MARGARET McMULLAN, editor CONTRIBUTORS
Margaret McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels, including Aftermath Lounge, In My Mother’s House, Sources of Light, How I Found the Strong, and When I Crossed No-Bob. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, Southern Accents, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review and The Sun, among several other journals and anthologies. She has received an NEA Fellowship in literature, and a Fulbright award to teach at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, where she researched the Jewish ancestry of her mother's family. The subsequent memoir will be published in 2018. She held until 2016 the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.
Official website: http://margaretmcmullan.com/
Jane Smiley is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Thousand Acres. She has written thirteen novels, four books of nonfiction, and the collection of short stories The Age of Grief, which was made into the movie The Secret Lives of Dentists. She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her recent novels Some Luck, the first volume of a trilogy.
Patricia Henley is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, four short story collections, two novels, a stage play, and a novel for young adults, Where Wicked Starts, co-authored with Elizabeth Stuckey-French. Patricia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bliss Broyard’s One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life-A Story of Race and Family Secrets became a New York Times Notable Book and won a number of awards. Bliss is also the author of the bestselling story collection, My Father, Dancing, which received the Louisiana Endowment for the Arts Humanist Book of the Year award and was a finalist for the Essence and Books for a Better Life awards. She has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, Elle, More, and Real Simple, among others. She is at work on a novel set on Martha’s Vineyard called Happy House.
Mako Yoshikawa is the author of the novels One Hundred and One Ways and Once Removed. Her work has been translated into six languages and she has received a Radcliffe Fellowship. As a literary critic she has published articles that explore the relationship between incest and race in twentieth-century American fiction. Her essays have appeared in the Missouri Review, Harvard Review, and Best American Essays 2013. She’s a professor of creative writing at Emerson College in Boston.
Nancy Jainchill is a psychologist residing in Woodstock, New York, practicing there and in New York City. She earned her doctorate in psychology from New York University and has a Master’s Degree in Women’s Literature from Goddard College. She has published extensively in the field of adolescent drug treatment research, and most recently she has edited and been a contributor to the volume, Understanding and Treating Adolescent Substance Use Disorders (2012). She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College.
Jill McCorkle is the author of four story collections and six novels, most recently Life After Life. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The American Scholar and Ploughshares, as well as Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Jill has received the New England Book Award, The John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She is currently a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program at North Carolina State.
Joyce Maynard has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in over fifty papers nationwide, and a regular contributor to NPR, Vogue, O, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, MORE, and Salon, among many other magazines. As a fiction writer, she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Maynard is the author of fifteen books, including the novel To Die For and the best-selling memoir, At Home in the World. Her latest novel, After Her was released in 2013. Her novel, Labor Day, became a motion picture in 2014.
Jessica Woodruff’s work has appeared in Relief, The New Purlieu Review, Catfish Creek, Jet Fuel Review, and Mangrove Literary Journal. She is currently working on a memoir about her experience living in foster homes.
Jane Friedman co-founded and co-edits Scratch, a magazine exploring the intersection of writing and money and named a top website for writers. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in anthologies from Seal Press, the University of Chicago, and Milkweed. She writes a blog about the publishing industry at JaneFriedman.com, and she speaks around the world at such events as BookExpo America, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Digilit. Jane also teaches digital publishing and media at the University of Virginia, and is currently working on a series of lectures on publishing for The Great Courses.
Melora Wolff’s work has appeared in The Normal School, The New Brick Reader, The New York Times, Best American Fantasy, Brick, Gettysburg Review, and Salmagundi. She was named a Notable Essayist in Best American Essays 2012, and received Special Mention in Nonfiction in The Pushcart Prizes 2014. She has received fellowships in nonfiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony for the Arts. She teaches at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Maxine Hong Kingston has received many honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, the National Humanities Medal in 1997, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. She has written the novels Tripmaster Monkey, His Fake Book, and Hawaii One Summer. Most recently she returned to nonfiction with The Fifth Book of Peace. Maxine edited a collection of nonfiction pieces from people touched by war in Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, culled from some of her writing workshops. She is a Professor Emeritus at the University of California–Berkeley.
Barbara Shoup is the author of eight novels, including Night Watch, Wish You Were Here, Stranded in Harmony, Faithful Women, Vermeer’s Daughter, Everything You Want, An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac. She is also co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process and Story Matters. Barbara was the 2006 PEN Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellow, and she lives in Indianapolis, where she is the executive director of the Writers’ Center of Indiana.
Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels The Obituary Writer, The Knitting Circle, and The Red Thread. Among her honors are two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award and a Best American Travel Writing Award. Ann is a regular contributor to the New York Times and NPR’s “The Story.” Her new novel, An Italian Wife, was published in September 2014.
Alexandra Styron is the author of the memoir Reading My Father and a novel, All The Finest Girls. A graduate of Barnard College and the MFA program at Columbia University, her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She teaches memoir writing in the MFA program at Hunter College, and lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York.
Nancy McCabe has written four books of creative nonfiction, including From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood; Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption; and Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to my Daughter’s Birthplace in China. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize for memoir, and her essays have appeared in Newsweek, Writer’s Digest, Fourth Genre, Crazyhorse, Massachusetts Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. She directs the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University.
Susan Neville is the author of four works of creative nonfiction: Indiana Winter; Fabrication: Essays on Making Things and Making Meaning; Twilight in Arcadia; Iconography: A Writer’s Meditation; and Sailing the Inland Sea. Her short fiction includes In the House of Blue Lights, winner of the Richard Sullivan prize and listed as a Notable Book by the Chicago Tribune, and Invention of Flight, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology and in Extreme Fiction and The Story Behind the Story.
Susan Perabo is the author of a novel, The Broken Places. Her fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, and New Stories from the South, and has appeared in numerous magazines, including One Story, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, and The Sun. Her new collection of short stories is forthcoming from Simon and Schuster. She is Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Antonya Nelson’s short stories have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Quarterly West, Redbook, Ploughshares, Harper’s and other magazines. Several of her books have been New York Times Book Review Notable Books: In the Land of Men, Talking in Bed, Nobody’s Girl: A Novel, Living to Tell: A Novel, and Female Trouble. In 1999, The New Yorker selected Nelson as one of “the twenty best young fiction writers in America today.” She is the recipient of the Rea Award for Short Fiction, a 2000-2001 NEA Grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is currently a professor of English at the University of Houston, and she also teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA program.
Lee Smith has received many writing awards, such as the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. Her novel The Last Girls was listed on the The New York Times bestseller’s list and won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, a collection of new and selected stories, was published in 2010. Since 1968, she has published fifteen novels, including Family Linen, and Saving Grace, as well as four collections of short stories, and has received eight major writing awards.
Lily Lopate is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College, has been a staff writer, columnist and managing editor at Bi-College News (Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges), and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine, Reflections. She has received national recognition for her personal essays and poetry from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Columbia Press Association. She has also published in the e-zine Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, which features New York stories.
Johanna Gohmann has combed the slush pile as an assistant at Writer House Literary Agency, edited the “true stories” in True Story magazine, worn a tuxedo and served steak to stock brokers, been an assistant editor at Elle, reviewed both nightclubs and erotic novels, worked as a reporter in Queens, New York, and Dublin, Ireland, and written blurbs for Scholastic books. She has contributed to numerous publications, including Salon, The Morning News, The Chicago Sun-Times, Babble, and Curve. She is a regular writer for Bust magazine. Her essays have been anthologized in A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World, Joan Didion Crosses the Street, The Best Sex Writing 2010, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 and 2015. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Bobbie Ann Mason’s first book of fiction, Shiloh & Other Stories won the PEN/ Hemingway Award and was nominated for the American Book Award, the PEN/ Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and she received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In Country was made into a film starring Bruce Willis. Both Feather Crowns and Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of five novels--Quiet Dell, Lark and Termite, Motherkind, Shelter, Machine Dreams--and two widely anthologized collections of stories, Fast Lanes and Black Tickets. Quiet Dell was a Wall Street Journal Best Fiction of 2013, and a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2013, selection. Lark & Termite, winner of the Heartland Prize, was a Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Prix de Medici Etranger. Jayne Anne’s works are published in nine languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, the Sue Kaufman Prize (1980) and an Academy Award in Literature (1997) from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.
Alice Munro’s first collection of stories was published as Dance of the Happy Shades. In 2009, she won the Man Booker International Prize. That same year, she published the short-story collection Too Much Happiness. Her work frequently appears in magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review. On December 10, 2013, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Phillip Lopate is the author of several acclaimed collections of personal essays, including Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, and Portrait of My Body. He has also written two novels, three poetry collections, a memoir, a collection of movie criticism, and several other books. In addition, he has edited The Art of the Personal Essay; Writing New York; Journey of a Living Experiment, a best essays of the year series, The Anchor Essay Annual; and American Movie Critics. His essays, fiction, poetry, film and architectural criticism have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, several Pushcart Prize annuals, The Paris Review, Harper’s, Vogue, Esquire, Film Comment, Threepenny Review, Double Take, New York Times, Harvard Educational Review, Preservation, Cite, 7 Days, Metropolis, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other periodicals and anthologies. Phillip is currently the director of the nonfiction graduate program at Columbia University.
For their kind permission to print photographs the publisher gratefully acknowledges the following:
Phillip Lopate, Lily Lopate: Cheryl Cipriani
Ann Hood: Catherine Sebastian
Bliss Broyard: Melodie McDaniels
Bobbie Ann Mason: Pam Spaulding
Jill McCorkle: Tom Rankin
Johanna Gohmann: David Boyle
Margaret McMullan: Pat O’Connor
Melora Wolff: Emma Dodge Hanson
Patricia Henley: Elizabeth Stuckey-French
All other photographs are courtesy the authors and used by permission.
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