Brenda Hillman is the author of nine full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014. With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003), and has co-translated Poems from Above the Hill by Ashur Etwebi and Instances by Jeongrye Choi. Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry; she is an activist for social and environmental justice.
Daniel Alarcón’s books include War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. He is Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish language narrative journalism podcast. In 2010 The New Yorker named him one of the best 20 Writers Under 40, and his most recent novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, was a finalist for the 2014 PEN Faulkner Award. He teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Gloria Frym is a poet and prose writer. She is the author of two short stories collections–Distance No Object (City Lights Books), and How I Learned (Coffee House Press)–as well as manyvolumes of poetry, including Mind Over Matter and Any Time Now. Her book Homeless at Home received an American Book Award. She teaches in the MFA and BA Writing and Literature programs at California College of the Arts. The True Patriot, a collection of proses, is due out from Spuyten Duyvil in Fall 2015.
Benjamin Hollander was born in Haifa, Israel and immigrated to Jamaica, Queens (NYC) at the age of 6. Since 1978, he has lived in San Francisco. His books—featuring poetry, essays, fiction and other writings—include: In The House Un-American (Clockroot Books, 2013), Memoir American (Punctum Books, 2013), Vigilance: (Beyond Baroque Books, 2005), Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli (Parrhesia Press, 2004), Levinas and the Police (Chax Press, 2001), The Book Of Who Are Was (Sun & Moon Press, 1997), How to Read, too (Leech Books, 1992), and (as editor) Translating Tradition: Paul Celan in France (ACTS, 1988).
Kathryn Ma is the author of the novel The Year She Left Us, which was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and was chosen as an SF Chronicle Notable Book and an LA Times Discoveries Book. She received the Meyerson Prize for Fiction and has published her short fiction widely.
Katie Wheeler-Dubin loves purple and sunlight and dancing. She was born and raised in San Francisco and has become a professional subletter. If you know where she can live for cheaps in the Bay come November, please write her. She loves letters. Her self-printed chapbook, I Went to Sleep Drunk and Woke up Hungry, is a collection of love letters she wrote while she lived in New Orleans. Her Neighborhood Heroes performance will be about that experience. She printed the chapbook on her Brother printer and on Tiny Splendor’s risograph. The Brother is now broken. This summer, she will be making a documentary about San Francisco with Camilla Puccini and Quiet Lightning. At the end of the day, she enjoys a whiskey, neat, and good loving. She shouts out to all indigo children and fraternal twins.
Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and writer for the award winning zine, book and magazine: Rad Dad. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is a tender, chaotic road trip about friendship, family and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He is co-founder and co-host of the rambunctious monthly reading series, Saturday Night Special. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zine addition / subtraction is available, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. He promises to write back. The story submitted is part of a series of interconnected narratives that’s currently looking for a home.
Colin Winnette is the author of several books, including the SPD bestseller Coyote, and Fondly, listed among Salon’s “best books of 2013.” His most recent novel is Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio, 2015). His writing has appeared in the Believer, the American Reader, McSweeney’s, and 9th Letter, among other places. His prizes include the NOS Book Contest (for Coyote) and Sonora Review’s Short Short Fiction Prize. He was a finalist for Gulf Coast Magazine’s Donald Barthelme Prize for short prose and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Award. He conducts a semi-regular interview series for Electric Literature and is an associate editor of Pank magazine. He lives in San Francisco.