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Matthew Hamilton is a former Soldier, Congressional Aide, US Peace Corps Volunteer, and Benedictine Monk. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Fairfield University and is a three time Pushcart Prize nominee. His stories and poems have appeared in a variety of national and international journals, including Atticus Review, Coe Review, Noctua Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Burnt Bridge, Boston Literary Magazine, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and The Transnational. His chapbook, The Land of the Four Rivers, published by Cervena Barva Press, won the 2013 Best Poetry Book from Peace Corps Writers. Currently, he is the Librarian at Benedictine College Preparatory, an all-male, Catholic Military high school in Richmond, VA.
Deirdra McAfee’s prizewinning stories, widely published in print and online, have appeared in Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, Willow Springs, Confrontation, The Seattle Review, The Diagram, and others, as well as being anthologized. A skilled teacher and a trained editor, McAfee received an MFA in fiction from The New School and an MA in English literature from Georgetown. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, the Authors Guild, AWP, and the North Carolina Writers Network, she has taught creative writing at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond since 2001.