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* Here's our feeling on the bios. We prefer them to be entertaining, but above all they should be useful. Hence we include email addresses and website where you can find the writers, if the writers agree to this. We don't like to list awards or graduate degrees unless they are useful for readers. (We suspect these are not useful for readers.) However, we are happy to list other places you might find these writers' work, and where they teach or work, if you want to find them and send them cash or love or creepy or dirty or just plain sweet photos.

Nora Almeida lives in Brooklyn. Her first chapbook, Houses (Dancing Girl Press), was released in June 2011. Her poems have appeared in Shampoo, No Dear, Caketrain, and other journals. She works in an archive and swims regularly in the NYC municipal pools. [email]

Amy Benson's book, The Sparkling-Eyed Boy, was chosen by Ted Conover as the 2003 Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize winner in creative nonfiction, sponsored by Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. It was published by Houghton Mifflin in June 2004. Her poetry and prose have appeared in journals such as Seneca Review, Hotel Amerika, Pleiades, and Quarterly West. She teaches literary nonfiction in the graduate and undergraduate writing program at Columbia University. [email]

Lorraine Berry lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. She is a columnist at Does This Make Sense and a contributing writer at Talking Writing. She teaches at SUNY Cortland. [email]

Jenny Boully is the author of not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, The Book of Beginnings and Endings, [one love affair]*, and The Body: An Essay. She has a book of verse forthcoming from Coconut Books. She teaches nonfiction and poetry at Columbia College Chicago. [website]

Julia Cohen is the winner of the DIAGRAM nonfiction contest and the author of Triggermoon Triggermoon, recently released from Black Lawrence Press. Her work has or will appear in jubilat, 6x6, Colorado Review, and Octopus. She is the co-editor of Saltgrass and the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly. [email]

Melissa Faliveno is a displaced Wisconsinite living in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes about curious things like tornadoes, bullfights, Germans, and the Midwest. Her work has appeared in Isthmus and LUMINA, where it was a finalist in the 2011 Nonfiction Contest. She is currently the Diana and Simon Raab Editorial Fellow at Poets & Writers Magazine. [email]

Christopher Kempf teaches English at the Indiana Institute of Technology, where the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet remains just $6.50. He enjoys running marathons, drinking PBR, and sexting. Sometimes he writes. Work of this sort can be found in RATTLE, Sycamore Review, The New York Quarterly, and The Journal, among other places. [email]

Kim Dana Kupperman is doing all she can to locate the parallel universe where she exists with no e-mail and few demands, naps every day in a sun-filled room with her husband, cats, and dog, requires no electricity or petroleum-based products, and subsists solely on pomegranate seeds, ginger cookies, and fresh air. In this universe, however, she is the visiting Writer-in-Residence in nonfiction at Fordham University, a faculty member at the Fairfield MFA program, and the founder of Welcome Table Press, devoted to publishing and celebrating the essay, in all its forms. [email]

Julie Lauterbach-Colby lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. [email]

Douglas A. Martin is the author of three novels, most recently Once You Back (Seven Stories Press). Other books include: They Change the Subject, stories; Your Body Figured, a lyric narrative, and In the Time of Assignments, poems. He teaches at Wesleyan University and in the low-residency MFA at Goddard College.

Karl S. Monroe lives near Seattle, about four miles from Juanita Bay.  He purports to have been conceived on the front seat of a 1992 Mazda Protégé, and to this day regrets that Mazda didn't call it a Prodigy, which would have made him a Prodigy Progeny. This essay is part of a collection: The Last of the Ice Ages: A Life Filtered Through the Marsh at Juanita Bay, still mostly unpublished. [email]

Brian Oliu is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His collection of Tuscaloosa Craigslist Missed Connections, So You Know It's Me, was released by Tiny Hardcore Press in 2011. [website] [email]

Nicole Oquendo is interested in hybrid forms of nonfiction that push the genre beyond traditional memoir while still remaining true to Truth. She is working on a book full of essays like "Birds," as well as a chapbook of poetry translations of De Rerum Natura by Lucretius. [email]

Born and raised in Miami, FL, Michael J. Pagan spent four years (1999-2003) in the United States Navy before (hastily) running back to college during the Spring of 2004. He currently resides in Deerfield Beach, FL with his wife and newborn daughter where he continues his work on two poetry manuscripts and his first novel. He is a contributor to his alma mater's blog, The MFA at FAU, as well as his own, The Elevator Room Company, where he blogs about anything and everything that encompasses the writerly life. [email]

Janna Plant is a poet, essayist, photographer, and animal. Other work can be found in Tinfish, Fact-Simile, Bombay Gin, Matter Journal #14, Elective Affinities, and at spdbooks.org.

Lia Purpura is the author of seven collections of essays, poems and translations, most recently, Rough Likeness (essays, Sarabande Books, January 2012). Her awards include Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (for the essay collection On Looking), NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, three Pushcart prizes, work in Best American Essays 2011, the AWP Award in Nonfiction, and the Beatrice Hawley award in Poetry. Recent work appears in Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She is Writer in Residence at Loyola University, Baltimore, MD and teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program.

Mary Ruefle is the author of a number of books, most recently her Selected Poems (Wave, 2010) and the forthcoming Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave, 2012).

Kathleen Savino is originally from New Jersey, and currently lives in Brooklyn. She is a writing consultant at Baruch College and Columbia University. "How to Sleep Jackknife" is part of a larger work. She’s also writing a poetry collection and a novel. You can read more of her work in the current issue of the Los Angeles Review. [email]

Nicole Sheets has work forthcoming in Sonora Review, Cream City Review, Hotel Amerika, and Image. She teaches creative writing in Spokane, Washington. [email]

Ely Shipley's first book, Boy with Flowers, won the 2007 Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips, the 2009 Thom Gunn Award, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His poems and lyric essays appear in the Western Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, Fugue, Gulf Coast, Phoebe, Greensboro Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Barrow Street, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He currently teaches literature and writing at Baruch College-CUNY and received a PSC-CUNY Research Award, which provided time and support to write "On Bathrooms Mix No. 1." [email]

Beth Steidle's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Red Light (Arsenal Pulp Press), Baby Remember My Name (Caroll&Graf), Unicorn Mountain: Volume 2 (independently published in Pittsburgh) and Drunken Boat. [email]

Joni Tevis is the author of The Wet Collection (Milkweed Editions, 2007), a book of lyric essays. She teaches at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and is at work on a new essay collection having to do with ghost towns, tourist traps, and atomic dread. Links to some of this new work can be found at her website. Because it is winter, she is poring over seed catalogs, and dreaming of a rhubarb cultivar that will thrive in Zone 7. [email] [website]

Edwin Torres is a self-described lingualisualist—rooted in the languages of sight and sound. His introduction to poetry was through The Nuyorican Poets Café as midwifed by The Poetry Project. He teaches his workshop "Brainlingo: Writing The Voice of The Body" at The Center For Mindbody Studies in NYC, and Naropa University's Summer Writing Program. Books include The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books), In The Function Of External Circumstances (Nightboat Books), and most recently, Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books). [email]

Jackie Wang is a writer, filmmaker and critic based out of Baltimore, MD. She blogs on politics, literature, theory, and culture and has published works in Pank Magazine, Delirious Hem, Action Yes, Oyster Kiln, and the anthology Other Tongues. In her poetry she is trying to map a queer, anti-colonial, weird-girl poetics of the body. [email] [blog]