Tara Isabella Burton

Tara Isabella Burton's essays and travel writing can be found at National Geographic Traveler, Al Jazeera America, The BBC, The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, The New Statesman, Tin House Open Bar, The American Reader, Outside, and more. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Arc, Shimmer, PANK, and more. She is the winner of The Spectator's 2012 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. She has recently completed her first novel.

Kaitlyn Greenidge

Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel We Love You Charlie Freeman is forthcoming from Algonquin Press. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Green Mountains Review, Apogee Journal, At Length Magazine, Guernica, American Short Fiction, The Feminist Wire and elsewhere. Her interview with Victor LaValle was included in the anthology Always Apprentices: The Believer Magazine Presents. She has received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference (2010-2012) and was a 2013-24 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Work Space fellow as well as Johnson State College's 2011 Visiting Emerging Writer. She received her MFA from Hunter College where she was a 2009 Hertog Fellow. She hosts a podcast on writing and writers, The Workshop, with the novelist Bill Chang.  

Vanessa Martir

Vanessa Mártir's essays have appeared in the anthology Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, Portland Review, La Repuesta Magazine, xojane and Huffington Post, among others. She is currently completing her first memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings, and chronicles the journey in her blog vanessamartir.wordpress.com, which was recently Fresh Pressed.

Sharon Mesmer

Sharon Mesmer's fiction collections are In Ordinary Time and The Empty Quarter (Hanging Loose) and Ma Vie à Yonago (Hachette, in French translation).  An excerpt of her story, "Revenge," appears in I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues); the full version was published in the Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose). Her poetry collections are The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose) and Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books).  Other collections include Vertigo Seeks Affinities (Belladonna), Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press) and Crossing Second Avenue (ABJ Press, Tokyo). Four poems appear in the newly-released Postmodern American Poetry—A Norton Anthology (second edition).  Her work has also appeared in Poetry, The Wall Street Journal, New American Writing and Women's Studies Quarterly, among other print and online journals. Her awards include two NYFA fellowships, a Fulbright Specialist grant, a 2009 Jerome Foundation/SASE mentoring award, and a MacArthur Scholarship given through the Brooklyn College MFA poetry program by nomination of Allen Ginsberg.  She teaches at NYU, the New School, and online for the Chicago School of Poetics.  

Dolan Morgan

Dolan Morgan is the author of That's When the Knives Come Down (Aforementioned Productions, 2014) and an editor at The Atlas Review. His work has appeared in The Believer, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, Pank, The Lifted Brow and elsewhere. www.dolanmorgan.com.

James Saslow

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James M. Saslow is a professor of art history, theater, and Renaissance studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, as well as an author and a former arts journalist, including many years as New York editor of The Advocate, America’s national gay and lesbian newsmagazine (1978-85).  He has also taught at Columbia University, Vassar College, and Smith College.  In addition, he has appeared on radio and in television documentaries featuring the Medici family, the 1970s gay movement, and Michelangelo’s homoerotic art and poetry, in the US and UK.  He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, with the first dissertation to deal frankly with homosexuality in art; published in 1986, Ganymede in the Renaissance helped open art history to consideration of homosexuality and gender in the early modern period.  His survey book Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts (Penguin, 1999), received two awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation; an earlier book on art and performance, The Medici Wedding of 1589, received the Phyllis Gordan Prize from the Renaissance Society of America as the best book of 1996.  A founding member of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the CUNY Graduate Center in 1987-91, and two-term national co-chair of the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association (2000-04), he has been writing and lecturing about both historical and contemporary arts addressed to homosexual and lesbian experience for over thirty years -- particularly about Michelangelo, whose poetry he translated (The Poetry of Michelangelo: An Annotated Translation, Yale 1991).  He is a trustee of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in SoHo, where he organizes exhibitions and educational programs.  He received the Monette-Horwitz Foundation Award for lifetime contributions to gay culture in 2003.

Helen Wan

Helen Wan is the author of the novel THE PARTNER TRACK (Macmillan), about a woman of color competing for partnership at an "old-boy" law firm, and how sex, race, class, and outsider status impact the lives of talented people on the corporate ladder.  Helen has written for The Washington Post, CNN, The Daily Beast, and other publications. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was a lawyer for many years.  Helen is also a new mom and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on her second novel.  Her author website is:www.helenwan.com. Please follow her on Twitter @helenwan1 and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHelenWan.