Katharine Weber is the author of Still Life with Monkey and six other books. She is the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College and was named one of Granta’s “50 Best Young American Novelists.” Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Story, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others.
John Edgar Wideman, author of American Histories, is a MacArthur Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2011 for lifetime achievement. Wideman has won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, the first author to do so, and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. He divides his time between New York and France.
Spencer Wise, author of The Emperor of Shoes, has also contributed work to Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, The Literary Review, and The New Ohio Review. He is an assistant professor at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga.
Martha Woodroof, author of Small Blessings, was born in the South, went to college in New England, ran away to Texas for awhile, and fetched up in Virginia. She is a contributor to NPR. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times.
Allison Wright is the executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She serves as the president of the nonprofit literary organization WriterHouse and editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from UT-Austin.