Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in 2009. Mixology was subsequently nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His next book, The Big Smoke, was published by Penguin in May 2013 and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award. He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Erika Meitner was born and raised in Queens and Long Island, New York. She attended Dartmouth College; Hebrew University on a Reynolds Scholarship; and the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in Creative Writing in 2001 as a Henry Hoyns Fellow, and her MA in Religious Studies in 2013 as a Morgenstern Fellow in Jewish Studies. Her first book, Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore, won the 2002 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and was published in 2003 by Anhinga Press. Her second book, Ideal Cities, was selected by Paul Guest as a winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series competition, and was published in 2010 by HarperCollins. Her third collection, Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls, was published by Anhinga Press in 2011. Meitner's newest collection of poems, Copia, is due out from BOA Editions in 2014. Her poems have been published in The New Republic, VQR, Tin House, The Best American Poetry 2011, and elsewhere. Meitner is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program.
Phong Nguyen is the author of Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queens Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir Press, 2011). He is editor of Pleiades and Pleiades Press, for which he edited the volume Nancy Hale: The Life and Work of a Lost American Master. He teaches fiction-writing at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, where he lives with his wife, the artist Sarah Nguyen, and their three sons.
Christine Sneed's first book, the story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, won AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize, the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, and Ploughshares' John C. Zacharis Prize for a first book. Portraits was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first fiction category. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, was published in February 2013 by Bloomsbury and was named a top ten debut novel of 2013 by Booklist, and the Best New Book by a Local Author by Chicago Magazine. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, Ploughshares, New England Review, The Southern Review, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review and a number of other journals. She has also published poems in literary journals including Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol, and Poetry East. The Chicago Public Library Foundation recently chose her as the recipient of the 21st Century Award, which is given annually to an emerging writer with ties to Chicago for significant literary achievement. She lives in Evanston where she teaches for Northwestern University and for the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. Bloomsbury will publish her new novel, Paris Gare St. Lazare, in 2015.