Adrian Blevins is the author of Appalachians Run Amok, winner of the Wilder Prize, forthcoming soon from Two Sylvias Press; Live from the Homesick Jamboree; The Brass Girl Brouhaha; and the chapbooks Bloodline and The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes.  She is the recipient of many awards and honors including a Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Brass Girl Brouhaha, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation Award, a pushcart prize, a Cohen Award from Ploughshares, and a Zone 3 Poetry Award.  A collection of essays she edited with Karen McElmurray—Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia—was published in 2015. New poems are forthcoming or have recently been published in The Baffler, Gettysburg Review, Greensboro Review, Southern Cultures, and other magazines.


Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton), winner of the 2012 Maine Book Award for Fiction. The novel was a finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick of the Month. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, AGNIPloughshares, The SunNylon MagazineThe Nervous Breakdown, and in other publications. She co-wrote a play, String Theory: Three Greek Myths Woven Together, produced in New York City in 2009 and at Vassar College in 2010. In 2010 Sarah was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and she received a 2007 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Sarah is on the selection panel and teaches for the National YoungArts Foundation. Since 2011 she has been on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA at the University of Southern Maine. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work.


mdb for cw1Michael 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 OutsideIslandsYankee, Down East, New England Monthly, Country Life, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Organization and Environment.


Cate Marvin‘s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Erin Belieu. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, her third book of poems, Oracle, was released from W. W. Norton & Co. in March 2015.


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Debra Spark is the author of five books of fiction, including Unknown Caller, The Pretty Girl, and Good for the Jews. Other books include Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing, and the anthology Twenty Under Thirty.

Her short work has appeared in Agni, the Boston Globe, the Cincinnati Review, the Chicago Tribune, Epoch, Esquire, Five Points, Food and Wine, Harvard Review, Maine Magazine, Narrative, New England Travel and Life, the New England Review,the New York Times, Ploughshares, salon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and Yankee, among other places. She is a senior writer for Maine Home+Design, a shelter magazine for which she writes a monthly feature on homes in Maine. She has been the recipient of several awards including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Bunting Institute fellowship from Radcliffe College, Wisconsin Institute Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, Michigan Literary Fiction Award, and John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for best first book. A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is a professor at Colby College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.