Eugene Cross is the author of the short story collection Fires of Our Choosing, which was long listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and was named the Gold Medal winner in the Short Story category by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. He has taught creative writing at Penn State, Northwestern, University of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago. His stories have or will appear in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, American Short Fiction, Story Quarterly,TriQuarterly, and Callaloo, among other publications. His work was also listed among the 2010 Best American Short Stories' 100 Distinguished Stories. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Chautauqua Writers' Festival and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as fellowships from Yaddo and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.
Elena Passarello is the author of the essay collection Let Me Clear My Throat, which won the 2013 gold medal for nonfiction at the Independent Publisher Awards. Her essays have appeared in Oxford American, Iowa Review, Slate, Creative Nonfiction, and Normal School, among other magazines, as well as in the music writing anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart. The recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, and the MacDowell Colony, Elena lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where she serves on the nonfiction faculty at Oregon State University.
Ryan Teitman is the author of the poetry collection Litany for the City (BOA Editions, 2012), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, The Southern Review, and other journals; his awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Ryan currently lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.