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Heather Derr-Smith was born in Dallas, Texas but spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned her MFA in Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1998. Her first book, "Each End of the World" was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2005. Her second book, "The Bride Minaret" was published by University of Akron Press in 2008.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
Iowa City, IA
Jaquira Díaz is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing in Madison, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a Bread Loaf Waitership, and an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts. Her work has been noted in Best American Essays, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Southern Review, Five Chapters, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, among other publications.
J.C. Dickey-Chasins’ stories have appeared in Lullwater Review, Red Cedar Review, The North Atlantic Review, The Apalachee Review, The Portland Review, Gulfstream, Emrys Journal, 580 Split, Lumina, Taproot, Owen Wister Review, and other publications. Dickey-Chasins is currently working on a historical novel about Kansas. The author works and lives in rural Iowa.