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.
Andrea Gregory holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her fiction has appeared in The Sun and Consequence Magazine. She is a former journalist and world traveler, with a BS in journalism from Emerson College, who spent time reporting from the balkans after the wars. 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.
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, Readers, Spoken Word series. 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.
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