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Maywood , NJ
Gessy Alvarez earned her MFA from Columbia University and taught fiction in the New York City public school system and at Columbia University Medical Center. She is an alum of the Voices at VONA Workshop and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her short stories have appeared in Black Heart Magazine, The NewerYork, Bartleby Snopes, Camroc Press Review, Thrice Fiction, Pure Slush, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Lost In Thought, Letras Caseras, and Pank. She features interviews with writers and poets at her blog, Digging Through the Fat: ripping out the heart, and is at work on a collection of short prose.
James Arthur's poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and Narrative. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize, as well as residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Anderson Center. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, will be published next year by Copper Canyon Press.
James is currently in residence at the Amy Clampitt House in Lenox, MA. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he will be a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.