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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Ann loves traveling, especially the strangeness of being an outsider in a tiny town and the disorientation of exploring foreign countries. She’s shy but relishes the rush of doing the things that scare her. While in law school, she studied poetry writing with Robert Hass. She currently teaches law at Hamline University in St. Paul. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Rattle, Clackamas Literary Review, and Wisconsin Review, and she has been nominated for both a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Award. She also has read in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and elsewhere. tcCreativePress of Los Angeles published her first chapbook in 2010 and Green Fuse Press of Loveland, Colorado published her second chapbook in 2013.
Michael Upchurch is a novelist, arts writer and literary journalist whose published books include “Jamboree” (Knopf, 1981), “Air” (Available Press/Ballantine, 1986), “The Flame Forest” (Available Press/Ballantine, 1989) and “Passive Intruder” (Norton, 1995). His essay, “Stead Made Me Do It: ‘House of All Nations’ by Christina Stead,” appeared in “Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love,” edited by Anne Fadiman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005). His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, American Scholar and other publications. From 1998 to 2008 he was the staff book critic for The Seattle Times, and from 2008 to 2014 he was a general arts writer for The Seattle Times. In 2014, he resigned from The Seattle Times to concentrate again on fiction and literary journalism.
Fiction Writer, Poet
James Valvis has published hundreds of poems and stories over nearly 20 years. Work has appeared or is forthcoming in 5 AM, Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Atlanta Review, Baltimore Review, Barrow Street, California Quarterly, Clackamas Review, Confrontation, Connecticut River Review, Crab Creek Review, Daily Science Fiction, Drunken Boat, Eclipse, Elimae, Foundling Review, Front Porch Journal, GHLL, Hanging Loose, H_NGM_N, Hawaii Pacific Review, Los Angeles Review, Juked, Midwest Quarterly, New York Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, Pank, Pedestal Magazine, Pinyon, Poetry East, Potomac Review, Praxilla, Rattle, River Styx, Slipstream, South Carolina Review, Southern Indiana Review, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, The Sun, and many others.