for January/February 2015

  • Tamar Adler is a New York Times Magazine columnist, a contributor to Vogue magazine, and the author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace. She is a former editor at Harper’s magazine, and a former cook at Chez Panisse.
  • Rae Armantrout’s most recent book is Just Saying (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). A new collection, Itself, is forthcoming from Wesleyan in February of 2015. Armantrout’s work appears in many anthologies, such as Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean, 2014) and Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (Norton, 2013). She lives in San Diego.
  • John Ashbery’s most recent collection of poems is Quick Question (2012). A two-volume set of his translations from the French (poetry and prose) was published last year.
  • Steven Boyd Saum edits Santa Clara Magazine and has written for the Kenyon Review, Salon, and other fine places. He once called Ukraine home; there he taught, directed the Fulbright program, hosted a radio show, and was arrested only once.
  • Jynne Dilling Martin served as the 2013 Antarctica Artist in Residence, and is the author of the poetry collection We Mammals in Hospitable Times.
  • Joanne Furio writes about place, culture, and design, but profiles are her specialty. Her features have appeared in San Francisco magazine, where she’s a contributing writer, Dwell, and the New York Times. Her essays have been published in the East Hampton Star and the Village Voice.
  • 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.
  • Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s essays and criticism have appeared in the Paris Review, Bookforum, Transition, and Rolling Stone. Her profile of Dave Chappelle for the Believer, “If He Hollers Let Him Go,” was a finalist for the 2014 National Magazine Award. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times magazine. And she lives in New York City.
  • Marc Katz teaches literature and humanities at Scripps College, in Claremont, California. He lives in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles.
  • Livia Manera Sambuy is an Italian literary journalist, filmmaker, and writer based in Paris. She writes for Corriere della Sera and is the author of two documentary films on Philip Roth. This essay is taken from a chapter of her book of personal portraits of writers, to be published in Italy by Feltrinelli in April.
  • Jane Marie is a producer at Epic magazine in Los Angeles. Her writing can be found at,, and at Matter magazine. More at
  • Jonathan Meiburg is the singer for the band Shearwater, whose new album, Jet Plane and Oxbow, will be released this spring on Sub Pop Records. He’s also writing a book about the caracaras, a group of strange South American birds of prey, for Knopf.
  • Dan Nadel is the author and curator, most recently, of What Nerve!: Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present, and the coauthor of Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream. He is a sales director at ARTBOOK | D.A.P.
  • Sara Roffino is the managing editor of the Brooklyn Rail.
  • Robert Schneider is the lead singer of The Apples in stereo, a record producer (Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control), and cofounder of the Elephant 6 collective of musicians and artists. He is currently pursuing a PhD in number theory at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and son.

    Benjamin Phelan is a writer and musician who lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Elina Shatkin is a journalist, writer, and occasional filmmaker. She was previously a senior editor at Los Angeles magazine, a restaurant critic for LA Weekly, and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in such publications as Bitch, Drink: Los Angeles and HiLobrow, and on the radio at KCRW and KPCC. She is writing an unauthorized biography of Jem and the Holograms.
  • Ross Simonini is an artist, writer, and musician living in New York. He is the interviews editor of the Believer and the executive producer of KCRW's the Organist. His website is
  • Lisa Wells is a poet and essayist from Portland, Oregon. She’s the author of The West Behind Us and Yeah. No. Totally. For more information on a current project of Finisia and the rewilders, visit their campaign page.