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.

Margaret Ronda is the author of two poetry collections, For Hunger (Saturnalia Books, 2018) and Personification (2010), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Gulf Coast, Agni, VOLT, West Branch, and Columbia Poetry Journal. She is also the author of a critical study on postwar poetry and global ecological crisis, Remainders: American Poetry at Nature’s End (Stanford University Press, Post*45 Series, 2018). Her public humanities writing has appeared in forums including Los Angeles Review of Books and Public Books. She teaches American poetry and environmental literature and theory at the University of California-Davis.

Kathleen Winter is the author of three poetry collections, including Transformer, a finalist for the 2021 Northern California Book Award. Her second book, I will not kick my friends, won the Elixir Prize, and Nostalgia for the Criminal Past won the Antivenom Prize. Winter’s poems and short fiction have appeared in The New Statesman, The New Republic, Poetry London, Cincinnati Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Yale Review, and Five Points.  Her awards include the Poetry Society of America, The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award and the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Prize. A former lawyer, Winter teaches creative writing at Sonoma State University in California.

Geri Doran is the author of two poetry collections, Sanderlings and Resein, which won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Oregon.

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