Gary Fincke, Ph.D., Kent State University, is the Writers Workshop coordinator and director of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University. Winner of the 2003 Flannery O’Connor Prize for his short story collection, Sorry I Worried You, he is a two-time winner of a Pushcart Prize. Amp'd: A Father's Backstage Pass, his nonfiction account of his son's life as a signed rock musician, was published in 2004. A winner of the Bess Hopkins Prize from Poetry magazine, he has appeared in Harper's, The Paris Review, DoubleTake, American Scholar, Newsday, and USA Today.
Tom Bailey, Ph.D., SUNY at Binghamton; M.F.A., the Iowa Writers’ Workshops, teaches fiction writing at Susquehanna University. Winner of a Pushcart Prize for fiction, his first collection of short stories, Crow Man, was released in 2003; his novel, The Grace that Keeps this World, was published by Random House, which also published his second novel, Cotton Song, in 2006.
Silas Dent Zobal, Ph.D., Binghamton University, has published stories in journals and magazines such as the Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, Wisconsin Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, New Orleans Review, and Shenandoah. He has been anthologized in Peculiar Pilgrims: Stories from the Left Hand of God and is the recipient of a fiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph. D., Binghamton University, teaches short fiction. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Portland Review, Paterson Literary Review and Harvard Review. Current projects include Dina, a novel, and Polyester, a creative non-fiction book about through-hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Glen Retief, Ph.D., Florida State University; M.F.A., University of Miami, as well as degrees from his native South Africa. His essays and short stories have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Greensboro Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and Fugue. His memoir, The Jack Bank, a collection of personal essays about art, literature, politics, apartheid and sexuality was published by St. Martin's Press in 2011.
Karla Kelsey, Ph.D., University of Denver; M.F.A., University of Iowa. Her book of poetry, Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary, won the 2005 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and was published by Ahsahta Press which published her second collection, Iteration Nets, in 2010. Also the author of the chapbook Little Dividing Doors in the Mind (Noemi Press 2005), her latest work has been in Fence, The New Review of Literature and Crazy Horse.