SCOTT CAIRNS is a Professor of English at University of Missouri. He is also director of MU Writing Workshops in Greece, a program that brings graduate and undergraduate students to Thessaloniki and Thasos every June for intensive engagement with literary life in modern Greece.  His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, etc., and both have been anthologized in multiple editions of Best American Spiritual Writing.  His most recent poetry collection is Compass of Affection; his spiritual memoir, Short Trip to the Edge, and his translations, Love’s Immensity, appeared in 2007; his book-length essay, The End of Suffering, appeared in 2009.  He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and is completing work on a new poetry collection, Idiot Psalms, and a translation of selections from The Philokalia, which will be Descent to the Heart.  His memoir, will be released in a new edition called Slow Pilgrim in 2013, and will appear in a Greek edition, Μικρό Ταξίδι στι Μεθόριο, in 2012.

C. MICHAEL CURTIS has been an editor at The Atlantic since 1963. Under his direction, the magazine has won numerous fiction prizes, including the National Magazine Award for fiction.

“Writers crave the intelligence and ardor of this magazine’s editors and readership as well as the privilege of inclusion in its pages,” says best-selling author Louise Erdrich, who, like so many young fiction writers, was introduced to national readership and subsequent success in The Atlantic Monthly.

Under the direction of senior editor C. Michael Curtis, The Atlantic Monthly‘s fiction has been nominated for a National Magazine Award virtually every year; in 1988 The Atlantic won this prestigious prize. Year after year short stories from the magazine are chosen for inclusion in the important annual prize collections. Curtis himself was the editor of American Stories: Fiction From The Atlantic Monthly, which was published in 1990. A second volume came out the following year, and 1992 saw the publication of Contemporary New England Stories. A companion volume, Contemporary West Coast Stories, was published in the fall of 1993. A fifth collection, entitled God: Stories, was published in December, 1998, by Houghton Mifflin, and a companion anthology, Faith: Stories, was published in 2003, also by Houghton Mifflin. His own essays, articles, reviews, and poems have been published in The Atlantic, The New Republic, National Review, and Sport, among other periodicals. Curtis is also renowned for his teaching: he has taught creative writing, ethics, grammar, and other subjects for more than thirty years at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Tufts, Boston University, Bennington, and elsewhere, and now teaches writing at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, where he occupies the John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities.

Curtis earned a B.A. in English from Cornell in 1956. He came to The Atlantic in 1963 after four years of study toward a Ph.D. in government, also at Cornell. Previously he had worked as a reporter for The Ithaca Journal, and as an editorial assistant at Newsweek. While he was a graduate student, The Atlantic Monthly published three of his poems and employed him briefly as a summer reader.

PATRICIA HAMPL‘s most recent book is The Florist’s Daughter, winner of numerous “best” and “year end” awards, including the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year” and the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, published in 2006 and now in paperback, was also one of the Times Notable Books. Ms. Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage, awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. I Could Tell You Stories, her collection of essays on memory and imagination, was a finalist in 2000 for the National Book Critics Circle Awards in General Nonfiction. Four of her books have been named “Notable Books” of the year by The New York Times Book Review. Her fiction, poems, reviews, essays and travel pieces have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, and she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose), Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Djerassi Foundation. In 1990 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Ms. Hampl is Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she teaches fall semesters in the MFA program of the English Department. She is also a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program. She regularly gives readings, lectures and workshops across the country and internationally.

ADAM JOHNSON teaches creative writing at Stanford University. A Whiting Writers’ Award winner and an NEA Fellow, his fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us, which won a California Book Award. His novel The Orphan Master’s Son has just been published by Random House. His books have been translated into sixteen languages.



BRET LOTT is the bestselling author of 13 books, most recently the novel Dead Low Tide (Random House 2012). 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 journal 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. The nonfiction editor of Crazyhorse, 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, recently 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 an assistant professor of English at the College of Charleston, and poetry editor for Crazyhorse.

ANTHONY VARALLO is the author of This Day in History, winner of the John Simmons short Fiction Award, and Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize.  His third story collection, Think of Me and I’ll Know, will be published by Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books in Fall 2013.  Currently he is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.



JONATHAN BOHR HEINEN has served as managing editor for Blue Mesa Review and Cimarron Review. He teaches writing and publishing courses at the College of Charleston, where he is also the managing editor for Crazyhorse. He’s been a publishing consultant for the Tomales Bay Writers’ Workshops and the Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, and he is a staff member for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Florida Review, Arroyo, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere.