Jonathan Rosen is the author of two novels: Eve’s Apple and Joy Comes in the Morning, and two non-fiction books: The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey Between Worlds and The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature. His new book is The Best Minds: A Story of Friendship, Madness, and the Tragedy of Good Intentions. His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous anthologies. He lives with his family in New York City.
Pam Petro is an author, artist and educator living in Northampton. She has written three place-based creative nonfiction books as well as articles and essays for many publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Granta and The Paris Review. She was made an honorary fellow of the University of Wales and has received both literary and visual arts residencies and fellowships from Grand Canyon National Park, the MacDowell Colony, the Spring Creek Project and the Black Rock Arts Foundation. Petro is on the creative nonfiction faculty of the Lesley University master of fine arts program in creative writing. She is also a cofounder of the Dylan Thomas International Summer School at the University of Wales. Her new book is The Long Field, a memoir of Wales
Peter Orner is the author of the novels The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love and the story collections Esther Stories, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, and Maggie Brown & Others, two collections of essays, Still No Word From You and Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. A three-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, Orner’s work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, and has been translated into eight languages. He has been awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, the California Book Award for fiction, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish fiction, as well as a Fulbright in Namibia. He is the director of creative writing at Dartmouth College and lives with his family in Norwich, Vermont.
Maud Newton has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, and Oxford American and is the author of Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning and a Reconciliation, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award John Leonard Prize. She grew up in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in English and law. Maud is married to the artist Maximus Clarke and has a stepdaughter, two dogs, and three cats and lives in New York City.
Martha McPhee is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Omega Farm. Her novels include An Elegant Woman, Dear Money, L’America, Gorgeous Lies, and Bright Angel Time. Her work has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and in 2002, she was nominated for a National Book Award. McPhee’s novels have been Best Books of The Year on The New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune lists and her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Vogue, More, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Traveler, and Travel & Leisure, among many others. McPhee is a tenured member of the English Department at Hofstra University, where she teaches fiction. She lives in New York City with her children and husband, the poet and writer Mark Svenvold