Aryn Kyle’s debut novel, The God of Animals, was an international bestseller. Aryn is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award and a National Magazine Award in fiction.

Greg Pierotti is a writer, performer and director. He co-wrote of the teleplay The Laramie Project. 14 years after its world premiere, The Laramie Project continues to be one of the most produced contemporary plays in the United States.

Asti Hustvedt is an independent scholar and the author of Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and the editor of The Decadent Reader: Fiction, Fantasy and Perversion from Fin-de-Siècle France.

Maud Casey is the author of three novels, including The Man Who Walked Away; and a short story collection, Drastic. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Salon, and A Public Space.

Evelyn Toynton writes novels, essays, and book reviews. Her novels include The Oriental Wife, Modern Art and Jackson Pollack. She has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Book Review, and the Times Literary Supplement, among other publications.