Elizabeth Arnold has published three books of poetry: The Reef (1999), Civilization (2006), and Effacement (2010). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Paris Review, Poetry, Slate, Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, and The Nation. As a Ph.D. student, she discovered an unpublished novel by the British poet, Mina Loy, which was published by Black Sparrow Press in 1991. She is on the MFA faculty of University of Maryland and lives outside Washington, D.C.
Matt Burgess grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota's MFA program. His first novel, Dogfight, A Love Story, was a New York Times Editors' Pick and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His second novel, Uncle Janice, is forthcoming from Doubleday.
Jerry Gabriel's first book of fiction, Drowned Boy, won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and was published in 2010 by Sarabande Books. It was chosen as a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection and awarded the 2011 Towson Prize for Literature. His short stories have appeared in or are forthcoming from One Story, Epoch, Fiction, Five Chapters, and The Missouri Review, among other publications. His work has been short-listed for a Pushcart Prize and he has received an artist grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a fellowship in fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Patricia Henley is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, four short story collections, two novels, a stage play, and numerous essays. Her first book of stories, Friday Night at Silver Star (Graywolf, 1986), was the winner of the Montana First Book Award, and her first novel, Hummingbird House (MacMurray & Beck, 1999), was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has recently published a new collection of stories, Other Heartbreaks, as well as an essay for Smithsonian Magazine on Lafayette, Indiana, the town she has called home for 24 years. She teaches in the MFA Program at Purdue University and lives in a congenial neighborhood not far from campus, with her two dogs, Jack and Alice, and a cat named Cricket. Henley studied at St. Mary’s College in the mid-1960s.
Jeffrey Hammond teaches courses in English and American literature, biblical and classical literature, and nonfiction writing at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In addition to three scholarly works on early American literature, he has published dozens of essays in such journals as The Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, among many others. His essays have won two Pushcart Prizes, the Shenandoah's Carter Prize for the Essay, and the Missouri Review Editors' Prize for the Essay, and has been cited several times in the Pushcart annual and Best American Essays. A collection of essays about life in small-town Ohio, Ohio States: A Twentieth-Century Midwestern (Kent State University Press, 2002), was one of two finalists for an Independent Publisher Book Award in the essays/creative nonfiction category. A second book of creative non-ficiton, Small Comforts: Essays at Middle Age (Kent State University Press, 2008), explores the amusements and anxieties of being no longer young but not (yet) old. And most recently, Little Big World: Collecting Louis Marx and the American Fifties (University of Iowa Press), looks at vintage toys as a reflection of post-war American culture.