Pam Houston’s most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published in 2012, by W.W. Norton. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays called A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton. Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is professor of English at UC Davis, directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers and teaches in The Pacific University low residency MFA program and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world. She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
BK Loren’s novel Theft won the 2013 Reading the West Award, and the 2013 Willa Literary Award. Her newest book, Animal, Mineral Radical, came out in 2013. Her essays and fiction have been published widely in anthologies and periodicals like Orion Magazine, Parabola, OnEarth, The Best American Spiritual Writing, and others. She has worked as a ranch-hand, assistant chef, furniture maker, locked psych ward attendant, candy factory worker, college professor, and more. The publishing editor of her first book once said, “BK, you write like you were raised by wolves.” Loren strives to live up to that daily. She teaches throughout the US and Canada, and enjoys every minute of it.
Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette in May 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006). His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal and The Paris Review. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.