Contributors

for Fall 2015

  • Rachel Z. Arndt is an MFA candidate both in the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing program and in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Quartz, Fast Company, and elsewhere.
  • Stephen Burt is a Contributing Reviewer of the Believer.
  • Pablo Calvi is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University School of Journalism, the associate director for Latin America for the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, and a guest lecturer at the Columbia University/Universitat de Barcelona masters program. He was the recipient of a Pulitzer traveling fellowship, the 2010 IALJS Greenberg Research Prize for Literary Journalism, and the 2010 CELSA-Sorbonne writing fellowship.
  • Diane Cook is the author of Man V. Nature and a former producer for the radio show This American Life.
  • Alex Dueben’s interviews and essays have appeared in the Paris Review, the Rumpus, the Poetry Foundation, and other publications. His interviews have appeared in the books Conversations with William Gibson and Nick Cardy: The Artist at War.
  • Sabra Embury’s writing can be found in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Rumpus, NANO Fiction, and other places. She lives in Brooklyn with her son, Felix.
  • Kathleen Hale is the author of two novels, including the critically acclaimed No One Else Can Have You. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Simon Rich.
  • Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.
  • Roger D. Hodge is the national editor of the Intercept. He is the former editor of the Oxford American and Harper’s magazine, and author of The Mendacity of Hope. He is writing a book about life in west Texas.
  • Kevin Koczwara is a writer living in beautiful Worcester, Massachusetts. His work has been featured in Howler, Vice Sports, SBNation, the Boston Globe, and other publications.
  • Kea Krause is a writer from the Pacific Northwest living in Queens, New York.
  • Alex Mar is a nonfiction writer based in New York City. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in the Oxford American, Elle, the New York Times Book Review, Epic, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic. Mar’s first book, Witches of America, was published this fall by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • Alexandra Molotkow has written for the New York Times Magazine and as a columnist for the Globe and Mail. She is a former co-editor of the Hairpin was a founding editor at Hazlitt.
  • Sara Nović holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she studied fiction and translation. She’s the founder of Deaf-rights blog Redeafined and the fiction editor for Blunderbuss magazine. Her first novel, Girl at War, is out from Random House.
  • Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Do-Over, The Cold War, and The Search Engine. She teaches at the New School in New York.
  • Stephanie Palumbo is a documentary film and television producer and a former assistant editor at O, the Oprah Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and cats. You can follow her @SJPalumbo.
  • Kay Ryan’s The Best of It: New and Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. Her newest book, Erratic Facts, came out from Grove Press in October 2015.
  • Zander Sherman is the author of The Curiosity of School, and a frequent commentator in the field of education. He lives in Canada, where he is writing his second book.
  • Aaron Shulman is a writer based in LA. He is currently negotiating the film rights to release El desencanto in the United States, and is working on a book about the Paneros.
  • Ross Simonini is an artist, writer, and musician living in New York. He is the interviews editor of the Believer and the executive producer of KCRW's the Organist. His website is rosssimonini.com.
  • Esmé Weijun Wang is a novelist and essayist living in San Francisco. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, is forthcoming from Unnamed Press in April 2016. Find her at esmewang.com.
  • Dan Werb is an HIV epidemiologist with the Division of Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. He is an inaugural recipient of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Avenir Award, which recognizes innovative new investigators.
  • Matthew Zapruder is the author most recently of Sun Bear (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). Why Poetry, a book of prose, is forthcoming from Ecco Press in 2016. An associate professor in the St. Mary’s College of California MFA program and English department, he is also an editor at large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, California.