Antonya Nelson is on faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. Her first story collection, The Expendables, won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction in 1990. She is the author of four other short story collections, including Some Fun (Scribner, 2006), and three novels (Talking in Bed, Nobody's Girl, and Living to Tell). She lives in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado.
Karen Brennan is the author of five books which include fiction, poetry and nonfiction -her most recent book of poems from Wesleyan is The Real Enough World (2005) and her most recent book of fiction is The Garden in Which I Walk ( FC2, 2004). She has also written a memoir, Being With Rachel, published by Norton in 2002. A recipient of the AWP award in fiction and a National Endowment of the Arts award, she is a professor in the creative writing program at the University of Utah and serves on the faculty at the Warren Wilson MFA Low Residency Program for Writers. She is currently a visiting faculty member in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.