for February 2014

  • Michael Barron is an associate editor at New Directions and a graduate of the Evergreen State College.
  • Alvin Buenaventura occasionally publishes comics and other things through Pigeon Press.
  • Meehan Crist is writer-in-residence in biological sciences at Columbia University. Previously, she was reviews editor at the Believer, and her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Lapham’s Quarterly, the New Republic, and Scientific American.
  • Colin Dickey is the author of Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith and Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius.
  • 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.
  • Leslie Jamison is a novelist and essayist living in Brooklyn. “The Empathy Exams” is the title essay of her second book, a collection that won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and will be published by Graywolf this April.
  • Nathan Jandl is writing a dissertation at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, about twentieth-century American literature and environmentalism. He also takes photographs and writes nonfiction; some of the latter can be found in Midwestern Gothic.
  • 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.
  • Tyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre, which won the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013). She is a PhD candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
  • Michael Schulman contributes frequently to the New Yorker, where he covers theater and other subjects for the Talk of the Town.
  • John Semley lives and works in Toronto. He has interviewed Slash, Slavoj Žižek, and the inventor of a libido-boosting breakfast cereal, among others.
  • Drew Smith lives in Austin. Another of his interviews was anthologized in Always Apprentices: The Believer Magazine Presents Twenty-Two Conversations between Writers.
  • Mark Sussman has written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, Capital New York, and Jewcy, among other publications. He teaches writing and American literature at Hunter College.
  • Lawrence Weschler’s more than fifteen books—running from political tragedies through cultural comedies—include Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees (on artist Robert Irwin); Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder (on the Museum of Jurassic Technology); Vermeer in Bosnia; Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences; and, most recently, Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative.
  • Colin Winnette is the author of three books of fiction: Revelation, Animal Collection, and Fondly. He lives in San Francisco but can be found online at