for November/December 2011

  • David Balzer is the author of Contrivances, a short-fiction collection forthcoming from Joyland/ECW Press. His writing on art and film has appeared in the Globe and Mail,, ARTnews, and the Walrus. He lives in Toronto.
  • Nell Boeschenstein is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared on the Morning News, the Rumpus, the Millions, This Recording, and in the anthology The Rumpus Women, Vol. 1.
  • Alvin Buenaventura publishes comics and books with Pigeon Press. He is also the editor for the forthcoming monograph The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist to be released in the Spring of 2012.
  • Chinnie Ding teaches at NYU Gallatin, and is completing a PhD in English at Harvard.
  • Ansel Elkins won the “Discovery”/Boston Review 2011 Poetry Contest. His poems have appeared in the American Scholar, Boston Review, Mississippi Review, and the Southern Review.
  • Rebecca Giordano is a Hoosier living and working in San Francisco. She is coeditor of the forthcoming architecture zine Smarchitecture Digress.
  • Jonathan Greenhause’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Cream City Review, Nimrod, Reed, the South Carolina Review, and Water~Stone Review. His first chapbook, Sebastian’s Relativity, is being released this autumn through Chicago’s Anobium Books.
  • Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines. She splits her time between Iowa City and Corpus Christi. Visit her website at
  • Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.
  • Nick Hornby lives in North London.
  • Greil Marcus is the author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, and The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice, and other books. His column, Real Life Rock Top Ten, runs monthly in the Believer.
  • Derek McCormack is the author of several novels, including The Show That Smells (Little House on the Bowery/Akashic) and The Haunted Hillbilly (Soft Skull Press). He lives in Toronto.
  • Jack Pendarvis has written three books.
  • Ross Simonini is interviews editor for the Believer, a founder of NewVillager, and a visual artist who blogs at
  • Fritz Swanson’s work has appeared in such places as McSweeney’s, the Christian Science Monitor, Esopus, and the Mid-American Review. He lives in Manchester, Michigan, with his wife, Sara, and their children, Abigail and Oscar. Visit him at