Dorothy Allison is the author of Bastard Out of Carolina, Cavedweller (a New York Times Notable Book), Two or Three Things I Know for Sure and the forthcoming She Who. She was awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. Allison lives in Northern California among redwood trees and unpredictable rivers—though she is often to be found on various campuses trying to encourage more people to write down their dreams.
Peter Ho Davies is the author of two novels, The Fortunes (winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and the Chautauqua Prize) and The Welsh Girl (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and two short story collections, The Ugliest House in the World(winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize) and Equal Love (A New York Times Notable Book). His work has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Guardian and Washington Post among others, and has been widely anthologized, including selections for Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. In 2003 Granta magazine named him among its Best of Young British Novelists. Davies is also a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a winner of the PEN/Malamud Award. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, he now makes his home in the US. He has taught at the University of Oregon and Emory University, and is currently on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.