Marcia Aldrich teaches creative writing at Michigan State University. Her free memoir Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton, was selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series. Since then, her personal essays 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 of 2010, she held the Mary Routt Chair of Writing at Scripps College in Claremont, California. In the same year, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award of Michigan. Companion to an Untold Story was selected by Susan Orlean for the 2011 AWP Award in Nonfiction and published by the University of Georgia Press in September of 2012. “The Art of Being Born” was selected by Cheryl Strayed for The Best American Essays, 2013. In December of 2016, Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women, a collection Marcia Aldrich edited, will be published by the University of Georgia Press. You can visit her website at MarciaAldrich.com.



Mel Livatino’s essays have appeared numerous times in Under the Sun, The Sewanee Review, Notre Dame Magazine, Portland Magazine, Writing on the Edge, River Teeth, and elsewhere. In the last decade seven of his essays, including three from Under the Sun, have been named Notable Essays of the Year by Robert Atwan’s Best American Essays



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 teaches online for Creative Nonfiction Magazine and mentors writers
                                           independently through her editing and critique
                                           business at www.lisaohlenharris.com.




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, The Fourth River, Tikkun, Under the Sun, LabLit: The Culture of Science in Fiction & Fact, Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative, the American Nature Writing anthology series, An Intricate Weave: Women Write on Girls and Girlhood, and other print or online publications. She has received a Seattle Arts Commission award, an Artist Trust Literature Fellowship, and her essay, “Salvage,” was recognized as “notable science and nature writing” in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002. She is the nonfiction editor for the Blue Lyra Review (http://bluelyrareview.com), and her narrative nonfiction book, Turning Homeward – Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild (tentative title) will be published by Mountaineers Books in fall / winter 2016. Her website is adrienne-ross-scanlan.com and she can be reached 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.