Rob Roberge’s fourth book of fiction, “The Cost of Living,” was recently released by Other Voices Books. Previous books include the story collection “Working Backwards From the Worst Moment of My Life,” and the novels “More Than They Could Chew” and “Drive.” An award-winning professor and frequent guest-writer, he is a core faculty member at UCR/Palm Desert’s MFA Program. His stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies including The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, My Rare Guitars, and Orange County Noir. He plays guitar and sings with the LA punk band The Urinals.
Rus Bradburd’s new book “Make It, Take It,” is a novel-in-stories. He is also the author of “Forty Minutes of Hell” and “Paddy on the Hardwood.” A Chicago native, he coached basketball at UTEP and New Mexico State for fourteen seasons. He is a frequent contributor to SLAM Magazine, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Daily Southtown, African-American Perspectives and Fiddler Magazine
Emily Rapp is the author of “The Still Point of the Turning World,” a memoir about parenting a terminally ill child, which has received raves from the New York Times and has been featured on The Today Show and Fresh Air. Her blog, Little Seal, was one of Time Magazine’s best blogs of 2012, and she is also the author of the book “Poster Child: A Memoir.” Her essays and stories have been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bellevue Literary Review, the Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico and a faculty member with the …
Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s story collection, “What You Are Now Enjoying,” was selected by Stewart O’Nan as winner of the 2012 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize and has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction, Sarah’s stories have appeared in many journals including Guernica and The Massachusetts Review. Sarah is the 2012-13 Pen Parentis Fellow. She received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University and teaches creative writing at State University of New York at Fredonia.
In his home country of Croatia, Robert Perisic is a bestselling author who came to prominence during the 1990s, writing with a clear anti-war sentiment. Today, he is considered one of the most important writers and journalists in the country. He has published award-winning nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and criticism in his native language. He currently lives in Zagreb, Croatia. Our Man in Iraq is his first novel translated in English. “Robert Perisic is a light bright with intelligence and twinkling with irony, flashing us the news that postwar Croatia not only endures but matters.” –Jonathan Franzen
Molly McNett is the author of One Dog Happy, winner of the 2008 John Simmons Award for short fiction from the University of Iowa Press. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Crazyhorse, New Letters, and many other journals. Her story “Catalogue Sales” was read at Stories on Stage and anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading.
Patricia Ann McNair’s short story collection, The Temple of Air, was awarded Book of the Year in Traditional Fiction by the Chicago Writers Association, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and a finalist award in Adult Fiction by the Society of Midland Authors. It was called “violently creative” by the Chicago Sun Times, and “plainspoken yet imaginative, complexly unnerving” by Booklist. McNair is an Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award as well as a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation’s US Professor of …
Daniel S. Libman, the author of Married But Looking, is the winner of a Pushcart Prize for fiction and a Paris Review Discovery Prize. His story “In the Belly of the Cat” has been anthologized many times and translated into several languages, most recently Russian for the journal Inostrannaya Literatura.
Samantha Hoffman’s first novel What More Could You Wish For was published in the fall of 2012 by St. Martin’s Press. This novel’s writing journey began in 2002 after the death of Hoffman’s father and a failed marriage. What More Could You Wish For is a coming-of-middle-age story: Libby Carson, approaching her 50th birthday, takes a hard look at the choices she’s made in her life and, by doing so, moves towards the future with new confidence and a sense of adventure.
Dana Norris is the founder and host of Story Club. She once went on a lot of Internet dates and she writes about those mistakes for the websites In Our Words and Role Reboot. She blogs at her website dananorris.net. She has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Tampa Review, The Rumpus, and her stories have been featured on Vocalo.org (89.5 FM). She performs around Chicago with Mortified, The Paper Machete, The Kates, Essay Fiesta, This Much is True, Write Club, Beast Women, and many others. Dana is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Northwestern …