Dimitri Anastasopoulos is an Assistant Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. His fiction and essays have recently appeared in the Notre Dame ReviewJournal of Narrative Theory, Black Warrior Review and Calalloo. His novel, A Larger Sense of Harvey, is published by Mammoth Books.

Lynn Behrendt is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Acquiescence and This is the Story of Things That Happened, both as part of the Dusie Kollektiv 5. A full length collection, petals, emblems, is available through Lunar Chandelier press. She co-edits the Annandale Dream Gazette, an online chronicle of poets' dreams, as well as Peep/Show, an electronic journal of innovative contemporary poetry.

John Cotter’s first novel Under the Small Lights appeared in 2010 from Miami University Press. Previously, his short fiction and poetry had appeared in VoltThe Lifted BrowLost, and (forthcoming) New Genre, among other spots.  A founding editor at the review site Open Letters Monthly, John’s published critical work on contemporary novelistspoets, andtranslators. John was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1976, home of Benedict Arnold and a fresh crop of casinos. He graduated Emerson’s Creative Writing program on a Performing Arts scholarship and Harvard’s Extension School with a master’s degree in English & American lit.

Adam Golaski is the author of Color Plates and Worse Than Myself. With the poet Matthew Klane, he edits Flim Forum Press. His poetry has appeared in Moonlitword for wordSawbuckLVNGTorpedo, and other journals. Adam's translation of the first fitt ofSir Gawain and the Green Knight was published early last year by Open Letters Monthly.

Anne Gorrick is the author of I-Formation (Book One), (Shearsman Books, 2010), the forthcoming I-Formation (Book Two), and Kyotologic (Shearsman Books, 2008). She also collaborated with artist Cynthia Winika to produce a limited edition artists’ book, “Swans, the ice,” she said, funded with grants from the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She curates the reading series Cadmium Text, featuring innovative writing from in and around New York’s Hudson Valley. She also co-edits the electronic poetry journal Peep/Show with poet Lynn Behrendt. Anne Gorrick lives in West Park, New York.

Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator and critic.  She is Professor of English at the City College of New York. Her books of poetry include Going Back to the River (1990), Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons (1986), andPresentation Piece (1974), which won the National Book Award. In 2009, Hacker won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for King of a Hundred Horsemen by Marie Étienne, which also garnered the first Robert Fagles Translation Prize from the National Poetry Series. In 2010, she received the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry.

Ed Sanders achieved fame in the countercultural world of the 1960s as poet, magazine founder, bookstore owner, publisher, journalist, anti-war protester and leading force of The Fugs, a satirical folk-rock band. As an activist, cultural figure, and representative of his generation, Sanders appeared on the front cover of LIFE magazine in February of 1967. The Fugs staged their final reunion concert in Albany under Writers Institute sponsorship in September 2003.  Sanders is the author of a new memoir, Fug You:  An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the F**k You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Side (June 2011). He has also finished new sections of his epic history-in-verse, America (2000-2010), including volumes devoted to the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition, a major collection of his poetry was published in 2009—Let’s Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War. In 1971, Sanders published The Family, a critically-acclaimed profile of the “Manson Family,” widely regarded as a classic piece of journalism of its period. His poetry volumes include Investigative Poetry (1975), a collection and manifesto that exhorts poets to be whistleblowers in national life; Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century,Selected Poems 1961-1985 (1988), winner of the American Book Award; Chekhov (1995), a major verse biography of the Russian physician, writer and dramatist; 1968: A History in Verse (1997), a mix of memoir, anecdote and factual research about that fateful year; and Allen Ginsberg (2000), a biography-in-verse.  Sanders has received several writing awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry and an NEA poetry fellowship. With his wife he publishes the online Woodstock Journal.

Evie Shockley is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and the author of two books of poetry:  the new black (Wesleyan University Press, 2011) and a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006). Her critical book,Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, forthcoming) has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She co-edits the poetry journal jubilat.

Lynne Tillman (born 1947) is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. She is currently Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany and is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, one collection of essays, and two other nonfiction books. Tillman's novels include No Lease on Life (1998), Cast in Doubt (1992),Motion Sickness (1991), and Haunted Houses (1987). Absence Makes the Heart (1990) is Tillman's first collection of short stories. The Broad Picture (1997) is a collection of Tillman's essays, which were published originally in literary and art periodicals. In 1995, Tillman's nonfiction work, The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-1967, was published with photographs by Stephen Shore; it presented 18 Factory personalities' narratives, based on interviews with them, as well as her critical essay on Andy Warhol, his art and studio. Tillman is also the author of the nonfiction book The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co. (1999), a cultural and social history of a literary landmark where writers and artists congregated for nearly 20 years. Her other story collections are The Madame Realism Complex (1992) and, most recently,This Is Not It (2002), stories written in response to the work of 22 contemporary artists. Her most recent novel, American GeniusA Comedy, was published in 2006 by Soft Skull Press. She was a 2006 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is currently the Fiction Editor at FENCE magazine.