Nuar Alsadir‘s most recent book, Animal Joy: A Book of Laughter and Resuscitation (Graywolf Press/Fitzcarraldo Editions), was a TIME Magazine must-read of 2022 and a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2022. She is also the author of two poetry collections: Fourth Person Singular, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and More Shadow Than Bird. She is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and a member of the curatorial board of The Racial Imaginary Institute. She works as a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York.

Destiny O. Birdsong is a poet, novelist, and essayist.  Birdsong’s debut novel, Nobody’s Magic (Grand Central Publishing, 2022) – which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, a finalist for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and winner the 2022 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction – is a searing meditation on grief, female strength, and self‑discovery. Set against a backdrop of complicated social and racial histories, Nobody’s Magic is a testament to the power of family—the ones you’re born in and the ones you choose. Across three narratives, among the yearning and loss, each of Birdsong’s characters finds a seed of hope for the future.

Her debut poetry collection, Negotiations (Tin House, 2020) was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Voelcker Award. Throughout these poems, Birdsong writes fearlessly towards the question: what makes a self? In poems about tenderness as well the indictment of people and systems that attempt to narrow Black women’s lives, Birdsong writes a series of love letters to those women, who are often singled out for abuse and assault, silencing and tokenism, fetishization and cultural appropriation in ways that throw the rock, then hide the hand.

She has won the Academy of American Poets Prize and has received support from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Pink Door, MacDowell, The Ragdale Foundation, and Tin House. Previously, she was the Hurston-Wright Foundation’s inaugural Writer-in-Residence at Rutgers University-Newark. Birdsong’s work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, African American Review, and Poets & Writers, among other publications.

David Nikki Crouse is an award-winning short story writer and teacher. David Nikki’s collection of short fiction, Copy Cats, received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was nominated for the Pen-Faulkner. A second collection, The Man Back There, received The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. I’m Here: Alaska Stories, a collection of short fiction about life in interior Alaska, and Trouble Will Save You,  a collection of novellas, were both published in 2023. Their stories have appeared in some of the country’s most well regarded journals, including The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, The Greensboro Review, The Southern Review, Chelsea, Quarterly West, and The Beloit Fiction Journal.

David Nikki’s current projects include Bloodless, a novel about human trafficking; the short story collection When I Was a Stranger; and the novel The Occasional Father, about a transgenender woman living in interior Alaska. David Nikki lives in Seattle, Washington, where they direct the Creative Writing Program MFA at the University of Washington-Seattle and serve as the W. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor in Creative Writing.

Debra Magpie Earling was born in Spokane, Washington. She received her BA from the University of Washington in Seattle and her MA and MFA in Fiction from Cornell University. From 1991 to 1998, Earling held positions in both Native American Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Montana in Missoula. Currently, she is an associate professor in the English Department there and teaches Fiction and Native American Studies.

Earling’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, Northeast Indian Quarterly, and many anthologies including Song of the Turtle (Old World/Ballantine); Contemporary Short Stories Celebrating Women; Circle of Women (Red River Books); Talking Leaves: An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Short Stories (Delta).

Perma Red (Blue Hen Books 2002) was her first novel. It received the Western Writers Association Spur Award for Best Novel of the West in 2003, the Mountain and Plains Bookseller Association Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award, and the American Book Award. It is a Montana Book Award Honor Book and was chosen by Barnes & Noble as part of its Discover Great New Writers series.

Her latest novel (May 2023), The Lost Journals of Sacajewea is a devastatingly beautiful novel that challenges prevailing historical narratives of Sacajewea.

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, The Maybe-Bird (The Song Cave, 2022), and served as the Associate Editor of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. She is the recipient of a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford, and earned her PhD in Literary Arts from the University of Denver. Jennifer currently teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop and the Institute of American Indian Arts and works in non-profit administration for various arts and literary organizations A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, she lives in San Francisco.

Hafizah Augustus Geter is a Nigerian U.S. writer born in Zaria, Nigeria, and raised in Akron, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina. Her debut memoir, The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin, (Random House, 2022) is a New Yorker Magazine Best Book of 2022, a Good Morning America Anticipated Book, and winner of a 2023 PEN Open Book Award and a 2023 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction. She is the author of the poetry collection Un-American(Wesleyan University Press), an NAACP Image Award and PEN Open Book Award finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Bomb Magazine, Boston Review, The Believer, The Paris Review, The Funambulist, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. She is a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

David George Haskell is a writer and a biologist. His books about forests, people, and the sensory richness of life have twice been selected as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction. His latest book, Sounds Wild and Broken, was also finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, winner of the Acoustical Society of America’s Science Communication Award, and listed by The New York Times as an “Editor’s Choice”. His previous books, The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees, are acclaimed for their integration of lyrical writing and rich attention to the living world. Among their honors include the National Academies’ Best Book Award, John Burroughs Medal, Iris Book Award, Reed Environmental Writing Award, and National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. He has also written essays and multimedia projects for Emergence Magazine, The New York Times, and other publications. Haskell is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and a Guggenheim Fellow. https://dghaskell.com/

Sean Hill is the author of two poetry collections, Dangerous Goods (Milkweed Editions, 2014), and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008). Hill has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, Stanford University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hill’s poems and essays have appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Orion, Poetry, and numerous other journals, and in over two dozen anthologies including Villanelles and Cascadia Field Guide. And a volume of poems selected from Blood Ties & Brown Liquor and Dangerous Goods has been translated and published in Korean. Hill lives in southwestern Montana with his family and teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Montana.

Princess Daazhraii Johnson is the Co-Founder Deenaadài’ Productions (Neet’saii Gwich’in and Koyukon). Princess brings over 20 years of storytelling experience in the entertainment industry back home to Alaska. She is a mother to three boys and creative produced two seasons of the Peabody-award winning and is an Emmy nominated writer for PBS Kids show “Molly of Denali”. Her most recent works include her short films “Diiyeghan Naii Taii Tr’eedaa” shot in the Gwich’in language and produced through Nia Tero, in partnership with REI Co-op Studios and “Gath & K’iyh: Listen to Heal” featuring Yo-Yo Ma. She is in early stages of development with Deenaadàį’ storytelling team on her first feature film she is slated to adapt/direct, “Two Old Women” based on the book by Velma Wallis and was recently selected to the Illuminatives/Netflix Producer’s Program with this project. She is passionate about storytelling and making inroads for other Indigenous filmmakers.

Priyanka Kumar is the critically-acclaimed author of Conversations with Birds and Take Wing and Fly Here. Her essays and criticism appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Huffington Post, and High Country News. A lifelong naturalist, she is deeply passionate about birds and wild animals—and about restoring their ecosystems and stemming biodiversity loss. Her vivid stories about her fieldtrips in the wild and her reflections “inspire and enlighten” (Publishers Weekly) and are “a powerful defense of the planet we share with (animals).” (Kirkus Reviews)

She is a recipient of the Aldo & Estella Leopold Writing Residency, the Playa Residency, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, a New Mexico/New Visions Governor’s Award, a Canada Council for the Arts Grant, an Ontario Arts Council Literary Award, and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Fellowship.

She holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and is an alumna of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Kumar wrote, directed and produced the feature documentary The Song of the Little Road, starring Martin Scorsese and Ravi Shankar—which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and is in the permanent collection of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Kumar has taught at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Southern California, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Leopold Writing Program.

Ethan Nosowsky is Editorial Director at Graywolf Press. He began his career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and has also been Editorial Director at McSweeney’s. Authors he has worked with include Hilton Als, Geoff Dyer, Dave Eggers, J. Robert Lennon, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Manguso, Manuel Muñoz, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Maggie Nelson, Jenny Offill, Max Porter, and Deb Olin Unferth among many others. Books he has worked on have won or been finalists for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Booker Prize.

Emily Wall is a poet and Professor of English at the University of Alaska. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Arizona. Her poems have been published in journals across the US and Canada and she has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes.  Her chapbook Flame won the Minerva Rising Dare to Be chapbook prize. She has won a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award as well as two Juneau Arts Council grants.  She has five books of poetry: Fist and Flame are chapbooks published by Minerva Rising Press.  Liveaboard and Freshly Rooted have found homes in Salmon Poetry.  Her most recent book Breaking Into Air:  Birth Poems is published by Red Hen Press.  Emily lives and writes in Douglas, Alaska and she can be found online at www.emily-wall.com.