John Casteen is the author of “For the Mountain Laurel” (2011) and “Free Union” (2009), part of the VQR Poetry Series from The University of Georgia Press. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares and The Best American Poetry. He has contributed prose on gun policy, professional ethics and environmental policy to Slate.com, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other magazines and newspapers. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was self-employed for 10 years as a designer and builder of custom furniture. Casteen teaches at Sweet Briar College, where he founded and directs the Sweet Briar Undergraduate Creative Writing Conference. He has also taught on Semester at Sea, at the University of Virginia and as visiting artist faculty-in-residence at New York University. He lives in Earlysville, Va.
Sierra Bellows was a documentary filmmaker and freelance writer in Toronto before she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where she received her M.F.A. in fiction. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Greensboro Review and The New York Times, among other publications. She lives in Missoula and works at the University of Montana Writing Center.
Dave Lucas is the author of “Weather” (Georgia, 2011), which received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. He has also been awarded a Henry Hoyns Fellowship from the University of Virginia and a “Discovery”/The Nation Prize. Recently, Rita Dove selected him to be featured on BillMoyers.com as a “young poet to watch.” A Ph.D. candidate in English language and literature at the University of Michigan, he lives in Cleveland, where he was born and raised.
Sarah Crossland received a B.A. in storytelling from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The recipient of the 2012 Boston Review Poetry Prize, a 2013 AWP Intro Journals Award and the 2013 Pablo Neruda Prize, she was invited to read her work at the Library of Congress for their Poetry at Noon series in the spring of 2011. Her manuscript “Tomorrowland” is currently under consideration at first book contests, and her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Narrative, Shenandoah, FIELD, TriQuarterly, The Iowa Review, A Public Space, Denver Quarterly and others. A champion of narrative poetry and the epic, she is currently working on a novella in verse called “Impostress,” which centers around a young woman who disguises herself as a soldier to fight in the Civil War.
Leah Naomi Green is the author of the chapbook “The Ones We Have.” Her poems have appeared, among other places, in The Squaw Valley Review and Dirtcakes Literary Journal. She is the recipient of the Flying Trout Press Award, the Dirtcakes Poetry Award, the Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize and the UC Humanities Center International Travel Grant, as well as other honors. She received her M.F.A. from the Poetry Workshop at The University of California, Irvine, and teaches writing and environmental studies at Washington and Lee University. She lives in Rockbridge County, Va., where she and her partner Ben grow food and homestead on 80 acres with a small community.
Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Corbin, Ky. A graduate of the creative writing programs at Florida State and the University of Memphis, his work has won awards from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Key West Literary Seminars and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His stories have regularly appeared in Narrative, which named him to its list of “Best New Writers” in 2011. His other fiction and criticism has been published in The Paris Review Daily, Blackbird, The Louisville Review, The Southern Review, Fourth Genre and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. He lives in Granville, Ohio, and teaches creative writing at Denison University.
Nell Boeschenstein is a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Sweet Briar College, where she teaches creative nonfiction. Before coming to Sweet Briar, she served as the associate producer of online media for the NPR radio program “Fresh Air.” Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, This Recording, The Millions and The Morning News, where she is a contributing writer. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.