CARA BENSON is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the bpNichol Award. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Boston Review, Electric Literature, Fence, Hobart, The Brooklyn Rail, 3:AM, and elsewhere. Her work has been selected for Best American Poetry and anthologized in InFiltration: An Anthology of Innovative Writing from the Hudson River Valley. She lives in a church in rural New York State.

NINA DUNIC is a fiction writer and essayist. She won the Toronto Star Short Story Contest in 2017, was nominated by The Temz Review for the 2020 Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, and longlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize. Her work has appeared in Grain, The Temz Review, and The Globe and Mail, and various publications across Canada. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Nina lives in Toronto where she is working on a novel and a collection of short fiction.

NICK FARRIELLA is a writer from New Jersey. His fiction has appeared in various literary journals and magazines, including Joyland, Hobart, Barrelhouse, Maudlin House, X-R-A-Y, Philosophical Idiot, and elsewhere. His work has been voted Best of the Net, Best of the Year 2018 at Across the Margin, and nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Prize. Nick also reads submissions for Split Lip Magazine. He is currently at work on a novel and short story collection.

ASHLEY GOLDBERG is a writer from Melbourne, Australia. His stories have appeared in Chiron Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, The Honest Ulsterman, Tincture Journal, Award Winning Australian Writing, and elsewhere. His work has been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and was a 2019 fellow at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre. He is currently working on his first novel.

PAUL HANEY is an essayist, journalist, and poet. His writing has appeared in Slate, Boston Globe Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Fourth Genre, Sweet, Potomac Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. He earned his MFA in nonfiction from Emerson College, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of Redivider. Now he’s Co-Editor of the Dylan Review and is developing a work of narrative nonfiction that follows his journey toward a next-generation Dylanology.

JULIAN HANNA is a writer and academic who grew up on Vancouver Island in Canada and currently lives on the island of Madeira, Portugal. In 2017 he shared the CCCB Cultural Innovation International Prize for The Newton Machine, a speculative project about islands and energy. Julian’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, 3:AM, Berfrois, The Island Review, and Numéro Cinq, and in anthologies such as We’ll Never Have Paris (Repeater, 2019). He is the author of The Manifesto Handbook (Zero Books, 2020).

KEN HARVEY is the author of If You Were with Me Everything Would Be All Right, named Best New Gay Fiction at the Lambda Literary Festival, as well as A Passionate Engagement: A Memoir, named a Rainbow Book by the American Library Association. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Ken has been published in over fifteen literary magazines. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College and has been awarded numerous writing residencies as well as a major grant from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. He lives in Toronto.

TARIQ AL HAYDAR is a fiction writer, essayist, and translator. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, The Offing, Beloit Fiction Journal, Beyond Memory: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Creative Nonfiction (University of Arkansas Press, 2020), and elsewhere. Tariq’s essay “Machine Language” was selected for recognition as Notable in The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. He is at work on a novel and short story collection.

JASON JOBIN completed an MFA in writing at the University of Victoria. His stories have won a National Magazine Award and been anthologized in the 2018 and 2019 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. He has been a finalist for the American Short Fiction’s Halifax Ranch Prize for Fiction and The Fiddlehead’s 2019 Short Fiction Contest. He won The Malahat Review’s Jack Hodgins and Far Horizons awards for fiction. In 2018, Jason was longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. He is at work on a novel and a collection of stories.

CURTIS LEBLANC is a poet and fiction writer residing in Vancouver, BC. He is the author of Little Wild (Nightwood, 2018) and Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation (Nightwood, 2020). His work has appeared in Joyland, Geist, The Malahat Review, EVENT, PRISM International, Prairie Fire, Grain, and elsewhere. Curtis holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of the Readers’ Choice Award in the Poem of the Year competition by Arc and has been shortlisted for The Walrus Poetry Prize. He is currently at work on his first novel.

QUINN MARTIN graduated magna cum laude with a BA (Hons.) in English from Skidmore College, where she received the Sara Bennett Prize for Fiction. She received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program, where she studied with Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Maaza Mengiste, among others. Quinn was previously an assistant editor at Washington Square Review. Her writing has appeared in The Atticus Review, Folio, Subtle Fiction, and Short, Fast, and Deadly. She is currently at work on two novels.

YOUSSEF RAKHA is a novelist, poet, and essayist who writes in both Arabic and English. A graduate of Hull University, England, he is also an editor, translator, and creative writing coach. Youssef’s work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, and other languages. His first novel, The Book of the Sultan’s Seal, won the 2015 Banipal Seif Ghobash Prize while his most recent, Paulo, won the 2017 Sawiris Award. Youssef’s English writing is featured in, among others, The Atlantic, Guernica, The Kenyon Review, The White Review, and The New York Times.

NICKALUS RUPERT completed an MFA fellowship at the University of Central Florida and a PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he also worked as an associate editor for Mississippi Review. His fiction has been nominated for Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Idaho Review, Pleiades, Bat City Review, Harpur Palate, Passages North, Slice Magazine, Tin House, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. Nick’s short fiction collection Bosses of Light and Sound won the 2019 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and will be published by Willow Springs Books in 2021.

ED SIMON is the author of Furnace of This World; or, 36 Observations about Goodness and America and Other Fictions: Radical Faith and Post-Religion (Zero Books). A staff writer for The Millions as well as an editor for Berfrois, Ed’s work appears regularly at several different sites, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and McSweeney’s. He holds a PhD in English from Lehigh University and lives in Washington, DC.

J. A. TYLER is the author of The Zoo, a Going (Dzanc). His fiction has appeared in many literary journals and magazines, including Denver Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Harpur Palate, Black Warrior Review, Fairy Tale Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. He has given workshops and readings at universities and writing conferences around the U.S., including AWP, Lake Forest’s &Now series, the National Writing Project at Colorado State University, and the Bankhead Visiting Writers Series at the University of Alabama. He lives in Colorado.

NATE WAGGONER is a fiction writer and essayist. His work has appeared in Electric Literature, Barrelhouse, Columbia Journal, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Paste Magazine, and elsewhere. He has won or placed multiple times in Shipwreck, the rowdy live literary parody contest, and two of his pieces for it were published in their anthology Loose Lips (Hachette, 2016). Nate holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is the author of Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators (Snow Goose, 2015). He lives in Brooklyn where he cohosts the Funny/Sexy/Sad reading series.