Lucy Alibar is a playwright and storyteller from the Florida panhandle. With director Benh Zeitlin, she co-wrote the screenplay for the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, adapted from her play Juicy and Delicious. Lucy’s plays have been performed in New York City, where she lives and works; toured internationally; and been banned from several Southern high schools.
Jim Gavin is the author of the collection Middle Men (Simon & Schuster, 2013). His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Esquire, Slice, the Mississippi Review, and ZYZZYVA. He lives in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books, most recently Thunderstruck and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 Story Prize. She teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.
David Means is the author of four story collections, including The Spot, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Assorted Fire Events, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was recently reissued in a new edition by Faber. He is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Abbas Kiarostami is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, photographer, and poet. His most recent film is Like Someone in Love, which debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He lives in Tehran, Iran.