Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO), Rattle and various other journals. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks. The first one, On the Street Where We Live, won the 2012 Standing Rock Chapbook Award and the latest one, The Witness, won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for the Chapbook and was shortlisted for the Grand Prize. Her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a 2016 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist in the short story category. She works for The College for Creative Studies, Springfed Arts and The InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit
Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize, and Contradictions in the Design, both from Alice James Books. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Poets.org, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Brevity, Southern Review and elsewhere. He’s received fellowships from Kundiman, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Kresge Arts Foundation. Currently, he teaches at Dartmouth College and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Emily Schultz is the co-founder of Joyland Magazine, and creator of the blog Spending the Stephen King Money. NPR and Kirkus selected her novel, The Blondes, as a best book of 2015. It is in development for a miniseries with AMC’s Shudder. Her new novel, Men Walking on Water, is about Prohibition-era Detroit and was published by Knopf in Canada. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Elle, Slate, Vice, Evergreen Review, and others. She lives in Brooklyn.
Josip Novakovich emigrated from Croatia to the United States at the age of 20. He has published a dozen books, including a novel, April Fool's Day, five story collections (Infidelities, Yolk, Salvation and Other Disasters, Heritage of Smoke, and Tumbleweed) and three collections of narrative essays as well as two books of practical criticism. His work was anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award and an American Book Award, and in 2013 he was a Man Booker International Award finalist. He teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal. (Photo credit: Linda Ibbotson)
Terry Blackhawk is the author of Escape Artist (winner of the 2003 John Ciardi Prize), The Light Between,and five other poetry collections. She has received six Pushcart Prize nominations and awards from Poetry Atlanta, The MacGuffin, The Marlboro Review and Nimrod International, which awarded her the Pablo Neruda Prize in 2010. In 2015 Blackhawk retired from Detroit’s InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a poets-in-school program that she founded in 1995. She is a 2013 Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellow,