Marcia Aldrich teaches creative writing at Michigan State University. She is the author of the free memoir Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton, selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series. Since the publication of Girl Rearing, she has continued writing personal essays which have been published in places such as Gettysburg Review, North American Review, Witness, Arts and Letters, Northwest Review, Brevity, and The Seneca Review among others. She was the senior editor of Fourth Genre, Explorations in Nonfiction. In spring 2010, she held the Mary Routt Chair of Writing at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award of Michigan, in 2010. Companion to an Untold Story was selected by Susan Orlean for the 2011 AWP Award in Nonfiction and published by University of Georgia Press in September 2012. “The Art of Being Born,” was selected by Cheryl Strayed for The Best American Essays, 2013.
Mel Livatino has published essays in the following magazines: Sewanee Review (4, with 2 more forthcoming), Notre Dame Magazine (3), Under the Sun (4), Writing on the Edge (3), River Teeth (1), Academic Questions (1). Four essays were named Notable Essays of the Year by Robert Atwan’s Best American Essays annual (2005, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Lisa Ohlen Harris is the author of The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving (2013) and the Middle East memoir, Through the Veil (2010). Her nonfiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, River Teeth, Brevity, and elsewhere. She lives in Newberg, Oregon, with her husband and four daughters. She teaches graduate creative writing in Southern New Hampshire University’s online program and ESL at George Fox University.
Michael O’Rourke’s essays have appeared in North American Review, Gettysburg Review, ISLE, Capitalism Nature Socialism, and other journals, and four have been cited as “Notable” by the editors of Best American Essays. His book is Paul Bunyan Lives! and Other Tales from the Natural World.
Adrienne Ross Scanlan’s essays have appeared in Pilgrimage, Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative, Tikkun, Under the Sun, and many other online or print magazines and anthologies. She received a Seattle Arts Commission award, an Artist Trust Literature Fellowship, and is the nonfiction editor for the Blue Lyra Review (bluelyrareview.com). Her essay collection, Turning Homeward: Restoring Nature in the Urban Wild, is circulating to agents and publishers .You can learn more about her work at adrienne-ross-scan.com or contact her at: Adrienne@adrienne-ross-scanlan.com.
Tom Saya was educated at Indiana University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He has published poems and creative nonfiction in a variety of literary journals and is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN.