James DeVita

James DeVita is an author, actor, and theater director. He has published numerous plays and three award-winning novels for young readers, including The Silenced. DeVita is a core company member and literary manager at the American Players Theater, a professional classical repertory company in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Sally Keith

Sally Keith is the author of four collections of poems, most recently River House. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and is currently a member of the MFA Faculty at George Mason University. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Brian Laidlaw

Brian Laidlaw is the author of The Stuntman, and his second collection of poems, tentatively titled The Mirrormaker, is forthcoming. An accomplished musician, he has toured widely in the United States and Europe. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's MFA program in poetry and is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Denver.

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six collections of poems, including PictographReading Novalis in Montana, and The Nine Senses. Kwasny is also the author of Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision, and has edited multiple anthologies, including, with M.L. Smoker, I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights.  Widely published in journals anthologies, her work has appeared in PloughsharesBoston Review, and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral. 

Rosa Alice Branco

Rosa Alice Branco is the prizewinning author of Cattle of the Lord and numerous collections of poems in her native Portuguese, which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic. She teaches at the Institute of Art and Design in Porto, Portugal. 

Chris Santiago

Chris Santiago is the author of Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. He teaches literature, sound culture, and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas.

Beth Dooley

Beth Dooley is the author of In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland, a Minnesota Book Award finalist. She has also written six cookbooks, including, with Lucia Watson, Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland (a James Beard Nominee).

Justin Boening

Justin Boening is the author of Not on the Last Day, But on the Very Last, a 2015 National Poetry Series winner. He is currently a senior associate editor at Poetry Northwest, and is a founding editor at Horsethief Books.

Deni Bechard

Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of four works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels Into the Sun and Vandal Love, which received the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was selected for Oprah’s Book Club’s summer reading list. He has reported from Afghanistan, northern Iraq, India, Rwanda, and the Congo.

Shawn Otto

Shawn Otto is an award-winning science advocate, author, and educator. He is the author of The War On Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It and the cofounder of ScienceDebate.org. His novel, Sins of Our Fathers, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and his film House of Sand and Fog was nominated for three Academy Awards.


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