Neil Bennun is the author of The Broken String (Penguin 2005), shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. He recently completed a book on the rituals of assault sorcery, commissioned by Broadway/Random House. He also writes texts for the theatre and both writes and devises narrative for computer games; Nightmare High, a game teaching resilience to children at times of transition, won the BAFTA for Best Children’s Game last year. His work in games has been awarded several times by BAFTA. He is a graduate of the University of London and LAMDA.
Penny Boxall was born in 1987 in Surrey and grew up in rural Scotland and Yorkshire. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA with distinction in Creative Writing (Poetry). Her poetry has appeared in The Salt Book of Younger Poets, Mslexia, The Rialto, Tate Etc. and Lung Jazz. She has been shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award. Formerly the Literature intern at The Wordsworth Trust, she now works at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing in 2014
Lydia Davis is the author, most recently, of The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (Hamish Hamilton, 2010), a chapbook entitled The Cows (Sarabande Press, 2010), and a new translation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (Viking Penguin, 2011). She is currently working on translations from the Dutch of very short stories by A.L. Snijders, and a new collection of her stories, Can’t and Won’t, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2014.
Jane Draycott’s most recent collection Over (OxfordPoets) was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2009. Her translation of the 14th-century Pearl (OxfordPoets, 2011) was a PBS Recommendation and a Times Stephen Spender Prize-winner.
William Kittredge was born in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of two collections of short fiction, a novel, a memoir and three collections of essays. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, The Washington Post and The New York Times. His collection of essays Owning It All and his memoir Hole in the Sky established him as a prominent voice of the American West. He is the editor of The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology, and is Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Montana.
Caleb Klaces was born in Birmingham, UK in 1983. He is the author of the chapbook All Safe All Well (Flarestack Poets, 2011), the winner of a 2012 Eric Gregory Award, and a Granta New Poet. His debut full collection, Bottled Air, won the Melita Hume Poetry Prize in 2012, and is out now from Eyewear.
Sara Miller’s poems have been published in Poetry, The Yale Review, First Things, and elsewhere. She is currently a poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Jim Shepard was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is the author of six novels and four short story collections. His work has appeared in many publications including McSweeney’s, Granta, Harper’s, The New Yorker and The Paris Review. His novel Project X won the 2005 Massachusetts Book Award. His 2007 collection Like You’d Understand, Anyway was awarded the Story Prize in 2008, and was nominated for a National Book Award in 2007. Jim is currently a professor of creative writing and film at Williams College.
George Szirtes’s new book, Bad Machine (Bloodaxe 2013) is a PBS Choice. His New and Collected Poems appeared in 2008. Reel (2004) won the T S Eliot Prize for which The Burning of the Books (2009) was again shortlisted.