Left to right: Debra Spark, Adrian Blevins, Peter Harris, Natalie Harris, and Michael Burke Missing: Jennifer Finney Boylan
Peter Harris, poet, and critic. His BLUE HALLEUJAHS won the 1996 Maine Chapbook Competition. Poems and translations published in national literary magazines such as THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, CHELSEA, THE ATLANTA REVIEW, THE LITERARY REVIEW and COLLEGE ENGLISH, VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW: former editor of THE POETRY CHRONICLE. Click here to read one of Harris's poems.
Jennifer Finney Boylan, novelist, screenwriter, and essayist. Author of a bestselling memoir, SHE'S NOT THERE and I'M LOOKING THROUGH YOU; GROWING UP HAUNTED (Broadway/Doubleday), as well as a collection of short stories, REMIND ME TO MURDER YOU LATER (Johns Hopkins); three novels, THE PLANETS (Vintage), THE CONSTELLATIONS (Random House); and GETTING IN (Warner); four young adult books published under a pseudonyum; stories and articles in GQ, SOUTHERN REVIEW, CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, ALLURE, BOSTON REVIEW, and elsewhere.
Debra Spark, short story writer and novelist. Author of numerous short stories in magazines including ESQUIRE, AGNI,THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, AND PLOUGHSHARES. Her novel COCONUTS FOR THE SAINT (Faber & Faber: Avon) won the 1995 Ploughshares/Zacharis First Novel award. A second novel, THE GHOST OF BRIDGETOWN (Graywolf Press) was a finalist for the 2002 Binghamton University/John Gardner Award. Her third novel, GOOD FOR THE JEWS, won the 2009 Michigan Literary Ficton Prize and was published in the fall of 2009 by the University of Michigan Press. Her story collection, THE PRETTY GIRL, will be published in 2012. Her reviews and articles have appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, THE WASHINGTON POST, YANKEE, MAINE HOME+DESIGN, and FOOD AND WINE, among others. Ms. Spark has also edited a collection of contemporary short stories, TWENTY UNDER THIRTY and is the author of CURIOUS ATTRACTIONS: ESSAYS ON WRITING. She teaches in the graduate program at Warren Wilson.
Natalie Harris, short story writer and essayist. Stories and essays have been published in THE LAUREL REVIEW, THE LARCOM REVIEW, NORTH DAKOTA QUARTERLY, RED ROCK REVIEW, ECLIPSE, THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND REVIEW, CAROLINA QUARTERLY, and ASCENT.
Michael Burke, creative nonfiction and magazine writer. Author of THE SAME RIVER TWICE: A BOATMAN'S JOURNEY HOME (University of Arizona Press) and the forthcoming GRANITE AND PINE: ONE MAN'S MAINE (Commonwealth Press). Editor of MAINE'S PLACE IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMAGINATION (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), a collection of papers on the topic of the recent ASLE conference held at the University of Maine-Farmington. His essays and articles have appeared in OUTSIDE, ISLANDS, YANKEE, DOWN EAST, NEW ENGLAND MONTHLY, COUNTRY LIFE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE BOSTON GLOBE, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION and ORGANIZATION AND ENVIRONMENT.
Adrian Blevins, poet and esayist. Author of LIVE FROM THE HOMESICK JAMBOREE (Wesleyan University Press) and THE BRASS GIRL BROUHAHA (Ausable Press, 2003), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and THE MAN WHO WENT OUT FOR CIGARETTES (Bright Hill Press, 1996). She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Foundation Award for Poetry and the Lamar Yark Prize for Nonfiction. Her poems and essays have appeared in THE UTNE REVIEW, THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, THE MASSACHUSETTS REVIEW, THE DRUNKEN BOAT AND SALON.COM, among other magazines and journals.