Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine and the editor of anthologies including The Best Creative Nonfiction series and I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse. He is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, both at Arizona State University.
Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss, where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. The Tilted World , the novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, was published by HarperCollins in October 2013.
Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. A novelist, short-story writer, and poet, Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She lives in Northern California with her partner Alix and her teenage son, Wolf Michael. A novel, She Who, is forthcoming.