for February 2012

  • Katie Bachner lives in New York and works at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery. She is also a freelance writer and curator of ecologically innovative projects.
  • Daniel Levin Becker is reviews editor of the Believer. "La Bibliotheque Impossible" is adapted from Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature, which will be published in April by Harvard University Press.
  • Natasha Boas is the curator at the MOCFA in San Francisco and contributed "Partial and Incomplete Oral History of the Mission School" to the forthcoming Barry McGee catalogue for the Berkeley Art Museum.
  • Aaron Bobrow-Strain's White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf will be published in March 2012 by Beacon Press. When not baking in Mexico, he teaches politics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
  • 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.
  • Michael Casper has recently contributed to the Oxford American and the White Review.
  • Nicolle Elizabeth is a fiction writer, bike mechanic, and critic. She is a contributor to the National Book Critic's Circle blog, and many other fine places. Archives of her work can be read at
  • Josh Fischel has written for the Bygone Bureau, Bean Soup, and the Nashua Telegraph. You can find his work at
  • Elizabeth Greenwood is a writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in the online editions of the Atlantic Monthly and the New Yorker. She teaches essay writing at Columbia University. Visit her at
  • Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.
  • Nick Hornby is the author of six novels, the most recent of which is Juliet, Naked, and a memoir, Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award for music criticism, and editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. His screenplay for An Education was nominated for an Academy Award. He 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.
  • Michael Peck is a Missoula-based writer. His fiction and essays have appeared in Juked, Eclectica, Crime Factory, The 2nd Hand, and elsewhere, and he is also a sometime book critic for the Missoula Independent.
  • Jack Pendarvis has written three books.
  • Michael Thomsen is a writer in New York. His work has appeared in Slate, the New Inquiry, the Daily Beast, BookForum, and elsewhere.
  • Jeannie Vanasco wrote about erasure literature for last month's issue. A batch of her prose poems, one of which concerns a diabolical birdhouse and taxidermy, appear in the current issue of Coffin Factory.
  • Weird Al Yankovic is a three-time Grammy winner and a sixth-grade spelling-bee winner. His first children's book, When I Grow Up, was published in 2010 by HarperCollins.
  • Matthew Zapruder is the author most recently of Come on All You Ghosts. He lives in San Francisco.