BRET LOTT is the bestselling author of 14 books, most recently the novel Dead Low Tide (Random House 2012) and the essay collection Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian (Crossway 2013). From 1986 to 2004 he was writer-in-residence and professor of English at the College of Charleston. He served as editor and director of The Southern Review at Louisiana State University from 2004 to 2007, when he returned to the College of Charleston and the job he most loves: teaching.  He has been a Fulbright Senior American Scholar and writer-in-residence to Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, has spoken on Flannery O’Connor at the White House, and is a member of the National Council on the Arts.


EMILY ROSKO is the author of two poetry collections, Prop Rockery, awarded the 2011 Akron Poetry Prize, and Raw Goods Inventory, winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize and the 2007 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers from Shenandoah. Additionally, she is the editor of A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line (University of Iowa Press, 2011). A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she also is the past recipient of Poetry magazine’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She is associate professor of English at the College of Charleston.


ANTHONY VARALLO’s second story collection, Out Loud, won the 2008 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. His first collection, This Day in History, won the 2005 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and his stories have appeared in Gettysburg ReviewNew England ReviewEpochAmerican Short Fiction, and elsewhere. His third story collection, Think of Me and I’ll Know, was published by Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books. He is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston.


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Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, GARY JACKSON is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He was featured on 2013’s “New American Poets” by the Poetry Society of America, and his poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. He’s also published in Shattered: The Asian-American Comics Anthology, and is the recipient of both a Cave Canem and Bread Loaf fellowship.


LINDSEY DRAGER is the author of the novels The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, 2017) and The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Prize and recipient of Silver in the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction. She is an assistant professor at the College of Charleston.


SCOTT MINAR is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Cymbalism (Mammoth Books, 2016), which has been translated into Arabic and distributed in the Middle East and Australia. Individual poems have been translated into Arabic, Polish, and German. His prose has been translated into Swedish and Arabic. He is the editor of The Working Poet (Autumn House Press) and The Working Poet II (Mammoth Books), coauthor of Exercises for Poets: Double Bloom (Pearson), and serves as Associate Editor at Marick Press in Washington DC. He is Professor of English at Ohio University Lancaster Campus.


JONATHAN BOHR HEINEN’s writing has appeared in the Florida ReviewArroyo, PilgrimageCimarron Review, The Boiler, and Tusculum Review among other places, and has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. He teaches writing and publishing courses at the College of Charleston and is a staff member for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.