Edward Carey is a writer and illustrator whose books include The Iremonger Trilogy: Heap House, Foulsham, and Lungdon; Observatory Mansions; and Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City. His artwork has been exhibited in Florence, Collodi, Kilkenny, Milan, London and Austin; his essays and reviews have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Corriere della Serra, La Repubblica, and other places. In addition to his own work, he illustrates other writers, including Bill Wittliff and Jessica Frances Kane. His new novel, Little, will be published in the US and UK in October, 2018, with other countries to follow.
Oscar Casares is the author of the story collection Brownsville, the novel Amigoland, both published by Little, Brown, and the novel Where We Come From forthcoming from Knopf in May 2019. A graduate of the Writers Workshop of the University of Iowa and recipient of fellowship support from the National Endowment for the Arts, his short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, Northwest Review, and Threepenny Review. His essays have appeared in Texas Monthly magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on All Things Considered.
Amy Hempel is the author of Sing to It, The Dog of the Marriage, Tumble Home, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Reasons to Live, and the coeditor of Unleashed. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, GQ, Tin House, The Harvard Review, The Quarterly, and have been widely anthologized, including Best American Short Stories and The Best Nonrequired Reading.
Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Remember Me Like This and the multi-award-winning collection Corpus Christi: Stories. He is the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer, and he wrote the documentary film, Waiting for Lightning. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. His many honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the world’s “richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story.”
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of two short story collections, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry and Thunderstruck; a memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination; and three novels, The Giant’s House, Niagara Falls All Over Again, and Bowlaway, which will be published in February 2019. A graduate of the Writers Workshop of the University of Iowa, she has been a finalist for the National Book Award and won the 2015 Story Prize, and has received grants, fellowships, and awards from The Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Academy in Berlin, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other places. She holds the James Michener Chair in Fiction and is Associate Director of the New Writers Project in the U.T. Department of English.