J. Seth Anderson is a graduate student at the University of Utah where he studies the American West, sexuality, LGBT history, and Mormon history. He is the co-author of the book "Downtown Phoenix" published in 2012. Seth is the co-founder and co-owner of the Queens' Tea (www.thequeenstea.com), a loose leaf tea company based in Salt Lake City which he runs with his partner, Michael Ferguson. He lives with Michael in The Avenues in downtown Salt Lake City and enjoys fine tea, whiskey, the Simpsons, being outside, the desert heat and reading history books.
Nathan Atkinson was born and raised in Magna, UT on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. He is a writer and student at SLCC and is currently working on his English degree there. He enjoys being in the mountains, living in Salt Lake City, spending time with his family and writing in his spare time. He writes on a blog at www.smplife.com
Lisa Bickmore's book Haste was published by Signature Press. Her work has been published in Tar River Poetry, Caketrain, the Hunger Mountain Review, Terrain Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She was awarded the Salt Lake City Mayor's Artists Award for the Literary Arts in 2008. She teaches writing at Salt Lake Community College.
Ray Boren has visited all 50 states and the seven continents, but Salt Lake CIty and its valley have been his lifelong home. A journalist, he is co-author and photographer of the recent Wilderness Press publication "Walking Salt Lake City," a guide that explores the area's history and suggests walking routes in and around "the Crossroads of the West."
Nancy Boskoff has worked in the arts for many years, and has enjoyed her experiences working with the people who live in Salt Lake City's West Side neighborhoods and with a number of public art projects. She has directed arts programs at the neighborhood, city, county, and state levels, here in Utah and back east in the DC metropolitan area. For her, public art represents a multi-discliplinary effort, with artists, engineers, architects, fabricators, neighbors and the community-at-large. A successful public art project engages conversation at many levels, from the academic world, to community stakeholders, local artists, school children, commuters and mothers with baby strollers. One of Boskoff's goals in her professional work is to connect the work of artists with other people in the community, and she sees public art as one very tangible avenue for that connection.
Tom Bradley has published twenty-five volumes of fiction, essays, screenplays and poetry. His most recent ventures with visual artists include Family Romance (Jaded Ibis), Felicia's Nose (MadHat), We'll See Who Seduces Whom: a graphic ekphrasis in verse (Unlikely Books) and Elmer Crowley: a katabasic nekyia (Mandrake of Oxford). Further curiosity can be indulged at tombradley.org.
Lara Candland is an award-winning poet, librettist, and screenwriter. Her work has appeared in Fence, The Colorado Review, Barrow Street, Fine Madness, Unsaid, The Quarterly, and other journals. She was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for New Opera to write Sunset for Pink Pastoral, which was premiered and workshopped at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, and later performed in Salt Lake City and Seattle. She performs with Lalage, a duo featuring her live electronic voice manipulations, and was a founding member and librettist for Seattle Experimental Opera. The screenplay version of Sunset with Pink Pastoral was selected as a finalist for the Sundance Institute's Screenwriter's Lab. In addition, Candland is an avid cook and food writer, and teaches poetry, creative writing, and food writing. Her book Alburnum of the Green and Living Tree was published by BlazeVox in 2010. She is currently a doctoral candidate in poetry at the University of Utah.
Ron Carlson is the author of six story collections and six novels, most recently Return to Oakpine (Viking). His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, GQ, and many other magazines and journals and has been selected for The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and dozens of other anthologies. He is the Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine and lives in Huntington Beach, California.
Katharine Coles' fifth collection of poems, The Earth Is Not Flat, was published in March 2013 by Red Hen Press, which will also publish her sixth collection, Flight, in 2015. Her poems, essays, and stories have appeared in such journals as The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry, Image, Seneca Review, North American Review, Southwest Review, Poetry, Web Conjunctions, Virginia Quarterly Review, DIAGRAM, and Ascent. In 2009-10, she served as the inaugural director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute for the Poetry Foundation. She is a professor at the University of Utah, where she founded and co-directs the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature. In 2010, she traveled to Antarctica to write poems under the auspices of the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. She is a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.
Since 2007, Tim Dolan has directed the Westminster Scholars program and coordinated national fellowships and undergraduate research at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Prior to that he was an English Teacher at Judge Memorial Catholic High School. He graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Utah in 1993. His interests include contemporary art, photography, design, literature, folklore, and critical theories of language. He currently serves on the Salt Lake City Design Board. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Amanda and their son Hank.
Chris Dunsmore has been an amateur cartographer mapping the streets and green spaces, alleys and architectures of Salt Lake City for 7 years. In that time he's walked on and through and in and over the city grid, taking note of the city's hidden psychic contours with his eyes and ears and feet. The maps have stayed rolled up or folded in his head until now. Here, they have a site where they can exist in words, a place from which they can stand and point directions. He recently earned a Master's of Creative Writing with a focus in bookmaking from the University of Utah and is currently living, working, writing and making books in Salt Lake.
Jamie Gadette is a writer, content director and Salt Lake City evangelist who has held positions at Salt Lake City Weekly, Salt Lake City Arts Council, and 90.9 KRCL, where she can often be heard subbing on weeknights and weekends, doing her part to keep Pulp, Pixies, and Pavement on the terrestrial airwaves. You can find her on Twitter @JamieSLC where she posts about local goings-on and general music nerdery.
Andrew Haley is a sixth generation Utahn and received a MA and BA in English from the University of Utah. His poems, essays, fiction, and translations have appeared in many magazines, including Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West, and Sugar House Review. A book of poems, Good Eurydice, was published by Otis Nebula in 2011. He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon, where he writes for a variety of freelance clients, including the Oregon Parks Department. Haley wrote the interpretive signs at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Oregon's newest.
Karrie Higgins lives in downtown Salt Lake City. Her writing has appeared in Black Clock, DIAGRAM, Quarter After Eight, the Los Angeles Review, and the Los Angeles Times. Her essay, "The Bottle City of God," about the air pollution in Salt Lake City, won the 2013 Schiff Prize for Prose from The Cincinnati Review and will appear in the Summer 2014 issue. She is currently expanding "Bottle City of God" into a grimoire/memoir about gaining a magical worldview while living as a gentile among the Mormons.
Hana Jabr was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a student studying English Education at the University of Utah and she currently works as a bookseller at Barnes and Noble. In her spare time she enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on, writing short stories and essays, and riding her horse.
Kinzie James is studying Journalistic Design at the University of Utah. She made up her own major through University Studies so that she could take classes on a whim and still have a major that sounded ambiguously professional. She enjoys making music, photography, electricity and bourbon. Her poem about the Avenues Graveyard was inspired by Lilly E. Gray-victim of the beast.
Kirsten Jorgenson's first book of poetry, Sediment & Veil, is forthcoming from Horse Less Press (2014). She is also the author of the chapbooks, Accidents of Distance (dancing girl press, 2012) and Deseret (Horse Less Press, 2011). Her poems, prose and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from The AndNow Awards, Denver Quarterly and Drunken Boat among others. She holds an MA in British and American Literature from the University of Utah and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama.
Kimberly Johnson is the author of three collections of poetry, Leviathan with a Hook, A Metaphorical God, and the forthcoming Uncommon Prayer. She has also published a number of translations from ancient Greek and Latin poetry, as well as scholarly studies on Renaissance literature.
Paul Ketzle teaches writing for the University of Utah Honors College and University Writing Program. He received his Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah and his Masters in English from Florida State University. His novel The Late Michael Brown won the Utah Original Writing Competition and was runner-up in the Great Novel Competition from Columbus Press. He previously served as editor of Quarterly West magazine and managing editor of Western Humanities Review.
Judy Kiel has been making photographs for nearly 40 years, and has a Master's degree in Communication (photography and new media) from the University of Utah. Being a descendent of her photographer great-grandfather, she has
photographic fixer in her veins. She has always had a love of history, and an ongoing project is to document places in danger of becoming lost to so-called "progress". Currently, she works as a web producer for Continuing Education at the University of Utah, and occasionally teaches technology classes. In her spare time, Judy is the photographer for Stick Figure Racing, as well as being one of the drivers.
Kassandra Konecny is an English major at the University of Utah. She has written more than 300 poems and has several completed novel manuscripts, including one that has been published. Most recently, she had a poem published in Polaris. Currently, she is the senior poetry director at enormous rooms.
Jen has lived in Salt Lake City most of her life apart from year-long forays to Belgium in high school, Japan in college, and her stint in Massachusetts for undergrad. She taught high school English and currently wrangles middle school and high school students as a tutor to improve their writing and reading comprehension skills. She has worked as a river guide since 1990 and enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with her husband and two children. Jen is passionate about conserving public lands in Utah, cooking, hands-off gardening, traveling, and reading for pleasure (at least when she had time before starting the EH program). She also feels strongly about recycling glass.
Hikmet Sidney Loe works and teaches art history at Westminster College. Her research on Robert Smithson's earthwork the Spiral Jetty has led to a passionate interest in Land art. Her cumulative work on this subject, The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson's Earthwork through Time and Place, is forthcoming, as are several book chapters on the earthwork. She is a regular contributor to the online magazine 15 Bytes, lectures frequently on the Spiral Jetty and Nancy Holt's earthwork Sun Tunnels and exhibits photographs related to the land. She has curated exhibitions at Westminster College, Finch Lane Gallery (Art Barn), and The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York.
Genevieve J. Long is a writer and editor who lives in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in health care marketing communications. She holds a Ph.D. In English from the University of Oregon, where her dissertation was Laboring in the Desert: The Letters and Diaries of Narcissa Prentiss Whitman and Ida Hunt Udall, and is now at work on an edition of Ida Udall's letters.
Shena McAuliffe is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah. Her stories and essays have been published in Conjunctions, The Collagist, Black Warrior Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She is the nonfiction editor of Quarterly West.
John McCormick is a historian and currently Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Salt Lake Community College. He has published books and articles in a number of areas, including political history, urban history, historic preservation, and the built environment.
Jill McDonough's books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of three Pushcart prizes and fellowships from the NEA, NYPL, FAWC, and Stanford, her work appears in Slate, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry. She directs the MFA program at UMass-Boston and 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online.
Michael McLane is the director of the Utah Humanities Book Festival and program officer for the Utah Humanities Council. He's an editor for saltfront journal and the review editor for Sugar House Review. He earned an MFA from Colorado State and is finishing an Masters in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. His work has appeared in various journals including Denver Quarterly, Laurel Review, Colorado Review, and Interim, among others.
Dennis Mecham is a fine art photographer who has photographed for over 25 years attempting to understand the silent dimension underlying our world as well as ourselves. His luminous prints exhibit a quality that is inspiring on both intellectual and spiritual levels. Working mostly with large format color and black & white he seeks to know our innermost origins of thought and space. He is fascinated that all form is born of thought, and that thought will return to create new forms. Nominated "Photographer of the Year" by Ilford's Black & White Spider Awards, Dennis works exclusively in film and performs all his developing and printing using traditional printing and toning techniques to produce prints of the highest quality.
Jeff Nichols is originally from upstate New York. After serving in the US Navy, he earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Utah. He has taught at Westminster College since 1995. His scholarly interests include Utah, Western, Environmental and Latin American History.
Lance Olsen is author of eleven novels, one hypertext, four critical studies, four short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and two anti-textbooks about innovative writing, as well as editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Village Voice, Time Out New York, BOMB, Gulf Coast, McSweeney's, and Best American Non-Required Reading. His novel Tonguing the Zeitgeist was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His work has been translated into Italian, Polish, Turkish, Finnish, and Portuguese. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Fiction Collective Two; founded in 1974, FC2 is one of America's best-known ongoing literary experiments and progressive art communities.
Jacqueline Osherow received her BA from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and her PhD from Princeton University. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Hoopoe’s Crown (2005). Her debut collection, Looking for Angels in New York (1988), was chosen for the Contemporary Poetry Series. She has been awarded the Witter Bynner Prize by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, several prizes from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
Ali Rachel Pearl is a Ph.D. Candidate and Doctoral Fellow in English Literature & Digital Humanities at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Quarterly West, The Fiddleback, LIES/ISLE, and other places. Obsessions include: furniture, ampersands, amateur photography, aquariums, music, modern & contemporary art, the desert, the desert, the desert, and repetition.
Jesse Peterson divides his work between the public, private, and personal sectors. He teaches writing and literature and assists conservation management for Salt Lake City where he lives with his wife and daughter. He holds Masters Degrees in both Science and the Fine Arts. In his spare time, he works on art projects, presents papers, cooks, and writes. He has been published in Inquisition, The Workshop, and other limited edition art prints, etc.
Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir entitled Intimate; and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and Animal Eye, which was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize and winner of the 2013 UNT Rilke Prize. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, an NEA Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the University of Georgia Press' Contemporary Poetry Series Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, inclusions in the Best American Poetry series and various state arts council awards.
Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. His most recent book is The Shelter Cycle, which concerns the end of the world in Montana in 1990. His previous novel, My Abandonment, won an Alex Award, the Utah Book Award, and has been published in several countries, including Turkey. He is also the author of the novels The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, This Is the Place, and Carnival Wolves, and a story collection, The Unsettling. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and other awards, he is possessed by two small daughters.
Kate Rosenberg received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona and her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah. Her poetry and fiction has been published here and there, but not quite everywhere--yet. Rosenberg currently lives in rural Central Pennsylvania where she teaches English at a community college. She misses Utah so much that it offends everyone around her.
Natasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, Red Under the Skin (Pittsburgh, 1994), Bend (Tupelo Press, 2004), and Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014); a book of poetry criticism, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, (University of Michigan Press, 2014); and many other essays. Her work has been honored with the Robert Winner and Alice Fay di Castagnola Awards, a Fulbright fellowship, the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, and the Utah Book Award. Sajé is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and a member of poetry faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts M.F.A. in Writing Program.
Susan Sample is a Salt Lake City poet and writer whose poetry collection, Terrible Grace, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. She teaches writing at the University of Utah, where she is a doctoral candidate in communication and researches medical rhetoric and physicians' narratives. Her poem "On Wander Lane" first appeared in Salt Flats Annual, Issue 1, 2005.
I am Canadian-born and -raised, and I moved to Utah in 2005. There are many things I love about Utah, and some things I can't stand, but I try and focus on the positive. I'm an American Sign Language Interpreting major and Salt Lake Community College, and working with the Deaf community is my passion.
Patrick Smyth grew up in Salt Lake City's Avenues and attended Judge Memorial in what was the old miner's hospital built by famed denizen and benefactor of the city, Mary Judge. He attended the University of Notre Dame from 2005-2009, and graduated with a degree in history. He signed a professional contract with Nike in 2010 and competed in track and road races around the globe for three years until missing the 2012 Olympic Team in the marathon. He currently attends graduate school at the University of Utah, studying in the Environmental Humanities program. He is interested in various market incentives for land conservation and stewardship in the West.
Ave Stone is my pen name. It's under her disguise that I do all of my wildest art and imagining--from nude modeling to sound experimentation to poetry writing in graveyards. Donning her persona helps me distance myself from personal experience so I can use everything and anything I see/hear/feel as inspiration. In my free time, I watch dark comedys, B-movie horror films, cartoons, and play eerie synth music under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. I like gin and tonics without lime, and know that flights to Tokyo are less than $1000.
Stinne Storm is a Danish poet and translator who holds masters degrees from the University of Utah, Gothenburg University, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 2012 she debuted two poetry collections, edens (of eden) and fastland (mainland), both of which address hunting themes along with loss and separation. Her third collection jämtska (local swedish dialect) will be out in fall 2016. Storm's translation of Agnes Martin, Writings 1960-1989 will be out in Danish in summer 2016. For more information visit www.stinnestorm.org
Claire Taylor holds a BFA in fine art with a printmaking emphasis and is pursuing her MS in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. For several years she worked as the Studio Manager of the Book Arts Program and Head Printer for the Red Butte Press, where she taught classes and workshops in letterpress and bookmaking. Working in letterpress, drawn and water-based media she has exhibited her work internationally. Influenced by the wildlife that she encounters in the hills surrounding her Salt Lake City home, her work investigates animal intelligence and the intersections of the wild and urban realms. Her website is www.owlandcoyote.com.
Becky Thomas was born and raised in the Avenues of Salt Lake, as were her great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren. Now, nearly a senior citizen, she lives right in downtown, soaking up its energy as she works on her MFA in Creative Writing and Book Arts at the University of Utah.
Melanie Rae Thon's most recent books are the novel The Voice of the River and In This Light: New and Selected Stories. She is also the author of the novels Sweet Hearts, Meteors in August, and Iona Moon, and the story collections First, Body and Girls in the Grass. Thon's work has been included in Best American Short Stories (1995, 1996), three Pushcart Prize Anthologies (2003, 2006, 2008), and O. Henry Prize Stories (2006). She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award (1997), two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1992 and 2008), a Writer's Residency from the Lannan Foundation (2005), and a fellowship from the Tanner Humanities Center (2009). Thon's fiction has been translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Croatian, Finnish, Japanese, and Farsi. Originally from Montana, Thon now lives in Salt Lake City, where she teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities programs at the University of Utah.
Mary Toscano grew up in Salt Lake City and received a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Utah. Toscano works mainly in drawing, printmaking, installation, and works on and with paper. Her work currently incorporates slide projections and movement as a means to investigate a relationship between time and perception. Toscano works as the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Marriott Library and the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah.
Find more of Mary Toscano's work at her web site.
Anne Valente's fiction appears or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Hayden's Ferry Review, Copper Nickel and The Journal, among others, and her non-fiction appears in The Washington Post and The Rumpus. Her short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books.
Preston Daniel Waldrop was born in Emporia, KS in 1983, and spent much of his youth introspectively, with his head in one book or another, in numerous small towns throughout the U.S. He has lived in Salt Lake City where much of his family originates or resides since August of 2004, and has held numerous entry-level and blue-collar jobs, not by choice, but as a matter of necessity. He has been intermittently enrolled as a student at Salt Lake Community College where he has recently finished a general studies degree, but feels he is far more apt an autodidact than student in any formal setting. Nonetheless, he hopes to pursue a formal education in philosophy and literature at the University of Utah, in the not too distant future. His lifelong ambition has been to be a creative writer.
Nicole Walker's nonfiction book, Quench Your Thirst with Salt won the 2011 Zone 3 nonfiction prize and will be published in June. She is also the author of a collection of poems, This Noisy Egg (Barrow Street, 2010). She edited, along with Margot Singer, Bending Genre: Essays on Nonfiction, which was released by Bloomsbury in March 2013. She's a nonfiction editor at Diagram. She is associate professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. "Move Out" first appeared in New Found: An Inquiry of Place, Volume 3, Issue 2.
Rob is a transplant to the Salt Lake Valley from Las Vegas, NV. He has grown to love this beautiful valley and has hopes to keep raising his family here. He is currently attending the University of Utah, while he prepares for his career in the medical field and aspires to incorporate his technical knowledge into his writing when this educational journey ends.
Rachel White grew up in Ogden, Utah and moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah in 1987, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Creative Writing. Rachel studied poetry in the Masters of Fine Arts Program with teachers Jacqueline Osherow, Donald Revell, Mark Doty, and Amy Gerstler. She lives in the Guadalupe neighborhood of downtown Salt Lake City.
David Williams is an American musician, songwriter, film composer, singer, teacher, actor, traveler, desert dweller. Born in Miami Fla., and currently living in Utah, David has contributed to more than 20 albums and recorded 4 of his own. David’s live performance is explosive, haunting, raw, transcendent and strangely beautiful. Many consider his dynamic musicianship unequaled in range and originality.
Learn more at David William's web site.
Victoria Vuyovich flirted with many majors within the humanities and behavioral science departments during her four years at the University of Utah, breaking up with dozens before finally settling down with Gender Studies and English. She discovered on graduation day, unfortunately, that she was destined to devote the rest of her days to the service industry. She now spends her free time convincing people to share their intimate stories, drinking, reading, re-watching Season Two of Arrested Development, and life-coaching her cat, Linus, who refuses to get his act together.