Steven Heighton’s stories, poems, and criticism have appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Tin House, Agni, Best American Poetry, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. His novel Afterlands (Houghton Mifflin) was a best-of-year selection in media outlets in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Tom Paine’s story collection Scar Vegas (Harcourt) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Playboy, and the Oxford American, as well as in the anthologies The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize.
Emily Ruskovich grew up in Northern Idaho. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of a 2015 O. Henry Prize, she teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado in Denver. Her first novel, Idaho, is forthcoming from Random House in 2016.
Alan Sillitoe (1928–2010) was one of the most important British writers of the postwar era. His career spanned four decades and included novels, stories, poems, criticism, plays, children’s books, translations, and memoirs, notably among them the novels Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Storyteller.
John Baldessari is a seminal American conceptual artist. He was awarded a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2009 Venice Biennale, and was the recipient of the Kaiser Ring in 2012.