2013 Wayne Lee Thomas
Wayne Lee Thomas writes fiction, plays, and nonfiction. He's currently at work on the novel Birth of the Okefenokees--for which he received the Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia. His work has been featured in Sudden Stories: The MAMMOTH Book of Miniscule Fiction, Riverteeth, Spitoon, and elsewhere. With John E. Branscum, he is co-editor of Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature (due out by Sarabande in October, 2013), winner of the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Thomas teaches creative writing at Tusculum College, a small college in northeast Tennessee. He is Editor of The Tusculum Review. You can read interviews with Thomas at WVU’s Creative Writing Blog and Jim Harrington’s Blog for Editors and Publishers.
2012 Kyle McCord
Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry: Galley of the Beloved in Torment (Dream Horse Press, 2009), a co-written book of epistolary poems entitled Informal Invitations to a Traveler (Gold Wake Press, 2011) and Sympathy from the Devil forthcoming from Gold Wake Press in 2013. He has work featured in Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Journal, Catch-Up, Gulf Coast, Volt and elsewhere. His critical work has appeared in Diode, Rattle, and Pleiades where he is a regular reviewer. He's received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Iowa Poetry Association. Along with Wendy Xu, he is a co-founder of the Younger American Poets Reading Series and co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry. He is a teaching fellow in the PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
First alternate: Mary Jo Bang
Special mention: Rose Bunch, Emily Fridlund, Heidi Durrow, Amy Lawless, Josh Weil, Jesse Ball, Joel Brouwer, Michael Dumanis, Zach Savich, Fiona MacFaralane, and Jennifer Kronovet
2011 Joshua Cohen
Joshua Cohen lives in New York City. His trio of novellas, Emission, will be published by Graywolf in 2012. He is the author of 800-page story of the Last Jew, Witz, named one of the 10 best books of 2010 by the Village Voice, and described by the New York Times as "a brave and artful attempt to explore and explode the limits of the sentence". He is also the author of the novels, Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto, and A Heaven of Others, as well as two collections of stories, Bridge & Tunnel (& Tunnel & Bridge), and The Quorum; and a book about the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph-Bet: An Alphabet for the Perplexed. Cohen wrote the introduction to the novel, Landscape in Concrete by Jakov Lind, and his fiction and essays have appeared in The Believer, Harper's Magazine, London Review of Books, N+1, New York Observer, New York Times, Paris Review, Black Warrior Review, Bookforum, Camera Obscura, Denver Quarterly, The Forward, Guernica, Tablet Magazine, Triple Canopy, and elsewhere.
First alternate: Matthew Baker.
Special mention: Eva Talmadge, Joshua Ferris, Michael Dumanis, Nam Le, Lenore Myka, , Monica Ferrell, Josh Weil, William Lobko, Deborah Willis, and Robert Isenberg.
2010 Emma Jones
Emma Jones, an Australian, is currently poet-in-residence at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, Cumbria, England, and is author of one volume of verse, The Striped World (Faber & Faber, 2009), which won both Australia's Queensland Premier's Literary Award, as well as the Forward Poetry Prize for first book, the UK's most prestigious award for a first book of poems. She is also a recipient of the Newcastle Poetry Prize (2005), and her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Slate, Poetry London,Warwick Review, Island, The Sydney Morning Herald, and other publications. She is editor of The Faber Christina Rossetti (2011), and holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge.
First Alternate: Jennifer Chang
Special Mention: Derek Mong, Sandra Beasley, Anne Sanow, and Chloe Honum
2009 Salvatore Scibona
Salvatore Scibona's first book, The End, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and winner of the 2009 Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library. His fiction has been published in the Threepenny Review, Best New American Voices 2004, and The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is the writing coordinator at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
2008 Amity Gaige
Amity Gaige is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. Her first novel, O My Darling (Other Press, 2005), garnered her recognition as one of the "Five Under 35" outstanding emerging novelists by the National Book Foundation. Her second novel, The Folded World (Other Press, 2007/Random House, 2009), was named ForeWord Book of the Year, best book of fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Yale Review, the Literary Review, O Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She is also the recipient of a McDowell Colony Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship.