Morgan Jerkins is the Senior Editor at ZORA and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America (Harper Perennial 2018), was a New York Times bestseller and longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her second book, Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots, is forthcoming in August 2020 from Harper Books. Her other work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and ELLE, among many others.
Mark Barr’s short stories and essays have appeared in Wisconsin Review, Poets & Writers, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. His debut novel, Watershed (Hub City, 2019), was favorably reviewed by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, and has been awarded the 2019 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction, the 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Discovery Prize in Fiction, and an Independent Publisher Book bronze Award for Best First Book. It was also named as one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “12 Southern Books You’ll Want to Read This Fall” and one of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine’s “Four Fall Reads.” Mark has been awarded fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, I-Park Artists Enclave, Jentel Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Millay Colony, and Yaddo. He lives in Arkansas with his wife and sons.
Melissa Faliveno is the author of the debut essay collection, Tomboyland, published in August 2020. The former senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, her essays and interviews have appeared in Esquire, Paris Review, Bitch, Ms. Magazine, Literary Hub, Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, and Midwestern Gothic, among others, and received a notable selection in Best American Essays 2016. She has taught nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Catapult in New York City.