Tony Hoagland currently teaches in the UH graduate writing program. He has published three poetry collections: Donkey Gospel, (winner of the 1998 James Laughlin award), What Narcissism Means To Me, (National Book Critics Circle Award nominee) and Sweet Ruin. His poems and poetry essays have appeared widely, and are frequently anthologized.
Melanie Jordan grew up in Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee Chattanooga before receiving her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, Crab Orchard Review, Sonora Review, and others. Melanie serves as an editor with Lyric Poetry Review and Gulf Coast. While working on her Ph.D., she is teaching at the University of Houston.
Eric Shade was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania and resides in Houston, where he is currently working toward a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing. His first book of stories, published in 2003 by the University of Georgia Press, Eyesores, captured the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. A former James Michener Fellow and Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has been published in a variety of literary journals.