Jonathan Escoffery is the winner of the 2016 Waasnode Fiction Prize, a 2017 Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship, the 2017 Ivan Gold Fellowship from The Writers' Room of Boston, and a 2017 Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship. He earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of Minnesota where he was a DOVE Fellow, an Anderson Center Fellow, and the Fiction Editor at Dislocate. He is currently a Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House artist retreat in Western MA. He has taught Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota, UMass Boston, the Red Wing Youth Correctional Facility, Roxbury Open Studios, and at GrubStreet. Jonathan's writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Prairie Schooner, The Caribbean Writer, Passages North, Salt Hill Journal, Solstice, Pangyrus, and elsewhere.


Shubha Sunder was a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in numerous journals, among them Crazyhorse, where it won the 2015 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize; Narrative Magazine, where it was a winner of "30 Below," Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Bangalore Review. Two of her stories were named notables in the Best American Short Stories 2015 anthology. She lives in Boston, MA, where she is an instructor at GrubStreet and Associate Fiction Editor at West Branch. She recently completed a novel set in her hometown of Bangalore, India..



Sarah Colwill-Brown is the Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House, Fiction Editor at Pangyrus magazine, and Blog editor at GrubStreet, the nation’s leading creative writing center, where she also teaches the novel. Her work has appeared in SolsticeThe Conium ReviewPoetry & Audience, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a work-study scholarship for the 2017 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Find out more at Sarahcolwillbrown.com.


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Stacy Mattingly is coauthor with Ashley Smith of the New York Times bestseller UNLIKELY ANGEL, an Atlanta hostage story released a feature film, CAPTIVE. Stacy holds an MFA from Boston University, where she was a Marcia Trimble Fellow, a Leslie Epstein Global Fellow, and recipient of the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award. She is the founder of the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, a group of poets and prose writers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her work has appeared in Oxford American, EuropeNow Journal, Asymptote Journal (blog), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and elsewhere. She has taught at Boston University, GrubStreet, and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Stacy has recently completed a first novel, set in the present-day Balkans. 


Ani Gjika is an Albanian-born poet, literary translator, and author of Bread on Running Waters (Fenway Press, 2013). Gjika has been a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, Framingham State University’s Myriam Levine Reader Award, and the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize among others. Gjika's poems and translations have appeared in Seneca Review, Salamander, Plume, From the Fishouse, World Literature Today, Ploughshares, AGNI Online, and elsewhere. Her translation of Luljeta Lleshanaku’s book, Negative Space, is forthcoming from New Directions in the US and Bloodaxe Books in the UK in 2018. 

Dariel Suarez is a Cuban-born writer who immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997. He earned his MFA in fiction at Boston University, where he was a Global Fellow, and has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, and is now the Head of Faculty and Curriculum at GrubStreet. Dariel’s writing has received honors or awards from The Caribbean WriterGlimmer Train, and Nimrod International’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. His prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly ReviewPrairie SchoonerThe Massachusetts ReviewNorth American ReviewThird CoastSouthern Humanities Review, and The Florida Review. Dariel’s story collection, A KIND OF SOLITUDE, was a finalist for the New American Press Fiction Prize and the Autumn House Press Fiction Contest, and his first novel, THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, set in his native Cuba, is currently on submission along with the collection..

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Tara Skurtu, born in Key West, Florida, is a two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. She is the author of the chapbook Skurtu, Romania (Eyewear, 2016) and the full collection The Amoeba Game (Eyewear, 2017). She lives and teaches in Bucharest.