Justin Torres’ first novel We the Animals, a national best seller, has been translated into fifteen languages and is currently being adapted into a feature film. He has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmer Train, Flaunt, and other publications, as well as non-fiction pieces in publications like The Guardian and The Advocate. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a Cullman Center Fellow at The New York Public Library. The National Book Foundation named him one of 2012’s 5 Under 35. He has been the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is Assistant Professor of English at UCLA.
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 Institute of American Indian Art’s Low-Rez 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.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the best selling novel The Small Backs of Children (winner of the Ken Kesey Oregon Book Award and the Reader’s Choice Award) and the forthcoming The Book of Joan, both with Harper, as well as the novel Dora: A Headcase and the anti-memoir The Chronology of Water. Her work has appeared all over the place online and in print, but what’s more important is this: she believes writing is a subversive and socially vital act, since art is one of the only forms of non-violent resistance left. She teaches fiction and nonfiction and mixed genre writing at Eastern Oregon University, Mt. Hood College, The Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency MFA program and other non-academic institutions like rehab centers and jails. Lidia also runs the Corporeal Writing Workshop series in Portland. She’s won some important writing awards but she remains fondest of her swimming trophies because they have little golden women in the dive position on top. She is a very good swimmer.