Michael Bazzett is the author of You Must Remember This, which received the 2014 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and The Interrogation (forthcoming October 2017). His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Ploughshares, The Sun, and Best New Poets. He is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and lives in Minneapolis.
Jim Heynen is the author of, most recently, Ordinary Sins and The Fall of Alice K. Born on a farm in Northwest Iowa, Heynen was formerly the Books Editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and now lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, most recently Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit and the collections of poems Stairway to Heaven and Death Valley: Painted Light. She is currently the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justice and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.
Sara Eliza Johnson is the author of Bone Map, a 2013 National Poetry Series Winner. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Johnson is currently Managing Editor of Quarterly West and teaches online courses in poetry through 24 Pearl Street, the online writing program of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
Lee Ann Roripaigh is the author of numerous collections of poems, including Dandarians and the forthcoming collection tsunami vs. the fukushima 50. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review and directs the creative writing program at the University of South Dakota. She is currently the South Dakota Poet Laureate.
Larry Watson is the author of numerous novels, including Montana 1948, American Boy, Let Him Go, and, most recently, As Good as Gone. Born in Rugby, North Dakota, he grew up in Bismarck and is now Visiting Professor at Marquette University. He lives in Milwaukee.
William Souder is an award-winning journalist and is the author of three books, including Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Grant, Minnesota.
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
Amy Leach is the author of Things That Are. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and reviews, including A Public Space, Ecotone, Tin House, and Orion, in addition to Best American Essays and Best American Science and Nature Writing.
Rafael de Grenade is the author of Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback. She has traveled to many countries as a land steward and scientist, and her writing has been published widely in literary and scientific journals. She divides her time between the southwestern United States and Chile.