Debra Monroe is the author of short story collections The Source of Trouble (1990, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction), and A Wild, Cold State (1995). Her first novel, Newfangled, was published in 1998, followed by the novel Shambles (2004). Her new book is a memoir about being the white mother of a black daughter in a small, rural Texas town, titled On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain. She teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.
Rachel Hanel is the author of more than 20 nonfiction books for children. Her latest book, We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter (2013) is her first for adults. She is a former newspaper reporter and copy editor and currently works as a university administrator and teacher at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Joanna Scott is the author of nine books of fiction, including The Manikin (2002), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Various Antidotes (2005) and Arrogance (2004), which were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Award, she is Professor of English at the University of Rochester in New York State.
Jake Lloyd and Anthony Wayne
Jake Lloyd and Anthony Wayne are actors and filmmakers working with Three Principles Productions, a collaboration of independent filmmakers and artists which Lloyd founded. Their most recent short film is The Skull Rosary of Frao' Ranggoh, which premiered in October 2013.
Matt Hart is a poet and author of Who's Who Vivid (2006), Wolf Face (2010), Light-Headed (2011), and Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (2012). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band Travel.