John W. Evans is the author of three books. His latest, Should I Still Wish: A Memoir(Nebraska, 2017) was selected for the American Lives Series. Young Widower: A Memoir(Nebraska, 2014) won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize and a Foreword Reviews Book Prize. The Consolations: Poems won the 2015 Peace Corps Writers Best Poetry Book. His work appears in Slate, The Missouri Review, Boston Review, ZYZZYVA, Poets & Writers, and Best American Essays, as well as the chapbooks, No Season (FWQ, 2011) and Zugzwang (RockSaw, 2009). He is a Jones Lecturer in creative writing at Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow.
Eric Puchner is the author of the story collection Music Through the Floor, a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and the novel Model Home, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and won a California Book Award. His work has appeared in GQ, Granta, Tin House, Zoetrope, Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. He has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His new collection of stories, Last Day on Earth, will be published in February 2017. A professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, he lives in Baltimore with his wife, the novelist Katharine Noel, and their two children.