Jessica Anya Blau is the author of the highly praised novel, Drinking Closer to Home. Target stores featured Drinking Closer to Home in their Breakout Author series. Blau’s first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, was selected as a Best Summer Book by the Today Show, The New York Post and New York Magazine. And The San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers chose it as one of the Best Books of the Year. Her next novel, The Wonder Bread Summer, will be coming out with HarperCollins next year. Jessica co-wrote the movie Franny, currently in production in New York and Los Angeles. She is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Goucher College.
Dario DiBattista, an Iraq War veteran, has published articles and essays in The Washingtonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Connecticut Review, and World Hum among other venues. He is a frequent blogger for http://www.notalone.com, which is a resource website for returning veterans. He lives in Towson, MD where he is the Senior Nonfiction Editor for the JMWW literary journal. He earned his MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins. He has completed two books – a memoir and a novel – and currently receives literary representation from Writer’s House Literary Agency.
Featured Writer Stephen Dixon’s selection for 3QR in excerpted from his new novel, His Wife Leaves Him, due out in December 2012 from Fantagraphics Books, which is also publishing in April an updated soft-cover version of his last story collection, a three-volume work titled What is All This?. Dixon, a longtime professor at The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, has been nominated for the National Book Award twice, in 1991 for Frog and in 1995 for Interstate. His work has also earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, the O. Henry Award three times, and the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories (two times each). His novels include Gould (Henry Holt, 1997); 30: Pieces of a Novel (Henry Holt, 1999); and “I” (McSweeney’s 2002). Dzanc Books, meanwhile, is bringing out an e-book series of 24 of Dixon’s past books of fiction. And Fugue State Press, also this spring, will publish, for the first time in print, a novel Dixon wrote 40 years ago: Story of a Story and Other Stories: a Novel.
Brandi Dawn Henderson is an international story seeker on a journey proving truths to be no strangers to fictions. She collects cowboy boots and tattoos, alternates between loving and loathing the exotic, and is trying her very best to make at least one life immeasurably better. Her work has been featured in Mason’s Road literary journal, Lost Magazine, Urbanite, and JMWW. She contributes to the trio of Time Out magazines throughout India, and writes a monthly advice column for First City Magazine in New Delhi.
B.J. Hollars is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the author of Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America (University of Alabama Press, 2011), In Defense of Monsters (Origami Zoo Press, 2012) and Sightings: Stories (forthcoming from Break Away Books/Indiana University Press, 2013). He has also edited three anthologies.
Ann Eichler Kolakowski is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was The New Formalist‘s featured poet for December 2011. Her publication credits include String Poet, Slipstream, Little Patuxent Review, and The Madison Review. From 1997 to 2000, she served as the assistant director of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary arts center in San Antonio, TX. She is a poetry student in the Master of Arts in Writing program at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she also works in development communications. “A Quartet of Ghosts” is drawn from Searching for Warren, a manuscript-in-progress that chronicles the lost mill town of Warren, Maryland, which was destroyed and flooded in 1922 to create the Loch Raven Reservoir, the primary source of Baltimore’s municipal water supply.
Edward Perlman is the poetry advisor and program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University; he is also the owner and publisher of Entasis Press (entasispress.com), a literary press publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He is a frequent contributor to the Sewanee Theological Review, and his own essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals and publications. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the College of William and Mary, a master of arts degree in education from Virginia Tech University, and a master of arts degree in writing from Johns Hopkins.
Philip Sultz, is a painter, collagist, poet, and writer who has been represented by the Allan Stone Gallery in New York since 1977, and by the Saatchi Gallery website in London. He first exhibited in New York in a bicentennial exhibition, “Forty Years of American Collage,” at the Buecker and Harpsicord Gallery in 1976. He received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in painting in 1975, and has exhibited countrywide, and in Canada, Australia, Italy, and Finland. His most recent writing and poetry are on literary websites, Blazevox, Eveveryday Genius, Percontra, and Matchbook. He is Professor Emeritus at Webster University, St. Louis. Sultz is also a published writer and photographer of American West settlement life, with an extensive collection of photographs acquired by the Jackson Hole Museum and Historical Society in Jackson, Wyoming.
Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin (2009 and 2010) and the city of Milwaukee (2004 and 2005), is the author of six collections of poetry. Her award-winning poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, The American Scholar, Able Muse, Measure, and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column. Taylor taught poetry and poetics for fifteen years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and serves on the advisory board of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Western State College, Gunnison, CO. She is a Contributing Editor for The Writer magazine, where her articles on craft appear bi-monthly. As part of 3QR’s ‘On Second Thoughts” feature, Taylor’s poems represent previously published works later acknowledged to be mostly true: “On Learning Late in Life, that Your Mother Was a Jew” was originally published in The GSU Review; “Explication of a True Story” was originally published in The Ledge; and “Another Thing I Ought to Be Doing” was originally published in JAMA.
Charles Talkoff is from New York. His short fiction has appeared in Undergroundvoices.com, JMWW, the Midway Journal, and Urbanite. His short story collection, Abandon the Rain, was published by High Windows Press in 2010, and his first novel, The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover, will be published in the Spring of 2012 by 8th House Press of Montreal.
Jennifer Holden Ward is a resident of Baltimore and a graduate of the Master of Arts in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University. Her nonfiction has appeared in Urbanite, StepMom Magazine, Patch.com, and is forthcoming in The Potomac Review. When she’s not teaching English as a Second Language, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and observing the world.
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