TEJU COLE is a writer, art historian, street photographer, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. Born in the US (1975) to Nigerian parents, he was raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, and a novel, Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, and the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. He is a contributor to the New York Times, the New Yorker, Qarrtsiluni, the Atlantic, Granta, Aperture, Transition, A Public Space, etc. Contributing editor at the New Inquiry. Currently at work on a book-length non-fiction narrative of Lagos.
FIONA MAAZEL is the author of the novels Last Last Chance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008; Picador Paperback, 2009) and Woke Up Lonely (Graywolf, 2013). She is winner of the Bard Prize for Fiction and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35″ honoree, which feels less potent now that she is 38. Her work has appeared in Anthem, Bomb, Book Forum, Boston Book Review, The Common, Conjunctions, Fence, Glamour, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Millions, Mississippi Review, N+1, The National Post, The New York Times, The NY Times Sunday Book Review, Salon, Selected Shorts, This American Life, Tin House, The Village Voice, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Brooklyn College, New York University, Columbia, and Princeton, and was appointed the Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany, for the spring of 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
ARYN KLYE‘s debut novel The God of Animals (Scribner 2007) was an international bestseller and the winner of an American Library Association’s Alex Award, a PNBA Award, an MPIBA Award and others. The God of Animals was chosen as a Book Sense Pick, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title, and was named by Amazon as the Number One Fiction Debut of 2007. Her short story collection Boys and Girls Like You and Me was published by Scribner in April 2010. Aryn’s short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly; Ploughshares; Best American Short Stories, 2007; Best American New Voices 2005; and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award and a National Magazine Award in fiction. She lives in New York City.
JESSICA SOFFER earned her MFA at Hunter College. Her work has appeared inGranta, The New York Times, and Vogue, among other publications. She teaches fiction at Connecticut College and lives in New York City