Jonathan Escoffery earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of Minnesota, where he was a DOVE Fellow, a 2014 Anderson Center Fellow, and the Fiction Editor at Dislocate. He has taught Creative Writing courses at the University of Minnesota, Roxbury Open Studios, and at GrubStreet in Boston where he is the Program and Advocacy Manager. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, an AWP Intro Award, and has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, The Best Emerging Poets of 2013, Salt Hill JournalThe Coffin Factory’s MFA CornerMiddle Gray Magazine, Radioactive Moat, and elsewhere.



Shubha Sunder's fiction has most recently appeared in 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. She received a 2016 Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers' conferences. She lives in Jamaica Plain and is at work on her first novel, set in her hometown of Bangalore, India. shubha.sunderatgmail.com.



Sarah Colwill-Brown’s work has appeared in Solstice Literary MagazineThe Conium ReviewPoetry & Audience, and other places. She has served on the editorial team for Post Road magazine and The Conium Review, and is currently Managing Editor at Pangyrus magazine. By day, she is Chief of Witty Banter at GrubStreet, the nation’s leading creative writing center. Hailing from Yorkshire, England, her goal in life is to introduce the word “sozzard” to the American vernacular


Stacy Mattingly is coauthor with Ashley Smith of the New York Times bestseller UNLIKELY ANGEL, an Atlanta hostage story released last fall as a feature film, CAPTIVE (Paramount Pictures). 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, Asymptote Journal (blog), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and elsewhere. She has taught at Boston University, GrubStreet, and for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Currently, Stacy is writer-in-residence at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and has recently completed a first novel, set in the present-day Balkans. 


Ani Gjika is an Albanian-American poet, literary translator, and author of Bread on Running Waters (Fenway Press, 2013), a finalist for the 2011 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. A native of Albania, Gjika moved to the U.S. at age 18 and earned an MA in English at Simmons College and an MFA in poetry at Boston University. Her other honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, the Banff Centre International Literary Translators Residency, the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize and a Pushcart nomination. Gjika's poetry appears in Seneca Review, Salamander, Plume, From the Fishouse and elsewhere. Her translations from the Albanian appear in World Literature Today, Ploughshares, AGNI Online, Catamaran Literary Reader, Two Lines Online, From the Fishouse and elsewhere.

Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, and now resides in the Boston area. He is the author of the chapbook In the Land of Tropical Martyrs, published by Backbone Press. Dariel earned his MFA in fiction at Boston University, where he was a Global Fellow. He’s one of the founding editors of Middle Gray Magazine and has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, and Boston University’s Metropolitan College. He is currently a fiction instructor at GrubStreet. Dariel’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and magazines, including Michigan Quarterly Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, The Florida Review, Southern Humanities Review, and The Caribbean Writer, where his work was awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize. His short story collection, A Kind of Solitude, was a finalist for the New American Press Fiction Prize. Dariel is currently finishing revisions on a novel about a Cuban political prisoner, titled The Playwright’s House.

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Tara Skurtu is a Boston-based poet, teacher, and translator currently living in Romania, where she is a Fulbright lecturer in creative writing. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and her recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Kenyon ReviewPoetry Review, Poetry Wales, Memorious, The Common, and Tahoma Literary Review. She has recently completed her first poetry manuscript, The Amoeba Game.