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Sequoia Nagamatsu grew up in Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area and was educated at Grinnell College (BA) in Iowa and at Southern Illinois University (MFA). Over the past years, he has worked as a large scale event planner, a teacher, a historical city tour guide on an amphibious vehicle, and in various capacities in the theatre and performing arts world. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as ZYZZYVA, West Branch, Redivider, The Bellevue Literary Review, Hobart, Lightspeed Magazine, OMNI Reboot, Puerto Del Sol, Gargoyle, The New Delta Review, elimae, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (New Internationalist, Oxford). He was named a finalist for the 2012 Third Coast Fiction Prize and has placed in contests hosted by Cutbank and Black Lawrence Press. He is currently working on a post-apocalyptic novel hinging on disembodied consciousness and identity formation and two collections of short stories (one inspired by Japanese myths and pop culture and another revolving around patterns in the evolution of societies). He co-edits Psychopomp Magazine (http://psychopompmag.com) and will be a visiting professor at The College of Idaho for 2014-2015.
Diane Raptosh's fourth book of poems,_American Amnesiac_, was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she was selected to be the Boise Poet Laureate (2013) and currently serves as the Idaho Writer in Residence. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Women’s Studies Quarterly, Terrain.org, OccuPoetry, and the Los Angeles Review. Her work has also been anthologized widely in such places as New Poets of the American West, Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, Classifieds: An Anthology of Prose Poems, and The Glenn Gould Anthology. She holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in criminal justice/prison studies. A highly active ambassador for poetry, she has conducted writing workshops, given readings, and lectured on poetry in a variety of locations ranging from university auditoriums to maximum security prisons, school buses to riverbanks. She lives with her family in Boise.
Creative Nonfiction Writer
Brandon R. Schrand is the author of Works Cited: An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem, Misbehavior & How a Good Book Can Save Your Life; Or An Anti-Kindle Memoir (2012), and The Enders Hotel: A Memoir, the 2007 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize winner, a 2008 School Library Journal Best Adult Books for High School Students selection, a 2008 Idaho Book Award Honorable Mention Winner, and a 2008 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Dallas Morning News, The Utne Reader, Tin House, Shenandoah, The Missouri Review, Columbia, Colorado Review, Green Mountains Review, River Teeth, Ecotone, Isotope, and numerous other publications. He also has essays forthcoming in several anthologies including Borne on Air: Essays by Idaho Writers (EWU Press); Now Write!: Nonfiction Writing Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers (Tarcher/Penguin); and The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Fatherhood (Ecco/Harper Collins). He has won the 2006 Willard R. Espy Award, Shenandoah’s 2008 Carter Prize, the Pushcart Prize, four Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, and has had Notable Essays in the Best American Essays 2007, 2008, and 2009. His nonfiction has also earned a Yaddo residency. He lives in Moscow, Idaho with his wife and two children where he teaches and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho.