Rachel Cantor is the author of the novels Good on Paper and A Highly Unlikely Scenario. Two dozen of her short stories have appeared in literary magazines, anthologies, and prize collections. She has been awarded more than 35 fellowships, including at artists’ residencies in Andalucia, Barcelona, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Brussels, and Edinburgh. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is always at work on another book.
Lizzie Davis is a writer, a translator, and an editor at Coffee House Press. Her recent translation projects include My First Bikini by Elena Medel, a co-translation of Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions with Valeria Luiselli, which was the winner of an American Book Award and finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction, and Ornamental by Juan Cárdenas, which was a finalist for the PEN Translation Prize. Her co-translation of Elena Medel’s The Wonders with Thomas Bunstead is forthcoming from Pushkin Press and Algonquin Books in 2022.
Gloria Susana Esquivel is a writer, poet, journalist and translator. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at NYU. Her poetry has appeared in Mexico´s Revista de Poesía de la Unam, Palabras Errantes and Colombia´s Revista Matera. Her recent publications include the poetry collection El lado salvaje (The Wild Side), the novel Animales del fin del mundo (Animals at the End of the Word) and the nonfiction book ¡Dinamita! (¡Dynamite!), which was shortlisted for the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award 2020. Since 2018 she has produced and hosted “Womansplaining,” a podcast about feminism and Latin-American culture. She is a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing at Instituto Caro y Cuervo in Bogotá. Her personal writing project from the last eight years can be found at: juradopormadonna.tumblr.com.
Kathleen Heil is a poet-writer-translator and choreographer-dancer-performer. Her poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Fence, Diagram, The Common, and other journals. As a dancer-choreographer, Kathleen has performed her own work in New York, Helsinki, New Orleans, Berlin and elsewhere. A recipient of grants and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Embassy of Foreign Artists and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, among others, she lives and works in Berlin. More at kathleenheil.net.
Tsering Yangzom Lama (Alum-in-Residence) is a Tibetan writer and activist from Nepal. She has received grants and residencies for her writing from the Canada Council for the Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Columbia University, Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay AiR, VSC, VCCA, Lillian E. Smith Center, Catwalk, WildAcres, Playa Summerlake, Art Omi: Writers, and Tin House. Her work has appeared in The Malahat Review, Kenyon Review Online, Grain, Vela, LaLit, and Himal SouthAsian, as well as the anthologies Old Demons New Deities: 21 Short Stories from Tibet; House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing About Nepal; and Brave New Play Rites. Tsering's debut novel, We Measure the Earth with our Bodies, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in Spring 2022. She is also active in the environmental movement as a Storytelling Advisor at Greenpeace International.
Maija Mäkinen is a Finnish-born writer whose work explores the ghosts and cacophony of the immigrant body and mind. She is the winner of the 2020 Iowa Review Award in Fiction and a recent finalist for the Nelligan Prize. Other honors include the University of Cambridge Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and the Nadia Christensen Prize in Translation. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Short, Vigorous Roots (Ooligan Press, Porterhouse Review (Pushcart Nomination), The Bare Life Review, and others. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Boston University.
Margaret Pearce is a cartographer, writer, and Citizen Potawatomi tribal member. She views cartography as a nascent graphic language with as-yet-unexplored capacities for representing the situatedness of narrative, the relationalities between humans and beyond-humans, and our unspoken assumptions about time, space, and each other. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships at Trinity Square Video, Yaddo, A Studio in the Woods, the Anderson Center, the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University, the School for Advanced Research, and received two national cartographic design awards. She holds a Ph.D. in geography from Clark University.
Alice Pettway is the author of The Time of Hunger, Moth, and Station Lights, all from Salmon Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in AGNI, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review and many other respected publications. She is a former Chulitna Artist and Lily Peter fellow. Currently, Pettway lives and writes near Seattle, Washington.
Alison Smith’s writing has appeared in Granta, McSweeneys, The London Telegraph, The New York Times, Real Simple and Public Seminar. The author of the memoir Name All the Animals, Smith has been awarded Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Judy Grahn Prize for Lesbian Nonfiction and a Lambda Literary Award. Her storytelling has been featured on “The Story Collider” and “PBS’s Stories from the Stage.” Smith’s new memoir, The Echo Inside: Hearing Voices, Talking Back, and Confronting the Mysteries of Consciousness, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau.
Considered one of Israel's top writers, Noa Yedlin is the recipient of the Sapir Prize (the Israeli Man Booker) and author of the bestselling House Arrest, Stockholm, and People Like Us. She is also the creator of a two-season TV series based on Stockholm (the series won the Israeli Best Mini-Series TV Award); currently the series is being showcased at international festivals and has already been sold for broadcasting worldwide. A stage adaptation of House Arrest is now playing at Beit Lessin Theater in Tel Aviv.
Rain Chudori is a nomadic writer, founder of Moment Studio, and curator of Comma Books Publishing. She has written three books, including Monsoon Tiger and Imaginary City. She is based in New Delhi, India, but belongs everywhere. Find her at firstname.lastname@example.org & @rainchudori on instagram.
Layanne Malluhi was born to Syrian immigrants in the United States. Her experiences living between the U.S and Qatar have greatly impacted her writing. She feels that much of her work bears witness to competing paradigms, traditional and progressive, spiritual and secular, Islamic and Western. She is now working on a fantasy novel as well as a series of fiction and non-fiction texts that try to mediate between the disparate parts of her cultural identity.
Jane Marchant is a writer, photographer, and collage artist from Berkeley, California. She earned her BA and MFA from Columbia University’s nonfiction writing programs. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Apogee, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere, as well as anthologized in The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-First Century and Plant People: An Anthology of Environmental Artists. She is at work on a memoir in the form of an Encyclopedia of Botany, which chronicles instances of motherhood, racial passing, and interconnected root systems. Follow her unfocused instagram @jane_marchant.
Called "an American original", Edie Meidav is the author of the lyric novel Another Love Discourse and Kingdom of the Young. Her other novels include Lola, California and Crawl Space. Her work has received support from the Lannan, Whiting, Fulbright, Bard Fiction Prize, the Kafka Prize from the University of Rochester, among others, and has been cited as an editors' pick or year-end favorite by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. A professor in the MFA for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst, she is a screenwriter, senior editor at the journal Conjunctions, and founding director of the podcasting outreach program Radius MFA.
Originally from Chiba, Sayaka Murata is the author of Convenience Store Woman, a novel about a woman working for a convenience store, which won The Akutagawa Prize, one of Japan’s most prestigious literary awards. The book has sold more than 1.2 million copies in Japan. The English translation was published by Grove Press in the U.S.and Granta in the U.K. Her next novel, Life Ceremony, will be published in 2022. The rights for this novel sold in thirty-six languages.
Lilas Taha is a writer at heart, an electrical engineer by education and training, and an advocate for domestic abuse victims by choice. She was born in Kuwait to a Syrian mother and a Palestinian father and immigrated to the U.S. because of the Gulf War in 1990. Pursuing her true passion for creative writing, Lilas brings her professional interests and Middle Eastern background together in her multicultural novels. She is the author of Lost in Thyme, which was the winner of the 2019 Best Book Award; Bitter Almonds, winner of the 2017 International Book Award; and Shadows of Damascus.
Niloufar Talebi is an author, award-winning translator, interdisciplinary artist, and producer. She is the editor/translator of Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World, and author of the hybrid memoir Self-Portrait in Bloom and creator of the Abraham in Flames opera, inspired by the life and work of Ahmad Shamlou. Her work has been published in World Literature Today, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Poetry International, PBS Frontline, The Margins, and, and her projects as librettist have been commissioned and presented by Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Stanford Live, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She served as a juror for the 2010 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the 2021 PEN Translation Prize.
Russell Working (Alum-in-Residence) is a writer based in suburban Chicago.