for February 2013

  • Michael Atkinson is the author of seven books, most recently the novels Hemingway Deadlights and Hemingway Cutthroat, from St. Martin’s Press. He writes about movies for the Village Voice, Sight & Sound, Sundance Now, In These Times, and Moving Image Source.
  • Samuel Carlisle is a writer living in New York.
  • George David Clark’s poems appear widely, most recently in Cream City Review, the Missouri Review, and Pleiades. He is the editor of 32 Poems and is a Lilly Fellow, teaching in the honors college at Valparaiso University.
  • Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.
  • Kristopher Jansma is a writer and teacher living in New York City. His debut novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, will be published by Viking Press in March.
  • Catherine Lacey has published work in 52 Stories, Diagram, and Brooklyn Magazine, and will appear in McSweeney’s Quarterly 43. She is a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in fiction and a founding co-owner of 3B Brooklyn.
  • 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.
  • Tim McGirk, a former Time magazine bureau chief in South Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, has written frequently on Tibet. He researched this story during a Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion at the University of Southern California. He is currently writing a novel and helping to run the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley.
  • Michael Peck’s writing has appeared in Juked, Los Angeles Review of Books, Identity Theory, and elsewhere. He is an occasional book critic for the Missoula Independent, and lives in Portland, Oregon.
  • Jack Pendarvis has written three books.
  • Zack Ruskin is a writer and editor living in San Francisco.
  • Amber Scorah is from Vancouver, Canada. She spent six years in Taipei and Shanghai. She was creator and host of the popular weekly podcast Dear Amber: The Insider’s Guide to Everything China, about life as a foreigner in mainland China. Amber now lives and writes in New York City, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
  • Suzanne Snider’s work has appeared in several magazines and artists’ catalogs. She is the founder/director of Oral History Summer School, and is writing a book about rival communes in Middle America.
  • Matthew Specktor is the author of American Dream Machine, forthcoming from Tin House. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
  • Jill Stauffer is assistant professor of philosophy and director of the concentration in peace, justice, and human rights at Haverford College. She is currently working on a book called Ethical Loneliness, about the difficulties and possibilities of political reconciliation.
  • Zoe Whittall is the author of the novels Holding Still for as Long as Possible (House of Anansi) and Bottle Rocket Hearts (Cormorant). Her third and latest poetry collection is Precordial Thump. Her writing has appeared in the Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and other publications.
  • Steven Yeun is an actor, writer, and improviser. Currently he can be seen on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Formerly, he was seen as first violin, last chair in the Troy High School Concert Orchestra. He quit.