Maxine Chernoff is the author of 6 books of fiction and 16 books of poetry, most recently Camera (Subito) and Here (Counterpath). Winner of a 2013 NEA Fellowship in Poetry and the 2009 PEN Translation Award, she has been a Northern California Book Award finalist on three occasions. She chaired the Creative Writing Department at SFSU, where she still is a professor and with Paul Hoover edited the poetry journals OINK! and New American Writing. In 2016 she was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.
Sharon Mesmer is a writer of poetry, fiction and essays. Her newest poetry collection, Greetings From My Girlie Leisure Place (Bloof Books, 2015), was voted “Best of 2015” by Entropy. Previous poetry collections are Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books, 2008), The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose Press, 2008), Vertigo Seeks Affinities (chapbook, Belladonna Books, 2007), Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press, 1998) and Crossing Second Avenue (chapbook, ABJ Press, Tokyo, 1997). Four of her poems appear in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (second edition, 2013). Other anthology appearances include Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2017), Poems for the Nation: Edited by Allen Ginsberg (Seven Stories Press, 2000) and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999). She is co-editor of Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf, just published by Edge Books. Her fiction collections are Ma Vie à Yonago (Hachette Littératures, Paris, in French translation, 2005), In Ordinary Time (Hanging Loose Press, 2005) and The Empty Quarter (Hanging Loose Press, 2000). An excerpt of her story “Revenge” appears in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues, 2012). Her awards include a Fulbright Specialist grant (2011), a Jerome Foundation/SASE award (as mentor to poet Elisabeth Workman, 2009) and two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships (2007 and 1999). Her essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and the Brooklyn Rail, among other places. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs of New York University and The New School, and lives in Brooklyn.