Tobias Wolff is the author of the novels The Barracks Thief and Old School, the memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army, and the short story collections In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Back in the World, and The Night in Question. His most recent collection of short stories,Our Story Begins, won The Story Prize for 2008. Other honors include the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award – both for excellence in the short story – the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has also been the editor of Best American Short Stories, The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories, and A Doctor’s Visit: The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov. His work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and other magazines and literary journals.
Jeff Greenwald is a photojournalist, author and stage performer whose experiences in Asia have framed his style of travel writing. His six books include the best-selling Shopping for Buddhas (recently republished in a 25th Anniversary edition), The Size of the World (for which he created the first international travel blog) and Snake Lake, a travel memoir set in Kathmandu, Nepal during the 1990 democracy revolution. Jeff’s stories and essays have appeared in print and online publications worldwide, including Smithsonian, Afar, Outside, The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure and Salon. His critically acclaimed solo show, Strange Travel Suggestions, has played to sold-out houses since 2003. Jeff is also co-founder of Ethical Traveler (www.ethicaltraveler.org), an international community dedicated to defending human rights and protecting the environment.
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, Season, Moon, Hurricane, and the children’s books, Ninth Ward, Sugar, and the upcoming Bayou Magic. Her writing guides include: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction. Her honors include: A Coretta Scott King Honor Award, the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, The Jane Addams Book Prize, a Parents Choice Foundation Gold Award, and the International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society prize. Rhodes is the Artistic Director and Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
Nahid Rachlin went to Columbia University Writing Program on a Doubleday-Columbia Fellowship and then to Stanford University MFA program on a Stegner Fellowship. Her publications include a memoir, Persian Girls (Penguin), four novels, Jumping Over Fire (City Lights), Foreigner (W.W. Norton), Married To A Stranger (E.P.Dutton-Penguin), The Heart’s Desire (City Lights), and a collection of short stories, Veils (City Lights). Her individual short stories have appeared in more than fifty magazines and of her stories was adopted by Symphony Space, “Selected Shorts,” and was aired on NPR’s around the country. She has been judge for several fiction awards and competitions, among them, Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction (2015) sponsored by AWP, Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award sponsored by Poets & Writers. She has taught at Barnard College, Yale University and currently at the New School University.
Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a 2014 High Plains Book Award. McConigley was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an MA from the University of Wyoming and an MFA from the University of Houston. She has been a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and held scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for The Best New American Voices. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Orion, The Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Slice, Asian American Literary Review, and others. She teaches at the University of Wyoming and is at work on a novel.
Scott Lasser is the author of four novels: Battle Creek, All I Could Get, The Year That Follows and Say Nice Things About Detroit. His non-fiction has appeared in magazines ranging from Dealmaker (for which he wrote a regular book column) to the New Yorker. Lasser has worked for a variety of now-bankrupt companies, including the National Steel Corporation, General Motors, Lehman Brothers, and Dealmaker Magazine.