An Exciting New Chapter Begins
Victoria Lancelotta is the author of Here in the World: 13 Stories, and the novels Far and Coeurs Blesses. Her short fiction has been included in anthologies including The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Individual Artist Fellowship, multiple Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grants, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Born and raised in Baltimore, she now lives in Frederick MD. Find her online here.
Marie Myung-Ok LeeMarie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of the 2022 novel The Evening Hero, which was a Good Morning America Book Club Buzz pick. Her journalism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Paris Review and many others. She is a founder and former board president of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and teaches fiction at Columbia, where she is the Writer in Residence. Her young adult novel, Finding My Voice, is considered the first contemporary set Asian American novel; her novel Hurt You, a contemporary non-neurotypical retelling of Of Mice and Men was just published in May 2023 and declared “a modern classic” by The Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books.
Ben Purkert is the author of the novel The Men Can’t Be Saved and the poetry collection For the Love of Endings. His work appears in The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Slate, Kenyon Review, and he’s been featured by NPR, The Boston Globe, Esquire, and elsewhere. The founding editor of Guernica’s Back Draft interview series, he teaches at the Sarah Lawrence MFA program.
Jenny XieJenny Xie is the author of Holding Pattern, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. Her short fiction has appeared in AGNI, Joyland, Narrative, and The Offing, among other publications. Her writing on design and culture has been featured in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Architectural Digest, and Dwell, where she was previously the Executive Editor. Jenny holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, and is the grateful recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell, Yaddo, and other organizations.
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