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Courtney McDermott earned her BA in English from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Berkeley Fiction Review, Daily Palette, Found Press, Italy from a Backpack, A Little Village Magazine, The Lyon Review, Raving Dove, Sliver of Stone, and Third Wednesday. She also writes book reviews for NewPages.com and various magazines. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Lesotho, she now teaches near Boston.
Kevin McLellan is the author of TRIBUTARY (Barrow Street, forthcoming) the chapbooks SHOES ON A WIRE (Split Oak, forthcoming) runner-up for the 2012 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry and ROUND TRIP (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. Kevin has recent or forthcoming poems in books and journals including: 2014 Poets Market, American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Fourteen Hills, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), Kenyon Review Online, Poetry East, The Puritan (finalist for the 2014 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence judged my Margaret Atwood), Ruminate, Sixth Finch, Split This Rock (3rd Place for the Split This Rock Poetry Contest judged by Naomi Shihab Nye); Spoon River Poetry Review, Sugar House Review, Thrush Literary Journal (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), Western Humanities Review, Witness, and numerous others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA, and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at URI.
I am a native of Houston, Texas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. My fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Epoch, and other magazines, and has been anthologized in Best of the South: Stories from the Second Decade of New Stories from the South; and What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers; my non-fiction and book reviews have appeared in Ninth Letter, The Harvard Review, The Boston Book Review, and The Rumpus. I currently teach in the Emerson College Honors Program, the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire, and the Stanford Online Writing Studio. I live in the Boston area with my wife and daughter.