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JULIAN HANNA is a writer and academic who grew up on Vancouver Island and currently lives on the island of Madeira in 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 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: Stories, 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. His work has also appeared in over fifteen literary magazines. Ken has been awarded numerous writing residencies as well as a major grant from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. He lives in Toronto.
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 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.
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 Fiction, and has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Idaho Review, Bat City Review, Harpur Palate, Pleiades, Tin House Online, and elsewhere.
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.