Poet, novelist, translator, essayist, critic, and scholar Ammiel Alcalay’s over 20 books include After Jews and Arabs, Memories of Our Future, Keys to the Garden, from the warring factions, a little history, and the forthcoming Follow the Person: Archival Encounters. He also co-edited Dove in Flight by Syrian poet and former political prisoner Faraj Bayrakdar. Alcalay is the founder and general editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, for which he was recognized in 2017 with a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award.
Nicole Cooley is the author of six books of poems, most recently Girl After Girl After Girl (Louisiana State University Press 2017; winner of the Devil’s Kitchen award from Southern Illinois University) and Of Marriage (Alice James Books 2018), as well as three chapbooks and a novel. Her poems have appeared most recently in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review and other magazines.
Kimiko Hahn, author of ten collections, casts a wide net for subject matter in Foreign Bodies (W. W. Norton), revisiting the personal as political while exploring the immigrant body and hoarded objects. Advocate for chapbooks, her latest is Brood (Sarabande). Honors include NEA awards, Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize.
Briallen Hopper is the author of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions (Bloomsbury, 2019), a Kirkus Best Memoir of the Year, and Gilead Reread (forthcoming from Columbia University Press). She is a co-editor-in-chief of the literary magazine KtB and a contributing editor at the independent press And Other Stories.
Roger Sedarat’s most recent poetry collection, Haji as Puppet: An Orientalist Burlesque, won the Word Work’s Tenth Gate Prize for a Mid-Career Poet and was adapted for stage. A recipient of the Willis Barnstone Prize for Translation, his renderings of classical and contemporary Persian have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is the author of Emerson in Iran: The American Appropriation of Persian Poetry (SUNY Press).
Jason Tougaw’s memoir, The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism, is the winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize. He writes a regular column for Psychology Today. His essays appear in OUT magazine, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, and Largehearted Boy. His book The Elusive Brain was published by Yale University Press.
Crystal Hana Kim is the author of If You Leave Me, a Booklist Editor’s Choice title and named a best book of 2018 by over a dozen publications. Kim is the recipient of the 2022 National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and is a 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winner. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal and has published in Guernica, Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Her second novel, The Stone Home, is forthcoming from William Morrow / HarperCollins in 2024.