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Jeff VanderMeer’s New York Times bestselling Southern Reach trilogy has been translated into over 35 languages. The first novel, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award, was made into a movie by Paramount. Recent works include Borne, a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, The Strange Bird, and the just-released Dead Astronauts. These novels, set in the Borne universe, have been optioned for TV and continue to explore themes related to the environment, animals, and our future. Called “the weird Thoreau” by The New Yorker, VanderMeer frequently speaks about issues related to climate change and storytelling, including at DePaul, MIT, and the Guggenheim. He was a 2019 National Book Award judge for fiction and lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife Ann, cat Neo, and a yard full of native plants.

Jeff VanderMeer

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Doug Bock Clark is a GQ Correspondent and contributor to the website of The New Yorker. His first book, The Last Whalers, was called a "feat of journalism" by The New York Times. His writing has appeared in numerous national publications including: The New York Times, Rolling Stone, WIRED, Esquire, Mother Jones, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and The New York Times Book Review. His many journalism honors include the 2017 Reporting Award and being a finalist for the Mirror Award and an Excellence-in-Features Award from the Society for Features Journalists. He was also the first person to kayak the middle section of Myanmar's Irrawaddy River. 

Doug Bock Clark


Abigail DeWitt’s latest novel is News of Our Loved Ones (HarperCollins). Narrated by three generations of French women, the novel explores one family’s losses and discoveries in the aftermath of the June 6, 1944 D-Day bombings. Named an Editor’s Choice by BookBrowse and the Historical Novel Society, The Washington Book Review described it as “absolutely mesmerizing” and Ms. called it “literary gold.” Abigail’s short fiction has appeared in Narrative, Five Points, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Witness, The Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. The recipient of grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Michener Society, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, and the McColl Center for the Arts, she has been listed in Best American Short Stories and nominated for a Pushcart. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop and currently teaches creative writing to women veterans at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville, NC. 

Abigail DeWitt


Nickole Brown received her MFA from the Vermont College, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She worked at Sarabande Books for ten years. She’s the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued in 2018. Her second book, Fanny Says (BOA Editions), won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. The audiobook of that collection became available in 2017. Currently, she is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program and the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, NC, where she periodically volunteers at three different animal sanctuaries. A chapbook of called To Those Who Were Our First Gods won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and a long sequence called The Donkey Elegies will be published as a chapbook by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020. 


Nickole Brown


Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going, published by Four Way Books in March 2019. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance, a biography-in-poems of Georgia O'Keeffe, won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications including Orion, New England Review, Guernica, and The Missouri Review. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, and professor—teaching for Hendrix College, UNC-Wilmington’s MFA program, and Writing Workshops in Greece, among other programs—and now serves as Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, and is at work on parallel collections of essays and poems exploring spirituality, Torah, and Midrash.

Jessica Jacobs


Cassandra Kircher's essay collection, Far Flung: Improvisations on National Parks, Driving to Russia, Not Marrying a Ranger, the Language of Heartbreak, and Other Natural Disasters, was released May 2019 by West Virginia University Press. She is the winner of Flyway’s Notes in the Field Contest, and her work has been short-listed in Best American Essays and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Individual essays have appeared in North Dakota QuarterlySouth Dakota ReviewCold Mountain ReviewApalachee ReviewPermanent Vacation: Twenty Writers at Work and Life in our National Parks, and others. A ranger in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park for seven seasons during her twenties, she teaches at Elon University. 

Cassie Kircher



Kevin Boyle’s book, Astir, (Jacar Press) was a finalist for the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Prize (judge, Barbara Hamby).  His first collection, A Home for Wayward Girls, won the New Issues Poetry Prize, judged by Rodney Jones, and his chapbook, The Lullaby of History, was selected by David Rivard for the Campbell Award. His poems have appeared widely in journals, including The Greensboro Review, Hollins Critic, North American Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner and Virginia Quarterly Review. Kevin grew up in Philadelphia and now teaches writing and literature at Elon University in North Carolina.

Kevin Boyle

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