Jen McClanaghan grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut. She earned her undergraduate degree from Antioch College then moved to New York City where she worked in publishing for seven years, including a job as a photo editor for the National Audubon Society Field Guides. She graduated from Columbia University with an MFA (2004) and Florida State University with a PhD (2009).
Her manuscript, The Cairo Letters, was a 2009 finalist for The Dorset Prize, The National Poetry Series and Saturnalia Books. Her poem, “River Legs” won The Georgetown Review poetry prize.
She lives in Baton Rouge where she is a Resident Scholar at The Southern Review, and teaches in LSU's English department.
Blake Butler is the author of the novella "EVER", released in January 2009 by Calamari Press, and the novel-in-stories SCORCH ATLAS, from Featherproof Books.
Blake edits the literature blog HTML Giant, and two journals: Lamination Colony, and concurrently with co-editor Ken Baumann, No Colony. His other writing has appeared in The Believer, Unsaid, Fence, Willow Springs, Opium Magazine, Gigantic and Black Warrior Review.
His writing has been shortlisted for Best American Nonrequired Reading.
Blake has a forthcoming book, The Copy Family due in 2010 from Harper Perennial.
Kate Bernheimer is an American fairy-tale scholar, author, and editor of the journal Fairy Tale Review as well as a number of fairy-tale anthologies, including Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (Doubleday, 2002) and Brothers and Beasts (Wayne State University Press, 2007). Her first two novels, The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold (2001) and The Complete Tales of Merry Gold (2006), were published by Fiction Collective 2. She is also the author of an acclaimed book for children, The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum, chosen as a best picture book of the year by Publishers Weekly in 2008.
Kate Bernheimer has been a George Bennett Fellow in Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and has taught in the Summer Writing Program at Harvard. She teaches at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She currently serves as writer-in-residence at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Ronaldo V. Wilson--
Ronaldo V. Wilson serves as the Visiting Assistant Professor in English at Mount Holyoke College.
His specialties include 20th Century African American Poetry & Poetics, African American Literature, Creative Writing, The Black Body in 20th Century and Contemporary Visual Culture.
He is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, from University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall 2008; and Poems of the Black Object, published in the Futurepoem Books annual series in Spring 2009.
Mark Brosseau received his MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in 2001 and his BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) in 1998. He also spent a year painting and printmaking in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar. He has participated in numerous exhibitions including solo shows at Bridgette Mayer Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) and Galleri Skuggi (Reykjavik, Iceland) and group shows at The Painting Center (New York, NY), The State Museum of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, PA), Hopkinson House Gallery (Camden, NJ), and the Washington Art Association (Washington Depot, CT). His work is included in many private collections. Brosseau works as a curator at a Philadelphia art gallery and has served as a visiting artist and critic at various undergraduate art programs. He recently moved to Baton Rouge with his wife, Jenny, who is in LSU's Creative Writing MFA program.
“I want to take visual experiences that mystify me, and explore them through painting, creating a new world – a new space – informed by the world around me, but driven further by the fantastical possibilities of imagination and invention. The beauty of the abstract qualities of what I am observing moves me to explore the possibilities of those relationships through a painting. As the painting takes shape, each decision causes a re-evaluation of what has come before. Each action balances careful consideration of how it will affect the space of the painting against the sensation of spontaneity and exploration that planted the impulse for that decision in the first place. This tension between calculation and intuition is always present: I want to remain true to my intuition without decisions becoming arbitrary, and I want choices to be specific and purposeful without becoming overwrought. Play and the enjoyment of putting color against color are united with exploration and the desire to communicate experience through the use of an abstract visual language. The spaces I create are meant to be not only enjoyed, but inhabited and felt. The evolution of a space progressing on canvas is constantly fed by curiosity – questions are infinitely more important than answers.”
Bryce Dishongh is a self-taught illustrator from Houston, Texas. Though he always drew, he chose to pursue his other passion: writing. He received a bachelor's degree in English and Philosophy and a master's degree in Technical Communication from Texas State University - San Marcos.
After graduating, Bryce wrote technical manuals and did graphic design for a few years in Austin, Texas, until he moved with his MFAing girlfriend to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Despite only doing the art thing for eight months, Bryce has developed a personal style that has been influenced by the likes of Ralph Steadman, Maxfield Parrish, Carne Griffiths, Josh Keyes, Caitlin Hackett, Eric Nyquist, and Mcbess. He has created several commissioned works, including the art for this year's Rouge Roubaix 13 bicycle race.
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