for October 2012

  • Mary Jo Bang is the author of six volumes of poems, including The Bride of E (2009) and Elegy (2007), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was published in August by Graywolf.
  • Stephen Burt is an editor of the Believer.
  • Ron Currie Jr. is the author of the books God Is Dead and Everything Matters! His new novel, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, will be published in hardcover in February 2013.
  • Weston Cutter is from Minnesota and is the author of You’d Be a Stranger, Too, All Black Everything, and Plus or Minus. He lives in Fort Wayne and teaches at the University of St. Francis.
  • Lisa Darms is senior archivist at the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University. Her book of selected ephemera from the Fales Riot Grrrl Collection will be published by the Feminist Press in spring 2013.
  • Jason Diamond lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two cats, and a dog named Max. His work has been published by the New York Times, the Paris Review, Tablet, and a whole bunch of other fantastic places. He just finished his first novel.
  • Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.
  • Greil Marcus is the author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, and The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice, and other books. His column, Real Life Rock Top Ten, runs monthly in the Believer.
  • Victoria Nelson lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her books Gothicka and A Bestiary of My Heart were published earlier this year.
  • Gillian Osborne is a poet and a graduate student at Berkeley. In 2012, she was a finalist in the Yale Series of Younger Poets for a collection of poems set in the green landscapes of mourning.
  • Jack Pendarvis has written three books.
  • Aubrey Plaza stars in the Emmy-nominated comedy series Parks and Recreation, in which she plays April Ludgate, the underachieving assistant to Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson. She was recently in the movies Safety Not Guaranteed and Ten Years, and stars in the upcoming The Handjob (also known as The To Do List), which opens nationwide in mid-February 2013. She is originally from Wilmington, Delaware, and currently resides in Los Angeles.
  • Emily Raboteau’s next book, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, will be published in January 2013. She teaches at the City College of New York in Harlem.
  • Tag Savage is a designer living in Brooklyn.
  • Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico. She is managing editor of Blue Mesa Review.
  • Elina Shatkin is a senior editor at Los Angeles magazine. She has been a restaurant critic for L.A. Weekly and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. She is working on an unauthorized biography of Jem and the Holograms.
  • Ross Simonini is interviews editor for the Believer, a founder of NewVillager, and a visual artist who blogs at
  • Lawrence Weschler, the director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University for the past dozen years, is a frequent contributor to our pages. His recent books include Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences and Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative. See more at