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Erica W. Adams has finished a manuscript, The Book of the Mutation of Fortune, of which this story is a part. She keeps a blog of her brain's wanderings. [email] [blog]

Michael Agresta has recently published work in Barrow Street, Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Conjunctions, and Painted Bride Quarterly. His story "Mugger and Mouse Get Married" was recognized as a notable story of 2008 in the storySouth Million Writers' Award. He lives in Austin, TX, where he's working on a book of stories and a novel. [email]

Kristina Born is 21, 5'3'', 120 lbs. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. [email] [blog]

Micah Nathan's debut novel Gods of Aberdeen (Simon & Schuster 2005) was published in six countries and became an international bestseller. He has written award-winning essays for Boston Globe Magazine, Eclectica, Commonweal, and other national pubs. His short fiction has been a finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award, and he co-wrote a horror screenplay purchased by Dimension Films. Micah's second novel Memphis is Burning will be published by Three Rivers Press in June 2010. [email] [website]

Lito Elio Porto teaches literature and writing at The New School (Lang College) in NYC. His publications include critical essays, political essays, poetry, and fiction. He has recently completed a book-length manuscript, Outfitting Emptiness: Energy, Ecology, and Meaning. [email] [website]

Natania Rosenfeld teaches English at Knox College, in Galesburg, IL, where she lives in a tan-and-green house with her husband, cat, and dog. She is the author of a critical book, Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf, and has published essays, poems and fiction in journals including Hotel Amerika, The American Poetry Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Seneca Review, and The Fairy Tale Review. [email]

Rhoads Stevens grew up in Honolulu and spent his summers in New Jersey. [email] [website]

August Tarrier is at work on a novel entitled The Birth Mother and has completed a collection of short stories entitled Are You Decent? Three of the stories from the collection have won national prizes—the Zoetrope Fiction Prize for “I Hold You Harmless” (2005), published in Zoetrope: All-Story (Spring 2006); the Tobias Wolff Award for “33 Swoonings” (2001), published in The Bellingham Review; and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for “Dreaming in Color” (1989), published in Nimrod. She is the Editor of New City Community Press in Philadelphia and teaches creative writing at Villanova University. [email]

Jenny Zhang lives in Iowa City but needs to get out of there. Before Iowa, she taught English in a rural Hungarian village in the mountains of Romania. She's eaten boiled blood, intestines, heart, neck, feet, mouth, eyes, lips, neck, butt, cheek, tongue, brains, ovaries, rats, snakes, and rotten, rotten eggs. Her writing has been published in Vice magazine and the Walrus. [email]