanne Maria Menghraj ( is a writer and Clinical Assistant Professor in New York University's Liberal Studies Program, where she teaches courses on writing, art criticism, inquiry, and laughter.

Vanessa Berry is a writer, visual artist, and the author of three books of creative nonfiction: Strawberry Hills Forever (2007), Ninety9 (2013), and Atlas of the Recent Past (2017), as well as the psychogeography blog Mirror Sydney. She teaches place writing at the University of Sydney, and nonfiction at Macquarie University, Sydney. She holds a PhD in Media from Macquarie University and researches forms and approaches in literary nonfiction of urban places.

Victoria McReynolds is an architect, visiting assistant professor of architecture at Texas Tech University College of Architecture, and a Center for Art + Environment Research Fellow at the Nevada Museum of Art. Her recent seven-month survey project titled ‘Light 110’ documented light and site along the Pacific Coast across 110 degrees latitude in North and South America.


 Truth, Ethics, and Empathy


Andrea Wuorenmaa is a recent graduate of Northern Michigan University's MFA program. A creative nonfiction writer, she currently lives in Birmingham, England. She can be reached at

Anna Derrig ( or is a PhD student and tutor in English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths college. Links to her page and to her BBC Radio 4 broadcast (Oct 2016) on the ethics of telling other people’s stories: Last year, she taught final year BA students in creative and live writing, and PhD research ethics’ seminars. This year, she will teach the first life writing and ethics’ courses. She aims to complete her PhD and publish her memoir and a textbook on ethics and life writing.

Charles Gleek’s transdisciplinary research and teaching operate across the confines comparative literature, cultures, and politics, with an explicit focus on stories of armed conflict, traumatic experiences, and atrocities. The various forms within this genre, from essays and memoir to reportage and novels, are spaces for exploring both the ways in which stories help people make sense of the world, while also studying how people make sense of stories. Informed by emerging neuroaesthetic research and conversations between literary studies and neuroscience, he is interested in questions surrounding how readers of stories about armed conflict contextualize their subjective and communal literary experiences.

Chauna Craig’s nonfiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Fourth Genre, Superstition Review, Blue Lyra Review, and elsewhere. Her work has received Special Mention in Best American Essays, and she’s received fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook. She is the author of the short fiction collection, The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms (Press 53, 2017).

Catherine (C.K.) Buni is a freelance editor and writer whose articles and essays have been published by The, Literary Hub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Orion, The Rumpus, and The Verge, among others. For the last two years, with backing from The Investigative Fund, she has been reporting on speech moderation practices, human and AI, at Facebook, Twitter, 4-chan, reddit, and other social media platforms. She is the founding editor of the award-winning magazine, AMC Outdoors, an editor at large to the journal Appalachia, and has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she is a reader for the journal Hunger Mountain.

Corrine Goria’s fiction has appeared in The Silent History, The San Diego Writers’ Anthology, and the &Now Conference. She is the author of FromThenOnFire (, a digital, fictional narrative of conflict in Lebanon in the format of online news, which was canonized in the Electronic Literature Dictionary in 2015. In her work, she is fascinated with the liminal. What happens at intersections. She was born and raised in San Diego, shuttled between banks of a bicultural family, and in her law practice, she was drawn to those just arriving to the U.S., fleeing conflict or persecution in places as diverse as Haiti, Syria and Belarus. She is interested in the lines - geographic, emotional, artificial, metaphysical, temporal - that separate us and that draw us together, and the way art can bend those lines, warp them, melt them, recast them. She returned to San Diego in 2011 and lives with her husband, a chef from Sicily, their three-year-old son and their one-year old son. She is currently at work on an essay collection from her experience as an immigration lawyer, and a novel.

Daniel Enstedt, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Gothenburg. Enstedt is currently working on two research projects. Leaving Islam examines apostasy and religious disaffiliation among Muslims in contemporary Sweden, while The Good Life looks at new spirituality and health issues in the Swedish welfare society.

Diane and Ania Payne are a mother/daughter team who have a tendency to write about each other.

Diane Payne’s most recent publications include: Map Literary Review, Watershed Review, Tishman Review, Whiskey Island, Kudzu House Quarterly, Superstition Review, Burrow Press, Dime Show Review, Lime Hawk, and Cheat River Review. She has work forthcoming in The Offing, Elke: A little Journal, Crab Fat, Souvenir Literary Journal, Outpost 19, and a chapbook with Blue Lyra Press.

Ania holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Northern Michigan University and she is currently an English Instructor at Kansas State University. She has previously been published in The Blueshift Journal, Dime Show Review, Whiskey Island, Third Point Press, and more.

Douglas Haynes is a nonfiction writer and poet whose work has appeared in Longreads, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, North American Review, and dozens of other publications. His narrative nonfiction book Every Day We Live Is the Future: Surviving in a City of Disasters is forthcoming from University of Texas Press. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Eric Freeze is author of the short story collection Dominant Traits (2012), a collection of creative nonfiction Hemingway on a Bike (2014), and another short story collection Invisible Men (2016). He teaches creative writing at Wabash College and lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana and Nice, France.

Erika Meitner is the author of four books of poems, including Copia (BOA Editions, 2014), and Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her poems have appeared in publications including Best American Poetry 2011, Tin House, Ploughshares, and The New York Times Magazine, and her essays have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Callaloo, Best African American Essays 2010, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2015, she was the US-UK Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast, and she is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA program.

George H. Jensen, Jr. is a Professor with the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, where he teaches courses in creative nonfiction. In addition to a number of scholarly books, he has written Some of the Words Are Theirs: A Memoir of an Alcoholic Family, which was published with Moon City Press in 2009. He is currently publishing a series of essays on The Federalist Papers on Democratic Vistas, his blog ( and a Homo Academicus, a serial novel about self-absorbed professors ( 

Heidi Skurat Harris is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas–Little Rock, USA, where she teaches upper-division and graduate creative nonfiction classes. She is conducting research with George Jensen on Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It using manuscripts and typescripts from the Maclean archives. 

Laura Julier is editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction and teaches nature and travel writing, among other things, at Michigan State University.

Jennifer Quartararo is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Northern Michigan University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Coven Berlin, After Happy Hour Review, and Hotel Amerika. She splits her time between Marquette and Detroit, Michigan.

JR Fenn's writing has appeared in such places as DIAGRAM, the Atlantic, and Gulf Coast, where she won the 2013 Prize in Nonfiction. She teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo.

Julija Šukys (PhD, U Toronto) is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she teaches the writing of creative nonfiction. She is the author of Silence is Death: The Life and Work of Tahar Djaout (Nebraska, 2007) and Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė (Nebraska, 2012), winner of the 2013 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature. Her new book, Sins of the Husband: An Inquiry, is forthcoming in 2017.

Kimberly Dark is a writer, mother, storyteller and sociologist. She blends personal storytelling and cultural analysis and regularly contributes to publications such as Full Grown People, The Nervous Breakdown, Stir Journal and others. Her storytelling performances have been produced at hundreds of venues internationally.

Leslie Hsu Oh is the Outdoor Literature Editor for Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. Her work has been named among the distinguished stories of the year by Best American Essays, Travelers’ Tales’ Best Travel Writing Solas Awards, and the North American Travel Journalists Association’s Travel Media Awards Competition. Her writing and photography has appeared or is forthcoming in Alpinist, Alaska Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, First Alaskans Magazine, Fourth Genre, Panorama, Parenting Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Washington Post. She is a Schweitzer Fellow for Life and White House Champions of Change in Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.,, @lesliehsuoh

Maggie Anderson holds an B.A. in Art History and Journalism from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Oregon State University, where she now teaches technical writing to senior engineering students. Before moving to Corvallis, Oregon, Maggie spent more than 10 years working for newspapers, art museums, and government agencies in Iowa, California, and Washington, D.C. Her writing and interviews have been published in The Iowa Review, 45th Parallel, Little Village, and numerous community newspapers.

Maria Tumarkin is the author of three acclaimed books of ideas – Traumascapes, Courage and Otherland – and many widely discussed essays. All books were shortlisted for literary prizes; her essay “No Skin” was shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Maria was a 2013–14 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow in humanities. She collaborates with visual and sound artists, psychologists, and pubic historians. Her work has been carved into dockside tiles and set to music. Maria holds a PhD in Cultural History from the University of Melbourne, where she teaches Creative Writing.  

Marion Wrenn is Director of the Writing Program at NYUAD. Recent work includes “Strategic Sociability: US-Led Journalist Reorientation Practices and Cold War Media Practices” in Talking Back to Globalization (Lang, 2016) and Humor, A Reader for Writers (Oxford, 2015). She is also co-editor of the literary journal Painted Bride Quarterly and co-hosts the podcast “The PBQ Slush Pile.” 

Mako Yoshikawa is a novelist, essayist, and professor of creative writing at Emerson College, Boston. Her first novel, One Hundred and One Ways (Bantam), was published in 1999; a national bestseller, it was translated into six languages. Her second novel, Once Removed, was published by Bantam in 2003, and has also been translated. The novels have received critical acclaim and coverage in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Detroit News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Time Out, among other publications. Awards for her writing include the Vera M. Schuyler Fellowship of Creative Writing at the Radcliffe (formerly Bunting) Institute of Harvard University and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. As a literary critic, she’s published articles that explore the complex relationship between incest and class in 20th-century American texts; writers examined include Willa Cather and Kathryn Harrison. Her essays have appeared in the Missouri Review, Southern Indiana Review, Best American Essays 2013 and Harvard Review.

Michelle Meyers is a writer originally from Los Angeles, CA. Her nonfiction work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Adroit Journal, Writer's Digest, and PopSugar, among others. In addition, she has received awards and honors from Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and Wigleaf. Meyers was a 2015 PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellow and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama’s Creative Writing program. Her debut novel, Glass Shatters, was published in April 2016 and selected as an Editor’s Pick in Literary Fiction by Foreword Reviews and a Finalist in Literary Fiction by Best Book Awards. She can be reached at

Mimi Schwartz’s books include Good Neighbors, Bad Times, Thoughts from a Queen-sized Bed, and Writing True, the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. Her short work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Agni, Creative Nonfiction, Writer’s Chronicle, among others. She is Professor Emerita at Richard Stockton University in New Jersey.

Natasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, most recently Vivarium (Tupelo 2014), a book of poetry criticism (Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, Michigan, 2014), and many essays. My current project is a book of personal essays. I teach at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program.

Parashar (Paro) Kulkarni is an Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at Yale-NUS College. His research focuses on the intersection of religion and political economy. He received the British Academy Brian Barry Prize in Political Science 2015 for his research on religion, property rights, and violence against women in colonial South Asia, and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 for his story, “Cow and Company.” He is working on a novel.

Sarah N. Cheshire is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama. Her publication credits include creative nonfiction in the 2014 Anthology Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly (In Fact Books). She is also the 2012 recipient of the Stuart Friebert Academy of American Poets Prize.

Shari Zeck, Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University, is finally getting serious about writing. Her essay, "My Mother's Farm," was published in Midwestern Miscellany, and she is now expanding that work into a book length project. You can reach her at




A. Elizabeth Mikesell is a Senior Lecturer in New York University’s Expository Writing Program. She teaches writing to students in the Tisch School of the Arts’ Department of Art and Public Policy. She holds advanced degrees in creative writing and multimedia art. 

Anne Panning’s novel, Butter, was published in 2012 by Switchgrass Books. She has published two short story collections: The Price of Eggs and Super America, which won The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice. She has also published short fiction and nonfiction in places such as Beloit Fiction Journal, Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The Florida Review, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, The Greensboro Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Kalliope, Quarterly West, The Kenyon Review, The Laurel Review, Five Points, River Teeth, The Hawaii Review, Cimarron Review, West Branch and Brevity (4x). Four of her essays have received notable citations in The Best American Essays series. She has also published poetry in 32 Poems, Hotel Amerika, Fugue, and Room Magazine. She has recently completed a memoir, Dragonfly Notes; her next book project is a novel about a competitive food eater. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Mark, and two children, Hudson and Lily, and teaches creative writing at SUNY-Brockport.

Benjamin Stewart is the Director of Faculty Development at New York University’s Expository Writing Program. A Clinical Associate Professor, he has a Ph.D. from NYU’s Department of Performance Studies. His dissertation, “Mercurial Culture: Cycle Messengers and the Surplus of Circulation,” explores the relations between the bicycle messenger industry and the messenger communities that have developed around it.

Bob Cowser is the author of three books of creative nonfiction, most recently Green Fields, and editor of a fourth. His work has been cited by the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Best American Essays. He is Professor of English at St. Lawrence University and has taught abroad in France, England, and Denmark.

Bonnie Sunstein directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the U of Iowa, and teaches essay writing, ethnographic methods, writing theory, and folklore.  She taught in New England colleges and public schools and still conducts writing institutes around the world.  Her chapters, articles, and poems appear in journals and anthologies. Her book FieldWorking is in its fourth edition.  Her newest book explores teaching nonfiction.

Brooke Champagne was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and now writes and teaches in Tuscaloosa, AL. Her essays appear most recently in Los Angeles Review, New Ohio Review, and Bending Genre online. She is the Assistant Director of First-Year Writing at the University of Alabama and the coordinator of the Alabama in Cuba peer-to-peer writing program. She can be reached at or

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City. Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, One Story and other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is fiction editor of The Kenyon Review and teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is currently working on a novel and a second story collection, both forthcoming from Little, Brown.

David McGlynn’s memoir, A Door in the Ocean, appeared in 2012 and was awarded the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Nonfiction Book Award. My collection of stories, The End of the Straight and Narrow, appeared in 2008 and won the Utah Book Award. His recent work appears The New York Times, Men’s Health, Southwest Review, December, and Real Simple. His recent essay, “On Wisconsin,” which appeared in Yale Review in 2014, was named a Notable Essay in the 2015 Best American Essays. He is currently a member of the faculty at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

Deborah Hall has published in River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, The Literary Review, The Arkansas Review, The Sun, and Apalachee Review and other journals. She edited a textbook/anthology titled The Anatomy of Narrative: Analyzing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction (Kendall/Hunt, 2nd ed, 2012). Her work has been anthologized in On Becoming (U of Nebraska Press, 2012) and Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems (Negative Capability Press, 2015). From the Glades of South Florida, Hall teaches creative writing and contemporary literature at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.

Deborah Williams is Head of the Literature and Creative Writing Program at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her publications include Not in Sisterhood (Palgrave, 2001), a scholarly monograph; The Time Locket (East Bluff Books, 2014), a YA novel; and numerous scholarly chapters and articles. She also writes a biweekly column for The National, the English-language newspaper of the UAE, and with Cyrus Patell is the co-editor of the Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume Eight: The US Novel from 1940. She can be reached at

Gabi Logan is an author, journalist, and writing coaching who founded Dream of Travel Writing to help aspiring travel writers transition from full-time careers in other fields into a sustainable writer's life.

Glen Retief grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. His The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood (St. Martin’s Press, April 2011) won a Lambda Literary Award and was selected as an Africa Book Club Book of 2011. He has published short stories and memoirs in journals including Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, and New Contrast, as well as numerous short personal essays in newspapers like The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He teaches Creative Nonfiction at Susquehanna University.

Jean A. Purchas-Tulloch is a veteran educator primarily at the secondary and tertiary levels, with some experience at the primary level also, as well as in regular as well as special education settings. Affiliated with the Ministry of Education, Jamaica and at the tertiary level in the Washington, D.C., she also has numerous years of experience in testing. Dr. Purchas-Tulloch has worked as an assessor and test writer for Caribbean Examinations Council, Bridgetown, Barbados, in the same capacities for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, for the Test of Written English examinations for bilingual English as a Second Language students, and additionally for the National Board Teacher Examinations. Her principal areas of instruction are: Spanish, French, English, English as a Second Language, and World Geography. Foremost among her pastimes is world travel and she has visited over 85 countries and all of the US states.

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman’s writing has appeared in Brevity, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose. She has recently completed a memoir titled Sounds Like Titanic, which chronicles her past life as a professional fake violinist. She teaches creative writing at Northern Kentucky University.

Joshua Wheeler is from Alamogordo, New Mexico. He's a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of Iowa. His essays are in The Iowa Review, Sonora Review, Wag's Revue and others. His features are online at BuzzFeed and Harper's. He's the assistant professor of nonfiction writing at Louisiana State University. His first book is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux (FSG Originals).

Joyce Meier ( is assistant professor and assistant director of the First-Year Writing program at Michigan State University, where she teaches both grant-writing and the bridge writing course. She also recently taught writing at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China.

Kelly Moffett is an Associate Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University who has two full-length collections of poetry and a chapbook. She published my first creative nonfiction essay last year in The Truth about the Fact: An International Journal of Creative Nonfiction and from that publication received a commission to write a collection of autobiographical essays about travel and religion. Her work has appeared in journals such as Rattle, Versal, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, and Laurel Review and she has held a residency in Ennistymon, Ireland and acted as guest poet for several summer writing workshops.

Ken Nielsen (Ph.D.) is a Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program and Director of the Writing Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. He graduated from the Theater Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His work concerns theatre history, cultural studies, and composition. Both his research and his teaching of composition are invested in furthering an understanding of the interplay of popular culture, identity, cultural differences, rhetorics, and lived experience.

Mark Lewandowski is the author of the story collection, Halibut Rodeo, and his essays and stories have appeared in many literary journals. Currently, he is a professor of English at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA.

Rachel May is the author of the creative nonfiction/history book Stitches in Time (forthcoming, Pegasus 2017), Quilting with a Modern Slant, a Library Journal and Best Book of 2014, and two books of fiction: The Experiments: A Legend in Pictures & Words, and The Benedictines. Her work has been recently published or is forthcoming in 1913: A Journal of Forms, The Volta, New Delta Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, LARB, Cream City Review, Indiana Review, Word for/Word, The Literary Review, Zone 3 online, and other journals. She is an Assistant Professor at Northern Michigan University and has been awarded residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and The Millay Colony.

Sean Eve is currently the Chair of the Writing Department in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University. His creative work is focused in film and theatre, while his recent academic work has centered on the role of multi-modal practices in the development of non-fiction text.

Silas Hansen's essays have appeared in The Normal School, Colorado Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Slate, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Ball State University.

Suzanne Scanlon is the author of Promising Young Women (2012) and the forthcoming Her 37th Year, An Index (2015). She lives in Chicago.

Theresa-Nichole Peters is a graduating senior in Medical Technology attending the University of Technology (UTECH) in St. Andrew, Jamaica. Although she is a science student, she has a penchant for the arts, especially creative writing, critiquing, and poetry. Her ultimate career goal is to be a researcher and professor in the areas of science and education.

Verity Sayles earned her MFA in nonfiction from Oregon State in 2016. She now teaches English and Creative Writing at an Independent School in Seattle, WA. Her nonfiction work appears in Crab Creek Review, Under the Gum Tree, First Class Lit, and others. She is currently at work on her first book, a series of linked essays about the human body.

Zack Godshall is a filmmaker and an assistant professor of screenwriting at Louisiana State University. He makes narrative and documentary films, some of which blend the two distinct genres. His first two narrative features premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and his documentaries has played on The Documentary Channel and Beyond teaching screenwriting, he is interested in exploring along with students the ways that fiction and non-fiction cinema interact, and, in particular, the role that poetic techniques play in creating meaning and emotional and imaginative effects.