Andrea Gregory holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her fiction has appeared in The Sun and Consequence Magazine, with a story forthcoming in North Dakota Quarterly. She is a former journalist and world traveler, having spent time reporting from the Balkans after the wars. Her work from the Balkans has appeared in Transitions Online (TOL), Balkan Insight, The Christian Science Monitor, and other places. She holds a BS in journalism from Emerson College. Her journalism career ended when she came down with multiple sclerosis, but life has a way of calling writers back to their roots. She now lives in a New England lake-house apartment where love is the most important thing.
Houman Harouni was born in Iran, 1982. He is a lecturer at Harvard University, and his writings on education, philosophy, the arts, politics, and history of science have been published in The Guardian, Harvard Review of Education, American Reader, and the White Review, among other venues.
Dan Hunter is an award-winning playwright, songwriter, teacher and founding partner of Hunter Higgs, LLC, an advocacy and communications firm. Inventor of H-IQ, the first assessment of individual imagination and ideation, available on line at www.hunter-iq.com. H-IQ is being used in pilot programs in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, North Carolina and New York. He is co-author, with Dr. Rex Jung and Ranee Flores, of A New Measure of Imagination Ability: Anatomical Brain Imaging Correlates, published March 22, 2016 in The Frontiers of Psychology, an international peer-reviewed journal. He’s served as managing director of the Boston Playwrights Theatre at Boston University, published numerous plays with Baker’s Plays, and has performed his one-man show ABC, NPR, BBC and CNN. Formerly executive director of the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (MAASH) a statewide advocacy and education group, Hunter has 25 years’ experience in politics and arts advocacy. He served as Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (a cabinet appointment requiring Senate confirmation). His most recent book, Atrophy, Apathy & Ambition, offers a layman’s investigation into artificial intelligence and is currently under consideration by publishers.
Shahriar Mandanipour, one of the most accomplished writers of contemporary Iranian literature, has held fellowships at Brown University, Harvard University, Boston College, and at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. He taught Persian literature, cinema, and creative writing at Brown University and Tufts University. His honors include the Mehregan Award, the Golden Tablet Award, and Best Film Critique at the Press Festival in Tehran. He is the author of nine volumes of fiction, one nonfiction book, and more than 100 essays. His work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Two of Mandanipour’s novels have been translated into English, the widely celebrated Censoring an Iranian Love Story and Moon Brow.
Kai Maristed is a novelist, playwright, and translator living in Paris and the US. She studied political science and journalism at the University of Munich and holds a M.S. from MIT. Her books include Broken Ground, a novel of Berlin praised by John Coetzee, and the story collection Belong to Me, starred by Publishers Weekly. Stories and essays have been broadcast by Germany’s WDR, and appeared in the Kenyon Review, Zoetrope, The American Scholar, the Southwest Review, StoryQuarterly, Agni, The Michigan Quarterly, the Iowa Review, and Ploughshares.
Askold Melnyczuk's most recent novel is Smedley's Secret Guide to World Literature. Others include The House of Widows, Ambassador of the Dead, and What is Told. His essays, reviews, poetry, and translations appear in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Glimmer Train, The Antioch Review, The Harvard Review, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. He received a 3-year fiction fellowship from the Lila Wallace Foundation, as well as numerous NEA grants for his work as editor of AGNI magazine, which he founded in 1972. Melnyczuk received the Magid Award from PEN, and the George Garret Award from AWP for his "service to literature." Founder of Arrowsmith Press, he has edited six books, including three volumes in Graywolf's Take Three Poetry Series, an anthology of Ukrainian writing, a volume on the painter Gerry Bergstein, and essays on Father Daniel Berrigan. He translated Girls, a novella by Oksana Zabuzhko, as well as Eight Notes from a Blue Angel, poems by Marjana Savka. He is proud to revive his AGNI column here with Shadowboxing, Again.
Joyce Peseroff's fifth book of poems, Know Thyself, was designated a "must read" by the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award. Recent poems and reviews appear or are forthcoming in On the Seawall, Plume, Plume Anthology, and The Massachusetts Review. She directed UMass Boston's MFA Program in its first four years, and currently blogs on writing and literature at www.joycepeseroff.com
Thaila Ramanujam is a physician in private practice in California. Raised in a literary family as the daughter of a prominent Tamil author, she developed a passion for Immunology early on and moved to the University of Washington to pursue research. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, and her work have been published/ or won awards in Nimrod, Asian Cha, Glimmer Train, and Readers. Her translations have appeared in International Literary Magazines. She is a columnist for a Tamil literary magazine, Kalachuvadu with international readership and has an MFA from The Writing Seminars at Bennington College, Vermont.
Poet, photographer, professor and bandleader Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of The Maverick Room and Skin, Inc., He co-founded The Dark Room Collective and The Dark Room Reading Series in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has taught in various Universities and published, both poems and photographs, in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, Poetry, The Nation, and Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2010, 2015). In 2015, he co-founded Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a literary free Jazz band of artists, and was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in Poetry. His latest book of poems, The Corny Toys, was published by Arrowsmith Press in 2019.
Originally from Macon, Georgia, Tony Schwalm spent much of his adult life as an Army officer, serving as a tank company commander in the First Gulf War in 1991 and leading Green Berets during the Haiti invasion in 1994. Retiring from the Army in 2004, he works as a consultant to the Department of Defense and lectures to business students at the University of South Florida on the merits of improvisation as learned in the world of guerrilla warfare. In 2009, his essay, Trek, won first prize at the Mayborn Literary Non-fiction Conference at the University of North Texas and was the basis for the book The Guerrilla Factory: the Making of Special Force Officers, the Green Berets published by Simon and Schuster in 2012. He makes his home in Tampa, Florida.
George Scialabba is a Boston-area book critic referred to by James Wood as “one of America’s best all-around intellects.” He has authored five collections of essays, including Divided Mind (2006), The Modern Predicament (2011), and Low Dishonest Decades: Essays & Reviews, 1980-2015. Richard Rorty wrote that he is “one of many readers who stay on the lookout for George Scialabba’s bylines. His reviews and essays are models of moral inquiry.” His reviews can be found in many publications. Learn more at http://georgescialabba.net