Gary Ferguson has worked for dozens of national publications – including Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, and Outside Magazine – and is also the author of twenty-two books on nature and science. Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, was the first nonfiction work in history to win both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Nonfiction. Decade of the Wolf, as well as The Great Divide, were Audubon Magazine Editor’s Choice selections. His latest book, a wilderness-based memoir titled The Carry Home, will be published in November, 2014. Ferguson was the 2002 Seigle Scholar at Washington University, St. Louis, the 2007 William Kittredge Distinguished Writer at the University of Montana, and a visiting writer in the graduate writing program at the University of Idaho. He currently serves on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop Masters of Fine Arts program, at Pacific Lutheran University. Gary lives with his wife, Mary – in Montana’s Beartooth Mountains, as well as in Portland, Oregon.
Alan Heathcock’s VOLT was a “Best Book” selection from numerous newspapers and magazines, including GQ, Publishers Weekly, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and Cleveland Plain Dealer, was named as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, selected as a Barnes and Noble Best Book of the Month, as well as a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize. Heathcock has won a Whiting Award, the GLCA New Writers Award, a National Magazine Award, has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Lannan Foundation, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. A native of Chicago, he lives and works in Boise, Idaho.
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.