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.
Jody Gladding is a poet and translator. She has published four full collections of poems, most recently Translations from Bark Beetle.the spiders my arms, a fifth collection, is forthcoming in 2018 from Ahsahta Press. Her work also includes site-specific installations that explore the interface of language and ecology.
David Rhodes wrote three novels in the 1970s, gaining recognition as "one of the best eyes in recent fiction" (John Gardner). In 1976, a motorcycle accident left him partially paralyzed, but Rhodes returned to the literary scene in 2008 with Driftless and, most recently, Jewelweed.
Martha Collins is the author of numerous collections of poems, most recently Night Unto Night and its companion, Day Unto Day. She has also published four collections of cotranslated Vietnamese poetry, including Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (with the author). She is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press.
Murray Farish is the author of the collection of stories Inappropriate Behavior. His work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Epoch, and Black Warrior Review, among other publications. He teaches writing and literature at Webster University and lives in St Louis, Missouri.