Adrian Blevins is the author of the forthcoming Status Pending (Four Way Books, 2023), Appalachians Run Amok, Live from the Homesick Jamboree, The Brass Girl Brouhaha, and Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, a co-edited collection of essays by new and emerging Appalachian writers. She is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Wilder Prize from Two Sylvias Press, a Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation Award, among many others.



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.


Michael Burke, Director of the Creative Writing Program, is author of The Same River Twice: A Boatman’s Journey Home (University of Arizona Press), a finalist in the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment’s nonfiction prize; and the editor of Maine’s Place in the Environmental Imagination (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), a collection of ecocritical essays. His essays and articles have appeared in The New York TimesOutsideIslandsYankee, Down East, New England Monthly, Country Life, the Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education and in South Africa, The Sunday Times (Cape Town). He won the award for Drama in the 2018 Maine Literary Arts competition, for his play, The Town Meets. He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Debra Spark is the author of six books of fiction including the novel Unknown Caller, and two books of essays on fiction writing, and editor of two anthologies. Her most recent project is Breaking Bread: New England Writers on Food, Hunger, and Family, which she co-edited with Deborah Joy Corey to raise funds for Corey’s hunger nonprofit. Her short work has appeared in AgniAWP Writers’ Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Cincinnati Review, the Chicago Tribune, Epoch, Esquire, Five Points, Food and Wine, Harvard ReviewHuffington Post, Maine Magazine, Narrative, New England Travel and Life, the New England Review, the New York Times,, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Yankee, and Yale Alumni Quarterly, among other places. In addition to writing book reviews, fiction, articles, and essays, she has a side specialty in writing about home and design in New England, including a decade of work for Maine Home+Design and, more recently, for Decor Maine, Down East, Interiors Boston, New England Home, and Yankee.  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. She lives with her husband and son in North Yarmouth, Maine.

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Arisa White is the author of several poetry collections, which have been nominated for a NAACP Image Award, Lambda Literary Award, California Book Award, and Wheatley Book Award. Her most recent publication is the poetic memoir Who’s Your Daddy; she is the co-editor of Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart, and co-author of Biddy Mason Speaks Up, the second book in the Fighting for Justice Series for young readers, which won the Maine Literary Book Award for Young People’s Literature and the Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Middle-Grade Nonfiction. Biddy Mason Speaks Up is now included in the New York City Department of Education’s Mosaic curriculum. 

As a visiting scholar at San Francisco State University’s The Poetry Center, Arisa developed a digital special collections on Black Women Poets in The Poetry Center Archives. She has received residencies, fellowships, or scholarships from The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts, Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, Arisa curates poetic collaborations that center queer BIPOC narratives. She is a Cave Canem fellow and serves on the board of directors for Foglifter and Nomadic Press. To learn more about her other publications and projects, visit