Damian Dressick's fiction has appeared in Flashquake and The Aroostook Review and is scheduled to appear in McSweeney's Internet Tendency this spring and The Worchester Review in fall of 2007. He earned an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied with Lewis Nordan and Chuck Kinder. He is currently shopping his first novel, a coming-of-age story set during Pennsylvania's 1922 coal strike.

Andrei Guruianu had a full-length book of poems and short stories, Days When I Saw the Horizon Bleed, published in October 2006 by FootHills Publishing. Previously, he also had work published in the Paterson Literary Review, Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry project (Column #12), Dogmatika, The Unrorean, and Confluence, an anthology of New York writers. He is also the founding editor of The Broome Review, a literary and visual arts print journal, and a summer 2007 recipient of a month-long residency as a fiction writer at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Tania Hershman is a former science journalist originally from London and now living in Jerusalem, Israel. Her short stories have won several prizes, been broadcast on BBC Radio and published in online and print journals and anthologies. Tania's first short story collection, The White Road and Other Stories, will be published by Salt Publishing in 2008. This is her website.

Sarah Layden's work can be found in Artful Dodge, Contrary, 42opus, and Tipton Poetry Journal. She is an AWP Intro Award winner and is currently at work on a novel.

Lincoln Michel's work appears in journals such as The Mississippi Review, McSweeneys.net, Night Train, Pindeldyboz, Quick Fiction as well as Vestal Review's "Cream of the Flash" anthology.

Yannick Murphy's debut novel, The Sea of Trees, a New York Times notable book, and her most recently published novel, Here They Come (McSweeney's hardcover, 2006; Grove will publish in paper next month), received rave reviews from AM Homes, Frank McCourt, Lily Tuck as well as publications like PW, People, and Vanity Fair. Her upcoming novel, based on the life of Mata Hari, is due out from Little, Brown in November, and has already sold in multiple countries, including to Richard Beswick in the UK. Yannick's stories have recently been published in or are forthcoming from AGNI, Epoch and McSweeney's, and the title story of her collection, "In A Bear’s Eye," will be included in the O. Henry Prize Stories due out this Fall.

Charles D. Phillips is a public health professional who lives and teaches in College Station, Texas.   He has published widely in professional journals on gerontology, aging, and medicine.  His non-fiction essays have appeared in The Touchstone.  His flash fiction has appeared in flashquake and HeavyGlow and is forthcoming in Flashshot.

Ross White is the editor of Inch, the magazine of short poetry and microfiction, and the publisher of Bull City Press  His work has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Carolina Quarterly, and Southern Poetry Review, among others.  He  teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently pursuing an MFA from Warren Wilson College.  He lives in Durham, NC.

Katie Williams has been published in Indiana Review, Subtropics, Austin Chronicle, and has a story forthcoming from Prairie Schooner.