Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short-story collection News From Heaven and six critically acclaimed novels, including Mrs. Kimble, Baker Towers, The Condition, Faith and Heat and Light, named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and NPR. Her work has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction and has been published in eighteen languages. She is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and won a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her latest novel, Mercy Street, was published in February 2022.

Ruth Franklin’s book Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (2016) won numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2016, a Time magazine top nonfiction book of 2016, and a “best book of 2016” by The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and others. She is also the author of A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction (2011), which was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Writing. Her criticism and essays appear in many publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Review of Books, and Harper’s. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in biography, a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a Leon Levy Fellowship in biography, and the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism.

While studying medicine and cultural anthropology, Patrick Autréaux published poetry and reviews of contemporary art. In 2006, after practicing as an emergency-room psychiatrist, he decided to dedicate himself entirely to writing. The view of illness as an inner experience informs his first cycle of writing, ending with Se survivre (Verdier). He is the author of Dans la vallée des larmes (translated in English at UIT Books, 2019), Soigner, and Le Dedans des choses, all novels published by Gallimard. He also published in 2015 Les Irréguliers, a novel on illegal immigrant in France. He was nominated for the Prix Décembre and Prix Femina for his novel Quand la parole attend la nuit (Verdier, 2019). His latest book Pussyboy was released during the spring 2021.

Sandy Pool is a Canadian Writer, Scholar and Professor of Creative Writing. Her first collection, Exploding Into Night was nominated for Canada’s most prestigious poetry prize, the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.  Her second collection, Undark: An Oratorio was nominated for Ontario’s Trillium Book Award for Poetry, an Alberta Book Award, and a Toronto Arts Award. Her third book, a lyric memoir, has recently been awarded fellowships to Yaddo, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Canada’s most sought-after paid fellowship, the Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. Sandy is also a Recipient for the Foundation David R. Graham Grant 2022 supporting the Franco-Canadian cultural exchanges.

Rone Shavers is author of the experimental Afrofuturist novel Silverfish (Clash Books), a finalist for the 2021 CLMP Firecracker Award in fiction. He writes in multiple literary genres and his work has appeared in numerous journals, including Another Chicago Magazine, Big Other, Black Warrior Review, Identity Theory, PANK, and The Operating System. Shavers’ critical essays and essay-length reviews have appeared in such diverse publications as American Book Review, BOMB, Electronic Book Review, Fiction Writers Review, and The Quarterly Conversation. Shavers is also fiction and hybrid genre editor at Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora. He teaches courses in fiction and contemporary literature at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.

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