Poet and fiction writer, Yvette Christiansë, was born in South Africa under apartheid and immigrated with her
parents to Australia at age 18. Herwork has been published internationally, and her poetry collection, Castaway, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN International Poetry Prize. Her acclaimed first novel, Unconfessed, is based on the life of a slave woman in the Cape Colony and was a finalist for the 2007 Hemingway/PEN International Prize for First Fiction.
Anya Ulinich grew up in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to the U.S. when she was seventeen. She holds an MFA in visual arts from the University of California, Davis. Her first novel, Petropolis, was published in 2007. It has been named among the Best Books of 2007 by the Village Voice and the Christian Science Monitor, and has since been translated into ten languages. After its publication, Anya received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Her graphic novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, was published in 2014. It has since been excerpted in the Best American Comics of 2015 anthology and shortlisted for the Brooklyn Eagles literary prize. Ulinich’s short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Zoetrope: All-Story, n+1, PEN America Journal, and The Forward. She teaches fiction writing at Barnard college, and has taught at the New School, NYU, and Gotham Writers' Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn with her two daughters.
Kate Zambreno is the author of two novels, O Fallen Angel (Chiasmus Press) and Green Girl (Harper Perennial). She is also the author of Heroines (Semiotext(e)'s Active Agents), and is at work on two books of prose, Drifts and Switzerland. She teaches in the creative writing programs at Barnard College, Columbia University, and Sarah Lawrence College.
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