for July/August 2013

  • Kirsten Andersen’s poems have appeared in Tin House, Alaska Quarterly Review, Court Green, and elsewhere. A recent finalist for the National Poetry Series, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Alvin Buenaventura occasionally publishes comics and other things through Pigeon Press.
  • Jon DeRosa is a singer and musician living in Brooklyn. His latest album, A Wolf in Preachers Clothes, is available on Mother West (U.S.)/Rocket Girl Records (U.K.). He can also be found making spacey sounds under the name Aarktica.
  • Claudia Dey has written plays and the novel Stunt. She also makes dresses under the label Horses Atelier.
  • Chris Estey is a Seattle writer and a publicist known as Big Freak. His essay on Phil Ochs appeared in Da Capo Press’s Best Music Writing 2010; he has done comics about the Clash with David Lasky for Fantagraphics; and his PR clients have included the Black Angels, Betty Davis, and the Listen, Whitey! album.
  • Tavi Gevinson is a writer and the founding editor in chief of Rookie, a website for teenage girls putting out its second print edition in October with Drawn & Quarterly.
  • Henry Giardina is a writer living in New York. His work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and Film Comment. He is working on a first novel.
  • 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.
  • Casey Jarman is a former Believer intern from Portland, Oregon. For six years he was the music editor at Willamette Week, where he also covered the Portland Trail Blazers and the city’s pinball gangs. He now freelances, works for an internet start-up, and helps run Party Damage Records.
  • Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer living in California and the Caribbean.
  • 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.
  • Erik Morse is the author of Dreamweapon: Spacemen 3 and the Birth of Spiritualized (2005) and, with Tav Falco, Bluff City Underground: A Roman Noir of the Deep South (2011). He currently lives in Los Angeles.
  • Nicole Pasulka is from just outside Chicago, lives in Brooklyn, and drove across the United States two and a half times last year.
  • Ian S. Port is the music editor of San Francisco Weekly. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone and the Village Voice.
  • Tony Scherman has written many dozens of articles since the 1980s, at first largely about music, but recently branching out all across American culture. His two books are Backbeat: Earl Palmer’s Story (1999) and Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol (2009), with David Dalton. Scherman lives in a small Hudson River town just south of the river’s widest point.
  • Martin Seay’s writing has appeared in MAKE, Joyland, Gargoyle, and the Gettysburg Review. He lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney, and maintains the weblog New Strategies for Invisibility.
  • Andrew Simmons is a writer, teacher, musician, and athlete living in Los Angeles. He has written for Gastronomica, the New York Times, and Slate.