for May 2014

  • Alvin Buenaventura occasionally publishes comics and other things through Pigeon Press.
  • Colette DeDonato believes in the desire to know and is currently working on a collection of nonfiction essays, a chronicle of further adventures in cognition. She lives near the wonder room of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, California.
  • Hannah Gamble is working on her second book of poems. She lives in Chicago, where she is helping to develop an arts-based learning workshop at the Museum of Science and Industry for a team of innovators seeking to address the city’s problem of urban nutrition.
  • Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.
  • Sheila Heti is interviews editor of the Believer.
  • 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.
  • Lucas Kavner is a writer and performer from Brooklyn. He cofounded the interview project The Days of Yore and was a culture reporter for the Huffington Post. He recently appeared in the world premiere of Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, and his new play, Carnival Kids, will be produced in New York this June.
  • 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.
  • Anne Helen Petersen received her PhD from the University of Texas, where she studied the history of the gossip industry. Her first book, Scandals of Classic Hollywood, is forthcoming from Plume/Penguin Books in September 2014.
  • Lauren Quinn is a writer, kindergarten teacher, and contributing editor for Vela. She is currently at work on a novel set in Cambodia. She will always be an Oakland girl at heart.
  • Vladic Ravich covered the rural beat in the former Soviet Union for EurasiaNet and other publications. His latest project is Pingo, a start-up for artists and fans. He lives in Queens, New York.
  • David Rice is editing his first novel and has stories in Black Clock, Identity Theory, the Last Magazine, Spork, and Pithead Chapel. His web fiction series A Room in Dodge City and graphic novel Lazy Eye Stories are at
  • Zachary Schomburg is the author of four books of poems, most recently The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean, 2014). He coedits Octopus Books and co-curates the Bad Blood Reading Series. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
  • Abigail Sindzinski lives in New York and, intermittently, California. She has worked as an editor for HBO, and holds degrees from Brown and the University of Virginia. Her interests include jazz, maps, and gardens.