Erica Berry _"Beasts Among Us"_October 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction's TRUE STORY magazine
Erica Berry is a 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota’s MFA program in creative nonfiction, where she was a College of Liberal Arts Fellow. She is the winner of a 2018 AWP Intro Journal Award, a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grant, the 2017 Kurt Brown Prize in Creative Nonfiction, the 2017 Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Award, and the 2016 and 2017 Gesell Awards in Creative Nonfiction. Her journalism and essays have been published in True Story, The Southeast Review, Literary Hub, Guernica, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, and others, and is forthcoming in Colorado Review. She is currently working on a collection of essays about fear.
Ava Chin, Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Ava Chin is the author of EATING WILDLY, 1st Prize winner in the 2015 M.F.K. Fisher Book Awards. Kirkus Reviews called Eating Wildly “A delectable feast of the heart,” and Library Journal deemed it one of the “Best Books of 2014.” Her writing has appeared in The New York Times (“Urban Forager”), the Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire, Saveur, and Eating Well, among others. She is the inaugural Jean Strouse Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers, and has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. An associate professor of creative nonfiction at CUNY, Ava is working on a nonfiction book about the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act laws upon her family in New York’s Chinatown. The Huffington Post named her one of "9 Contemporary Authors You Should Be Reading."
Farnaz Fatemi lives in Santa Cruz, California. Her poetry and lyric essays have been published in Tupelo Quarterly, Catamaran Literary Reader, Delaware Poetry Review, Comstock Review and other anthologies and journals, and have been recognized by the Litquake Poets of the Verge Writing Contest and Best of the Net Nonfiction, among others.
Linda Rui Feng a writer and a scholar, a practitioner and researcher of imaginative storytelling. As a fiction writer, she has been awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Toronto Arts Council Grant, and residency at Willapa Bay AiR. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Green Mountains Review, Kenyon Review Online, Nimrod, The Saint Ann’s Review, Santa Monica Review, and Salamander. As a cultural historian, she is drawn to forms of writing with a strong sense of place in premodern Chinese literature. She is the author of City of Marvel and Transformation: Chang’an and Narratives of Experience in Tang Dynasty China (2015); these days her research explores how writers in the past used cultural technologies to represent and circulate spatial knowledge. Born in Shanghai and based in Toronto, she is currently finishing a novel about music, migration, and Mao.
Michael Fischer was released from state prison in 2015 and is currently earning an MFA in creative writing from Sierra Nevada College. He is managing editor of Sierra Nevada Review, a Moth Chicago StorySlam winner, and a Luminarts Foundation Creative Writing Fellow. His work has been supported by fellowships and grants from Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Rivendell Writers' Colony, and the Chicago chapter of the Awesome Foundation, among others. His essays appear or are forthcoming in The Sun, Brevity, Guernica, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.