Hisham Bustani is a Jordanian award-winning author of four collections of short fiction. His fiction has been translated into five languages, with English-language translations appearing in journals across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, including World Literature Today, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Literary Review. In 2009, he was chosen by the German review Inamo as one of the Arab world’s emerging and influential new writers. In 2013, the UK-based cultural webzine The Culture Trip listed him as one of Jordan’s top six contemporary writers. His book The Perception of Meaning won the 2014 University of Arkansas Arabic Translation Award, and was published in 2015 by Syracuse University Press. One of Hisham’s stories was recently chosen to be featured in the inaugural edition of The Best Asian Short Stories anthology, forthcoming in 2017.
Jennifer Christie is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Oregon State University. Her master’s thesis (a short story collection titled The Four-Chambered Heart) won the 2013 OSU Outstanding Thesis Award, and in 2012 her short story “The Festival” won the Salem College International Literary Awards’ Reynolds Price Fiction Award, judged by Kate Bernheimer. She currently lives in Corvallis, OR where she teaches, tutors, and writes.
Nickalus Rupert spent most of his life near the Gulf Coast of Florida. In 2015, he completed an MFA fellowship at the University of Central Florida. Currently, he is a PhD student at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he works as an associate editor for Mississippi Review. His fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in Slice Magazine, The Literary Review, Pleiades, Passages North, Sonora Review Online, and other journals.
Sarah Marie Kosch recently earned her MFA in fiction from Oregon State University. Originally from the Midwest, she now lives in Corvallis. She is a former fiction editor of OSU’s new lit mag 45th Parallel and is involved with Anomalous Press. Other stories of hers can be found in Rappahannock Review, Gemini Magazine, Knee-Jerk Magazine, Print-Oriented Bastards, The Quotable, and Blinders Journal.
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