A 2016 NEA arts grant recipient and author of two collections of stories: Drowned Boy, winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and The Let Go (2015, Queen’s Ferry Press).
Patricia Henley is the author of three novels, four collections of stories, two chapbooks of poetry, and a stage play. Her first novel Hummingbird House was a finalist for the National Book Award and The New Yorker Fiction Prize. Her first collection of stories, Friday Night at Silver Star, won the Montana First Book Award. Engine Books published her most recent collection of stories, Other Heartbreaks. In November 2019 Haywire Books will publish a 20th anniversary edition of Hummingbird House.
Matt Burgess is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Dogfight, A Love Story and Uncle Janice.
Matthew Henry Hall is a writer, cartoonist, and performer. His stories for children include The Lucky Hat, What Coyote Brought, and Phoebe and Chub. His cartoons appear in The Missouri Review, Reader’s Digest, The Chronicle of Higher Education and many other publications. He’s opened for Richie Havens and Los Lobos, received a BA and MA in English (from places that really are accredited), and sometimes he takes improv classes in LA at the Groundlings School and the UCB Training Center.
Winner of an Amy Lowell traveling grant, a Whiting Writer’s award, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Elizabeth Arnold has five books of poetry, The Reef (University of Chicago Press, 1999), Civilization (Flood Editions, 2006),Effacement (Flood Editions, 2010), Life (Flood Editions, 2014), and Skeleton Coast (Flood Editions, 2017). She teaches on the MFA faculty of University of Maryland.lie Suk Award, and Calling His Children Home (University of Missouri Press), winner of the Devins Award for Poetry.
Crystal Brandt received the Henrietta Spiegel Creative Writing Award from the University of Maryland and earned her M.F.A. in Poetry from Brooklyn College. She has released four albums and her writing has recently appeared in Bluestem, Woman, and Southern Maryland: This Is Living.
Angela Pelster won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for her essay collection Limber. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, LitHub, Granta, The Kenyon Review, River Teeth and The Gettysburg Review amongst others. She’s been a Bread Loaf fellow, a Minnesota State Arts Board grantee, and is the founder and director of the screening series “Writers Go to the Movies.” She has an MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches at Hamline University in St Paul, MN.
Nadeem Zaman – Co-Director
Nadeem Zaman is the author of two words of fiction, a novel In the Time of the Others and a collection of stories Up in the Main House & Other Stories. His fiction has appeared in Roanoke Review, The Copperfield Review, East Bay Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Dhaka Tribune Arts & Letters, Open Road Review, and elsewhere. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a PhD. in Humanities with concentrations on Fiction and Postcolonial Studies from the University of Louisville. He teaches in the English department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.