for June 2013

  • Agnes Barley is a painter. She lives and works in New York.
  • Sarah Bean Freed is a writer living in New York.
  • Peter Bebergal is the author of Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood and the forthcoming Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock ’n’ Roll. Some of his other work has recently appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, BoingBoing, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
  • Alvin Buenaventura occasionally publishes comics and other things through Pigeon Press.
  • Victoria Chang’s third book, The Boss, is forthcoming from the McSweeney’s Poetry Series. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. She lives and works in Southern California.
  • Adam Colman lives in Western Massachusetts, where he’s working on at least two books, one of which is a study of addiction in nineteenth-century British literature.
  • Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.
  • Nick Hornby is the author of six novels, the most recent of which is Juliet, Naked, and a memoir, Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award for music criticism, and editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. His screenplay for An Education was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in North London.
  • Alex Mar is a writer based in New York, and the director of the documentary American Mystic. She is currently at work on a nonfiction book about present-day witchcraft in America, to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  • 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.
  • Miranda Mellis wrote The Quarry (Trafficker Press), The Spokes (Solid Objects), None of This Is Real (Sidebrow Press), Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and The Revisionist (Calamari Press). She edits the Encyclopedia Project and teaches at the Evergreen State College.
  • Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the book White Horses. He lives and works in Portland, Maine.
  • Jack Pendarvis has written three books.
  • Kent Russell is a writer from Miami. He’s never owned a snake, but he once kicked a big, honking grasshopper directly into his sister’s screaming mouth.
  • Jill Stauffer is an assistant professor of philosophy and the director of the concentration in peace, justice, and human rights at Haverford College. She is currently working on a book called Ethical Lonelineless, about the difficulties and possibilities of political reconciliation.
  • B. Alexandra Szerlip’s article on Norman Bel Geddes appeared in the Believer’s May 2012 issue. A two-time N.E.A. Writing Fellow, Szerlip is also a sculptor; her work will be part of a three-person show mounted by the San Francisco Center for the Book later this year.
  • Annie Julia Wyman studies and teaches in the English Department at Harvard.
  • Scott Zieher is a poet, artist, and co-owner (with his wife, Andrea Zieher) of the contemporary art gallery ZieherSmith, celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2013.