Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for Best First Book, along with many other honors. Raised in Spring Valley, New York, he now lives in the Bronx.

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Aaliyah Bilal

Aaliyah Bilal was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She’s published stories and essays with The Michigan Quarterly Review and The Rumpus.

Aaliyah Bilal was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She’s published stories and essays with The Michigan Quarterly Review and The Rumpus. Temple Folk is her debut short story collection.

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Eliot Duncan 

Eliot Duncan is a US-born writer and artist. He is the co-founder of the international queer collective Slanted House and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Eliot Duncan is a US-born writer and artist. He is the co-founder of the international queer collective Slanted House and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in New York City.

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Paul Harding

Paul Harding is the author of three novels, Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Enon, and This Other Eden. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and PEN America.

Paul Harding is the author of three novels, Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Enon, and This Other Eden. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and PEN America. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Michener Center for Writers, and Harvard University. He currently teaches creative writing and literature at Stony Brook University.

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Tania James

Tania James is the author of the novels The Tusk That Did the Damage and Atlas of Unknowns and the short story collection Aerogrammes. Her fiction has appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Guernica, One Story, A Public Space, and The Kenyon Review.

Tania James is the author of the novels The Tusk That Did the Damage and Atlas of Unknowns and the short story collection Aerogrammes. Her fiction has appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Guernica, One Story, A Public Space, and The Kenyon Review. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of Black Tickets, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, Shelter, MotherKind, Lark and Termite, Quiet Dell, and Night Watch.

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of Black Tickets, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, Shelter, MotherKind, Lark and Termite, Quiet Dell, and Night Watch. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bunting Fellowship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Winner of an Arts and Letters Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a National Book Award Finalist, and a two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, she lives in New York and Boston.

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Mona Susan Power

Mona Susan Power is the author of four books of fiction: The Grass Dancer, a national bestseller awarded a PEN/Hemingway Award; Roofwalker, a collection of stories and essays awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize; Sacred Wilderness, a novel which received the Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories; and A Council of Dolls.

Mona Susan Power is the author of four books of fiction: The Grass Dancer, a national bestseller awarded a PEN/Hemingway Award; Roofwalker, a collection of stories and essays awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize; Sacred Wilderness, a novel which received the Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories; and A Council of Dolls. She’s a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including The Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, and Granta. Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna Dakhóta). Born and raised in Chicago, she currently lives in Minnesota.

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Hanna Pylväinen

Hanna Pylväinen is the author of the novel We Sinners, which received a Whiting Award and a Balcones Fiction Prize.

Hanna Pylväinen is the author of the novel We Sinners, which received a Whiting Award and a Balcones Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal; she is the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, as well as residencies from MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Lásságámmi Foundation. She has taught at the University of Michigan, Princeton University, Virginia Commonwealth University; currently, she is on the faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Justin Torres

Justin Torres is the author of We the Animals, which won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, was translated into 15 languages, and was adapted into a feature film.

Justin Torres is the author of We the Animals, which won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, was translated into 15 languages, and was adapted into a feature film. He was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Tin House, and The Washington Post. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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